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Editorial: A Fair That Could Change Your Life

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

Unemployment is a problem across the nation. Need to find a job? Look no further than the Elmont Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Job Fair on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Elmont Memorial High School (EMHS).


Letter: Heroin Prevention Task Force

Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

(Police Chief Charles Gennario of the Rockville Centre Police Department, is a member of the Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force and submitted this letter on behalf of the Task Force.)

Prescription drug abuse in the nation is at an unparalleled height and it’s having a detrimental impact on our society.  Nassau County is no different than the rest of the country and we are seeing ever-increasing abuse in our communities.  It is affecting people of all ages, but is having the greatest impact on our youth.


Editorial: New Deadlines

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

As noted on the second page of this week’s issue, the new deadline going forward for Floral Park Dispatch/Three Village Times, as of next week’s issue (Oct. 12), will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. for the following week’s paper. This deadline is for all submissions: articles, photos, announcements, letters to the editor, obituaries and calendar items. As always, please consider the deadline on Wednesday morning to be the last-minute deadline, as we prefer to receive submissions earlier rather than later.


Phil-osophically Speaking: October 3, 2012

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

Grandma Knew

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.


Turn It Up: September 27, 2012

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00
Testify (Evil Teen) is just what you’ll want to do upon hearing the third studio effort from The Lee Boys. Much like peer Robert Randolph, the Miami-based sextet is an exponent of the sacred steel tradition. With its gospel origins, this genre is anchored by furiously played pedal steel and has evolved to embrace blues, rock and soul. It’s a sound that’s found them opening for a variety of mainstream artists including Buddy Guy, The Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers, whose own Warren Haynes makes a cameo on this collection.

Editorial: The Merging Of Minds… And Communities

Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

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.


Editorial: Hail The High Holidays

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

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


Phil-osophically Speaking: September 20, 2012

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

In The Land Of Make Believe

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.


Turn It Up: September 20, 2012

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

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.”


Editorial: Pigskin Pride

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

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


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