What Would You Improve in West Islip in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for West Islip, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in West Islip to make it an even better place to live?

What is on your West Islip wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

Christina January 05, 2013 at 05:32 PM
"Regarding one persons scorn" is the first assumption u made about my feelings on the discussed topic. Scorn? Really Wendy, that is a ridiculous thing to say. The policies in place DO NOT WORK. I am calling for a review of the policies to better protect our children, and I applauded Totowa for taking action with armed security. Hiding in closets is about the most least effective way to save lives, anything, like jumping out the window is better than putting everyone together in one area, that is my opinion. Regardless of our different points of view, having this convo is better than not and leaving the broken policies in place. I will be asking what the policies are exactly at the next PTA meeting to see where that gets me. Sorry that I paraphrased what u said, but zero effect is very close in meaning to your EXACT statement "an armed guard wouldn't even have had a chance to draw his weapon".
Halford January 05, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Here we go with what I would call a knee jerk reaction, without much thought......let's park a police cruiser on Udall Rd. ......ARE YOU SERIOUS ??? Why not have one on Higbie Lane, Keith Lane, Montauk Hwy., by the High School, on 231,.......would somebody please think before opening their mouths or typing??? Get REAL......
Halford January 05, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Pampatriot, please remove your head from your a$$....you'd probably be one of the first to complain that your taxes were too high because of all the extra police that the county had to hire....a big rash of incidents ?? Compared to where, Brentwood, Bay Shore......??
Ms Will January 05, 2013 at 10:07 PM
A couple of stategically placed stop signs on Udall would slow the traffic. Sidewalks are also would help prevent pedestrian accidents. I wish people would stop being so ballistic their comments. We were simply asked how we could improve West Islip in 2013. We can all start by being more civil. Then, we can work together to develop reasonable, pragmatic solutions. Happy New Year!!
pampatriot January 05, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Halford, for one thing, you're right, my A$$ is MONEY! Thanks for noticing. :>) Who is making comparisons Halford and why? Police officers are a deterrent and worth my extra tax is I saw a few strategically placed on of all occasions, New Years Eve, but as often as possible. I'd rather know that my taxes were going to increased law enforcement than for redundant programs and entrenched bureaucracy. Halford, the only JERK with a knee in this discussion is YOU! It's not a shock to me that people comment without a single CONSTRUCTIVE thing to add to the discussion at all. Halford you can spew a whole lot of word vomit, act like you're possessed by the devil, but when your temper tantrum is over, you got ZILCH, NADA, NOTHIN! I'd rather you flip out at me then one of your kids or your significant other, so dish it out, I've got a very thick skin!
Carolyn Pannenbacker January 06, 2013 at 12:47 AM
I would like to see drivers in West Islip SLOW DOWN, stay off their phones and stop texting while driving. Be better role models for your children and don't drink and drive! Until the SCPD controls traffic on Udall or town puts in lights or stop signs control your own speed and the people speeding behind you by SLOWING DOWN, not just on UDALL but on every street you drive.
Halford January 06, 2013 at 01:08 AM
your head is still up your a$$.....Increased law enforcement is one thing, but do you think that we as a people can afford all of the extra law enforcement that you seek/demand? It was truly unfortunate that this incident happened, but we can NOT afford to put police or armed guards in places every time that there is an incident....I am not flipping out over anything; all I said was that there are too many instances where too many people put things way out of perspective....you still missed my point- you want a police cruiser to sit on Udall Rd., to prevent these incidents...think for one second what you are asking for...then think about other roads etc...should we have police just sitting around for "incidents"?? WAKE UP
pampatriot January 06, 2013 at 01:36 AM
Easy Holford, I don't want you to hurt yourself. I think you protest too much! Perhaps you are a guilty offender and you're worried that you may be the one pulled over for not obeying the speed limit, just saying. Thou doth protest to much me thinks. A cruiser doesn't just sit in one spot, it cruises, hence it's name. So imagine one, up and down higbie and Udall on let's say, New Years Eve, up and down, and just maybe, just maybe some turd wouldn't have had the calzones to do what he did. Life is precious, and my friends sons life is very precious indeed, so yeah, spend the extra money if it saved a life or two...but that's just me. $$ MONEY!
Halford January 06, 2013 at 12:42 PM
your original comment regarding "cruisers"- it does say PARKED "If we all know that there are problems on these roads, I am sure the 3rd precent does too. Especially New Years Eve, but all the time, there should be a cruiser parked on Udall Rd in these sensitive areas to prevent this type of tragic event. " anyway, enough already- and no, I am not an offender- for the record my son is a police officer......
pampatriot January 06, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Your son is a police officer? Now I've heard everything. Pssst. the CRUISER doesn't arrive at a destination on a flat bed truck, it drives there,which means it can move from a parked position to cruising as the police officer decides, while on his/her beat...just ask your son I'll bet he knows what I mean and would probably welcome more hours so he can buy you a CLUE. Have a great day Halford.
Wendy Regan January 06, 2013 at 05:51 PM
@Christina, do you know WHY those districts put armed guards at their schools? It’s because thses districts do not have upgraded security doors with buzzer entry or entry code access abilities. All of the schools in our district have both of those security features. Would it be possible for you to fill us in as to what you’re told at your PTA meeting when you ask what “exactly” the security policies are for our school district? I doubt the PTA will be able to answer your question and the principal in attendance will probably not offer you many specifics. It’s not that the principals/teachers/staff don’t know what specific security policies and protocols are in place—quite the opposite. They are all very well-trained in the “what if...” scenarios. The majority of our school district’s security protocols are not made public and should not be made public for obvious reasons. But they do exist. ps: get out your thesaurus; to call something or someone "ridiculous" IS to scorn.
Christina January 06, 2013 at 06:27 PM
@ Wendy, I was referring to your statement as ridiculous, which it is, or should I say it is full of scorn, do u feel better now? U are really reaching and now breaking out your thesaurus because why???? I have a feeling you are just one who can't be wrong, opinions not shared by you are not your friend are they? Lol. As far as what security Totowa school district has in place besides police persons patrolling the schools, is not one I can comment on, nor can you. What I can tell you is that the reason the police have been hired to patroll their schools is DIRECTLY as a result of the Sandy Hook incident, not one question about that. From your own admission, simply having locked doors will not deter someone/s from entering a school, correct???? Btw, thanks for assuming I would stop inquiring @ the PTA, another ridiculous and ASSuming suggestion on your part, I will not. If, as you say, this is off limits to the public, I will get that information from somebody other than you, who, quite frankly, is more of a bevy of misinformation than not. Differing Opinions are your friend Wendy, say that over and over again, and breathe........
Mom8 January 06, 2013 at 08:07 PM
I agree with you Nancy. I have lived in WI 46 years. I read the patch all the time but only comment once in awhile. I am amazed at some of the hateful things people write on these pages. If you don't absolutely agree with them they go off on a tirade. "You're an idiot", "You're a monster", You're a drunk", it goes on and on. And alot of times it's the same people that write that. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family whose son was hit on Monday. I do know the family and they are wonderful people.
Wendy Regan January 07, 2013 at 01:45 AM
My posts contain FACTS which anyone can easily verify. I can't seem to verify any of your facts Christina. Maybe it's because what you post as a fact, is in reality, your opinion. Yes Christina, I did assume. I assumed you were interested in having a constructive conversation about school security. But clearly that’s not the case since your nasty replies and your personal slams demonstrate that you’re more interested in engaging in an anger fuelled, name calling contest. Thanks for the invite Christina, but I’m not interested--as there are more serious issues our town would like to address. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors xxoo.
Christina January 07, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Goodnight Wendy dear, please save your spews of nonsense for someone who won't call you on your assumptions and inadequacys on fact checking. Your idea of school security is what we have done for the last years since 911, which has FAILED MISERABLY at the cost of lives of children and adults. That is factual, honest, real and very scary for all parents, even the ones who accept the current "secret" policies which include hiding in closets. There is no facts in anything you have said, you are not privy to the going ons in security in Totowa NJ, or, for that matter here in West Islip. I haver Never name called you or personally slammed you, though, no doubt, not agreeing with you is slamming you, lol, perception is everything. Good luck to you dear, and a whole lot to anyone who disagrees with you.
Wendy Regan January 07, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Fact is verifiable. Opinion is YOUR perception of any given subject. I supply verifiable FACTS and let others form their own OPINIONS. I trust that my fellow West Islipers are mature enough to form their own opinions---whether or not a poster/reader agrees or disagrees with me is immaterial. Why? Because I'm not trying to change the world, I'm just trying to offer a little more FACTUAL information for them to form their own OPINIONS. ps: There's no secret info from Totowa, NJ that I'm privy to, it's called reading more than one news source, try it sometime friend.
Christina January 07, 2013 at 02:30 PM
@ Wendy, just announced all public schools in NYC are considering hiring retired NYPD to patroll schools......now.....inhale in, ........and slowwwlllyyy breathe out ;-)
Cindy&Me January 07, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Wendy don't you dare respond to this Christina person! It's so obvious that she has a personal axe to grind with you. Thanks for all you do to keep us informed about the school dist and such. Keep it coming Wendy
Christina January 07, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Axe to grind? Since when r differing opinions considered taboo? No axe here Cindy&me, just some critical thinking and correcting Wendy when she claims things, with info that we all have she, via MULTIPLE news sources, public info, etc...but for whatever reason adds in her truth isms that are not provable. This obviously isn't the forum for solutions, but discussions shouldn't be this difficult and accusatory.
Cindy&Me January 07, 2013 at 04:43 PM
It's obvious to everyone you have an axe to grind with her. She didn't do anything except add facts to the tread and you go all pms on her. If you don't like what she has to say don't read it. by the by what do nyc's schools hiring retired pd have to do with any of the things she said? Thats right nothing. You didn't even address anythng she said you just kept whining; not true, not true, misinformation, waaaaaaaaa! It's obvious you have a personal axe to grind with her and sounds like you're a bit jealous to.Accusatory? Really??? What did she accuse you of? Thats right nothing. She didn't accuse you of anything but she asked you what policies you thought needed some changes and you went all nuts. add paranoid to jealous and personal axe to grind.
Christina January 07, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Your whole post is a whine Cindy, please check the post and then comment. Wendy accused me of calling her names, not researching what I am referring too, having nasty comments etc.... Read the post unbiasedly and you will clearly see everything I just said. Btw, it was her who took issue with me, and now it's you. Perhaps it's because of your issues with school security and our lack of it. Please pick a fight armed with facts, not unrelenting non facts, this is tiring and unfounded. The inclusion of enlightening her of news of the police being considered in all NYC schools PERTAINS to the above discussion, wowwwww, ......let me gladly take my, what did you call me Pms, paranoid, jealous self out of this incrediblely useless convo, I feel less intelligent to even have engaged in an exchanged with you
Wendy Regan January 07, 2013 at 07:33 PM
What happened? LOL! @ Cindy, thank you for your posts. Seems like "Christina's" drama seeking fishing expedition is coming up a day late and a dollar short. Let her rant and spew and accuse all she wants, I've got a tough skin, I'm not going anywhere and I'm certainly not going to keep quiet. Thanks again Cindy. :)
Christina January 08, 2013 at 02:33 PM
By Nicholas Rizzi, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer STATEN ISLAND — The Staten Island Community Education Council will vote Monday night on a plan to put armed guards in city schools. The proposal would hire 300 to 500 retired NYPD officers to keep schools safe in the wake of the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., the New York Post originally reported. “We think that retired police officers could be assigned to schools so that a trained law enforcement officer can protect our children and school staff,” wrote president Sam Pirozzolo on Community Education Council 31's website. “The entire city of New York depends on our police force every day and rightly so, since it is among the best in the nation.” However, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said that the plan to put undercover guard in schools was unlikely to pass and that the CEC only proposed it to get attention. “It's not going to happen,” Walcott told Fox 5 News' "Good Day New York" on Monday morning. He said the Department of Education already works closely with the NYPD, but that there are no plans to place any additional armed guards in city schools.
Christina January 08, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Responding to Walcott's comments, Pirozzolo wrote that people pass armed guards to get into other city buildings every day, and students are learning how to protect themselves from shooters already. “Our children are being taught to hide under school desks or in classroom closets if there is a threat at their school.  They are being taught how to get out of ‘line of sight,’” Pirozzolo wrote.
Christina January 08, 2013 at 02:47 PM
HuffPost Social Reading Armed Guards At Schools: Staten Island Council Considers Hiring Former Officers To Protect Students  |  Posted: 01/07/2013 1:57 pm EST  |  Updated: 01/07/2013 1:57 pm EST 11 3 3 7 GET NEW YORK ALERTS: SIGN UP FOLLOW: NY News, Video, NYC Education, Staten Island Community Education Council, Ex Cops Schools, Former Police Guarding Schools, Nyc Gun Control, Staten Island Education Council, Staten Island Ex Cops Schools, Staten Island Schools Armed Police, New York News By Nicholas Rizzi, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer “What is less traumatic, teaching a 7-year old child what ‘line of sight’ means and then telling them to hide in a closet — or for the child to pass by someone in their school who is dressed like a teacher and happens to be a retired police officer?” Pirozzolo added that the CEC’s proposal was similar to a federal program established by former President Bill Clinton in 2000 to put cops in schools after the Columbine shooting. If passed, the proposal will not go into effect but serve as a recommendation for Walcott and the DOE. “What could possibly be wrong with including parents in the conversation about protecting our schools?” Pirozzolo wrote. The vote will take place at the monthly CEC meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Michael J. Petrides Educational Complex, Sunnyside. For more information on the meeting, visit
Wendy Regan January 08, 2013 at 03:18 PM
You're in luck Christina. There's a West Islip BOE meeting this Thursday night at the High School. I believe the meeting begins @8pm, but please double check.
Wendy Regan January 08, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Christina, the following article is in NO WAY meant to be a provocation to you or a challenge to your specific ideas regarding the safety of our schools: School Districts Looking At Panic Buttons, Bullet-Proof Glass, Buzzer Systems Hundreds of School, Local Officials Attend Symposium on Security By KATHLEEN MEGAN, kmegan@courant.comThe Hartford Courant 12:03 p.m. EST, January 8, 2013 In the wake of the Newtown shootings, school districts in Connecticut and across the country are reviewing their security plans and considering buzzer entry systems, panic buttons, and bullet-proof glass if they don't already have them. In Connecticut, 850 school and police officials, as well as parents, school board member and others met inSouthington Monday to gain insights from national experts about how to make schools more secure. Joseph Cirasuolo, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, one of the groups that organized the conference, said "We just want to make sure people know what the facts are on a variety of issues, to help them have an informed conversation instead of one overridden by emotion." Cirasuolo said that from what he's seen most of the districts that increased the police presence at district schools are continuing to do so "to the extent to which the local police department can afford to do it." (con’t below)
Wendy Regan January 08, 2013 at 09:34 PM
(con't from above) " In West Hartford, Tom Moore, assistant superintendent of schools for administration, said the district already has a buzzer entry system and cameras installed, but is now moving toward installed "a rapid response button" — also called a panic button. If staff press the button in the office, Moore said, it would release a chime that would notify teachers of need to lock down and would also summon police. Like many companies that provide school security services, Jennings Smith, a Canton-based firm, has experienced a surge in interest since the Newtown shooting. Bill Smith, owner of the firm, said that beginning on the night of the tragedy, he has gotten calls from districts all across the country. He said that a good security plan takes into account hardware and other security products and also people, policies and procedures. "They have to be intertwined," Smith said. "There has to be a cultural change in that way." . But he said, "The issue here is truthfully, whether schools at this juncture, because of the budget crisis can afford these (security) upgrades. This is what's very disturbing to people." Smith said there hasn't been federal funding for four years to assist with the development of school security. He also said it's important to take a "reasoned approach. You can ramp up to the point where you start making schools look like correctional facilities."
sharon nicholsen January 08, 2013 at 11:34 PM
I think a trader Joes would be nice for west Islip
Christina January 09, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Neither was mine Wendy, thanks for the warning?????


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