The instant we regained power and phone service after Hurricane Sandy, I ordered a generator. Not some cheap contraption from a big-box store, but a showpiece of elegant engineering, with enough juice to run most of my house, and an inverter that makes the current so clean I can plug in sensitive electronics (i.e. computers).
Yes, I’m guilty of closing the barn door after the horse escaped, but from what I’ve seen, I still will have plenty of opportunities to use the generator. After all, I’m a LIPA customer.
A Renaissance man? Robert A. Scott fits the definition. The president of Adelphi University, Dr. Scott trained as a sociologist, and is known as a successful college educator and fundraiser. Now, his reputation as a photographer is growing, as well. An exhibit of his work is currently at the Barnes Gallery in Garden City South, and runs through the month.
The images range from the portrait of a middle-aged woman he photographed on the street during a trip to China to a simple but striking shot of a faucet with water flowing out. His photos reflect an artist who notices the mundane and the unusual.
This year’s contest for Nassau County Executive is not going to be a battle of Big Ideas. It’s a pretty safe bet that the campaigns will not be waged along the lines of the Federalists vs. the Democratic Republicans, with Ed Mangano cast as Alexander Hamilton, and Tom Suozzi or Jon Kaiman or Adam Haber in a Jeffersonian role. Or maybe the other way around.
Instead, this will be an election about spending, taxing, home assessing and the big ugly reality that one of the wealthiest places on this planet is a financial basket case.
Recently, while we editors were giving the newspapers one last look before sending them to press, I received a call from a man with frustration in his voice. He heard we would be publishing an article about a neighbor who was arrested in the Long Island Railroad copper-wire scandal. Charged with conspiracy, the defendant is one of 17 men indicted in the theft and sale of $250,000 worth of copper wire from the railroad.
“Could you pull that article out of the newspaper?” he asked. “To have that in his hometown paper will really hurt him and his family.”
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