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What Do You Love Most About Rockville Centre?

For Valentine's Day, tell us what you love most about the town you call home.

Whether it’s the local schools, the parks or the village's downtown, everyone has something they love about their community.

Since it's Valentine's Day, we want to hear from you about what you love most about Rockville Centre and what makes it so special.

Please post comments and pictures here to show us all your favorite things about Rockville Centre!

B Barnett February 15, 2013 at 12:56 AM
For me its the spanish gang that has taken over the apartment house on S Park Ave and the federally funded housing projects where the gangs flourish on our tax dollars for a total monthly rent of $58 including heat and cable. Yes thats true $58 per month, you can't make this up. Oh yea most of them are behind in the rent yet there are plenty of cadillac's in the parking lot and big screen TV's hanging on the walls.
lizestrada February 15, 2013 at 02:57 AM
What do I like best about RVC? The fact that I pay 18,000 a year in taxes and when I call the police department because kids are breaking bottles in the street and throwing trash cans everywhere...not a single cop car shows up in response (even though we are 3 blocks from the police station). I like the ruddy faced desk Sergeant at the PD who is an absolute pig and seeminlgly hates anyone/everyone who comes in for help. For the 150,000 plus salary that you make Sergeant...show some respect...we pay your ridiculous undeserved salary.
Matthew Hogan February 15, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Any constructive comments, folks?
lizestrada February 15, 2013 at 03:12 AM
feel free Matt if you have any...There's empty stores, abysmal parking, Old Mill and other housing disasters, recently in the parking lot around king kullen/CVS inside of a week, I've seen three, YES THREE, hand to hand drug deals between a pedestrian on foot and drivers of vehicles in broad daylight, there is graffiti on random mailboxes and electrical power boxes throughout the town ....stop me if I'm piling on. We have St Agnes...I guess that's our "saving grace". OK...here's a fave for RVC...we do have great waffles and ice cream at "The International"...can't deny that.
lizestrada February 15, 2013 at 03:14 AM
sad but true
Fiona Baily February 15, 2013 at 12:54 PM
I love the Patch. RVC is a quaint, small beautiful and safe place to live. I really enjoy the movies downtown and the wonderful choices for dining out.
Mo Bongs February 15, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Lots of good restaurants.
B Barnett February 15, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Safe place to live? Perhaps you have not heard of the shootings, home invasions, robberies and oh yea ask the guy who got pummeled by the fine upstanding RVC high school "students" on Roxen Rd what a safe place to live it is.
Joy February 15, 2013 at 03:08 PM
I love the fact that no one bothers to stop at STOP signs. Or better yet, how no one bothers to signal when making a turn.
Fiona Baily February 15, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Mr. Barnett, thank you I had no idea that crime was so rampant. I hope that the local police and school officials are addressing the gang and student violence in our little village. I wonder if the police have the right staff to contain this violence. I will definitely avoid shopping in the downtown village. Thanks for the warning.
Mo Bongs February 15, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Certain areas are bad. Everyone is making it seem like we live in a ghetto. Our surrounding communities are much worse than RVC.
RVC1963 February 15, 2013 at 03:47 PM
downtown is filled with wonderful little boutiques and furniture shops and delicious restaurants of every variety. I love how in the spring you can stop in at any number of ice cream or yogurt shops on park ave and then take a nice stroll up and down park avenue. I love the St. Patrick's and Memorial Day parades. I love that we still have a little league parade from the Middle School through town, where our children can march together before starting the season. I love that we have a thriving volunteer fire department willing to put their lives on the line to save us. I love being able to take a run around hempstead lake, or to walk along mill river or even to just sit by mill river and read. I love that we have a peaceful respectful memorial to our victims of 9/11 that is maintained in a quiet corner of our beautiful village green. I love how every December we come together for the Christmas tree lighting at the Village Green where our local businesses and churches offer complimentary hot chocolate while our school choruses sing carols for us. I love that when the power went out across the entire northeast us in 2003, we didnt lose it because we have our own power plant. I love our recreation center with its kindhearted and gracious supervisor, Mr. B. I love our schools and how active our children are in volunteer programs.
rvcmother February 15, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Whatever happened with the Roxen Road case? I noticed that the gang assault charges seemed to have disappeared. Has this case been dismissed?
RVC1963 February 15, 2013 at 04:30 PM
legitimate question but what does that have to do with an article about what you love about rockville centre?
Matthew Hogan February 15, 2013 at 04:49 PM
rvcmother: The case has not been dismissed. There are no updates at this time. -- Matthew Hogan Associate Regional Editor Nassau County
Anthony February 15, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Great points, but dont forget that the 9-11 Memorial was actually vandalized I believe about a year ago. That story came and went without a whimper. Not sure if anyone was caught and I never saw a follow up to the story. Actually surprised a bigger deal wasnt made about it. In my mind those kids and familes should have been held accountable.
RVC1963 February 15, 2013 at 04:57 PM
but again, this article is about what you love most about rockville centre. Not about what you like to complain about the most.
Matthew Hogan February 15, 2013 at 05:01 PM
@RVC1963: Very well-written tribute to the village.
old man February 15, 2013 at 06:05 PM
I enjoy the Rock. Home values still good. Nice neighbors. Excellent services including police,sanitation and reasonable electric costs. Plenty of good eateries. Front St bakery is the best. Fun St Paddy's parade. Good schools and competitive high school teams. People clean up after their dogs. Easy trip to NYC. A village gov't that seems to care about things. Excellent Rec program for all ages. Good nearby hospitals and doctors. Young people who grew up here choose to buy a home in RVC. Etc,etc.
Will Munny February 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Sure,RVC is not perfect and there are a few things that need to be corrected but I love this town! I love the night life in the downtown area on weekends,I love the library,I love jogging through the streets,I could go on and on. I understand that there is a legitimate concern with safety. I confess that this has never been a problem for me because I am not exactly the ideal target for assault or mugging if you know what Im saying....cowardly criminals look for the weak link,not dudes like me.
TomH February 16, 2013 at 01:37 AM
I love the fact that it's the only place I want to live. I also like the bond that I have built with others from the town over the years. I like that I have a co-worker who lives on the west coast, grew up here and we only met recently, but we share a bond because we both are from rvc. I like that my children are growing up here, and getting to know quality people as I did in my youth.
rvcmother February 16, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Did anyone see Dr. Johnson in todays Newsday? He defended his salary by saying it was $221000 a year. The truth which is public information is his salary last year was $321000 plus $79000 in benefits and $20666 in more benefits for a total of $421000. This years salary is $567000. No way to defend it even with misinformation in Newsday. It wasn't $221000 like he said in Newsday but $421000. And what makes us trust this guy with 46 million in bond money? Its obvious from the bond video that (a) he doesn't know how to maintain district property or (b) he put out a video with garbage strewn classrooms to make parents vote yes. He should be ashamed!
Will Munny February 16, 2013 at 09:16 PM
I hear ya rvcmother, the more I learn about Dr.Johnson,the less I like him.
Fiona Baily February 17, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Dear Mother, Should Dr. Johnson quit? What will happen then? Wouldn't we just go and hire another highly qualified and priced administrator. I for one am not made at anyone who works for the village residents in the school district. My husband and I defend our salaries every year and every year we try to increase our pay. Are your husband and children any different? Don't you think your family wants a pay rise every year? Stop it, this article is about the good things in RVC and I for one know that Dr. Johnson is a good man and he attends church regularly. He and his wife are very good neighbors to all. It is not important to me if you are, but please try and find something good to say and reach out and help a neighbor. Love Fiona
insider February 17, 2013 at 01:38 PM
@Fiona, I may not be rvcmom, but I can tell you from being in the inside that Dr. Johnson should have been "let go" years ago, cut our loses. People speak as if they really know Dr. Johnson, that's because he was able trick you into thinking that he is all about the people. If you all knew what he's been doing for the past 25 years you would be appalled. He is mean, spiteful and corrupt man who has no interest in the students or the people of RVC, that's the veil he uses to cover up his motives. You mention that he is a church going man. He attends church to beg for forgiveness, we all know what kind of people hide behind the "church".
Dave G February 17, 2013 at 02:05 PM
No town on earth is perfect. There will always be things one can complain about. Personally, my 12 years in RVC have been great. I can't think of a place I would've preferred to raise my kids. I have made a lot of dear friends and I think theres an outstanding group of people in the community.
Fiona Baily February 17, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Dear Insider, I am shocked that Mr. Johnson has been able to act with impunity for 25 years. If what you say is true and not be able to address a specific incident or crime that Mr. Johnson has committed , I must admit I am a little bit skeptical. If what you say is true, how could our school boards have failed the residents for the last 25 years and not protected us. I can only address what I see and the good deeds Mr. Johnson has preformed in his church and his neighborhood. I have to believe he is motivated by doing good, no one is that good of an actor. I don't know what you mean by " we all know what kind of people hide behind the "church". It saddens me to think that people like you believe that only bad people go to church. The next time you think about the church please think about the 800 children that attend parochial school in RVC, who's parents pay your school taxes. Who give without question to support public education with few or any benefits. Sometimes it's best to think about the good things in our village and the people in it. Please, in the future if you have a factual problem with Dr. Johnson please present it, so we can all understand your intentions. Until then I beg you not to participate in the politics of personal destruction of a well meaning neighbor like Mr. Johnson. I hope you and your family enjoy this Presidents weekend, Fiona
rvcmother February 18, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Dr. Johnson has not practiced sound educational policies. The IB program is a prime example. Instead of being a standard bearer of academic excellance they force most of the students into the program and water it down so it doesn't even resemble what a true IB program is all about. This is all in the name of raising our ranking among school districts. Have you checked out the bond video Fiona? Does it look like Dr. Johnson has been a good steward of our funds? Would you allow your child to live in a house with holes in the walls, leaky roofs and moldy rusted doors? Dr. Johnson doesn't mind us sending our children there. Where did the repair money go? Maybe to his $567000 salary? The board members just rubber stamp his actions. And as for your contention that Dr. JOhnson must be a good man because he goes to church Fiona ...I have one word for you....Tartuffe!
rvc_esq February 18, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Church isn't a good reference to describe a man's character, mobsters go to church...
Fiona Baily February 19, 2013 at 04:33 AM
Dear Mother, I thought it would be nice to blog on an article about what I liked about RVC. It seemed communal and a chance to say good things for a change. I hear instant negative blogging. I still do not think that church's and the people who attend them are hypocrites (Molière). They always have the best intentions. . Dr. Johnson doesn’t commit a crime when he receives his $567,000 compensation. Mr. Johnson does not threaten the school board. They choose to pay him or someone else.You approve his raises when you vote for these board members you agree to the salary. The salaries of School Superintendents are way too high. I always thought a range should be between the NYC School commissioner and the US Secretary of Education salaries. Mr. Johnson is always available. When teachers are seriously ill, or die he quietly makes his presence known. He cares about being 22nd in the nation. Do you or I have a doctorate of Education or administration?, no. So, we are not qualified to create new curricula or address the standards of the US national IB ratings. Being 22nd in the nation is like getting $10,028, for a 20$ food coupon. I saw the bond video. In my thoughts I didn't see one educational improvement to the present program. Mr. Johnson supports the bond issue. He is a good example of a great educator for all. Please start another blog to criticize and assault RVC and Mr. Johnson. This blog is for positive things about RVC.

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