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danny-boy April 22, 2014 at 07:52 AM
$68,000/yr. when? 1985? The principal of the kindergarden (yes, kindergarden) was making overRead More$100,0 00 when she retired in the early 90's. Publish the salaries! and the benefits, and the schedule. Start new teachers at a reasonable rate with controls over time - they will still line up to apply.
Tim Collins April 23, 2014 at 08:22 AM
We'll said Danny. The word needs to get out. In the age of budget cuts and penny pinching theRead Moreschool board continues to go to the well. Soon the homeowners will be priced off of our great barrier beach. Vote NO.
Bob West April 23, 2014 at 01:35 AM
Of course, Eddie's right about Eramo being a card-carrying member of the Working Familes Party.Read MoreThes e are wannabe socialists who actually are nothing but self-serving opportunists, hiding behind pie-in-the-sky rhetoric. Socialists are idealists who truly would like to help "mankind." I'm particularly offended by the WFP because they "fooled" me a couple of years ago. Disillusioned with the ballot choices, I voted for someone on the WFP line. Then I find out they have no real agenda, and will support anyone who will run on their line. In the old days, a remarkable array of parties were on our ballots, who actually identified their beliefs. You could vote for a Liberal, a Conservative, a Socialist, who really were what they implied. Gradually they got pushed off ballots by the Republicans and Democrats, two parties that now are virtually identical- a choice like "Coke or Pepsi." Our parties are just run by international billionaires, regardless of if they live in Hyannis or Texas. Splinters like the WFP appeal to our wish for a third choice, though they offer nothing but outdated dreams. At least Marxist Stroud put his principles to work supporting the shooters in Nicaragua. The WFP are just hanging out watching TV waiting for their next photo-op.
Penquin April 23, 2014 at 06:30 AM
You left me speechless - no easy task.
Patrick Smith April 23, 2014 at 08:12 AM
Charlie Cheswick April 22, 2014 at 02:01 PM
christie, you may be entitled to your opinion but where do you get off calling my t-shirts dirty?Read MoreTh ere might be some slight coloration under the armpits but that's it! Very uncalled for, I really expected more from you...
Eddie April 22, 2014 at 03:38 PM
christie nicolle what college did you go to? YOU are the Psychopath you have nothing relevant toRead Moresay . You have NOTHING to contribute - except your stench, of mindless brainwashing BS . You are hateful miserable person that can offer this world nothing positive. There will come a day when your mocking will hold you accountable for not be smart enough to follow his real teachings of love and acceptance.
Eddie April 22, 2014 at 03:40 PM
I think she went to the "special" college - like the "special" bus!
Patrick Smith April 23, 2014 at 08:15 AM
Bob West April 15, 2014 at 12:32 PM
@lear jet, eddie- I know the three of us have very different political views, but I think we allRead Morewan t what is best for our island. The old JK Patch actually did some investigative reporting, which we'll never see again. This Patch is computer-generated and aims at a young demographic. Many of the "articles" are just pasted in blogs, unchecked and unverified info. All they want is articles with "key words" which encourage click-through revenue. An example is today's "The War on Women Marches Onward." This is actually written by a guy on an anti-pit bull campaign, from Waltham MA. Eddie, I'd guess all 3 of us are over 50. On the web and on TV, we are not the targeted audience any more. The ads are served up by tracking companies like ATWOLA, owned by AOL. The choice of ads is from what sites you've visited before and what articles you click on today. I've also found that I get a completely different "front page" depending on which web browser I use, Internet Explorer or Firefox. Honestly, I think political party influence doesn't control Patch content. It's just money, big money. Content is meaningless unless it contains terms that draw clicks. As for political parties, the past year has made me lose faith in ALL of them, they're just a shill for the money behind them. Realtors own Long Beach, not the Dems. (Along with a few other special interests.) Our Elections are pretty much like the old Soviet Union's. "My" Dems expected me to vote for criminal Tom Suozzi for County Exec??? They are "my" Dems no more. Urban planning in our area is just run according to the old maxim "money talks, nobody walks." ......... this is way off topic, but the background of the new Principal really needs to be vetted. I'm trying to figure out how to put it into words.
Eddie April 15, 2014 at 03:43 PM
Lear, I have the highest regards for Joe Kellard. It was his former boss to whom I referred. IRead Moreagr ee that Joe truly tried to be an impartial journalist, and I feel he did a great job. What a pity to see him leave Patch. You know Patch fired all these guys with a conference call, right? http://consumerist.com/2014/02/03/its-nothing-personal-hundreds-of-patch-employees-laid-off-during-conference-call/
Patrick Smith April 21, 2014 at 08:11 AM
Pathetic the same 3 to 4 talking heads
Castles Made of Sand April 17, 2014 at 01:52 PM
There are not dozens of designs. Its plastic sheet pile or pressure treated wood. You have a fewRead Moreopt ions in thickness of plastic sheet, coated or uncoated poles and whalers, and thickness of tie-back rods. That’s about it. The height of the bulkhead is what’s in question. Long Beach would like to see every new bulkhead be constructed taller than what they are now. Most average about 7’ above sea level and the “requested” height is 9 feet. If your neighbor’s new (or old) bulkhead is at 7’ and you build a new one at 9’, you will be flooded just the same as if you were at 7’. That much is obvious. Anything shy of constructing all bayfront homes with higher bulkheads and installing gates at the end of the canals is a pointless conversation. Remember too that bulkheads don’t hold back water. They are engineered to keep earth from falling into the water. Sure, a higher bulkhead will prevent some minimal washover in the occasional Nor’easter and low level hurricane but people need to get it through their heads that nothing will stop the flooding of another Sandy. We live on a sand dune that would have been gone years ago if not for the engineered jetties. Sea level is rising folks, it’s an undeniable fact for this region. Elevate your home, or go about your daily life and just forget about the “next” storm and deal with it when or if it happens again. The entire drainage system on this barrier Island is old and damaged. Remember, it’s a sand dune that we live on. Shifting sands over time have created cracked, back-pitched, and sand infiltrated drainage systems. Again, shy of ripping up every single road and re-piping the whole island to the tune of 100’s of millions, we will get flooded more and more often. It’s time to move, elevate, or stop talking about it. The City bulkhead program is $850 per linear foot paid back over 20 years with interest. Local contractors get between $450 and $550 for the same job, same materials list. If you have the money up front, local marine contractors area better deal. The projected timeline for the City is expected to be 2 years. If $300 a month is more workable than being out of pocket $35K, then go for it. At least they are offering an option that makes it accessible to more residents.
Eddie April 17, 2014 at 02:33 PM
Nice information from you as usual Castles. As always, the devil is in the details. ComponentRead Morespac ing and selection changes everything. As Castles says, bulkheads don't do much to keep water out. A raising water table will bring the water up from the ground no matter how high the bulkhead is built. And while water levels are rising, they have only risen three inches in the past century, so don't expect a disaster every weekend. Our infrastructure isn't the best, it's aging quickly and we have elected a gang who knows little about it and has little concern.
Eddie April 21, 2014 at 07:50 AM
Eddie: fixing our infrastructure cost money. Which would mean more taxes. No one wants more taxes.Read MoreT he other party spent money on toys for the police and fire dept rather then fix the old infrastructure. The infrastructure was old then too. Both parties in this town are the same. When you have a third party willing to fire everyone and not hire anyone who ever held a public office in this town is when things will change. All this talk of protecting Long Beach from another Sandy is BS and as an former Engineer you know it. There is no stopping water tables. Just hope another storm like Sandy doesn't hit for a long time. The risk of another Sandy is what you take when you live near the water. So get used to it or move.
Eddie April 16, 2014 at 04:23 PM
Looks like he corrected his spelling. Unfortunately a tattoo artist's lack of spelling ability can Read Morebe important.
Bob West April 16, 2014 at 10:28 PM
@Eddie- off topic, but I'm happy to see you reclaimed your identity from the forces of darkness.Read MoreThe truth will out.
Eddie April 17, 2014 at 08:08 AM
Bob, nice seeing you here too!
Sandy Man April 10, 2014 at 03:23 PM
move to port wash, LB is broke and cannot afford this stuff
Misty April 10, 2014 at 03:41 PM
You sound like you are frustrated. If your child has significant special needs then maybe lbhs isRead Moren ot the best placement for him/her. Don't blame the school and the special ed dept. I have seen their work and always found them to be highly accommodating and professional at all times. Perhaps you are having a bad day.
kevin sturm April 10, 2014 at 08:46 PM
I am frustrated...he is fine where he is...there some people in this district that have their ownRead Morea genda..and they are leaving me no choice..this nonsence has been going on for almost two years
kevin sturm April 10, 2014 at 07:15 AM
why are they even doing curb work on the meadians when are roads are so full of potholes...justRead Moreanot her ass backwards move by long beach...fire all those bozoes and hire people that know what their doing !!!
jv April 11, 2014 at 01:55 PM
Watch for the Long Beach Boardwalk Operating Authority. It's coming with more friends. MoreRead Morefamily . More taxes.
Penquin April 11, 2014 at 01:57 PM
How can they look at themselves in the mirror each morning jv? Aren't they residents too?
Penquin April 11, 2014 at 02:05 PM
JV, just found your old post from October regarding this subject. Why are they taking $18MM inRead Moreseria l bonds? What is it supposed to cover?
28 April 07, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Hard to ignore the urine stench as well. Waldbaums needs to address this. You do not feel safeRead Moreth ere. Thank goodness King Kullen is here now.
Darion Hicks April 08, 2014 at 06:31 PM
the same situation happens all throughout long beach so why highlight waldbaums?? Imagine yourselfRead Morea t dinner down west mid july with your weekend guests the first thing they see are people stumbling out the bars all drunk peeing on public property passed out in the street cursing screaming harassing your guests vomitting because they don't know how to limit themselves.... yes there is a problem in the waldbaums recycling machines ......there is a fair share of problems elsewhere in town which also NEED to be addressed!!!
Penquin April 09, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Welcome I-Sore residents to a stumbling West End, a potentially unsafe Waldbaums, and $40MMRead Moreboardwal k and no hospital. May this project crash and burn.
jv April 06, 2014 at 07:35 AM
Full of incorrect information about flood insurance and laws related to reconstruction.
Penquin April 08, 2014 at 10:39 AM
We need a hospital Eddie. It takes the EMTs 2-3 hours to make a round trip, not to mention theRead Morepers on in the back of the ambulance sitting on the bridge. Yes, LBMC mgmt. messed it up. I would rather have the old boardwalk + a SEAWALL to protect the city, then a $40MM boardwalk. ($10 Fema - $30 Cuomo). What did you think of the 21 child care violations at Magnolia Daycare?
tom brennan April 11, 2014 at 04:52 PM
we also need working fire hydrants before a boardwalk
tom brennan April 11, 2014 at 04:52 PM
also a new police commish
Jonathan Kaplan April 02, 2014 at 09:18 AM
A lot of my associates in the Jewish community support this guy but as a former US Marine and 3rdRead Morege neration vet I can not support these actions because they are more of a danger to the American Jewish community than helpful to Israel. It sends a bad message to the military community in the US if this guy gets some kind of pardon.
Jeff Dahmer April 03, 2014 at 10:43 PM
Let him rot in jail or better yet send him to Guantonamo
Sent from my Lear Jet April 05, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Tired: You still haven't shared the names of the other bidders for Pollard's secret documents. Read MorePoll ard was receiving$1500/monthly from the Israeli intelligence services and his wife received expensive jewelry. Israel handed him over to the US government, disowning him, then changed their mind. Let him serve every minute of his sentence, he is a dirt bag and a traitor to The United States. Let him rot.
JohnnyH April 01, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Do the speed limit and you won't have to worry about them! What's the problem? I wish I had one onRead Morem y block. Nassau would make millions! 9am every morning mini vans with soccer ball stickers on the back running late for the school down the block doing 60mph. Put the cameras up so morons wake up a little earlier or pay the fine
Jeff Dahmer April 03, 2014 at 10:54 PM
Install Stop Sign Cameras
dee April 04, 2014 at 04:33 PM
They're over paid already, damn right cut the budget.
Eddie March 31, 2014 at 07:59 AM
There's no bill to install speed cameras, no unions supporting speed cameras. Just underachieversRead Morew ho envy anyone earning a living wage. Without unions, most labor would be in your shoes, working for $12/hour and sucking their bosses' cheeks for a day off. Instead of making up stories like these to hide your envy, how about bettering yourself so you could earn a living wage?
Jack March 31, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Let me know when you find that ex-con Teamster union boss Hofa. He did such a fine job. Look atRead MoreDetr oit today and ask who is living better.
Jack March 31, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Suffolk's Steve Baloney and Nassau's Ed Maggot budgeted millions of dollars from speed cameraRead Moreticket revenue in their budgets to pay for the county's union workers salaries and raises as per the left wing rag Newsday. Idiots tolerate this stuff.