Buy Stamps Now …

Just a reminder to everyone that the United States Postal Service has announced that the cost of a first class stamp will increase from 50¢ to 55¢ on January 27. Buy your Forever Stamps now to avoid the increase in cost. 

Calling all Middleville Retirees…

A documentary film by Left turn Productions and producer Keif Roberts called Sick School will have a free showing on January 5th at 10:00 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of the Bellport Area, 471 Atlantic Ave., Bellport NY.

This is a video about Frank P. Long elementary school in Bellport, which is located just south of the Brookhaven Land Fill off of Sunrise Highway. Like Northport Middle School, this school has been plagued by illnesses and deaths among teachers, staff and students. The parent group from Northport Middle School has been working closely with the teacher group of this school and are now called sister schools. Adrienne Esposito from Citizens Canpaign for the Environment is now working with the Bellport school.

There will be a question and answer period after the film is over and the teacher’s group has graciously asked any of us from Northport Middle School to come up on stage and talk about what we have been going through since our school opened in 1956. We would like as many past and current teachers, staff and parents to come to this free screening as possible.

More Sad News …

Linda Walden, Insurance Specialist, Northport-East Northport Office of Human Resources, passed away on November 8.

Visitation at the Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Home, 125 W. Old Country Road, Hicksville, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p. m. on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12. 

Sympathy cards may be sent to William Walden, 245 West 9th St., Deer Park, NY 11729.

Senator Flanagan Calls NYSUT Evil

On Monday, October 15, State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, who represents Senate District #2, told an Albany radio audience that teachers unions, including NYSUT, represent “the forces of evil.”

Since becoming Senate Majority Leader Senator Flanagan has consistently worked against public education and in favor of charter schools. During the current election season NYSUT is not endorsing any candidates who voted with Senator Flanagan on bills designed to enhance the number and financing of charter schools.

Senator Flanagan sees the union endorsements as evil, and part of a plot by outsiders to unseat the New York State majority. He fails to realize that members of teacher’s unions are constituents, and that union endorsements go to members of both parties. NYSUT is non-partisan in its endorsements, supporting candidates who will work for public education, students and teachers.

A listing of NYSUT candidates for state and national office will be posted later this week.