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Zox Kitchen: September 11, 2014

Written by Chef Alan Zox, Ph.D, oysterbay@antonnews.com Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:19

Eggplant Bounty Part II

Here are a few other favorite eggplant recipes in Italian cuisine while others are more ethnically diverse. All of these delectables are easy to make and too delicious not to try yourself.

 

Letter: Surprising Speeders

Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:17

Residents were surprised to get tickets during the summer when they did not know schools were in summer session.

People know the difference between justice, and the law. Ticketing people who did not know school was in session is not just.

 

Letter: Recapturing The Israeli Narrative

Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:15

As fighting rages between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, many of us find ourselves faced with questions and concerns. What can we do? How can we help? How can this horror go away?

These were the questions on people’s minds as Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, Middle East Analyst and Historian, spoke to a crowd of more than 100 people at the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview about the current Mid-East conflict.

 

Zox Kitchen: September 4, 2014

Written by Chef Alan Zox, Ph.D, oysterbay@antonnews.com Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:14

Eggplant Bounty Part I

India is the birthplace of eggplant. But seldom do we see Indian varieties. In fact, many people assume that eggplant, which is actually a fruit not a vegetable, comes from the English who originally thought of eggplant as having an ornamental virtue rather than a culinary one. Its beauty is not to be under estimated but the numbers of ways eggplant can be prepared to eat are virtually endless especially during the summer months. And the more I explore this lovely fruit, the more I appreciate the multicultural possibilities.

However, the discovery that the fruit contained an alkaloid was thought to aggravate gout and arthritis. People with these conditions were even told not to eat eggplants.

 

Letter: Flower Benefits Community

Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:12

I am writing to correct the inaccuracies of Frances Leone’s letter to the editor in the Enterprise-Pilot issue dated Aug. 13. Ms. Leone is correct that it is important to respect all living creatures. We can agree on that as we have the same belief. However, her accusations that Frank M. Flower’s harvesting methods are killing horseshoe crabs and other marine life is simply not true. Let me set the record straight because the numerous falsehoods that Ms. Leone, a select group of Baymen and those that are their followers are spreading only makes for an air of panic and hysteria in the community which is not based on scientific facts.

 

Letter: School Closed, No Refund

Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

(Below is a copy of a letter written to the pastor of the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich)

I am a local realtor in the East Norwich/Oyster Bay area, my office Laffey Fine Homes is in fact around the corner from your church and school. This past winter I decided to enroll my now 2-year-old daughter in the Wesley School so that while I was working I would be nearby in case of illness or emergency. Since we do not live locally, my husband and I thought that was our best option. I enrolled my daughter in summer camp and for school in September on Feb. 27. On that day I wrote a check to the Wesley School for $555 (for summer camp and for a school deposit). In the recent publication in the Oyster Bay-Enterprise Pilot it was stated that parents were notified in December and again in April that the plans for the installation were definite. I was never made privy to any of this information, even though we were already registered for summer camp and school. Again when camp started there was no mention of the school closing.

 

Letter: Clearing Up The Facts

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

Friends of the Bay regrets that readers of the Enterprise-Pilot may have been misled by Frances Leone’s letter to the editor in the August 13, 2014 edition. The author of that letter does not represent nor speak for this organization.

There were a number of inaccuracies in the letter, as well as assertions not supported by data.

Friends of the Bay has taken no position with regard to the allegation that mechanical harvesters used by the Frank M. Flower & Sons shellfish farm cause widespread harm to marine life.

 

Zox Kitchen: August 28, 2014

Written by Chef Alan Zox, Ph.D, oysterbay@antonnews.com Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

Cooking Options For The Plentiful Zucchini

Zucchinis are easy and fun to grow. In fact, our family was always offering these vegetables to friends and neighbors. But it wasn’t always easy to give them away in late August since everyone had a surplus of the ever-present summer squash available to them. And this is why cookbooks like the 50-year-old Italian cookbook, The Silver Spoon, recently translated into English in the United States, includes 37 zucchini recipes and six for zucchini flowers.

I have always been attracted to zucchinis in part because of their plentifulness, but also because of the almost magical way in which they can grow. It seemed they could double in size overnight. And while I never grew a zucchini three meters long, they say it is possible and likely if the conditions are just right. I remember dreaming as a child that our crop was going to grow up to our home and invade us. My mother told me if this happened we would just make more soup for family, friends and neighbors. My scary dreams disappeared.

 

Letter: Let's Work Together

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

(Below is a copy of letter sent by Rev. Nelson Kalombo Ngoy of the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich to parents of preschoolers)

First and mostly, let me preface that I am writing this letter with a profound and sincere gratitude to all  the members of the East Norwich community: especially to Carolyn Wilson and all the Wesley Nursery School teachers for their outstanding service throughout the years; showing their passion for teaching and the love of children. Their impact will not be forgotten.

I have a great deal of empathy for each and every parent and want to thank them and the members of the East Norwich Civic Association for your concerns.

 

Letter: ‘Appalled’ By School Closing

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

Thank you for running a story on the closing of Wesley Nursery School. I find it appalling that Community United Methodist Church abruptly closed the school with only giving DAYS notice to families and teachers with summer camp currently in session and school starting in only a month! Do they not care how families are now scrambling for summer care options and fall school enrollment for their children? Or how they are thanklessly treating the hard working, dedicated school faculty that have been bringing them in revenue over the years? And yes, it is all about the money. The church made the decision to install a cell tower in their steeple this year, which has led to severely reduced enrollment. I can only speculate that they understood the income from a cell phone company would substantially outweigh the cost of operating a nursery school. I’m sorry but it feels morally wrong to me for a church to choose money over children and families who have supported them. We are a proud community and expect high standards from businesses who operate in our area. Shouldn’t we expect more from a church?

Rob Bencal

Oyster Bay

 

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