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Letter: Revisiting Hurricane Sandy and the Fracking Debate

Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

As the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, memories of the destruction produced by the storm still haunts most Long Islanders.

I have lived in Massapequa since 1982. During that time, I have lived through Hurricane Gloria, blizzards, torrential rainstorms and Hurricane Irene. What happened the night of 10-29-12 was traumatic for me, my wife and daughter.

 

Editorial: Scouting For Leaders

Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:20

Nassau County got into Scouting way back in 1917 with the first Boy Scout council and first Girl Scout troop. At the time, the orienteering and outdoor skills Scouting promotes were still useful, even in

Floral Park. Nearly 100 years later, our lives are much less rustic. Now, troops are more likely to promote robotics studies and entrepreneurship than how to start a fire or build a lean-to. But there’s a hitch at present. Scouting relies on local adults—parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins—for leadership. To empty its waitlist of 800 girls, Girl Scouts of Nassau County is calling for volunteer leaders, especially in Floral Park.

 

Letter: Sports Musings

Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:16

Some sports stories amuse me, while some anger me. Following are my musings about some recent sports section articles.

Medford’s own Marcus Stroman currently has a winning record for a Canadian team in the American League. So why didn’t the Mets sign this good young pitcher first?

 

Opinion

Written by Donald Parker Thursday, 25 September 2014 09:11

Censorship: It’s Real And A Real Threat

Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn, ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom.

Alfred Griswold Whitney


The week of Sept. 21-28 has been designated Banned Books Week by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. During this time, libraries and schools around the country hold programs and readings to celebrate the “right to read.”

 

Phil-osophically Speaking: September 25, 2014

Written by Phil Guarnieri, Phgrnr@aol.com Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:06

Baltimore And The Ballad

Baltimore is a city that draws us deeply into the womb of history. It’s where Edgar Allan Poe wrote many of his Gothic tales of mystery and the macabre. Visiting his home in a rundown section of the city, one can picture Poe at the end of his sad and truncated life, wandering deliriously around its darkened streets, psychologically decomposing and perhaps half-mad, like a character from one of his tales, life imitating art.

Baltimore is also a glorified sports haven. Biting the hand that fed him, the legendary sports writer Jimmy Cannon once called sports the “Toy Department of Life.” Baltimore brushed aside that admonition by building two stadiums, one for baseball and one for football, literally a block or so apart. When it comes to their fun and games, Baltimore’s budgetary constraints are but pesky flies to be swatted away. Would you expect anything else from the city where Babe Ruth was born?

 

Capital Plan Begins To Take Shape

Written by Judi Bosworth, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:08

Road work ahead! Improvements, repaving and repair projects are all around you in the Town of North Hempstead as the town’s 2014-2018 Capital Plan forges ahead.

The town’s capital plan was unanimously approved in May by the town board with the intent of taking on major projects such as road repaving, repairing of town facilities and improving parks and just months later we are seeing real tangible results.

 

Floral Park Remembers 9/11

Friday, 19 September 2014 08:21

Editor’s note: On Thursday, Sept. 11, Floral Park community members and officials assembled at the village’s 9/11 Relic Memorial at village hall for a remembrance ceremony. The following is Mayor Thomas Tweedy’s memorial speech. 

 

“Reverend Clergy, members of the Floral Park Fire Department, members of the Floral Park Police Department, distinguished guests and fellow Floral Parkers.

 

Letter: Ride For Ethan Kicks Off At Walk Street Tavern

Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

On Saturday, Sept. 6 at Walk Street Tavern in New Hyde Park, a community of people gathered to help support a little boy, my son Ethan. Ethan has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a devastating disease, and when I first shared the news, wave after wave of people offered their love and support in incalculable ways. On this day, our family was blessed by Ride for Ethan.

 

Editorial: Never Forget, Always Repeat

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

This week Long Islanders face another anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember the thousands of innocent lives lost — we also face the annual barrage of talking-head tributes, academic examinations and psychological analyses.

Local news broadcasts and cable television will once again air programs seeking the answers to questions that have seemingly been asked and answered hundreds of times over the last decade. However, the most important question — are we safer? — is the only one that truly matters.

 

Letter: Bugged About Bugs

Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:00

I read your ALB (Asian long-horned beetle) article with interest. [‘Landscape-Altering Pest Creeping North’ on August 29, 2014, Floral Park Dispatch]

Recently two young gentlemen from ALB Cooperative Eradication Program in Amityville knocked on my front door and asked permission to inspect the two trees on my property. I let them; there were no beetles.

 

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