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Letter: Tree Murder

Friday, 28 November 2014 00:00

Trees in Nassau County are being cut down on orders from Mangano. The reason is supposedly to repave roads and sidewalks. That method is not necessary as per several certified arborists. There are several other options. Trees are gone alongside Christopher Morley Park/W. John St.-Hicksville/Plainview Rd./South Oyster Bay Road from Bethpage to Jericho Turnpike and the east side of the South Oyster Bay Expressway from Sunrise Northbound. So far it’s probably 600 to 800 trees some 40 to 50 years old and beautiful. The replacement plantings will be trees that will never in our lifetime grow to those heights.

The word for this tree murdering is coming from Mangano’s office. What a legacy he will leave. Please look up the website “STOMP” Save Trees Over More Pavement, for an extensive story on exactly why this is happening. It has to do with money. There are about 4,000 members of STOMP. All trees on a county road could be subject to this murder-even yours. The birds are also bewildered looking for their homes.

Ronald Billing



Letter: Marcellino ‘Environmental Champion’

Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00

Congratulations to Senator Carl Marcellino on his re-election. Marcellino has been a champion on environmental issues and has been a leader in creating sustainable standards, enforcing safe disposal and limiting the amount of toxins New Yorkers are exposed to.

There is a full docket of environmental legislation waiting for action next year. We are going to need every green champion to advance critical initiatives such as lifting barriers to clean energy, fighting climate change, strengthening the Environmental Protection Fund and fully funding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Capital Plan.


Observe And Report: Black Friday

Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00

Journalism is about gathering important information and preparing it for public dissemination. It should be interesting and unique, but sometimes it involves events like the shopping stampede known as Black Friday.

You, the reader, may have found yourself standing in line at a big-box chain on a Thanksgiving night, hoping to get a fantastic price on a flat-screen TV. Maybe you just did it one year as a lark; one of those masochistic things you do just so you can say you did it, like going to Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Or perhaps you woke up at the crack of dawn the day after Thanksgiving one year, and you drove bleary-eyed and morning-breathed to the nearest mall to live out your Black Friday fantasy just once.


Editorial: The War On Thanksgiving

Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:25

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.


Letter: Fighting Words?

Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:25

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.”  


Oyster Festival: A Community Phenomenon

Written by Silvana LaFerlita Gullo, Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:04

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.  


Letter: Ebola, Hysteria And The Politics Of Sustainability

Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:02

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.


Letter: Holiday Sharing Program Needs Support

Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00

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.


Editorial: Just Say Thanks

Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:16

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.  


Letter: Support Needed For Thanksgiving Feast

Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:17

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.


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