Thank You For Voting No!

Dear Editor,

The Community Coalition of the Five Towns wishes to thank all residents of the community for their support in defeating the March 20 public referendum to sell the Number Six School to Simone Healthcare.

Thank you for waiting patiently in long lines to cast your vote and for making this the highest school-election turnout in recent memory. Thank you for defending the interests of our families and children and for protecting the future of our neighborhoods.

Thank you for sending a clear message to the District 15 Board of Education that we will not accept secret or one-sided deals and that our quality of life is not for sale. And that we will never put up with voting hurdles that threaten our right to have a say in the future of our community.

Thank you for telling would-be developers that their plans must benefit our community, not just their pocketbooks, and that they must preserve our children’s ball fields and precious open space. And thank you for giving Five Towns residents a second chance to use the Number Six School property to benefit our neighborhood.

Most importantly, thank you for standing alongside your neighbors and friends and for coming together as one community.

For the Community Coalition of the Five Towns, this is only the beginning. We are committed to continuing as a force for good in the community. We want to preserve and improve the quality of life for all who live here by being a positive and persuasive influence on our school board and on local government.

Thank you for giving us the privilege of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with you. You can learn more about us at

Joshua Schein

Community Coalition

of the Five Towns

P.O. Box 104

Cedarhurst, NY 11516

Cleaning Up For Pesach

Dear Editor,

With all the Pesach cleaning, shopping, and cooking behind us, it’s time to look back and give credit to a group of unsung Pesach heroes: the employees of Sanitary District No. 1.

The tireless individuals who collect our trash week in and week out usually go unnoticed until something goes wrong. With collection service from the Sanitary District improving so substantially these past few years, the tendency to overlook their hard work has grown. But there was no way not to notice how truly they shined while doing the gargantuan task in the weeks before, during, and after Pesach: hauling tons of garbage produced by weeks of Pesach cleaning and preparation; making piles of messy, overstuffed bags generated by two seddarim and yom tov meal after yom tov meal disappear; and collecting mounds of foil, plasti-core counter covers, and various other products disposed of when transforming our kosher-for-Pesach kitchens back to their standard chametz state.

Making matters better, this year on erev Pesach the entire Sanitary District pitched in–the Board of Commissioners, the superintendent, and, of course, the collection crews–to provide a wide range of enhanced sanitation services. These include the ability to drop off garbage at trucks parked in key Five Towns locations, all-day pickup of garbage left at the curb, and even a number to call to arrange special home pickup. The crews worked hard, all day, and provided an uncommonly helpful service and convenience.

These services were provided throughout the Five Towns with minimal confusion and maximum efficiency. The results are a credit to all those who cared enough to plan, organize, and execute a way to enhance the yom tov, and an added reason to appreciate living in the Five Towns. Take a moment the next time you see one of your hard-working sanitation workers and thank them for a job well done.

Avi Fertig



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