$57.13 for gas! Are you kidding me?
Is this 1973 or 2012? There is plenty of gasoline, unlike 1973, but it is the price we are complaining about. So far this rise in prices has intruded on Long Islanders, but the roads are still crowded. There are complaints, but it looks like nobody is staying home.
The Hicksville-based Sarah Grace Foundation will host its 9th Annual Night of Laughter benefit fundraiser on Friday, March 23 at the Milleridge Cottage, 585 North Broadway, Jericho.
Host Rick Morgan will lead the event, which will feature John Santo, impersenator; Ellen Karis, The Greek Goddess of Comedy FoxTV; Rich Ramirez, HBO-BET, Last Comic Standing; and Pete Michaels of Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
It is my opinion that the quality of life in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and surrounding areas has greatly improved, culturally, with the construction and opening of Molloy College’s $28 million state-of-the-art Madison Theatre, where Broadway-quality performances are being presented on a regular basis, closer to our homes and at a great savings, compared to The Great White Way’s ticket prices.
Is there good entertainment in Nassau and Suffolk? You bet there is!
Last Saturday evening, Lorraine and I were introduced to a new venue for professional, first-class shows. With two friends, Joyce and Alan Tobkes, we traveled out to the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College at exit 50 of the LIE. This theater moved from the South Shore and never quite changed its name.
I was listening to John Gambling on WOR, 710 on the AM dial. Peter King, the Long Island congressman, was speaking to Ray Kelly, the police commissioner of New York City. They were discussing the brouhaha about the N.Y.P.D.’s attending mosques in New Jersey to get information of proposed terrorism.
The most interesting point was that the primary function of government is to protect the people. The ancient method was in the Middle Ages when the serfs withdrew nightly into the castle. This was to protect them against the marauding bands of thieves and murderers who preyed upon the land.
Longboat Key, Florida has a two-mile strip of beach that encompasses Whitney Beach and the key’s northernmost tip, called Beer Can Island. I walk it almost every morning in winter and take notes about what I see and feel. Based on those notes this is what that beach looked and felt like for five days this January.
I am enthralled by the Jeremy Lin scenario!
He has captured New York and in one fantastic stroke, revived the memories of Knicks fans to days of previous glory. It is a Horatio Alger story with an Asian Twist. The hero is a Taiwan born, Harvard educated, sky, conservative, soft-spoken, young lad, named Jeremy Lin. He has reached beyond all political boundaries and became everybody’s hero.
He has accomplished all this in a sport not used to seeing Asians on professional basketball teams. He has held his ground and not lost his sense of humor and his bearings. As a septuagenarian sports nut I have seen many “shooting stars” in my day. Some have lasted through long professional careers and some have petered and flamed out. I fervently hope this does not happen to Jeremy.
Earlier this month, along with Police Commissioner Thomas Dale, I submitted to the County Legislature a Community Policing (COP) Plan that reassigns 48 police officers from desk jobs to community policing positions. This plan includes the transformation of four current precincts into new Community Policing Centers to be located throughout the county, with a police presence maintained at all current locations. These Centers will have police officers posted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will have community rooms for residents to visit and for the police to host neighborhood meetings.
Keeping the families and senior citizens of Nassau County safe is my number one priority and this plan improves public safety, while increasing accountability and protecting our residents’ wallets.
This November 6, we are going to the election booths all over the United States to select a president. Our system, under the Constitution, declares that an election is to be held every four years.
The Democrats and Republicans are preparing for a hotly contested race. The Democrats have an incumbent and the Republicans are in a close contest to find a suitable candidate.
I would like to review all the presidents I remember since my birth in October 1934.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president for the first 11 years of my life. He was a great orator and led the U.S. through World War II, with his fireside speeches.
In the January 20 issue of the Tribune, an article appeared reporting on a hate crime forum attended by several of our local elected officials. Subsequently, in the February 3 issue of the Tribune, newly elected Nassau County Legislator, Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, contributed an Op-Ed piece about the forum.
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