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Feature Stories

A Chance To Help Those Who Are Left Behind

Written by John Owens, Friday, 14 February 2014 11:15

With the arrival of Valentine’s Day, let’s consider those you love: What would happen to your family, especially your kids, if you died today? That’s the question that Steve Giacobello’s family has been answering since he was killed this past September.

The 45-year-old Westbury resident and 20-year Town of Oyster Bay employee was collecting garbage in the hamlet of Oyster Bay’s business district when a driver, reportedly blinded by the sun, struck him.


Save The Postcards And Remote-Control Bears

Written by John Owens, Thursday, 06 February 2014 12:09

A girl named Kate at the Cascade Christian School in Puyallup, Wash., sent this letter:

“Each member of our class is working on a project called the ‘Parade of States.’  We are responsible for gathering as much information as we can from a number of sources.

I have chosen New York for my state. If any of your readers or staff would help me out by sending pictures, postcards, a used license plate, facts, product, etc., from your state, it would be greatly appreciated.”


The Long Island Social Diary: Visiting The Land Of Roses And Chocolate

Written by Angela Susan Anton, Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00

The Vacation & Travel special section in this week’s newspaper caused me to reflect on my favorite places. Without a doubt, one of them is Mexico. It’s a trip I’ve made a half-dozen times. But rather than go to touristy places, such as Cancun, I’ve found my favorite spots are more obscure and laid-back places like Akumal and Tulum. It’s usually in these destinations that I come across wonderful discoveries.

My most recent trip to Mexico found me staying for 10 days, during which time I was fortunate enough to go on a tour of Uxmal, home to a number of impressive ancient Mayan ruins. And while I had already found a place to stay in nearby Merida, it was during my quest for a good restaurant that I came across Rosas & Xocolate, a wonderful boutique hotel and spa.


Not Just A Mansion, But A Monument Lost

Written by John Owens, Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00

When the demolition team attacked the 72,000-square-foot mansion Inisfada late last year, a lot more than just bricks and oak timbers were shattered. So was an important monument in the history of American women, says Chuck Idol.

“The house really was dedicated to women and Mrs. Brady’s fight for women’s rights,” the Port Washington resident said of Genevieve Brady, who with her husband, industrialist Nicholas Brady, started construction on the Manhasset mansion in 1916, finishing it four years later.


Cheaper Railroad Fares: That’s The Ticket

Written by John Owens, Sunday, 26 January 2014 00:00

Three of us went into Manhattan from Manhasset on a recent Sunday morning. The round-trip, off-peak fares on the Long Island Rail Road totaled $48.

We could have driven the 40 miles to mid-town and back for about $25, according to AAA. That cost includes gas and considers everything from tire wear to depreciation. The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge (nee 59th Street Bridge) is free to cross, and it isn’t impossible to find free on-street parking on weekends. The advantage of taking a car over the train is $23 for three people, and $7 for two people. The LIRR wins only if I were going to drive alone.


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