Symbolized by the pink ribbon, the international symbol for breast cancer awareness, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The movement has gone from having contributors pledge money to participants in numerous walks to having Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Hockey League raise money by auctioning off game-used pink gloves, bats, cleats, hockey sticks and wristbands. Perhaps the most novel approach has been Adelphi University’s two-year old Creative Cups program. Co-founded by alumna Beth Tenser and graphic design professor Dale Flashner, the clever project petitions participants to use bras as a foundation and use their creative whimsy to craft works of art from these undergarments, which will later be auctioned off at a gala in the spring. Between the $25 entrance fee and funds raised when these unique pieces are sold off next year, all the proceeds go to Adelphi University’s Cancer Hotline and Support Program. Tenser and Professor Flashner both get an A-plus for coming up with such a capricious way to raise awareness to fight this insidious disease.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
Everyone is aware with the coming of fall that it gets darker earlier in the evening and stays darker in the early morning. Please, for your own safety, reset your outdoor lights to accommodate these lighting changes.
I would like to remind everyone that has an automatic lawn sprinkler system, that your backflow prevention assembly unit must be tested annually, as mandated by the Nassau County Health Department.
Now that I’m an honest woman, as they say, people have started to ask about whether or not my husband and I are planning to have a baby soon. I don’t know the answer to that myself. Sure, I want a baby—babies are so adorable that I turn to mush every time I see anything that looks even remotely like a baby. I coo whenever they show a baby during a commercial, even though I know they’re just trying to sell me overpriced soap.
However, am I ready? First, there are financial concerns. I feel like I should wait until I have money safely invested in a house before I take on the responsibility of caring for another person. At the very least, I don’t think I could safely carry a baby up and down the steps to our two-floor walk-up, so if I had a baby in my current apartment, I would never be able to go outside.
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.
This past summer may have been a time for vacations and a more relaxed pace of life, but for the Garden City School District, it was a time to continue improvements financed by the community-approved 2009 School Investment Bond. Thursday, September 20 was not only the first board of education meeting for the 2012-13 school year, but a chance for taxpayers to see the improvements made at Homestead. Among the changes revealed during this pre-meeting tour were window and door replacements that will significantly cut down on heating costs, a new library that is the centerpiece of a newly added wing and a shared art and music space. It’s this kind of willingness to upgrade buildings and facilities that continues to make the village a destination for potential residents seeking a top-notch education for their children.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
If you have not been to Seventh Street for sometime, I highly recommend that you go there. There are several new interesting businesses that you should see and enjoy. The residents of Garden City are very fortunate to have viable retail businesses on Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road where there is a good variety of quality merchandise and family dining experiences available to be enjoyed. Please support these businesses and enjoy the products, variety and outstanding customer service.
Last week, the New York Institute of Technology hosted three events in which Paul Burrell, who was the butler to Princess Diana, was the guest of honor. I attended one of these events, and was eager to do so as I have always found Diana to be a fascinating historical figure. Despite her fame and fortune, she gave of herself to help others who were suffering. She was an individual who was truly working to change the world for the better and tragically, she was taken from us much too soon. During his presentation, Burrell spoke of this.
“It’s better to give than to receive because when you give there are no strings attached,” Burrell recalls Diana saying.
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 what others feel when they are in discomfort or pain. So to all our neighbors at the Garden City Jewish Center, Shana Tova (a good New Year) and Tsom Kal ([an] easy fast).
– Dave Gil de Rubio
Many phenomena that spawn on the Internet deserve to stay there. For example, if you have no knowledge of the “Double Rainbow!” incident from 2010, it’s probably just as well. Short version: it was a waste of everyone’s time.
However, the ascendance of Bronies— or males who watch My Little Pony and are proud of it— is a subject where a good 99.5 percent of the dialogue by and about them takes place exclusively online, so I have to break my typical rules about leaving Internet culture alone. You may wonder why, in this time of elections and natural disasters you should care about males watching My Little Pony. I think it may be illustrative of an encouraging social trend, but let me explain and then you can be the judge.
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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