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It is time for the Congress
of the United States to treat
the retraining of a man as well
as it treats the replacement of
a machine. The Congress has
seen fit to pass legislation which
gives to American business an
incentive to replace their equipment
with modern and up- to-date
machinery. This device is
the investment tax credit and
allows business a credit for modernization
of their plant equipment.
It is time to encourage business
to retrain and uptrain their
employees by giving them a credit
in their taxes for doing so.
I have placed in the hopper on
the Floor of the House a bill
which is called the Human Investment
Act of 1967. This act
is an approach which places the
responsibility for increased job
training where it belongs — on
the Nation's greatest job trainer,
our private enterprise system.
The Human Investment Act
specifically gives employers incentive
to broaden and expand
apprenticeship training, on- the-job
braining under the Manpower
Development and Training Act,
cooperative work- study programs,
tuition refund programs
and expenses of organized groups
and classroom instructionamong
Giving . employers a tax break
for employee training and retraining
is an efficient and sensible
approach and unlike government
run training programs,
private programs involve less
red tape and more importantly,
are aimed at an available job.
Private employers know better
than any government agency
which jobs are available and
what skills are in demand. In
addition, the knowledge that a
job is waiting at the end of a
training period is a powerful
incentive to an employee- trainee.
The need for such legislation
became apparent to me when the
Arma Corporation inourDistrict
wished to run a retraining program
for some of its employees.
Arma was told the only
way it could obtain Federal funds
for such a program would be to
fire the employees first since
only programs for the unemployed
were available. This convinced
me that better approaches
were of the utmost important
and would best be done through
private initiative and free enterprise,
which my bill encourages.
The 10% tax credit to employers
for expenses incurred
training their employees in certain
job skills would be an investment
— a sure one to pay
dividends to the employer and
to our Nation. It is an investment
in human beings, encouraged
by government but run by
free enterprise. It is consistent
with the American dream.
The Farmingdale Council of
P. T. A. will present a special
program on Friday, March 3,
at 8: 30 p. m. at the Farmingdale
Senior High School.
The program, " Education and
State Government" will feature
the Constitutional Convention
Delegates from both the 3rd and
4th Congressional Districts in
Farmingdale. The program is
being presented during ' Lights
on for Fducation Week' as a
The program will be moderated
by Carl K. Brooke of Plain-edge.
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The East Lake Avenue School
P„ T0A„ will sponsor a Physical
Education Demonstration under
the direction of Mr. Stewart and
Mrs. Gove male, Physical Education
Instructors, on Wednesday,
March 1st, at 8: 00 p. m.
at the school. Wrestling will be
provided by the boys.
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The Main Street P. T. A. will
hold a " Fathers' Night" program
on Monday, February 27th,
at 8: 30 p. m. in the Main Street
A film entitled ' The Test' will
be shown. After the film, Miss
Miriam Finkelstein, the Guidance
Counselor, will hold a question
and answer period.
Refreshments will be served
in the cafeteria following the
Gordon To Address Civic Group
Stuart R. Gordon, Chairman of
the Air Pollution Committee of
the Town of Oyster Bay will speak
on " Race to Oblivion" at the next
meeting of the Biltmore Shores
Civic Association to be held on
Wednesday, March 1 at 8 p. m. at
the Community house of the Mar -
jorie Post Park.
The Oyster Bay Town Department
of Recreation and Community
Activities will start a
pilot counselor training program
for high school juniors and seniors
on March 1.
The 15- week program will be
given every Wednesday from 7: 30
to 9 P. M. at the Willets School
in Syosset. Herbert Malamed,
a Plainedge School District physical
education instructor who has
experience in camping, counselor
training and recreation, will conduct
The course is intended to prepare
high school juniors and seniors
fo£ summer jobs in camping
or as counselors. In addition
to the method sessions on
Wednesdays, practical on- the-job
training will be made available
to those enrolled by assigning
them to Town recreation centers
on Saturdays to observe operations.
The program is under
the s u p e r v i s i o n of James
Arvanitis, Town Recreation Director.
In other recreation action, the
R e c r e a t i o n Department announced
that 14 teams of 56 boys
and girls arc actively engaged in
the Town's mixed teenage bowling
league in Massapequa and eight
teams of 32 youths are participating
in the Bethpage mixed
In Massapequa, the team of
Gary Lustlader, John Cordas,
Dave Becker and Bruce Becker
are leading the competition.
Bruce Becker leads high game
( 241) high series ( 576) and high
average ( 159). Linda Pastor
paces the girls with a high game
( 181) and high average ( 141).
Barbara Schumacher has high
series ( 465).
In Bethpage, the first place
team consists of Frank Spad-anuta.
Dug Filippone, Peter Sofia
and Lance Rothenberg. Tony
Barone leads high average ( 141)
and high series ( 473) while Bruce
Howell rolled a 195 for high game.
On the feminine side, Margo
Cerny rolled a high game of 172
and leads with a 431 high series.
Joan Goldstein's 130 is the
By Rep James Grover
Volunteer Army To Conduct
March On Homes Sunday
A volunteer army of 12,000
will conduct a march on homes
throughout Nassau County on Sunday,
February 26, to collect contributions
to be used in the fight
against heart and blood vessel
Michael M. D'Auria and Mrs.
Edmund Ocker. Nassau " Heart
Sunday" co- chairman, said the
volunteers will be visiting homes
in all Nassau communities to
accept contributions for the Heart
Fund and to distribute pamphlets
containing heart- saving
The Nassau Heart Association
hopes to better the $ 182,000 which
was collected last year. The collection
climaxes the month- long
campaign by the association.
Campaign leaders pointed out
that each volunteer will carry an
official " Heart Fund" kit for
" The gifts collected will be
used to conquer heart and blood
vessel diseases which caused
more than 989,000 deaths in the .
United States last year and account
for more than 54% of the
total deaths in Nassau County,''•
said D'Auria and Mrs. Ocker.
Heart Sunday volunteers who
find no one at home when they
make their calls, will leave a
pre- addressed envelope in which
a contribution may be sent to
Heart Fund headquarters at 114
Seventh Street, Garden City.
The House Public Works Committee,
of which I am a member,
is wrestling with an interesting
problem in these opening months
of the session. We are faced
with a determined move by the
President to divert highway funds
earmarked for the interstate system
to other government programs.
Last Nov. 23, the administration
announced that federal funds
for the highway program during
1967 would be limited to $ 3.3-
billion, a $ 1.1- billion cutback over
last year. On Jan. 17, the President
went further, stating that
he was considering an additional
cutback of $ 400- million. The
President said that this money
would be cut to reduce non- military
expenditures and to reduce
" inflationary pressures."
In November, 1966, the rate of
unemployment in the construction
industry was 8.8 per cent. This
would hardly seem to be an inflationary
situation. Rather, it
appears to Public Works Committee
members that the President
hopes to transfer cash from
the Highway Trust Fund to Great
Society Programs, a sort of fiscal
sleight- of- hand which will be
hard to explain to the American
motorist and trucker.
Completion of the Interstate
Highway System is vital to our
nation's future. The toll on our
roads last year was frightful—
65,000 killed, several hundred
thousand injured, b i l l i o n s in
property damage. Much of this
record was due to inadequate,
improperly- maintained highways.
The President appears anxious
to lull the public into a false
sense of inflationary security
through manipulation of the Highway
Trust Fund. No wonder
that the major question concerning
this administration today is
when it's telling the truth.
PLAINEDGE HIGH SCHOOL
Last weekend was certainly a
very successful one for the cast
of " How to Succeed in Business
Without Really Trying". The play,
presented last Friday and Saturday
nights was a credit to the
senior class and its director, Mr.
Leading lady Didi Rick, who
played, in her own words a husband-
hunting secretary, found it
hard adapting to her role. " The
lines are easy to learn because
it's normal, everyday talk . . .
That's just the problem," she
quipped. It's hard acting normal
when you're crazy!" Didi is a
•' Kirby- Pro". She was one of the
Trapp children in his PTA production
of '* Sound of Music" and
was a chorus member in last
year's sophomore - junior play
" Bells Are Hinging".
Richard Weichmann, who had
the same part as Hobert Morse
in the original Broadway play,
" loved working on the play, even
though Mr. Kirby worked us so
Barbara Smoller, Didi's sidekick,
played as she described,
" not a dumb, but . . . well . . .
a slow person with a wild, loud
Besides Hidi, several other
" Kirby- Pros" have returned this
season and have major roles in
the production. Rob Gottschalk
plays J. B. Biggley, MitchellClark
is the " cry baby" nephew of
Biggley and Christina Mercurio
plays the part of a sexy, dumb
blonde secretary or in Mr.
Kirby's own words " J. B. Bigg-ley's
extra curricular activity".
A week before the play, Plain-edge
students also saw fine
theatrical performances when the
Lincoln Center Repertory Company
presented a 45 minute program
from the works of Shaw.
Later this month, the Long
Island Opera Showcase Repertory
Company will present " The
Barber of Seville" and " The
Marriage of Figaro". Bringing
these repertory companies to the
school is part of the Plainedge
cultural program inaugurated in
December when the Lincoln Center
Metropolitan Opera Company
performed " DonPasquale".
" Aloha!" shouted dues- paying
juniors on their way to see
" Hawaii" at the Syosset Theater
on Wednesday. Ideas are taking
shape for the junior prom, scheduled
for May 21. The theme is
" Paris by Night", an open air
cafe set under large awnings.
Committees have already been
formed and bids set at $ 5.00 for
dues- paying juniors and $ 7.50for
non- paying members.
Operation Helping Hand
' 4th Battalion 9th Infantry Manchu
the Vietnam Assistance
Committee of Farmingdale
B o b D e s s o r t Orchestra
S o n s of I t a l y H a l l,
Boundary Avenue, South Farmingdale
Saturday April 1 - 9 P M . ' o 7 AM
Donation $ 5 per couple
for Ticket Reservation
Call MY 4- 4225
Farmingdale OBSERVER Thursday, February 23, 1967 Page 5
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