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Roundup: Common Core forum, hunter-safety course set

People protest at the Common Core Education Forum

People protest at the Common Core Education Forum at Ward Melville High School on Nov. 12, 2013. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara


Common Core forum to be held

An educational forum discussing the Common Core curriculum has been scheduled for tomorrow night in Huntington Station.

The Greater Huntington Civic Group plans to host “Common Core & More" March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 1169 at 210 West Pulaski Rd.

“Many of our members had expressed concern about various aspects of the Common Core curriculum, as well as other issues related to the state of education today,” Steven Spucces, president of the Greater Huntington Civic Group, said in an email. “These issues are generating quite a buzz among parents, educators, and school administrators -- even our elected officials -- so we agreed to host this forum as a public service to our members and the community.”

The event is expected to feature parent advocates and education professionals. Also to be discussed is high-stakes testing, the Annual Professional Performance Review, and whether sharing personal data affects children’s educational experience.

“We hope that the community gets a better understanding of the hot-button education issues facing our schools and, from there, can make better-informed decisions, or take a more proactive role, in their students’ education and schooling,” Spucces said.

For more information about the forum, visit the Greater Huntington Civic Group’s website at — DEBORAH S. MORRIS



Physicist among women honored

Mary Bishai, a physicist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been recognized by the Town of Brookhaven as one of the 2014 Women of the Year.

Bishai, who began working as a member of the lab’s Electronic Detector Group in 2004, has been acknowledged for her leadership in experimental neutrino physics. She held a leading role as project scientist for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment, a proposed experiment that sends neutrinos, generated at Fermilab in Batavia, Ill., through 800 miles of earth to a detector in South Dakota. She also contributed to the measurement of the neutrino beam flux for the Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search experiment. Her contribution led to the most accurate measurements of the neutrino atmospheric mass splitting to date.

In addition, Bishai has mentored student researchers at Brookhaven through the Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program and provided them with a “hands-on” research experience.

Before joining Brookhaven, Bishai worked at Fermilab on the Tevatron Collider Detector experiment as a postdoctoral associate. While at Fermilab, she became the principal author of a study measuring quarkonium and B-meson cross sections.

She is one of 13 women recognized for their work in areas including medicine, community service, business and education. All of the women, nominated by members of the community, either live or work in Brookhaven.

“I am honored to have been recognized by Brookhaven Town as one of their Women of the Year,” Bishai said. “Working at Brookhaven Lab has given me the opportunity to do the type of research I am passionate about.” — PRISCILA  KORB



Hunter-safety course for youths offered

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation plans to hold a two-day workshop for young sportsmen and sportswomen on Long Island next month.

The hunter-safety course, intended for those ages 12 through 16, is scheduled for April 26 and 27 at the Peconic River Sportsman’s Club in Manorville.

Students who complete the course will receive a Hunter Education Training Certificate, which is required to get a hunting license.

The class is limited to 30 students who have not taken a hunter education course, and a panel will select students based on a 75-word essay that applicants must complete.

About 800 students on Long Island have completed the course.

For more information or to register, call 631-444-0255 — JENNIFER BARRIOS



Meetings on policing, quality-of-life issues

Nassau County Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) is hosting two meetings on community policing and quality-of-life issues in his district, which includes Bellmore, North Bellmore, Merrick and parts of Freeport, North Merrick and Wantagh.

Guests include representatives from the local precincts of the Nassau County Police Department who are expected to discuss the precinct consolidation status. The police also are to discuss recent burglaries, staffing, crime, traffic enforcement, neighborhood issues, problem-oriented policing, and the goals of law enforcement. Most of the time will be reserved for questions and answers.

A meeting is scheduled tonight at 7:30 in the Bellmore Library at 2288 Bedford Ave. The other event is scheduled for Monday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Seaford Library at 2234 Jackson Ave.

For more information, contact Denenberg’s office at 516-571-6219. — AISHA AL-MUSLIM



Using social media to grow business

The Huntington Business Incubator plans to host a seminar tomorrow aimed at learning how to use social media to grow a business.

The March 25 workshop intends to explore how to use Instagram and Twitter as a tool to market, inform and reach greater audiences. The seminar is being presented by MJ Robinson, associate chair of journalism and new media studies at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue.

“It will be part presentation, part workshop,” Robinson said. “I hope people come away with a better understanding of these two forms of social media and concrete strategies that they can use to enhance their business through them.”

The gathering is slated to begin with a networking opportunity at 5:30 p.m., followed by the seminar at 6:30 p.m. It is expected to include a question-and-answer session.

The incubator is at 1268 New York Ave. in Huntington Station. — DEBORAH S. MORRIS



Nesting bald eagles spotted in preserve

Researchers with the Nature Conservancy have found a nesting bald eagle pair on Shelter Island -- what they said was the third such nest known to be on Long Island.

The eagle nest was found Tuesday high in an oak tree within the conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve, which covers a third of Shelter Island.

“Bald eagles have recently become a regular sight on Shelter Island,” Mike Scheibel, preserve manager at the Nature Conservancy, said in a statement. “We are extremely pleased to find them on the Mashomack Preserve.”

The preserve had originally been set aside as a nesting area for ospreys, once listed as an endangered species but since downgraded to being one of special concern.

Bald eagles, which were removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species in 2007, also were spotted in Hempstead Lake State Park last year. — JENNIFER BARRIOS



Water district chiefs launch website

The Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association recently launched its first organizational website, The organization “promotes environmental excellence and maintains the highest standards of water quality, supply and distribution supply on behalf of Long Island consumers,” according to the website.

The group, which is made up of 21 Long Island water district commissioners, created the site as an online information hub for water issues and developments. It is also a way for users to connect directly to one of the 21 water districts in the association.

The organization also provides information necessary to manage the water districts and operate more effectively. In addition, members collaborate with the U.S. Geological Survey to monitor groundwater conditions, improve the understanding of groundwater movement and study the effects of the quantity and quality of the groundwater, according to the website.

“This website, and particularly our News and Water Facts columns, establishes who we are while collectively showcasing our mission and what we do as an organization,” said group president Howard Abbondondelo, of the Albertson Water District. The website will be regularly updated to reflect new developments related to water issues and what member-districts are doing. —  PRISCILLA KORB

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