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Letter: Voting To Opt Out

I was planning to vote against Ed Mangano until three of “his” ads in the Oct. 16-22 Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald almost convinced me to vote for him. What influenced me were the three different, eye-catching, quarter-page ads (on pages 12, 8A, and 54A) about exciting, upcoming events. The top line of all three ads read “Nassau County Executive ED MANGANO,” with his name made to stand out through boldface lettering, color, and/or capital letters. Two of the ads’ top lines said that “Ed Mangano PRESENTS” the event to us, while one said that “Ed Mangano INVITES” us to the event.

One is a “Haunted House & Family Fun Fair” at Eisenhower Park; one is an “1800 Long Island Halloween” at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration; and one is the “Fall Concert Series at Chelsea Mansion.” But, from top to bottom (literally) the ad is as much about Ed Mangano as the events themselves, because in the lower-left-hand corner of each ad his name is repeated in  large, colorful, capital letters (which are much more prominent than the words “Nassau County”), along with his photo (in color). So that you might naively think that he himself is paying for these events out of his own pocket; instead of with tax dollars from you and me. These ads especially gave me warm, fuzzy feelings about Ed Mangano because Tom Suozzi, his opponent in the upcoming election, did not “present” any of his own events, or “invite” me to anything. But then I remembered that when Suozzi was County Executive for eight years himself, he ran the exact same kind of self-promoting ads, especially before elections. So I’m not going to vote for either guy, even if there is no decent alternative on the ballot.

Richard Siegelman

News

For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.

“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.

Thanks in large part to a substantial increase in sponsor support – and Mother Nature’s cooperation – the 2014 Plainview-Old Bethpage Craft and Gift Fair was a rousing success.

A caravan of vendors filled the parking lot of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library starting at 7 a.m. By the time fairgoers crossed the blue and green balloon arch at 10 a.m. to receive their free T-shirt and bags stuffed with sponsor goodies, there were 108 booths ready to welcome them on the sunny day.


Calendar

4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 29



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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