I read with interest Fred Steinberg’s piece “Long Island’s Saltwater Fountain of Youth” (The Weekend, Sept. 17-23).
I also experienced, to my delight, a similar “seniors are free” encounter. Fifteen to 20 years ago, when I was 55 or 60 years old, I went to renew my pass to the parks of Nassau County. (I’d previously paid $30 for the pass that was renewable in three years.)
The lady at the window told me it was only $15. I asked how long it would be until I had to renew.
“You are a senior, right?”
I said yes, and she told me I wouldn’t ever have to renew it.
Thank you. I thoroughly enjoy reading hometown news.
Monica Larsen, Gilbert, AZ
I am tired of political ads that are only mudslingers. The local and national news, especially on television, should be devoting at least five minutes a day to informed, unbiased reportage. They all seem to report on the same hot button issues about people in the entertainment industry, such as their marital affairs. When it comes to candidates, they report on their missteps: lack of morality, fidelity, and ethics. They do not tell us about the candidates’ voting record, values, supporters, and views on issues, past and present.
Most people watch television for some news. If only the sensational and negative news predominate, they are getting no real news. I call this censorship. The local and national news stations should be presenting factual reporting, not hype. They have failed the public. Where is my five minutes a day? Why aren’t they doing this?
South Oyster Bay Road has 40-year-old trees lining the roadway. They are mainly beautiful sycamores. They form a canopy of shade across the road, give home to nesting birds, put oxygen into the air we breathe, and add to the beauty of Hicksville, Plainview, and Syosset. They are also slated for slaughter, a cutting down due to the shortsightedness of our politicians.
Walkable sidewalks can be erected without cutting down these valuable assets, a legacy to our communities. Why doesn’t the Town of Oyster Bay look at the ways other towns in the United States have managed to keep their trees and replace the sidewalks in a 21st Century fashion?
Why must we always cut rather than conserve?
I read the article [Nassau Axing Grand Old Trees, Oct. 1-7] and I think pretty much everyone is missing something here. If you look where the “X”s are, they form a nice line from the Long Island Expressway to the entrance of the warehouse and distribution center over by Grumman. Personally, I think Mangano is just making it easier for the double trailer trucks to barrel up and down South Oyster Bay Road. If he or anyone really cared about us, he might try paving the road which the trucks have torn up.
Also, how is he paying for this? All of the revenue from the traffic cameras and the speed cameras on the road?
It recently came to light that the Nassau County Department of Public Works has begun a project to remove close to 200 grand old trees along roads spanning Syosset, Plainview, Hicksville and Bethpage. According to the department, the decision was made to remove these 30- to 40-foot behemoths and their far-reaching roots after years of complaints from residents about buckling sidewalks and damaged roadways.
A group of concerned citizens formed a group called STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) in an effort to inform residents and maybe, just maybe, stop the bulldozers before the 4.4-mile tree slaughter is carried out. The group’s major complaint: that a project of this magnitude — one that would change the landscape of many communities so drastically — would commence without a public forum ever taking place.
As the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, memories of the destruction produced by the storm still haunts most Long Islanders.
I have lived in Massapequa since 1982. During that time, I have lived through Hurricane Gloria, blizzards, torrential rainstorms and Hurricane Irene. What happened the night of 10-29-12 was traumatic for me, my wife and daughter.
We decided to stay in our home that night as did most of my neighbors since Hurricane Irene the year before turned out to be a false alarm. We also left all three of our cars in the driveway. Between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., it went from being dry to the water reaching the first front step of our house. It happened so quickly that we did not get a chance to move our cars. Within an hour, there was five feet of water in our basement and two feet in our first floor.
We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the fundraiser for “Mel’s Wheels.” Your expression of love and compassion will always be remembered. This will make life a lot easier for Mel.
We feel so blessed to live in East Norwich and Oyster Bay because of all the caring people who live here.
Seasonal preferences are often a bone of contention for those who enjoy cooking out of doors. Some of us can only stomach summertime meals like burgers and grilled barbecue. I personally have always enjoyed the fall season with the multicolored landscape and wonderful harvest season. Seafood thrives this time of year as well.
One of the more contentious issues for seafood lovers is the decision to buy wild as opposed to farm raised fish. One of the key questions is whether farm raised fish are higher in contaminants. It’s not a yes or no answer in most cases. Contaminants like PCBs are much better controlled today in waters where wild fish are caught while genetic modification, or hormones and antibodies are not permitted in the U.S. As the nutritionist and popular blogger Monica Reinagel reports in her blog Nutrition Diva, wild-catch fishing, and setting and enforcing standards protect the marine environment and fish populations. And fish farming is strictly regulated.
My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting with New York State Senator Kemp Hannon on Sept. 4 to discuss our significant concerns with the Common Core Curriculum. The senator graciously agreed to meet and spent almost an hour with us, listening to the issues associated with the curriculum.
By now, I am certain that most readers are familiar with some of the problems inherent with the curriculum. Chief among them are the lack of input from educators, early childhood experts and a completely unproven and untested curriculum, despite dubious claims by the creators that they are internationally benchmarked. The absence of such expertise is readily apparent, given the inappropriate expectations imposed upon our youngest students and the subsequent pressure placed on students and teachers alike to produce high marks on state testing.
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