After 40 years of calling Nassau Coliseum home and winning four straight Stanley Cups in the early ’80s, the New York Islanders are pulling up stakes and heading west to Brooklyn and the team’s new home at the Barclays Center. Owner Charles Wang, who has reportedly lost tens of millions of dollars over the years while trying to keep the team afloat, finally tired of the jousting he’d been doing with Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead in an attempt to renovate the aging barn the Isles called home. Longtime fans may feel betrayed to the point of throwing their allegiance behind another team, but at the end of the day, Long Island’s only professional sports franchise didn’t end up lacing their skates up at locations they were rumored to move to including Quebec and Kansas City. And truthfully, given the sad state of negotiations between owner and the players union during this ongoing NHL lockout, the bigger concern might be whether the Islanders will even have a league to play in.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
I recently had the privilege of attending the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney at Hofstra University on Tuesday, Oct. 16. To say there was a charge in the air would be an understatement. And while the day’s main event proved to be considerably more electrifying than the first debate, soaking in people’s passion for democracy and the fate of the country was inspiring, regardless of political preference. Forget the unwashed masses of journalists and politicians who filled up Spin Alley. It was the young people and the electorate who proved to be the greatest form of theater, whether it was Rednecks For Obama’s Sara Viessman driving up from Allentown, PA. to set up her banner of support despite being stuck on the south side of campus due to security measures. Or the silly undergrad running across campus to class bearing a sign that said “Ron Paul is Pokemon,” these were just some of the sights to be seen at the circus that was this presidential debate.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
For those of you who believe the doomsday predictions based on the Mayan calendar, I apologize, but I simply do not believe that the world will end in December because of a calendar that was created more than 5,000 years ago. There is no science to back up any claims about doomsday occurring on Dec. 21, 2012, and no theology to back it up either. Jesus is quoted in the Bible as saying about the end of the world, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” Scientists and clergy are not always in agreement, but it definitely seems that both sides concur that the sun will rise on Dec. 22. So I will plan on celebrating Christmas, New Year’s and hopefully a return trip for the Patriots to the Super Bowl with a better result this time. (Note: I know most of you are not rooting for this, but I have had to endure two Super Bowls in which it seemed that every Giants fan in the New York area who was looking to gloat turned to the only Patriot fan in the area they could find, yours truly, so please cut me a little slack.)
The air is getting cooler, school has been in session for almost a month and a half and autumn is in full swing. It can only mean one thing—homecoming. An American tradition that’s been around just north of a century, it’s a chance for alumni to visit their alma mater and for current underclassmen to sup on heaping amounts of school spirit. As the saying, go big or go home, and Garden City High School has always had a reputation for having some of the more spirited homecoming events on Long Island. This year will be no exception. On Saturday, Oct. 20, the parade will kick off with a marching band at noon on Seventh Street and culminate at the high school’s Warren King Field, where the Trojans will take on th Warriors at 2 p.m. Given the ongoing excellence of the current GHS squad, Wantagh High School should expect to have their hands full.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
All residents are reminded that the village police department is cracking down on speed, right turn on red without stopping, full stop sign violations and failing to observe speed in school zones as well as other motor vehicle traffic violations.
At times, my intuition is way ahead of my brain. I’d like to think that I arrive at a lot of my opinions through logical reasoning, but often, I feel like something is wrong long before I can articulate why it’s wrong. This was the case with the word “privilege” as used in the phrases “white privilege,” “male privilege,” and the especially reviled “white male privilege.” Something about the way these terms are bandied about bothered me, but I couldn’t explain why until recently.
It’s not that I have any doubt that privilege exists; I’ve certainly seen it in action. Even if you’re not particularly devoted to the cause of achieving greater social justice, it’s not difficult to see that being white and male confer some advantages in our culture. So if I admit privilege exists, why does the term make me wince in annoyance?
As noted on the second page of this week’s issue, the new deadline going forward for Garden City Life, as of this week’s issue (Oct. 11), 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 Thursday morning to be the last-minute deadline, as we prefer to receive submissions earlier rather than later.
Nassau County was shocked last week with the sad news of Peter Schmitt’s untimely death. As the presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, Schmitt was a prominent political figure and often the voice of Nassau County Republicans. He was opinionated and often quite blunt about defending his stance on county issues and he frequently sparred with the leaders of Nassau County Democrats. If you are a Republican, you often chuckled at his comments, and if you are a Democrat, you probably have clenched your teeth in anger at something he said. Much like his favorite baseball team, the Yankees, you were either strongly with him or strongly against him, but there was often no room for being in-between.
However, there was a side to Peter Schmitt that most of Nassau County didn’t know, which is how I will remember him. Despite the hard image, which he sometimes portrayed, Schmitt, or simply “Peter”, as he was known around Massapequa, was tremendously approachable and friendly. I often bumped into him in the local stores in and around Massapequa, and he would be quick to strike up a conversation. Recently, the conversation would always turn to his grandchild, who he had recently welcomed into the world. He was a devoted family man who adored his wife Lois, and he was so proud of their daughter, Samantha.
In this delightful time of year with the leaves on the trees changing colors and the holidays coming, we invite you to visit the autumn display on the village green located at Hilton and Stewart Avenues. We thank our Village Recreation/Parks Department for this splendid decoration.
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.
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
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