As a tyke I was a walking ad for a detergent commercial. Like many little boys I was a magnet for grime, mud, muck, dust —- you name it. My mother, young, inexperienced and perhaps a touch anxious, would become alarmed when I plowed into unsterile environments only to be reproached by her mother to leave me alone because I needed “to eat 2 pounds of dirt in order to be healthy.” As it turns out Grandma, God rest her soul, may have been onto something.
Today, I smile when I think of this bit of nostalgic lore but I also wonder at the magisterial complexity of life on this planet. That might seem quite a leap, but it’s really only a small step in considering how our species, sometimes in unsearchable ways, has interacted with organisms both visible and invisible that surround and shape what we have become and who we are today.
To those of you who have been subscribing to Three Village Times, I appreciate your feedback, comments and following of local news in the Elmont, Franklin Square and West Hempstead areas. To the dedicated subscribers to the Floral Park Dispatch, I will push myself to create a fair and balanced approach to news coverage in the area, while keeping a hometown feel that we at Anton Newspapers work so hard to create.
We are in the middle of the High Holidays, two of the most important religious observances in Judaism. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year just passed and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, (which is also the holiest day of the year for Jewish people), begins at sundown on Tuesday, September 25 and goes until sundown of Wednesday, September 26. Hope surrounds the former with meals including honey and apples (symbolizing a sweet new year) and challah bread (representing the cycle of the year) also being served. With reflection and repentance being at the heart of the latter, a number of sacrifices are made including no eating and drinking with the idea that the state of unease the body feels allows one to empathize with how others feel when they are in discomfort or pain. So to all our neighbors at Temple Sholom and the Bellerose Jewish Center, Shana Tova (a good New Year) and Tsom Kal ([an] easy fast).
– Dave Gil de Rubio
It happened on the 11th anniversary of 9-11, and yet some still cling to the absurdity that violence in Libya where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were murdered in cold blood was the result of a spontaneous action to some crude YouTube video vilifying the Prophet Muhammad and not the work of al-Qaeda or some other affiliate of the same genre.
When we are children we often play in the world of make-believe. This is entirely natural and is even an affirmative way to prepare ourselves for the realities of adulthood. But living in a world of make believe is unprofitable for adults (ask Walter Mitty), and dangerously foolish for statesmen. The facts are the facts. We live in a country of free speech and that being the case some hateful and nasty things are going to be said about Muhammad, the President of the United States, the Pope, the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. Protesting against those who hatemonger is one thing; but acts of violence are entirely something else. If we are going to adopt an attitude that it’s understandable that the Muslim world (there are now at least 20 Muslim countries where there have been either acts of violence or threats against U.S. Embassies and interests), reacts with homicidal hostility whenever some birdbrain bigot trashes venerated beliefs about the Muslim religion, than we might as well declare open season on Americans.
The Sound of the Life of the Mind (ImaVeePee Records/Sony Music Entertainment) is the first album by indie-pop trio Ben Folds Five in 13 years. The band’s namesake is best known for being a judge on the reality music show The Sing-Off, contributing music to the 2006 animated film Over the Hedge and penning the 1998 quasi-hit ballad “Brick.” This new collection of songs showcases Folds’ fusion of Billy Joel’s chops, Joe Jackson’s attitude and Todd Rundgren’s pop sense into new winning numbers like the rollicking “Do It Anyway” and the bittersweet lament “Thank You for Breaking My Heart.”
Last weekend was the kickoff of the 2012-13 NFL season. While the Giants fell to the NFC rival Dallas Cowboys 24-17 on Wednesday, September 5, the New York Jets laid a 48-28 smackdown on AFC East opponent Buffalo Bills on Sunday, September 9. And while local Big Blue fans remain confident of Eli Manning regaining his footing, Gang Green fans harbor hopes this opening salvo promises more of the same for incumbent QB Mark Sanchez. It’s all well and good but there is a whole other fan base for which the NFL is a sidelight to the main event—those who live and die with the Floral Park Memorial High School Knights football program. Always a source of pride for the local community, this year’s squad will have their fans going mobile to show their support. Given the fact that the team’s home field is being ripped up and a sprinkler system is being installed means the Knights’ home games will actually be on the road. Among the venues where Floral Park residents will get to see their team hit the gridiron are Mitchell Field and Hofstra University. With a handful of these games being played under the lights, this means that local fans will get a chance to cheer on the red and white under unique circumstances in what should be a promising Knights season.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
The proposal to create a clean energy center at Belmont Park is receiving some significant attention and lively discussion. Stewart Manor Mayor James Kelly’s most recent mayoral message strongly endorsed the proposal and noted several advantages to having a municipal utility serving Belmont Park as well as its neighboring villages of Stewart Manor, South Floral Park, Bellerose and Floral Park. Obviously using our successful Four Village Studio arrangement relating to local cable service as a model for local electrical service makes perfect sense.
“The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve apostles came to Jesus and said, ‘Send the crowd away so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside to lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘Why not give them something to eat?’ They said ‘We have no more than 5 loaves and 2 fish —- unless we are to go and buy food for all these people. For there are about 5,000 men.’ And Jesus said to his disciples, ‘You know what? You’re right. Don’t waste your time and shekels. It would positively be immoral for any of you to spend your hard-earned money on these people. They knew full well they were coming to a deserted place, and should have relied on themselves and brought more food. As far as I’m concerned it’s every man for himself.’ The apostles were astonished by this teaching. ‘But Lord,’ said Thomas, ‘the multitude will surely go hungry.’ “That’s not my problem, Thomas. Better their stomachs are empty than they become overly dependent on someone with authority. Where, in God’s name, would it end?’
The Blanco Sessions (Cow Island Music) is the final album by rockabilly pioneer Janis Martin. Dubbed the Female Elvis during her ’50s heyday, Martin was coaxed back into the studio by diehard fan/Americana stalwart Rosie Flores. Recorded four months before her 2007 death from cancer, these 11 songs show the Virginia native still had plenty left in the tank as she tore into covers of Dave Alvin, Don Gibson and Bill Monroe while also breathing life into early rock & roll gems like “Wham Bam Jam” and “Wild One (Real Wild Child).”
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