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Mike BarryEye on the Island

By Mike Barry

From Port Washington To Watching Washington

Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

Before the demise of its Sunday help-wanted section, The New York Times used to publish testimonials from people who said they’d gotten their jobs through The Times.

Dr. Wendy Schiller, a Brown University political science and public policy professor who grew up in Port Washington, was not in the market for a new position when The Times recruited her for a very glamorous assignment. She’ll be joining three of the newspaper’s top writers on a Times-sponsored Journey to Western Europe in October 2013. The Oct. 12-24 cruise, part of an education travel program The New York Times launched for its readers last year, will originate and terminate in England, and include stops in France, Spain and Portugal.

 

LIRR Applauds Itself For Restoring Service

Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) held a public hearing in Manhattan on Tuesday, Aug. 27 on the “LIRR’s Proposed Service Investments.” Yet the session could easily have been billed as “Improving Our Bottom Line.”

The MTA LIRR’s decision to restore half-hourly weekend service on the Port Washington branch starting in November, and to extend for 10 weeks each year weekend service on its Ronkonkoma branch, can also be commented on via videotape this week. The LIRR will be recording customer statements at its Great Neck station on Wednesday, Aug. 28, and its Ronkonkoma station on Thursday, Aug, 29, between 4 and 8 p.m.

 

Glickman Chronicles A Legendary New Yorker

Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

The late Marty Glickman’s (1917-2001) storied athletic career was something he didn’t talk about much during his decades as one of the nation’s most accomplished sports broadcasters.

It may explain why three New York Giants running backs challenged Glickman to a sprint at the end of one of their practices in the 1960s, only to find themselves left in the dust by the pudgy, 5-foot, 8-inch, middle-aged man who lined up alongside them only moments earlier.

 

Democrats Battle To Take On Mangano

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

The Democratic nominee for Nassau County executive has won two of the last three elections for the post so it is a ballot line worth fighting for. Two candidates are doing just that.

Tom Suozzi, the county executive between 2002 and 2009, and Adam Haber, a Roslyn school board member, will face one another in a Tuesday, Sept. 10 primary election, and the campaign has intensified in recent weeks. Suozzi has been airing a cable TV spot highlighting what he sees as his governmental accomplishments during his two terms in office and bemoaning the current state of affairs in Mineola, while Haber has been rolling out hard-hitting direct-mail pieces, assailing the Suozzi administration’s record and taking periodic shots at the incumbent Mangano administration, as well.

 

Lost Girls: New Look At Old Profession

Friday, 09 August 2013 00:00

Having dialed 911, and banging frantically on a few doors in a 72-home Oak Beach development, Shannan Gilbert ran off into the nearby marshland in the early morning hours of May 1, 2010, never to be seen alive again.

The search for the 24-year-old Gilbert inadvertently led to the December 2010 discovery of four female homicide victims who had been dumped off of Ocean Parkway, more than 15 miles east of Jones Beach, although Gilbert’s remains wouldn’t be found until December 2011. The Suffolk County medical examiner was unable to pinpoint Gilbert’s cause of death so Gilbert is not believed to have been the victim of a serial killer, although the other women were, investigators theorize.

 

Cosmos Kick Start Soccer Revival

Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Cosmos Kick Start Soccer Revival

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.

 

At The Racetrack, Bloodlines Run Deep

Thursday, 25 July 2013 08:52

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.

 

Nassau, A GOP Stronghold? Nope

Thursday, 18 July 2013 08:45
Even though its editorial pages are written by the cast of Hair, I read The New York Times every day. It is one of the nation’s best newspapers.

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.

 

Documentary Revisits TWA’s Flight 800

Saturday, 13 July 2013 00:00

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.

 

A Major League Weekend For Baseball Fans

Friday, 05 July 2013 00:00

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.

 

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Mike Barry, a corporate communications consultant, has worked in government and journalism. Email: MFBARRY@optonline.net