Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:00
When former Governor Nelson Rockefeller created the Department of Environmental Conservation on the first Earth Day in April 27, l970 it was designed to create a secure energy supply without creating undo damage to the environment. I am sure he never would have imagined that this agency would go rogue and aim to eradicate an entire species of a bird population, namely the mute swans.
The agency has declared war on these majestic and peaceful birds, which up until now were federally protected, based on a report with rather flawed data. By their own admission these “experts” had difficultly conducting their studies and much of their data was extrapolated from other states and research projects dating back to the l997. I have read the report which you can upload on their web site and see for yourself.
These non-native birds brought over from Europe have coexisted peacefully with humans for decades with no ill consequence. As an emergency room physician who practiced for over 20 years I can testify that I have treated many bites including, dog, cat, skunk, raccoon, fox, snake, and human bites, but never was anyone a patient in the er because of a swan attack. Will they protect their young and become aggressive when they feel their offspring is in danger, yes, but so do other species as well.
The majority of the 2,800 swans according to the report are based on Long Island, approximately 1,900. Most of them can be found swimming peacefully in ponds and canals. The report claims that their feces, which carries e. coli is deposited in the water, not on land such as Canadian geese. The water they swim in is not our drinking water, they have not proven it has harmed other species and even more bizarre, all feces, humans included, contain e. coli.
The report is flawed on so many levels and data is not supported. Also what the report fails to take into account is that little storm last year known as “Sandy,” which disrupted the entire coast of Long Island, destroying many wetlands. This declaration of species eradication by an overzealous agency needs to be stopped and I urge Long Islanders to contact their legislators to put an end to this. This agency of 3,000 people needs to be culled, beginning with its commissioner who would allow such a waste of our tax dollars. It is important that we become good stewards of this earth and learn to value all species, not declare one species more valuable than another. It’s time we learn from our mistakes and not repeat them.
Dr. Cynthia Paulis
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”