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Week in Review: Debate Continues Over Miller Place Budget Proposals

The top headlines from the week that was.

Debate Persists On Contentious Miller Place Kindergarten Proposal

Full-Day kindergarten continued to be the topic of contention at Wednesday’s second budget workshop as the district pitched the proposal again while now including a four-year projection.

Clearly the most controversial topic after the first workshop, the program would come at no cost to district the first year and little cost in 2014-‘15 thanks to Kindergarten Conversion State Aid that would be received. The first two years of full-day kindergarten would come at a net cost of $105,370 thanks to a projected $750,000 in aid.

Defense Dept. to Allow Marine Band to Lead Parade After Resistance

Parade goers anticipating the US Marine Corps Band to lead the 63rd Annual Miller Place-Rocky Point St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17 will be happy to hear the performance will go on as planned despite recent resistance from the Department of Defense.

Sen. Charles Schumer's office announced Wednesday that parade coordinators the Friends of St. Patrick were recently told by the band that because of sequestration, the band was prohibited by the Department of Defense from traveling on “non-essential” trips.

Locals Among Town’s 2013 Women’s Recognition Award Winners

The Town of Brookhaven has announced its 2013 Women’s Recognition Award Winners, and among them are a few accomplished women from the Miller Place-Rocky Point area.

The awards, given to women who have demonstrated excellence in their endeavors in a variety of areas, will be handed out at the 27th Annual Women’s Recognition Night on March 21 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

After complaints by neighbors over loud music at the Cedar Beach Bar & Grille, the Mount Sinai Civic Association and the Town of Brookhaven will keep a close eye on the location this season, according to a report in the Village Beacon Record.

According to the report, the Town said that the grill has a special alcohol permit, but music is expected to be kept to a certain level and must stop by 10 pm. Security will be provided at the owner's expense from mid-May until the end of the season, the report states.

WATCH: Tesla Featured in 'Epic Rap Battles of History' YouTube Series

Nikola Tesla recently got a piece of revenge on rival inventor Thomas Edison in the latest "Epic Rap Battles of History" video posted on YouTube.

The latest video in the series, which pits historic figures against eachother in rap battles, features Tesla rapping about how Edison stole his ideas.

Justin Time March 17, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Don't let the MPBOE and/or 180 Day club convince you that a 4.7% increase is needed! Increased taxes equal decreased family income. Decreased family income means cutbacks on spending, including groceries. Did you know that some teachers in America are actually buying food to feed students? It is a proven fact that children who are hungry do not learn as well . Never happen in MPSD? Not all families in the district are blessed with 180 day club occupations. Some actually work at places like Walmarts, and yes, those silly retail stores! Cut our taxes, freeze wages and benefits to increase revenue. When household incomes increase our children's lives become better. Learning begins at home. Vote NO on ANY budget increase...do it for our children to increase their quality of life at home!
Bear March 17, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Someone needs a little attention today
Reddawn1 March 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Justin Time is right on the money. Education starts at home and so does feeding the children. I see Bear has to engage in diminishing JT's opinion because he or she cannot substantiate a 4.7% increase in taxes!! I hope the school board is listening closely because Dr. Higuera is ABSOLUTELY WRONG on the issue of full day kindergarten. My 2 children are currently in the district and are both scholar athletes and they both went through half day kindergarten. These excellent outcomes are a direct result of the children's desire to succeed set forth by my wife and I being involved in their EVERYDAY EDUCATION and a relationship based on communication. That is, with our children and a EVERYDAY PARTNERSHIP with the principals, teachers and staff. NOT BECAUSE OF FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN!! I understand in this 2 income world that family life is strained to the MAX, however... Our children are our most important asset and we as families have to make them our top priority. Is it all roses? Of course not!! But if there is a will... There is a way!! Parents and principals and teachers know exactly what I am talking about and it starts at home, NOT IN FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN. Our vote is NO!!
Scott A Mandia March 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM
As always, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show has the proper perspective. This March 6, 2013 six minute clip shows how Congress and some news media value early education vs. military spending: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-march-6-2013/kindergarten-stop

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