Recently, the nation woke up on what should have been a normal Friday morning and learned the terrifying news about another shooting spree and the loss of many innocent lives. As details of the horror emerged, reactions were filled with shock, disbelief, sadness, and concern for the victims, their families and the Aurora community. The first thought that came to my mind, and I’m sure many others had the same feeling, was, “Oh no, not again.”
On Friday, July 27, the opening ceremony for the Games of the XXX Olympiad will be held in London, England. With more than 10,000 from 204 Olympic National Committees expected to participate, this will be the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in the United Kingdom. The United States will be sending 530 athletes across the pond and while none are from Garden City, the village has played a role in helping to facilitate the process of picking representatives by way of the Long Island Aquatic Club. The Garden City-based organization sent eight of its members to the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska from June 25 to July 2. And while none of its team members made the cut, its reassuring that amateur swimmers on Long Island have an outlet in which they can ideally transform their dreams into the reality of eventually standing on the top-tiered rostrum being awarded a gold medal as the national anthem plays.
The summer movie season has been reserved for loud and frenetic action flicks for a while, but in recent years this May-September stretch has been dominated by comic book superheroes. This weekend, millions of moviegoers will continue to enjoy the adventures of Batman, Spiderman and the Avengers at the multiplex, snacking on popcorn while superheroes in colorful costumes (except for Batman) take on the bad guys, all while looking fabulous and cracking wise with witty remarks (except for Batman.)
However, while men and women in suspiciously form-fitting outfits might be raking in millions in theaters, the medium that spawned them all—the colorful comic book—is in a pretty sorry state. These days, kids who want a good power fantasy are about a thousand times more likely to play a videogame than to reach for a comic book, meaning that superhero comics are increasingly being written for the adults who grew up reading them in the ’70s and ’80s rather than children. Major publishers Marvel and DC have made some tepid efforts to reach out to the next generation, but for the most part, it’s a medium kept afloat by an ever-shrinking pool of individuals who continue to buy comics more out of habit and nostalgia than much real enthusiasm for the product.
According to Con Edison, conservation is the operative word when dealing with the scorching temperatures and withering humidity that’s continued to make perspiring feel like it should be considered a demonstration sport at the upcoming London Olympics. While no one is suggesting you quietly simmer in your household with the air conditioner off, the best option would be to take advantage of the Garden City Pool. Officially open for the season on June 9, the pool is newly renovated and hosts a number of amenities. Not only are there new filtration systems and an entirely revamped children’s pool with a new interactive water playground, but shade structures were added to the adult pool, the playground (and soon next to the kiddie pool) and the 20-year-old water slide in the main pool area was remastered. It all adds up to probably the best way to beat the heat and keep your electric bill down.
People are always looking for omens, whether they be four-leaf clovers or Mayan doomsday prophecies. However, Long Islanders don’t need complicated procedures to determine what kind of day will be. I’ve found that the following three occurrences will signify that it’s going to be a good day.
• You encounter an obnoxious driver
You know what an obnoxious driver is. He, or she, is the driver who doesn’t think you’re going fast enough, even though you’re keeping up with traffic and your speedometer says you’re traveling at a reasonable speed. An obnoxious driver tailgates you for a few moments, as if his or her presence will motivate you to speed up and drive around 90 m.p.h. This is the driver who then switches lanes, blows past you as if you are the most insignificant creature on the planet and perhaps even makes a nasty gesture in your direction. Not satisfied with simply passing you, the obnoxious driver continues to zip in and out of lanes, zooming past cars until finally disappearing off into the distance.
Dating back to its founding in 1869 by multi-millionaire Alexander Turney Stewart, the Village of Garden City has always enjoyed a rich and vibrant history that continues to be rightfully lauded by its current residents. St. Paul’s School for Boys, the Garden City Hotel and the Apostle Houses are just some of the architectural landmarks that are part of the unique aesthetic fiber that makes up the village. As such, it’s important for the community to have a steward of the community’s rich legacy.
It is difficult to express my disappointment that the Assembly did not pass our CPR in Schools bill (S2491/A3980) to ensure that all students learn CPR before graduating from high school. In August of 2006, my 14-year-old daughter, Leah, went into sudden cardiac arrest while trying out for the volleyball team at Bethpage High School. Thankfully, Leah’s life was saved by her coach. However, to think that her fellow teammates could have saved her life as well after a short CPR lesson is empowering.
I am truly thankful to my representative, Senator Kemp Hannon, for sponsoring and helping champion the passage of the CPR in Schools legislation in the Senate. He is well aware how important this bill is to saving lives.
Ever since 1933, Major League Baseball has taken a break in roughly the mid-point of its lengthy season to play the All-Star Game. This annual event has the American and National League stepping between the lines fielding squads jam-packed with superstars. What once was played for bragging rights has more recently had home field advantage in the World Series tied to it to ensure a greater incentive to win after the 2002 game was declared a tie after both squads ran out of players to substitute. Like much of professional baseball’s history, this particular game possesses a rich vein of memories be it Pete Rose destroying Ray Fosse in a home plate collision in 1970, the National League racking up 21 strikeouts in 1984 (including some newbie named Dwight Gooden striking out the side) or last-minute sub Derek Jeter taking A-Rod’s spot in 2000 and becoming the first Yankee to win the award with a three-hit performance.
As adults we know that it is illegal to possess and/or use fireworks. The main reason they became illegal is because they cause injury. Residents are reminded that the police department will be on alert to interdict illegal fireworks use to prevent community disruption and often needless injury. I strongly urge parents, who are the ultimate and most effective preventers, to ban the use of fireworks.
This July 4 marks the 236th anniversary of our nation’s birth. While this national holiday invokes images of sultry temperatures and endless fireworks displays, there is definitely a connection to the notion of the American triumvirate of mom, baseball and apple pie that pops up throughout this annual celebration. Traditionally, the Fourth of July is an excuse for families to come together given how the entire country benefits from it being a federally mandated day off. And usually, moms serve as the familial engines who keep these yearly assemblages going.
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