Cruising on the Delta Lady from Captree Harbor into the Great South Bay at dusk on July 12, there was dancing to DJ Charles Henry Entertainment’s cool spins while old coworkers from St. Francis Hospital got reacquainted after more than 30 years. Many other guests at the fundraiser savored the food while making new friends on the high seas.
I found myself chatting with Greg Combatti, uncle of the victim of an incurable disease who started it all – my young friend Michael Magro. We stared at the beautiful sunset and talked about Michael and about the immense respect and caring that we had for his parents, Paul and Terrie Magro, our hosts that night for this, one of the many Hicksville-based Michael Magro Foundation fundraisers since his departure.
Golf is a funny game.
No matter the foursome on a given day, you’re bound to receive some words of wisdom that you’ll find yourself utilizing long after hanging your scorecard on the fridge (or tearing it to pieces after the fourth hole, depending on your round that particular day).
Who knows if the influx of mosquitoes in Nassau County can be attributed to the mild winter, standing water or overgrown vegetation; however, one thing is certain – this is the summer of the “skeeter.”
These bloodsuckers aren’t your grandparent’s mosquitoes – the Asian tiger mosquito is more aggressive, harder to kill and bites during the daytime. I predict an outbreak of agoraphobia way before we see another West Nile scare.
Effective July 6, Nassau County has terminated all county-funded youth and family services and has made dramatic reductions to drug treatment programs. This decision was made in spite of the fact that these neighborhood-based programs serve well over 50,000 people in our county.
It is irresponsible for elected officials to allow programs and agencies to shut their doors and deny our most vulnerable residents vital services during times of their greatest need. This decision must be reversed immediately. Our legislators were elected to serve all of their constituents, particularly those in greatest need, and it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that they do nothing less.
With the temperatures heating up, we all need ways to keep cool during the scorching hot months of July and August. Sitting home in the air conditioning is a nice thought, but few can enjoy that luxury seven days a week.
For starters, keep a close eye out for the following heat-related symptoms: headache, light-headedness, fatigue, anxiety, nausea, vomiting and low pulse rate. Elderly residents are more susceptible to heat stroke; check in on any senior citizen who live close by and lend them a hand or offer some advice on staying cool, especially during the hottest times of the day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Effective July 6, Nassau County has closed all county-funded youth programs due to the inability of county officials to agree on issues regarding youth program funding and other more general county fiscal matters. This irresponsible decision must be reversed. The county network of youth services and its supporters have come together to fight for the preservation of programs that serve over 35,000 people annually.
Please call the county executive, your legislator and the legislative leadership and urge them to work to restore funding to youth programs. If you can’t reach them directly leave your message with whomever you speak to. Be prepared for a response blaming the other political party. If that is what you’re told, tell them you want your elected officials to find solutions, not blame others. Feel free to talk about the work of the youth program in your community.
Lacrosse has been a staple of athletics on Long Island for decades and this Saturday, the Long Island Lizards will host former Manhasset lacrosse player and legendary National Football League running back Jim Brown at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.
Brown’s career numbers for his football career are, quite literally, off the charts, as few running backs even came close to matching his average yards per game (104.3) and yards per carry (5.2). He was named an All American at Syracuse University for lacrosse, scoring 43 goals in 10 games his senior year.
Independence Day is the quintessential American holiday: baseball, barbecues and fireworks. George Washington even celebrated the day in 1778 by doubling the rations of rum for his troops.
It wasn’t until 1938 that the U.S. Congress marked the day as a paid federal holiday – and although some of us wish Independence Day fell on a Monday or a Friday this year, the holiday is a symbol of how fortunate we are to live and work here in the United States.
While experts have predicted a near-normal hurricane season, it’s important to remember that normal means the possibility of 9-15 named storms. After Hurricane Irene last August, I don’t need to remind Long Islanders that it only takes one storm to force evacuations, damage homes, and leave nearly a half-million homes in the dark—many for days. And to think, Irene was downgraded to tropical storm when it made landfall here.
In preparation for Irene, the American Red Cross opened shelters from North Carolina to Maine—including 31 of them on Long Island. When the storm passed, Red Cross volunteers provided food, water and other emergency supplies to those affected.
There’s a fine line between spending time and spending quality time.
I once played golf with a stranger who told me, almost implored me, to play golf as often as I can with my dad, because you never know when he won’t be able to join you on the course anymore.
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