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WEEKLY RECAP: Two Buses Collide, Cop Assault Arrest, State Testing Youngsters

in case you missed it, here are RVC's top stories this week.

Busy week? No worries. Patch highlighted the top stories of the week so you can catch up on all of the local news. This week, the top stories are:

4. RVC Author's Book Hits Amazon Best Sellers List: Yvonne Capitelli had always dreamed about writing children’s books. During the early part of her adult life, however, other commitments got in the way. But Capitelli never lost the desire. After an 18-year career in telecommunications, the Rockville Centre resident revisited that dream and finally penned her first book in 2008.

3. Freeport Man Convicted of RVC Burglary, Assaulting Cops: Nearly two years after and assaulting two Rockville Centre cops in a bid to elude arrest, a Freeport man was convicted of his crimes and could face up to 25 years in prison, officials said.

2. Survey: Parents Say State Testing is Hurting Young Kids: A recent survey distributed by New York principals asked 8,000 parents across the state how their kids in grades 3-8 felt about the English Language Arts and Mathematics state assessments and the response was overwhelming: it's hurting them in more ways than one.

1. Two School Buses Collide on Hempstead Avenue: A school bus traveling east on Arrandale Road over Hempstead Avenue carrying nine Chaminade students was hit by an empty school bus at 7:30 a.m., sending the bus full of students into a residential brick fence.

Frank July 16, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Thanks for the update. Well that's disturbing. Two 12-Ton vehicles (that's without passengers), both with stopping ("braking" )distance capacities over 200 feet at 40 mph, slam into each other and the only thing RVC PD can allude to is that it was a simple accident? No overriding factors? I find that hard to believe and I hope many in RVC do as well. I would advise my children to take my grandchildren to school instead of using the buses. Noting that the buses carry RVC's most precious resource, that is a giant cop out by RVC PD.
That RVC guy July 16, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Frank, someone is usually at fault for every motor vehicle accident. Should they be arrested? The field investigation revealed that the drivers were fit for duty. Absent some compelling witness information that apparently never materialized, where is there a criminal case?
Frank July 16, 2012 at 06:57 PM
i am not trying to find any criminal negligence or throw anyone in prison. I just like to know under what circumstances led to two, 12 ton vehicles t-boning each other on Hempstead Ave and how to prevent it from happenning again. Accidents do happen... but what if one of the drivers said "the trees and bushes blocked my view" or "i was driving along the blind curve when the other driver whipped around the corner too fast for me to react in time". Maybe trimming the overhangs, border plants, and installing mirrors on blind turns would help. that's all.
That RVC guy July 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Agreed, Frank, but those conditions would still make it "an accident", just like the Police Commissioner said. He was speaking within the context of there being any criminality involved, so no point in bashing the RVCPD. For all we know, bushes were trimmed a/o drivers were disciplined/fired by the bus companies, things the PC would not normally comment on.
Frank July 16, 2012 at 10:26 PM
@ RVC guy. Yes, accidents happen. But what I am asking is what can RVC do to reduce the probability of that type of event from occurring again? If it was a visibility issue, shouldn't the village come out and say it? Maybe informing residents that their border plants need trimming as it's a potential hazard.? Anything.... Assuming things happened as it should is naive, especially in that town... it has a generational track record on "no follow-through".

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