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Feature Stories

Where The Price Of Computers Is Free

Written by John Owens, Friday, 27 December 2013 00:00

Where do laptop computers come from? China? Korea? Cupertino, Calif.?

For thousands of needy people around Long Island, their computers come from Jon Zimmerman’s garage.

“I started giving equipment away because I felt bad that some kids could access the internet and some couldn’t,” said Zimmerman, who runs the group Comp4Kids.


A Mother’s Tragedy Gives Birth To A Mission

Written by John Owens, Thursday, 19 December 2013 10:13

Lois A. Schaffer’s story will break your heart. If you are a parent, it will break your heart many times more. Five years ago, Schaffer’s daughter Susie was shot and killed in the kitchen of her St. Louis home by two teenage burglars.

As novelist Joan Didion put it, “What greater grief can there be for mortals than to see their children dead?”

But Schaffer has channeled her grief into a cause and a new book, The Unthinkable: Life, Loss, and a Mother’s Mission to Ban Illegal Guns, published on Dec. 18, the fifth anniversary of Susie’s death.


Mastering Math Shouldn’t Be Optional

Written by John Owens, Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:14

I had lunch with your kid’s math teacher’s boss last week. What was on the plates doesn’t matter, but what was on the menu is very important.

The Nassau County Association of Mathematics Supervisors hosted Jill Diniz, curriculum manager and lead writer for the New York State Education Department’s Common Core Mathematics Curriculum Project. Her employer is Washington, D.C.-based Common Core, Inc. Diniz, who lives in Vero Beach, Fla., came to Nassau to explain how to implement the Common Core math standards in our local schools.

Right up front, she made it clear that the Common Core approach is very different from what we have been doing.


Local Schools: Do Billionaires Know Best?

Written by John Owens, Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

The New York State Board of Regents believes in whiz kids. No, not our kids. The Regents have clearly sent the message that our kids are so dopey and lacking in “college and career readiness” that the state must immediately force a whole new curriculum on our schools, and a new testing system to prove just how much our dopey kids need this new curriculum.


Eggnog: Raw Or Cooked? Classic Or Amended?

Written by Christy Hinko, Wednesday, 04 December 2013 15:20

Whether you prefer a classic eggnog, or something lighter, but still as tasty, here are a couple of eggnog variations for you to serve at your next holiday event. 

Traditional Eggnog

• 12 eggs, separated

• 6 cups milk

• 2 cups heavy cream

• 2 cups bourbon

• 1-1/2 cups sugar

• 3/4 cup brandy

• 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg


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