I know a place that’s stuffed with scientific brilliance. World-class research labs. Universities. Medical schools. Cutting-edge hospitals that are the envy of the planet. Aerospace engineers. Software companies, including one of the industry’s largest independents. And an up-and-coming generation that this year alone took 53 of the 300 spots nationwide in the Intel Science Talent Search.
I am speaking, of course, of Long Island. And despite the recent news from Northrop Grumman that 850 high-paying, high-tech jobs are leaving Bethpage, Nassau and Suffolk counties remain a science and technology powerhouse.
Yet tell people in other parts of the country where you’re from, and many more will mention Joey Buttafuoco than our numerous Nobel laureates.
For the past 16 years, I have been the publisher of Anton Community Newspapers. My mission was and continues to be focusing on our local communities, tell their stories and help by supporting worthwhile causes. The Long Island Social Diary will do just that. Each month with this column, I’ll be focusing on all the good things we can all get involved with to help each other. The column will feature charities and events all geared toward supporting good causes in and around our communities.
The charity kicking off this inaugural column also happens to be the first charity I ever got personally involved with—EAC (the Education and Assistance Corporation). My dear friend Phyllis Kreitman introduced me to Hilary Hartung, the now-retired Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for EAC.
Soaring costs over which they have no control, known in academic and legislative circles as unfunded mandates, is increasingly frustrating school district officials, already working hard to hold the line against higher taxes.
Many residents are not fully aware of what unfunded mandates are, even though they have become the bane of local educators, who say such costs threaten to eat further into needed programs for special education, arts and sciences and athletics.
“Quixotic” is the word that came to mind when I first heard that Adam Haber wanted the Democratic nomination to run against Ed Mangano for Nassau County Executive. After all, Haber is just a rich guy from Roslyn whose political resume doesn’t include much more than “Member, Roslyn School Board.”
At first glance, there was a kind of Don Quixote kookiness to Haber resolving to take on the likes of Tom Suozzi, himself a powerful brand in these parts, and maybe even Jon Kaiman, the well-proven Town of North Hempstead supervisor, who (though undeclared) would (were he to declare) enter the fray with an undefeated record.
I can think of better ways to spend next Saturday than vomiting on the Long Island Rail Road. But you’d be surprised at how many people will be doing precisely that as they use New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade as an excuse to get sotted. (St. Patrick’s Day is, of course, next Sunday.)
For so many Americans, the feast of the patron saint of Ireland has become an alcohol-drenched outing in stupid shirts, green hair and “Kiss Me I’m Irish” buttons. And since our youth, we’ve been cautioned that it’s a grave insult to wear orange on this day of kelly.
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