As the Thanksgiving grocery list nears completion and turkeys are reserved at farms and food stores, a lumbering giant casts a large, round shadow over that Thursday of food, family, football and forty winks.
With rosey cheeks, long white beard and an overweight man’s gait, Santa Claus continues his annual mission: to crowd the national consciousness as soon as the calendar flips from October to November, completely eclipsing Thanksgiving in the process. Many folks talk about a “war on Christmas,” arguing that the phrase “happy holidays” robs them of their Yule Tide pride. But the real national travesty can be seen on television daily—an endless parade of the red and green horror show that is Christmas consumerism.
When I was a young child, my mother and father taught me that fighting is not a nice thing; that it’s something “wrong” and I should never do it. Even at 71, I have a hard time voting for any political candidate who tells me (and everyone else) that he will “fight” for me and you. Even if what they are fighting for is “Truth, Justice and the American Way,” I have a hard time marking my election ballot for anyone who is disobeying my (if not their own) parents’ teachings.
I couldn’t, in good conscience, vote for Governor Andrew Cuomo because his campaign spokesman Matt Wing, said that Cuomo, “Fought successfully for landmark ethics reforms that have changed how the state government operates—including enhanced disclosure of state officials’ outside income and stronger enforcement of ethics laws. There is still more work to do, which is why the governor will continue to fight for public financing of elections, overhauling the campaign finance system and increasing voter participation.”
I’ve never seen a more stellar example of a community coming together to support its non-profits than the Oyster Festival. You might wonder how a small organization like the Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay manages to successfully operate a booth at one of Long Island’s largest and best known events? Lots of hearts, minds and bodies joining forces for a common cause—supporting seniors.
Community Partners: The Rotary Club, elected officials, merchants, law enforcement and residents all play major roles in the festival’s success.
West Africa has an Ebola outbreak. It has become global. Hysteria abounds. It is not theirs alone. It is now humanity’s outbreak which has no borders. However, in fact, everything in the world today transcends borders: from the Internet to capitalism to climate change to wars.
In West Africa, there is also the capitalism outbreak and it is as rampant as the Ebola crisis. Their gold mines and rubber resources make huge profits for global capitalists (profiteers). In the United States much of the GDP [Gross Domestic Product] goes into the military for worldwide “protection.” Very little money is spent for a vaccine, which has probably been available, to combat Ebola as too costly. One nation, Nigeria, stopped ebola in its tracks because it had the money and an infrastructure willing to do so. The poorer nations in West Africa do not.
The Community Social Action Committee will be offering food certificates or food baskets to the needy families and individuals living in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich community. We are calling upon our local residents for support. A large number of families, individuals and seniors will be given assistance for the upcoming holiday season. This is an inter-religious community effort that works closely with the local agencies, churches and schools to identify those in need. The number of people needing assistance is increasing in our community. This need is real and very disturbing.
This program merits your support. We hope that you will want to join us in this offering and act of giving. Together we can help many people who are struggling in our own community to have a happier Holiday Season; something many of us take for granted.
Many confuse Veterans Day and Memorial Day, but the difference is easy to remember.
While Veterans Day is observed each Nov. 11 to honor veterans who have died, the holiday also thanks and honors all men and women who have served honorably in the military—in wartime and peacetime. Veterans Day is, for the most part, to thank living veterans for their service to the nation, acknowledging their contributions to national security and defending the freedoms of our country. All veterans, both living and deceased, who have served honorably, sacrificed and done their duty, are celebrated.
Thanks to the kindness of the distributors of Boar’s Head, we will be holding the 5th Annual Share and Care Thanksgiving Feast for those in our communities in need. In years past we have managed to help many families and individuals who would otherwise have nothing to eat and no place to go to enjoy a hot and belly filling meal. Thanks to all of you who have supported us in the past and we look forward to seeing or hearing from many of you again this year. Also, a huge thank you to the parish of St. Patrick’s and her sister parish of St. Rocco’s for allowing us to invade the cafeteria of St. Patrick’s Parish Hall for our fifth year.
We would also like to thank the Councils of the Knights of Columbus, San Patricio and Father Thomas F. Connolly for their help, prayers and support. Many thanks go to the surrounding communities of Glen Cove, Locust Valley, Bayville, Oyster Bay, Sea Cliff and Glen Head, etc., for all the support of their citizens and for the local businesses that have made our efforts successful.
Foodies, your time has come.
Nov. 2 to 9 marks Long Island Restaurant Week, the glorious 8-day period when you have an excuse to try out that new eatery (or eateries) that you’ve been eyeing longingly. Plus, it starts right after Halloween so it’ll give your taste buds a welcome reprieve from all that leftover candy.
VFW’s congressional charter was signed in 1936, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt when the military consisted only of men. The VFW is asking members of the House and Senate to support passage of legislation that will update its congressional charted. H.R. 5441 and S. 2782 will make two small, but significant changes in the wording of the charter- replacing the word “men” with “veterans” and the word “widows” with “surviving spouses”.
VFW National Commander John W. Stroud said, “We’re changing it because being an eligible veteran is what’s important to our great organization, not one’s gender, and changing widows to surviving spouses is more representative of today’s military as of Dec. 1, 2014."
Mexican cuisine has changed over the centuries depending on the particular invader who imposed itself at the time. For example, when Cortez conquered the Aztecs with the assistance of modern-day armament, both the food and religion of the indigenous people changed. The Spaniards not only imposed their will upon the Aztecs but the animals they brought with them. Pigs, cows, goats, chickens and ducks replaced the vegetarian diets of the Aztecs. Yet even though the native population acquired a taste for these beasts of Western Europe, many Mexicans still held on to the roots of their ancestors.
When the French defeated the Spanish and occupied the landscape, Mexico came to acquire more of a French flair for sauces. After a short occupation of only a few years, Mexicans came to create a cuisine that was magical in flavor and robust in it’s complexity and richness. Illustrative of these food traditions are the molé sauces of their ancestors which became specialties of the Mexican cuisine. Roasted chiles, nuts, corn, spices and chocolate such as the famous Mexican Ibarra chocolate became the heart and sole of this new cuisine.
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