The New York Cosmos are doing two things a professional sports team rarely does — moving into Nassau County, and thinking about staying.
This development means the region’s soccer fans, starting with the Cosmos’ home opener on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m., at Hofstra University’s James Shuart Stadium, no longer need to trek to Harrison, N.J., home of the New York Red Bulls, to see a professional soccer match. Moreover, a new stadium may be built in Elmont to house the Cosmos a few years from now, but more on that in a moment.
The Cosmos and the Red Bulls will not face one another on the playing field because the Cosmos are returning this year to the North American Soccer League (NASL) while the Red Bulls compete in Major League Soccer (MLS). The Cosmos began play in 1971 and spent 14 seasons in the NASL before entering an Austin Powers-like state of suspended animation, suddenly regaining their mojo last year when Cosmos chairman Seamus O’Brien and Saudi Arabia-based Sela Sport took ownership control of the Cosmos.
Thoroughbred racing, more than almost any other sport, is about families and personalities.
Linda Rice of Floral Park, the first woman to win a training title in New York when she saddled 20 winners at Saratoga in 2009, fits this profile. Clyde Rice, her father, was an accomplished thoroughbred horse trainer who grew up in central Wisconsin with future Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Messrs. Rice and Lukas trained horses from a young age and both left Wisconsin to pursue racing careers, with Clyde moving his family to Hershey, PA, where Linda and her three brothers grew up. Nonetheless, the two men remained good friends through the years.
But the Times published a detailed article about Nassau government and politics earlier this month which, while factually accurate, shows how omissions, and a lack of context, can mislead readers.
A new documentary on TWA’s ill-fated Flight 800 offers compelling evidence that almost everything the public thinks it knows about the plane’s demise isn’t so.
TWA Flight 800, a 90-minute film featuring interviews with a number of the now-retired investigators who examined the plane crash’s possible causes, as well as eyewitnesses to the events of that night, will be shown on Wednesday, July 17, at 8 p.m. on EPIX. It is a premium TV channel available to Verizon FiOS and DISH Network customers. The broadcast date and time is significant because TWA’s Flight 800, having left JFK Airport on its way to Paris, exploded and fell into the Atlantic Ocean, near East Moriches, on July 17, 1996, around 8:30 p.m. Two-hundred and thirty people were killed; 212 passengers, and 18 crew members.
The countdown to Major League Baseball’s (MLB) All-Star game begins officially on Friday, July 12, when the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest opens its doors at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in midtown Manhattan.
MLB’s mid-summer classic will be held on Tuesday evening, July 16, at Citi Field in Flushing, yet there are numerous events being held between July 12 and 15 that will give baseball fans a chance to enjoy an extended All-Star weekend. Before making plans, check which players are headed to New York for the MLB All-Star game. The rosters will be announced on Saturday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m., on Fox.
The early summer is one of the busiest times of the year for Nassau’s political activists because this is when they go door-to-door, obtaining the signatures of their party’s registered voters to secure a ballot spot for its endorsed candidates.
Adam Haber, the Roslyn school board member vying with former Nassau County executive Thomas Suozzi for the Democratic Party’s 2013 county executive nomination, will file at least 2,000 signatures, the minimum needed, with the board of elections in July. In fact, the Haber campaign will likely submit many more signatures than that. Nassau’s Democratic Party, having given Suozzi its official nod at its May convention, will also bring an impressive number of signed petitions on Suozzi’s behalf to the board of elections.
Having made the playoffs this year for the first time since 2007, the New York Islanders secured the 15th pick in the first round of the 2013 National Hockey League (NHL) Draft on Sunday, June 30.
This is a positive development when considering the Islanders were playing so poorly in 2009 that the team qualified for the first overall draft pick. They made a great one four years ago, selecting forward John Tavares. Tavares was the Islanders’ leading scorer during the lockout-shortened 2012-2013 season, with 47 points (28 goals, 19 assists) in only 48 games. He was also a Hart Trophy finalist, an honor given to the NHL’s most valuable player.
Lawrence Quinn, a former Glen Cove resident and the father of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, is an Irish-American man of a certain age. So I can only imagine the look on his face when playwright Eve Ensler read aloud graphic passages of her best-known work, The Vagina Monologues, at his daughter’s 1999 City Council swearing-in ceremony.
When Ensler was finished, Mr. Quinn, who was sitting onstage during Ensler’s performance, looked at his daughter and said, “You couldn’t just have had the Pledge of Allegiance?”
Garden City and Floral Park are holding their annual Belmont Stakes Festivals on the day before, and the day after, the Saturday, June 8, running of the Belmont Stakes in Elmont.
Garden City’s Seventh Street will closed to traffic, and jammed with pedestrians, on Friday, June 7, between 6 and 10 p.m., for the Garden City Belmont Festival, an evening of live music, food, and family-friendly activities.
Citizen Action of New York and Working Families Organization sent a direct-mail piece this month to registered Democrats in state Senator Jack Martins’ (R-Mineola) district, asking them to call his office and “tell him to clean up Albany by passing public funding of elections.”
But why should anyone bother? Publicly funded state electioneering is taking place today, something that is self-evident to any New Yorker who has watched television this spring.
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Mike Barry, a corporate communications consultant, has worked in government and journalism. Email: MFBARRY@optonline.net