Long Islanders seeking inexpensive tickets to live professional sporting events are in luck as the calendar turns to July.
The Long Island Ducks, the region’s minor league baseball team, are home most of the month. Meanwhile, the New York Islanders are inviting hockey fans on Saturday, July 10 to watch a scrimmage and skills competition featuring their highest draft picks, and the thoroughbreds are running at Belmont Park in Elmont through Sunday, July 18.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s credibility with the public took another hit last week when, after announcing layoffs and cutting services due to a supposed budget crisis, they mysteriously found millions of dollars to appease New York City’s Democrats.
The carnival-like atmosphere surrounding last year’s New York Islanders Draft Party will be difficult to replicate when it is held again on Friday, June 25 because the Islanders’ on-ice performance improved noticeably during the 2009-2010 season.
Bestselling author Nelson DeMille incorporates into The Lion (Grand Central Publishing), his just-released sequel to 2000’s The Lion’s Game, a highly entertaining mix of page-turning action and thinly-veiled national security briefings.
Florida has been dubbed ‘heaven’s waiting room’ but Long Island’s East End might rank a close second in that regard, based on Dan Rattiner’s just-published In the Hamptons Too (SUNY Press/Excelsior Editions, June 2010).
The Garden City and Floral Park Belmont Festivals, to be held on Friday evening, June 4, give Long Islanders a festive way to mark the night before the thoroughbred racing world convenes in Elmont for the Belmont Stakes.
Before a major game against a longtime rival, players usually try to say all the right things in front of the media. The twin goals: lower expectations, and avert the appearance of an incendiary article that can enrage an opponent by appearing on their locker room wall.
Given the seriousness of the state’s budget situation, the Paterson administration’s plan to furlough temporarily about 100,000 unionized state employees for one work day a week is a prudent public policy decision.
Days before Super Saver won the Kentucky Derby, one Las Vegas casino was offering a generic proposition wager on whether any of the 20 3-year-old thoroughbred horses running in the Derby would win this year’s Triple Crown.
If you’re wondering why former state Senate majority leader Joseph Bruno is looking at jail time next week, and former Governor Eliot Spitzer is being celebrated this month at a New York City film festival, I can explain this reversal of fortune.
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Mike Barry, a corporate communications consultant, has worked in government and journalism. Email: MFBARRY@optonline.net