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Opinion / Letters

Letter: Choose a mayor that is willing to work for you, the people of the village

Nov 23, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

As I reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving, I can’t help but to be grateful to this village for a life well lived. One year ago, the residents of our village gave me an opportunity to serve them, an opportunity to make…

Letter: The Real (fake) Gene Cook

Nov 1, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

For those who just like Gene Cook, his brashy style, his unnaturally bright teeth and the way mistruths just roll across his tongue…this piece isn’t for you. He’s your guy and you’re entitled. For those of us who are…

Letter: Eugene Cook is not only a proven leader but a doer

Nov 1, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

I've lived in the Town of Huntington for 28 years. I am a registered nurse, I’ve served on several boards and organizations; including the Northport-East Northport Board of Education, PTAs and SEPTA (Special Education PTA)…

This election cycle, the endorsements go to.... (also, go vote)

Oct 30, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

This is the first November election cycle since the launch of the Northport Journal and it is time for endorsements! Without further ado, they are: Decency, Civility, Listening, Respecting the electoral process…

A letter to all: Vote Eugene Cook for Supervisor

Sep 29, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

The Town of Huntington has a big choice to make this upcoming November. What are the choices? To restore the honor and integrity of the Supervisor’s office or retain the stains that dirty it today. I’m proud to say…

Letter: An ongoing pledge to stand united against hate and intolerance

Sep 14, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

Not In Our Town Northport, the local anti-hate and anti-bullying group, met some resistance at the district’s last board of education meeting, where one resident took to the podium and said, in reference to a…

Letter: A chance for remembrance and honor, 20 years later

Sep 5, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

We sat amid a field of dead poppies where I attempted to understand the burly and bearded village elder who communicated through our interpreter, Viktor. I struggled for patience as I waited for the translation.…

Letter: A “sad day” as images of swastikas appear again on school property

Aug 31, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

Dear Principal Larkin, Superintendent Banzer and Board of Education members, We are the founders of Not In Our Town (NIOT) Northport, a local chapter of the national anti-hate and anti-bullying organization. We formed…

Opinion: Masking children is not a one-size-fits-all approach

Aug 30, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

We’re here as parents of two elementary school children and we’re going to do something different tonight and tell you a story. This story couldn't possibly be real because there's no way something this tragic would happen in…

Letter: Let’s not lose more small businesses

Aug 20, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

This week we learned that Book Revue, Long Island's largest independent bookstore, and more importantly, a Huntington gem and institution, will soon be closing its doors forever. The loss of Book Revue is yet another blow to…

Letter: Special Board of Education meeting a disgrace

Aug 20, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

We were among the nearly 1,000 members of our community who attended the district’s 8/11/21 special Board of Education meeting, and we are appalled. Though some of us were among the 80 or so community members who attended in…

Opinion: Protect all students and follow advice of CDC

Aug 14, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

This week, our board of education scheduled a meeting at which it listened to members of the community – most or all of whom have no expertise in epidemiology – share their feelings about kids wearing masks at schools.…

Opinion: Children’s health and well-being are in our hands

Aug 13, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

What if there was a deadly virus that had already killed hundreds of children – over four times more than during a typical flu season? What if that virus had hospitalized thousands of children, leaving many of them with…

Letter: Umpires – A dying breed

Jul 17, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

As a fifth-year umpire, I have warned many people that the umpire is becoming extinct. I have written countless social media posts about what I have endured through my first four seasons. I have gained some unbelievable…

Northport’s Glue: The Children

Jun 23, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

However, Northport is a special place. The students of Northport make everyone put aside their temporary differences and focus on what really matters. Shop in town – it is there where you will find the kids working…

Letter: Community shines at Clean the Bay Day

Jun 17, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

This past Saturday I had the pleasure to host a Clean the Bay Day along with the Northport Native Garden Initiative organization and I am proud to say our community shines! With the organizational help of Sara Abbass, Nicole…

Letter: We know we did the right thing

Jun 17, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

On Saturday, June 12, we went to a beach clean-up at Scudder Park. This beach clean up meant so much to us. We found dozens of pieces of trash. From big foam blocks to an almost 20-feet-long hose. To clean up this beach in…

Letter: Our children deserve nothing less than “Yes”

Jun 12, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

As a graduate from our district that chose to return here to raise my own family, I can wholeheartedly say that I love Northport and our schools are no exception. It is no secret that the past few years have been difficult…

Letter from Superintendent Banzer: Exercise your right to vote

Jun 10, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

The school district budget revote will take place on June 15 and I encourage our entire community to exercise their right to vote. The Northport-East Northport UFSD has put forth a new proposed budget with a 0% tax levy…

A list of grievances to an English department

Jun 5, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

I feel at this point it would not be controversial to say America’s educational system is inherently flawed. And while this statement may not be followed by a bellow of boos as it would have in previous years, the sentence is…

Vote Yes

Jun 4, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

The new budget being proposed by the district has a 0.0% tax increase. If this budget is approved by voters on June 15, for the second year in a row our school tax levy will stay flat, with the only increase coming in the…

Letter: A small price to pay for stability

May 27, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

While listening to the livestream of the election results my audio happened to cut out seconds before the outcome was announced, then back a moment later to clapping/applause. I could only assume that meant the budget had…

Letter: A community divided; time to change the tide

May 20, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

The community is divided, once again, over another very polarizing subject. First, there was the toxic contamination found at NMS which required closing the school in order to remediate, then there was the LIPA settlement…

Opinion: The budget vote failure, from a student’s perspective

May 20, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

As cyclical as the seasons, this year’s budget vote has come and gone – but this time, it’s left a mess in its tracks. For the first time since 2005, a Northport-East Northport district budget has not passed, losing by a…

Letter: One community with a common goal

May 19, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

It was good for this district to have a few candidates looking to fill the trustee seats and actually have a campaign with choices. These volunteer positions require a tremendous amount of work. While I was hoping that…

Letter: Brightside Avenue bus yard a major blight for some residents

May 16, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

Last year our school district moved the buses from NMS to rented space on Brightside Avenue. This particular lot(s) has the least restrictive zoning in all of Huntington Township. I was told by Robert Howard on the business…

Letter: The right choices for the Board of Education

May 15, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

The following is my own opinion. I strongly support Vicki Buscareno and Carol Taylor for this year’s Northport-East Northport Board of Education (BOE) election. Both Vicki and Carol put children and education first. I've had…

Letter from Superintendent Banzer on 2021-2022 Budget

May 14, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

This year, as with all years past, the focus of the budget is on providing students with a high-quality education and a vast array of extracurricular opportunities while being mindful of long-term fiscal stability for our…

School closings will have deep impact

Apr 21, 2021 | Opinion / Letters

Since the beginning of this school year, I have been part of a large contingent of parents and community members strongly voicing opposition to the Northport-East Northport School District’s plan to close Bellerose Avenue…