Some good causes have bake sales and raffles. Others have Bill O’Reilly. And that’s a far more potent fundraiser than even the best chocolate-chip cookie. The TV host, commentator and author is well-known for his Nassau County connections — raised in Levittown and living in Manhasset — as well as for his penchant for giving back.
“The people on Long Island are good folk,” he told me recently. “If I can do something to help, I will.”
Everyone loves to win. No one more so than gamblers. Anyone who has ever been on the plus side of a bet or game of chance will tell you there’s nothing like the pure adrenaline rush that comes from knowing money is going to find its way into your hands. Throw in the allure and glamor infused into the proceedings by films like Hard Eight, Oceans 11 or Casino. All of a sudden the idea of chucking the straight life and going all in for the life of a professional gambler sounds like the way to go.
According to Frank Scoblete, one of the world’s foremost authorities on gaming and casinos and the author of 30 books including Confessions of a Wayward Catholic and the forthcoming I Am a Card Counter: The Inside World of Advanced Blackjack, there’s far more to becoming a professional gambler than meets the eye. If you’re really serious about becoming a professional gambler, Scoblete says this is what you need to know.
When you go to a casino, although the idea is to have a great time (and ideally win some coin), the idea is that you are in someone’s place of business. And as a host, casinos can be generous by way of comping players anything from drinks and meals all the way up to overnight accommodations in a luxury suite. That said, there is a degree of etiquette involved that if not followed, can wind up in your being tossed out on your duff. The good folks over at Resorts World Casino were kind enough to offer advice regarding getting comped as well as knowing how to conduct yourself.
It’s a family affair for the Winters of Port Washington when they make pilgrimages to Bobb Howard’s General Store in New Hyde Park. “There’s something in that store for everyone,” says Tracy Winters, who has been a customer of this retro candy and toy store for eight years. Tracy goes for the Astro Pops, husband Michael gets Marshmallow Twists and Tracy’s mother, Phyllis Heller of Bellmore, can’t resist the Goldenberg Peanut Chews. Jake, Tracy’s older son, isn’t a candy lover so he gravitates to the old-time toys and nostalgia posters.
In the 1992 Cameron Crowe film Singles, Tom Skerritt’s Mayor Weber nixed a public transportation plan by simply saying, “People love their cars.” And nowhere was this more apparent than during the heyday of drive-ins, where America’s other favorite pastime, cinema, brought the two together in more than 4,000 locations across the United States. Long Island, as suburbia sprawled, certainly had its share. Here’s a look at them, the now-lost settings of so many great memories.
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