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LBHS Congratulates Scholar Artist Jovanna Vicente

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The photography talents of Long Beach High School senior Jovanna Vicente have earned her the elite Scholar Artist title through the Long Island Arts Alliance’s Scholar-Artist Awards program. This recognition is granted to students judged to be “the best of the best” on Long Island in both academics and in the arts.  

Jovanna is the tenth Long Beach High School student in the past seven years to be awarded through this program. She was recognized in the category of media arts for her photography, and was required to submit an essay as well as a portfolio of her work.
While this arts distinction is Jovanna’s most recent, it is certainly not her first. Last year, she earned first place in the Photographic Federation of Long Island Youth Showcase Competition’s Photojournalism-Prints and People/Animals–Prints categories for her pieces titled “Rizal Boulevard” and “Girl in the Rain.” She then went on to win a second place award in the national Photographic Society of America competition. Jovanna also had the honor of displaying her photograph, “Window Reflections,” at the New York State Art Teachers Association’s Legislative Exhibit in Albany. She additionally exhibited “Girl in the Rain” at the Long Island Arts Council’s High School competition. 

Along with approximately 19 other Scholar Artists and 20 Award of Merit recipients, Jovanna was officially acknowledged at a celebration held on Sept.14 at Half Hollow Hills High School East. An end-of-the-year reception will be held in the spring at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the Campus of LIU-Post. 


Long Beach rededicates new administration building

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The Long Beach Public Schools’ Board of Education and administration dedicated  the district’s new administration building with a ceremony held on Sept. 15. The construction was finished last year, just in time for the start of school in September of 2016. It was funded entirely through federal and state funds, at no cost to taxpayers. 

Joining district officials were Senator Todd Kaminsky and Assemblywoman Melissa Miller. They each spoke about this important moment in Long Beach, which signified the final phase of Superstorm Sandy repair projects. 

“This is reflective of a new day in Long Beach,” Senator Kaminsky stated. “I’m glad you have a resilient new home.” 

“Much luck moving forward, with all new things happening, and I am glad you have this new building,” said Assemblywoman Miller. 

Superintendent of Schools David Weiss expressed gratitude to Chief Operating Officer Michael DeVito, Director of Facilities and Operations Steve Lahey and their respective departments for the efforts that went into to the securement of funding. 

Past Board of Education trustees Patrick Gallagher and Roy Lester had the honor of unveiling a plaque that was installed in the building’s front lobby; the plaque displays the names of the administrators and Board of Education members who were involved in seeing this endeavor through from start to finish.

LBHS Students Explore College Options

More than 50 colleges and universities were represented at an event presented by Long Beach High School’s counseling department on September 18. The mini-fair featured an assortment of booths in the gymnasium, where representatives from the various schools across the nation provided information about their programs, admission requirements, campus life and more.

Seniors visited their stations of interest and took brochures and other materials as they embark upon their application ventures. Next up is the annual Grade 12 College Information Night, which is scheduled for September 27 at 7 p.m. Financial Aid Night and Grade 9 Parent Night events are slated for October 19 and 25, respectively. Click here to view the full calendar.   

Delivering an educational program that supports college and career readiness is one of the district’s major priorities. The counseling department and other members of the high school staff will continue to work closely with seniors and their parents throughout the school year as the students make decisions that will help shape their futures. 


LBHS Students Accepted to Columbia University Science Honors Program

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Long Beach High School students Alyscia Batista and Joshua Kapilian have been selected by Columbia University to participate in their Science Honors Program for the 2017-18 school year. Out of almost 2,000 applicants, the two juniors are among only 400 students admitted to the program based on their test results, applications, recommendations and transcripts.  

Alyscia and Joshua will attend classes at Columbia on Saturdays throughout the school year. At Long Beach High School, they are successful science research students.  Joshua won second place in the New York Science and Engineering Fair’s Systems Software category during his freshman year and received recognition in the Molloy College Science Fair as a sophomore. He also participated in a set of advanced weekend courses in math as a through the Institute of Merit's Math Research Program. 

Both students are International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidates and members of the National Honor Society. 

Marina Meyer and Jesse Scott Named National Merit Commended Students

Marina Meyer and Jesse Scott Named National Merit Commended Students
Long Beach High School is pleased to congratulate seniors Marina Meyer and Jesse Scott for their recognition as National Merit Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. They represent the nation’s pool of highest scorers on the 2016 PSAT, which was taken by more than 1.6 million students. Approximately 34,000 earned the Commended Student distinction. 

Marina and Jesse are both members of the National Honor Society and very much involved in their school community. Marina is President of the Key Club and plays trombone and baritone in the band. Jesse is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate, serves as President of Model Congress and plays varsity badminton and tennis. 

As seniors with college on the horizon, they each have big goals for the future. Marina hopes to pursue foreign affairs and international studies, while Jesse is preparing for an education in chemical engineering. 

LBHS musicians to perform in All-State ensemble

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Three Long Beach High School students have been selected for All-State music ensembles and two were chosen as alternates. All five earned this recognition based on their New York State School Music Association audition solos last spring, and the All-State performers will take the stage at the NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester. 

Olivia DiResta joins the All-State Mixed Chorus while Joshua Kapilian and Thomas Walsh will participate in the All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Claire Ezratty and Logan Friedman were selected as alternates for the All-State Orchestra and Instrumental Jazz groups, respectively. 

These Long Beach musicians, all of whom are members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, represent their school with talent and dedication. Olivia is a senior and has participated in All-County performances several times in previous years. Joshua, a junior, has performed in All-County and the Long Island String Festival Association concerts as a violist. Thomas, also a junior, has been featured at the All-County level as well. 

Claire is a senior and serves as Tri-M’s Vice President of Community Service. She attended the prestigious New York State Summer School for the Arts’ School of Orchestral Studies in July and August and has performed in LISFA. Logan, a senior and Tri-M President, plays the bass and has earned All-County selection in the past. 

The NYSSMA Winter Conference will be held at the Rochester Convention Center from Nov. 30-Dec. 3.

Long Beach students get schooled in surfing

Members of Long Beach High School’s Life Skills program and the district’s special education program took part in the annual Surfers Healing Surf Camp, held at Lido West Town Beach on Sept. 13. Thanks to professional instructors and volunteers, participants from local communities had the opportunity to experience a sea of peace and possibility.

One by one, students were fitted for life jackets and accompanied by instructors as they made their way out into the water on long boards. They each embarked upon their own unique surfing adventures, in which they took on new challenges and gained self-confidence while riding waves back to the shore.

Members of the Long Beach High School surf team handed out medals with pride and offered encouragement, high-fives and praise to the accomplished beginners.

Surfers Healing seeks to enhance the lives of children and teens with special needs, specifically those with autism. The organization’s stellar team, coupled with the ocean’s therapeutic effect has been making a difference in the lives of its participants for 17 years. This was one of many one-day Surfers Healing camps held across the nation and was organized in partnership with the Town of Hempstead.

Board of Ed Work Session - Thursday, September 28 - LBMS Auditorium @ 7:30 PM

  Work Session Topic:  Student Performance 2016-17

Constitution Day at East School

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Click to see the video! East School’s fourth-graders formed an American Flag for Constitution Day.”

Long Beach Schools Bring Post-Storm Sunshine to Texas

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When news broke about the devastation that Hurricane Harvey brought to parts of Texas, Long Beach schools jumped right on board to help those who were affected. Students, staff and families from Long Beach High School, Long Beach Middle School and East, Lido, Lindell and West elementary schools wanted to share with those thousands of miles away the lessons they had learned about unity, kindness, hope, strength and resilience through experiences with Superstorm Sandy.

Through a collaboration between the high school’s English department, Key Club, National Honor Society, Student Organization and Life Skills department, upwards of 1,000 letters have been written by Long Beach students to those who have suffered damage from Harvey. The middle school also got involved, and students in both buildings’ English classes welcomed the invitation to express their encouragement and compassion. Most of them had their own personal stories to tell, with life lessons about the power of working together to rebuild. 

“I feel so bad that you had to deal with Hurricane Harvey,” wrote middle school student Bridget O’Driscoll. “Five years ago, Long Beach, New York and all of the East Coast had to deal with Hurricane Sandy. We came together as a community to rebuild Long Beach.” 

“I know what you’re going through,” middle school student Kerry Off wrote. “When Sandy hit, I felt I would never make it through everything that had happened. I was heartbroken, but then we rebuilt. I knew everyone was OK no matter how long it took.” 

High school student Katelyn Salvato shared, “I hope you know that so many people are willing to help and rebuild your town, just like we did five years ago. Things will get easier; it might take long, but eventually life will go back to normal. I hope all our donations and love make it easier for you in this time.” 

The high school is also coordinating a “Battle of the Classes” project, which presents a fundraiser in the form of a friendly and collaborative competition with a unique twist. Each class will receive a donation bin and 1,000 points. For every 25 cents placed in a donation bin, 10 points will be subtracted. The goal is for students to put money in the other classes’ buckets so that their own bucket retains the most points. The class with the highest number of points at the end of the competition will gain points for their school’s Class Olympics, and the donations will be used to purchase grocery store gift cards that will be sent to Texas before the holidays. 

Long Beach High School’s Life Skills students are excited to be involved in these efforts as well. They are decorating the donation bins and will help facilitate the activity during weekdays in the building’s commons. The Life Skills students are also running a donation table at the Farmers Market at Kennedy Plaza on Wednesday afternoons to raise money from the community that will be distributed among the classes’ bins. 

This endeavor will expand to include the entire district at the annual Homecoming Carnival on Oct. 13, when a “Battle of the Schools” will be held. Each building will be represented with two bins, and attendees can donate tickets to the bin of their choice. The school that raises the most in proceeds will receive a special halftime shout-out during the football game. 

The gift card donations and letters will be delivered to a high school in League City, Texas, where Long Beach High School graduate and former faculty member Mike Jiminez currently teaches. 

Long Beach Middle School has created a hallway mural that symbolizes Long Beach’s support of Texas. For every dollar donated, a swatch of colored paper is added to help fill in and complete the image. The middle school has another creation in the works — a quilt comprised of students’ inspirational messages and illustrations. Many squares have already been designed and will be patched together to form one heartfelt piece. 

Lido School’s students, staff and families went full steam ahead with their outreach efforts during the first few days of school. They organized a donation drive that produced row upon row of brand-new backpacks filled with school supplies, boxes of new socks and pajamas in various sizes, and notes of encouragement. A $1,000 donation from Allstate Insurance is making the delivery possible. 

Lindell School’s fifth-graders will be selling bracelets as a fundraiser. The pieces will be red, white and blue and have “We are survivors! Sandy/Harvey” embossed on them. Each bracelet will cost $1 and the proceeds will go directly to an elementary school in the Houston Independent School District. East and West elementary schools are coordinating other efforts to make a difference, such as gift card drives. East’s donations will also benefit families affected by Hurricane Irma.  

The district will share updates on these efforts and more in the upcoming weeks!

LBHS Senior Jacori Teemer Places Third in World Wrestling Championships, Sets Big Goals for Current Season

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Long Beach High School senior Jacori Teemer achieved a third-place victory in the World Wrestling Championships. Held in Athens, Greece, over the weekend of Sept. 8, this competition placed Teemer against some of the most challenging contestants across the globe. 

Jacori won his first three matches, which included an opponent from Georgia that placed fifth in this event last year, one from Turkey, and another from Uzbekistan who holds the 2017 Asian Champion title. In the semi-finals, Jacori lost a tough 3-3 decision on criteria to a young man from Japan. In the bronze medal match, Teemer bounced back in a big way by pinning his opponent from South Africa to notch a medal. 

More goals are on the horizon for this season, as Jacori now has his eyes set on becoming the first five-time New York State Champion in Long Island history and only the second wrestler in the state to win five titles. He has verbally committed to attend Arizona State University next fall. 

Long Beach HS Artists Make Memories

As part of their final projects last year, Long Beach High School's IB Visual Arts HL2 students explored the theme of “thinking globally, acting locally” through their artwork. The local piece consisted of the planning and creation of new murals in the halls of LBHS, while the global component involved participation in The Memory Project. Through this initiative, the artists created portraits for children in orphanages and youth programs in the Congo. This video tells the whole story.

Dr. Jennifer Gallagher to be Appointed Interim Superintendent

The Board of Education of the Long Beach Public Schools has named Dr. Jennifer Gallagher as Interim Superintendent as the board searches for a permanent candidate for the position. Dr. Gallagher will work together with Mr. Michael DeVito and Dr. Michele Natali as a collaborative team to share responsibilities of the superintendent. Dr. Gallagher is the current Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction; Mr. DeVito is the Chief Operating Officer, and Dr. Natali is the Executive Director for Human Resources.  The Board of Education is excited about this new model for interim governance, and that they believe that this model will provide efficiency and stability during this time of transition.

The BOE will immediately begin the process for searching for a permanent superintendent, and will soon share details of the search process and opportunities for community input. The board is committed to naming a new superintendent by mid-year, with the expectation that the new leader would begin no later than July 1, 2018.

Long Beach High School Senior Earns Silver Medal at 2017 USA Beach Volleyball Junior Nationals

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Long Beach High School Senior Sammy Gibson earned a second-place finish in the 18U Gold Bracket of the USAV Junior Beach Volleyball National Championships this summer. The tournament featured bid winners from the USAV Junior Beach Volleyball Tour, which is run by USA Volleyball, and had more than 80 events in 26 states and 30 USAV Regions.

The tour culminated in the USA Volleyball Beach National Championships this past July, in Siesta Key, FL. After three days of tough competition, Sammy and his partner, Luke Salm (FL), earned a spot in the final Championship Match. They won the first set, lost the second, and then lost in a close third-set tie-breaker to end up with a Silver medal.

Sammy is looking forward to his Senior year as co-captain and outside hitter for the Long Beach High School Boys Varsity Volleyball team, and was recently named to Newsday’s 2017 Top Ten Boys Volleyball Players to Watch on Long Island.

Hooray for the first day!

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Long Beach Public Schools had an excellent opening day on Wednesday, Sept. 6, as students kicked off the 2017-18 school year with gusto. Their excitement was evident as kindergartners through high school seniors reunited with friends, were introduced to new ones, met their teachers and set goals for learning and success.

This school year brings the continuation of many developments that were introduced in recent years. The 1:1 Chromebook initiative has brought a world of expanded opportunities for instruction at the secondary level. Facilities work that was previously completed at the middle school and high school further enhances the continued emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experiences.

LB welcomes new teachers

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The Long Beach Public Schools welcomed new staff members with a three-day orientation that included an array of presentations, workshops and discussions.

The orientation included an introduction to the district’s key learning frameworks, including Social and Emotional Learning, and Learner-Centered Instruction. Participants also reviewed some of the key professional tools and responsibilities for teachers in the district. New staff members got to know their colleagues, met administrators and Board of Education members, and learned about the district’s goals and history.

LBHS Congratulates Tonianne Larson on Softball Achievements

Long Beach High School 2017 graduate Tonianne Larson concluded her senior year with a prestigious athletic accomplishment. She earned First Team All-State, which placed her among the top 12 softball players in Class AA for New York State this past season.

There are six All-State teams per classification, and athletes are selected by sports writers who cover softball in New York State.

“By making first team All-State Tonianne is acknowledged as one of the best of the best in Class AA Softball,” said coach Carmine Verde. 

Tonianne also earned First Team All Long Island, based on selection by Newsday's softball sports writers, and was voted All County by Nassau County softball coaches for the third consecutive year. 

During her senior year, Tonianne won 14 games, pitched 141 innings and gave up only 97 hits. She had 233 strikeouts (second in Nassau County) and only 45 walks. Her earned run average was 1.04. She also pitched two no-hit games is the only pitcher in NY State to beat the State Champions. 

Tonianne is now heading to Molloy, where she will play college level softball. 

LBHS Grad Sam Brown a Golden 11 Football Player

Long Beach High School Class of 2017 graduate Sam Brown is a recipient of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame’s Golden 11 Award. The NFF recognizes athletes who demonstrate the highest values of character and sportsmanship and excellence in academics, as well as excellence in football. 

Only 11 football players in all of Nassau County were awarded this honor based on nominations from coaches. Sam is a stand-out athlete who has numerous accomplishments to his name and set several Long Beach High School football records which included:

the most passes attempted in a game (44)
the most passes attempted in a season (221) 
the most passes completed in a game (32)
the most passes completed in a season (107)
the most yards gained passing in a game (519) 
the most yards gained passing in season (2004)
the most touchdown passes in a game (7)
the most touchdown passes in a season (29)
the most points in a game (50)
the most points in a season (204).

A multi-sport athlete, Sam will play lacrosse at Binghamton University as he embarks upon his college career. 

Hall of Fame Induction for Long Beach Alum

An alumnus of the Long Beach Public Schools has been inducted into the third class of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Nassau County High School Hall of Fame. Scottie Graham, Long Beach High School Class of 1987, is among only 31 individuals to earn this distinction as a result of his significant contributions to high school athletics in Nassau County.

During his Long Beach High School years, Graham was a three sport athlete participating on the lacrosse, wrestling and football teams. He achieved All-American status in all three. In addition to demonstrating dedication athletically, he never missed a single day in the classroom.

Graham was a three-year football starter and captain at The Ohio State University, and eventually went on to hold a successful career in the NFL during which he went seven seasons without fumbling the football. He joined the New York Jets in 1992, the Minnesota Vikings in 1993 and the Cincinnati Bengals in 1997.

Many of Graham’s professional highlights were accomplished while he played for the Vikings. He held the fourth-highest single-game rushing total of 305 yards in Vikings history, finished the 1993 campaign as the team’s leading rusher and was presented with the Ed Block Courage Award in 1996.

“We are so proud of Scottie,” said Long Beach Public Schools Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Arnold Epstein. “His commitment, sportsmanship and determination have led him to numerous successes that make him a positive role model and great example for our students.”

Currently a Senior Associate Athletics Director at Arizona State University, Graham enjoys spending time with his wife, Mary, and their two children. He will be formally recognized at an induction ceremony to be held on Sept. 27 at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Transportation Timeline Fall 2017


School District and Local Entities Partner in Effort for Safer Roads

The Long Beach Public Schools are pleased to have obtained full endorsement from the Lido and Point Lookout Fire District and the Point Lookout Civic Association for a request to reduce speed limits on Lido Boulevard. The Fire District submitted a letter to Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino, while the Civic Association addressed Legislator Denise Ford. Both correspondences echoed the same concerns that the school district raised regarding safety for those crossing the road.

Long Beach Superintendent of Schools David Weiss has urged the Town to consider lowering the speed limit from 40 to 30 miles per hour between the Loop Parkway and Prescott Street in Lido Beach.

“More than 700 of our middle and high school students travel on foot and bicycle during rush hours – the most common times for vehicles to exceed the maximum permitted speed,” he said. “Drivers continue to overlook the posted signs and speed-related automobile accidents are a longstanding issue.”

 “The [fire] district has responded to many accidents along the portion of Lido Boulevard cited by Mr. Weiss,” Lido and Point Lookout Fire District Commissioner Charles Thompson wrote in a letter to the Town. “As an EMS responder and ex-chief of the department, I am personally familiar with the dangers caused by the speed of vehicles traveling on Lido Boulevard, and a reduction of the speed limit with enforcement will help render the area safer for all concerned, particularly the children of our community.”

“We support reducing the speed limit from 40 MPH to 30 MPH in those areas currently designated 40 MPH zones,” said Point Lookout Civic Association President Matthew Brennan. “We would also support further studies along Lido Blvd in both Lido Beach and in Point Lookout to enact additional traffic calming measures within those communities of Lido Beach and Point Lookout.”

The plan has also received immediate support from Councilwoman Erin Sweeney and Mr. Weiss expects other endorsements to follow.  

Long Beach HS IB Students Get Head Start on Extended Essays

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Long Beach High School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates have been taking this summer as an opportunity to delve deeper into the Extended Essay, one of the three required central elements that must be completed in order for an International Baccalaureate Diploma to be obtained. The district hosted four writing workshops that offered the IB seniors an advantage on their upcoming school year with guidance from staff advisors.

The Extended Essay is a research paper that allows students to deeply explore a topic of their choosing in a written paper of approximately 4000 words.  The workshops are designed to help the students develop and utilize organizational strategies that will allow them to complete the project.  IB graduates report that the Extended Essay was one of the best preparations they had for the type of writing that was expected of them in college. The high school held two morning sessions and two evening events in July and August, in order to accommodate a variety of students’ schedules. While they were optional, overall attendance was strong and several students attended more than one session.
Having already determined their inspirations and topics of interest, the students are now in the research and composition phases of their essays. They are in the process of finalizing their essential questions, obtaining valid information sources and initiating outlines. One-on-one conversations with IB Coordinator Jennifer Quinn and IB Extended Essay Coordinator Toni Weiss offered guidance to the workshop attendees.

"At the workshops we are able to continue to help students use databases to selected peer-reviewed articles and valid sources for their research,” Ms. Quinn stated. “As the students collect resources we are able to help them to narrow their research questions or make necessary adjustments. These are all valuable lessons that will greatly help them to succeed in college. They're able to get one on one supervision throughout the entire writing process, which is priceless."

A member of the high school’s baseball team, Dillon Razler decided to incorporate his passion for sports into his essay about how civil rights laws influenced baseball. He drew upon his readings about Jackie Robinson for inspiration and has been making use of the Questia Schools database.  
“The guidance is the best part,” Dillon said of the sessions. “It’s much easier to do this before school starts in September.”

Jesse Scott is investigating civil rights as well, but from a different angle that relates to student activism. While he spent significant time working independently and already had a favorable beginning to the process, the summer workshops enabled him to expand his work. “It helps me focus and is good to have people to bounce ideas off of,” he said.

Logan Friedman is looking within the science fiction novel “Cat’s Cradle,” by Kurt Vonnegut, for a specific topic. The overall theme explores religion and science.  

“All of the students who attended the workshops made progress with their essays, which will definitely take some of the pressure off of senior year,” said Ms. Weiss. “It's a great opportunity for them to focus on their extended essays in the absence of other academic demands.”

As the summer concludes and the 2017-18 school year begins, the students will work with the mentors to whom they have been assigned as they move forward in their essay development.

LB School District Takes a Stand to Safeguard Roads

The Long Beach Public Schools are leading a call to action to help ensure safety on Lido Boulevard, requesting the Town of Hempstead to reduce the speed limit on it. The primary purpose of the request is to increase the safety for students who need to cross the road on bicycles or as pedestrians as they travel to and from school.

Superintendent of Schools David Weiss sent a letter urging Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino to enact legislation that would lower the speed limit from 40 to 30 miles per hour from the Loop Parkway to Prescott Street in Lido Beach. The plan has received immediate support from Councilwoman Erin Sweeney and Mr. Weiss expects other endorsements to follow.  

“We have been meeting with town and county officials, and we all agree the current traffic conditions put the safety of our young adults at risk on a daily basis,” Mr. Weiss said. He noted that in particular, many drivers accelerate beyond the 40 mph speed as they exit the Loop during the morning rush hour when students are crossing Lido Boulevard, and they slow down, but not to the 30 mph limit at the school crossings at Blackheath Road.   

More than 700 Long Beach Middle School and High School students travel on foot and bicycle during rush hours – the most common times for vehicles to exceed the maximum permitted speed. While Lido Boulevard contains several school crossings and school zones, drivers continue to overlook the posted signs. Despite the schools’ efforts to provide bicycle and pedestrian safety awareness programs, speed-related automobile accidents are a longstanding issue.

“No amount of education produces safe travel if drivers create dangerous situations,” Mr. Weiss said. “We believe a lowering of the speed limit will change the mindset of drivers as they pass through this area.”