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Letter: Vanishing Bees, Vanishing Humankind

Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00

The old saying, “Busy as a Bee” comes from the fact that bees pollinate at least 70% of our crops, which is 1 out of 3 bites of food that we eat - encompassing at least 95 varieties of crops.

The world’s bees are in jeopardy of extinction. Bees have been dying off in droves since the mid 1990s. This disaster began in France and kept spreading throughout the world, hitting the U.S. in 2006.  It was given a name – colony collapse disorder, or CCD.  Much has been made over the so-called mystery surrounding CCD.  

 

Over 60 . . . And Getting Younger: May 17, 2013

Written by Stanley Greenberg Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00

Uncoordinated

At the age of five years old, the doctors proclaimed that my son Adam was “uncoordinated.” Adam was the surviving twin and that may have been the reason for his slower physical development. I was told that enrolling him in a soccer program would help his evolution and maturation. After all “every boy can kick a ball”.

I signed him up with the Hicksville Soccer Club and we awaited a call from his future coach. His coach, as it turned out, was a Frenchman who worked as a chef at one of the finer French restaurants in Manhattan. Since the coach held his practices on Wednesdays, my day off, I was able to go to the afternoon practices.

 

Over 60 . . . And Getting Younger: May 10, 2013

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

Quibbling with Shakespeare

Who am I to make or think of making changes in Shakespeare’s plays? I have just taken a course in Shakespeare’s tragedies and comedies. If only the Great Bard would make minor adjustments, the tragedies could become comedies and vice versa -- a comedy is a play that ends happily, a tragedy ends on an unhappy situation.

In “Romeo and Juliet,” if Shakespeare had left out the poisonings in the final scene, Romeo and Juliet could have gone off happily into the sunset and live till their golden wedding anniversary. Such a nice couple, why kill them off so haphazardly? Everyone would leave the theater in a positive mood.

 

Letter: Just Say No to Country Point’s Impacts!

Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

With the postponement of the April 29th Country Pointe Hearing we urge all residents to use this time to review the documents, deeply reflect on the significant impacts many of which cannot be mitigated, and share your questions and concerns with the Town of Oyster Bay.

Many of us who were horrified by the enormous proportions of the “Old Plainview” proposal in 2007 were even more disturbed by the latest proposal in the wake of the community’s intense opposition to the last Wang application. It’s clear our community is not opposed to limited and thoughtful development; but why introduce a Mega-Lifestyle Development on the last and largest tract of open space in Nassau County?  Further, what precedent are we setting for our future with Box Size Retail, 3 Story Housing, and many more zoning variances to accommodate the density?  Is this what we want for Plainview-Old Bethpage?

 

Letter: Concerns About Developement

Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00

Like many Plainview Old Bethpage residents, I have questions and concerns about how the proposed Beechwood Development’s 890 homes will affect our school district, of which 264 homes are available to families.  

Are we, the POB school district, prepared for an influx of students, of any amount?  

Is there a strategy and a specific plan as to precisely how this will be executed, for Day 1?  

 

Letter: Spell Check

Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00

Just one week after the Herald published my letter about there being no letter “P” in “Binghamton”, I read your “Binghamton University Dean’s List” article---and was so proud to see that you had not only correctly spelled “Binghamton” in the headline, but also two more times in the body of the story.  That’s a perfect 3-3, 100%, A+ !  Imagine my chagrin, however, when I was unexpectedly saddened to notice that immediately after your 3rd consecutive correct spelling of “Binghamton”, you misspelled its HARPUR College of Arts and Sciences as

 

Editorial: Greetings

Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00

My name is Michael Scro, and as of this week, I am officially the new editor for the Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald.

All of my 25 years I have lived on Long Island, and I am honored to serve the communities of Plainview and Old Bethpage.  As a graduate of St. Anthony’s High School and Hofstra University, I pledge to the residents that I and my colleagues at Anton Community Newspapers will work to bring you truthful, insightful and relevant news.

 

Letter: Save Our Libraries

Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00

In today’s climate of ever-shrinking funding, hard decisions need to be made in order to balance the school budget. As you consider where to make cuts and what programs to eliminate, please consider the following information about school library programs and school librarians.

While all school libraries are important, we believe that school libraries, especially elementary school libraries, and certified school librarians to staff them, are needed now more than ever. As you know, elementary school provides the basis upon which all further education is built. A strong school library program in elementary school will result in the future success of your students as they move toward college and careers.

 

Letter: Very Bad, But No Worse

Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

While I’m in total agreement with John Owens’ “Buttafuocoed” views about Long Island, I have some disagreements with John Collins’ reaction letter published last week (“Joey’s Legacy”).

Collins is absolutely right when he says that “[Long Island] lacks political leadership that has any sense of vision for this area. The politicians are too vested in partisan politics and patronage. They lack the intelligence, experience and commitment to develop any bold, creative solutions to Long Island’s challenges...how dysfunctional the governmental process is in both counties. It is a half-century history of one stupid decision after another.”

 

Over 60 . . . And Getting Younger: April 19, 2013

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

Four Days In Austin

Two wonderful things happened to this 78-year-old on the way to and in the city of Austin, Texas. First, I was told I could leave my shoes and jacket on through airport security, because my birth date was before 1937. Secondly, after a one-hour wait at an old-fashioned barbershop on Congress Street in town, I paid only $10 for a wonderful short haircut. Everyone else paid $18. No one was in a hurry.

Austin, the capitol of Texas, has many wonderful offerings. The first day, we walked along Congress Street, visiting unique shops and eateries. Allen’s Boots is an amazing cowboy store with hundreds of male and female fancy boots, Texas-sized hats (I bought one), and silver buckles and shirts. We ate Tex-Mex food at Magnolia’s Cafe.

 

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