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Phil-osophically Speaking: October 30, 2009

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

Ghosts and goblins, cobwebs and coffins, jack-o-lanterns and skeletons, tombstones and haunted houses: Like the descending night, Halloween is upon us.

The explosion of Halloween paraphernalia that decorates our houses and litters our lawns is a sure sign that we approach this festival of horror with seriousness and gusto.

We are attracted to this Phantom world because it is, frankly, fun to be frightened - at least when accompanied by others or when our surroundings are familiar and customary. A good fright, when we are expecting to be frightened, can elicit nervous laughter, an edgy thrill and even spine-tingling delight as if you were screaming straight downward on one of those heart-stopping roller coasters.

 

Village Board Notes - October 23, 2009

Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

The following are trustee reports from the Oct. 6 Floral Park village board meeting.

 

Department of Public Works

Trustee Tom Tweedy reported that the sidewalks on Beech Street have been repaired, concluding the sidewalk repair program for this year. If a resident has questions about the sidewalk program or has unresolved issues about repairs made this year, contact the Department of Public works at 326-6320.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - October 23, 2009

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

Mark Twain famously said that at age 60 he was surprised to find out he was right about something as he was at age 20 when he found out he was wrong about something.

This must especially be true of economists who on Oct. 24, 2009 will mark the 80th anniversary of the stock market crash that led to America’s greatest and most prolonged depression. Despite the passage of time, millions of words dissecting the crisis, comprehending the Great Depression is, in the words of its foremost scholar, Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, a significant and daunting challenge.

 

From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - October 16, 2009

Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00

AHRC Receives Check at Membership Luncheon

New York State Senator Craig Johnson recently presented a check for $8,500, on behalf of the New York State Senate, to the Brookville Center for Children’s Services (BCCS), an affiliate of AHRC Nassau at the Membership Luncheon. The New York State Senate grant will be used to purchase SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard Systems, an interactive, touch sensitive device for the Brookville Center’s New Hyde Park and Manhasset sites. Pictured, Johnson presents a check for $8,500 to AHRC Executive Director Michael Mascari (left) and AHRC Board Member and Membership Chair Tom Moore during the AHRC Annual Membership Luncheon.

 

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - October 16, 2009

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00

In Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, a cinematic masterpiece of mythic power and lyricism, there is a dramatic scene depicting a life and death struggle between the supercomputer, Hal, and the astronaut, Dave Bowman. During the space mission to Jupiter, the computer had been the astronaut’s greatest tool, but something had gone wrong; and Hal, the machine, was now bent on the destruction of both his human collaborators and creators.

Man versus machine: It’s a theme that has both absorbed and haunted science fiction writers from the dawn of the 20th century. The chess match that pitted world champion, Garry Kasparov, against the world’s greatest super-computer, Big Blue, captivated the imagination on who would have bragging rights, the human Kasparov, or the machine made by humans. The encounter, fraught with combustible tension, was more like an explosive prizefight than a cerebral clash of wits.

 

Johnson: Public Can Now Comment on MTA Proposal

Written by Donna Duffy Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00

October 29 Hearing Set, Website Established

New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson, the Senate Majority’s representative to the MTA Capital Program Review Board (CPRB), announces two ways that will give the public unprecedented opportunities to comment on the MTA’s proposed 2010-2014 Capital Plan.

A public hearing on the MTA Capital Plan will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 in the chambers of the Nassau County Legislature, 1550 Franklin Ave., Mineola.

 

From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - October 9, 2009

Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00

Powering New York’s Future

Nearly 45,000 Long Island jobs depend on electricity from the New York Power Authority’s (LIPA) low cost power economic development programs.  

However, with nine separate overlapping and conflicting programs that offer low-cost power for economic investment, it is widely acknowledged that these initiatives are not working as effectively as they should. It is imperative that we reform the way these programs work so New Yorkers receive the maximum benefit — more jobs and new careers in our communities – and stronger businesses that stay in New York.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - October 9, 2009

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00

Even in the moonlit night it was but a flicker; a mere sliver of illumination bobbing up and down in the distance - nothing more than a tease of brightness that melted into the cavernous, overwhelming darkness that consumed the unbreakable stillness of the sea.

But its glint was provocation enough to excite the straining eyes of lookout Rodrigo Triana, who seizing upon the solitary, ghostly light, inhaled a lungful of air and shouted high from the crow’s nest of the little caravel “Tierra, tierra, tierra” (land, land, land) a cry soon heard across the Atlantic to Continental Europe marking the most consequential, geographical sighting in human history.

 

From the Desk of Senator Frank Padavan

Written by Senator Frank Padavan Friday, 02 October 2009 00:00

Padavan to Partner With Hopeline Program for Used Cell Phone Collection Drive

Continuing his partnership with the Hopeline program, Senator Frank Padavan announced today that his Bellerose district office will be once again collecting used cell phones and related accessories for domestic violence victims throughout the entire month of October. The collection drive is a part of national and local efforts to increase awareness of domestic violence during “National Domestic Violence Prevention Month.”

 

Phil-osophically Speaking: October 2, 2009

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 02 October 2009 00:00

“And I saw the lamb open one of the seals, and I heard, as if it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, come and see. And when he opened the third seal, I beheld a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of scales in his hand.” So spoke John in the Book of Revelation.

The rider on the black horse was one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the sound of their hoof beats meant the spreading of havoc and doom in the world. The black horse symbolized death from famine and the weighing scales foretold how the scarcity of bread would be weighed.

 

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