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Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: December 15, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 16 December 2011 00:00

Crushes

The recent media revival of the shipboard death of Natalie Wood awakened a sore place, 30 years dormant in my heart. I definitely had a crush on this tiny little actress.

The first time I ever saw her perform, she was playing a little girl in Macy’s Department Store in the delightful 1947 fantasy Miracle on 34th Street. The wonderful cast included Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara and John Payne. After that performance, she was destined to become a movie star in later life.

 

Letter: Water District Commissioners Thank Community

Friday, 16 December 2011 00:00

We would like to thank everyone who voted for us in this week’s election for Water District Commissioner.

As always, the goal of the Water District Board of Commissioners is to serve the Plainview-Old Bethpage community and oversee that the district is protecting the region’s water supply for the present and future.  

We will continue to implement proactive and progressive testing into our water supply and integrate state-of-the-art technology into the daily operation of the water supply system.

 

Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: December 8, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00

Another Modest Proposal (Satire)

Question: Do you have to suffer with a disease or malady to become a registered counselor in that particular ailment?

The question arose from a television advertisement that purported to solve the illness called anorexia. The saleslady testified that she was a victim of anorexia and could help others. She appeared healthy and of average build to prove that she was no longer suffering from this debilitating sickness. My mind started ticking.

I have also viewed such ads for Alcoholics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous. In many cases, the therapist or counselor, at one time, had been a patient. To me it is not a problem viewing these recovered alcoholics and gamblers as people who know the downside of their private lives.

 

A Bird’s Eye View: December 8, 2011

Written by Michael Givant Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00

Up Close with an Oystercatcher

The oystercatcher is a 17.5-inch bird whose signature feature is a large, thick red bill. Its head is black as is the breast, which looks like a bib next to the white belly. The back is dark brown and the legs are a pale pink. Using its prominent bill with a rapid motion, the bird probes wet sand for shells and adeptly removes the meat. Until last winter I’d only seen oystercatchers a few times and at a distance.

Up Close

Last March on a Florida beach, to my surprise, at the edge of a large group of gulls, terns and skimmers is an oystercatcher. Looking desultory, the bird lifts off over the Gulf flashing a bold white wing design. Based on past experience, I incorrectly assume that is the last I’ll see of it. A few mornings later an oystercatcher is feeding at the water’s edge. It has a shell in its bill from which it seems to be extracting the insides. This sturdy avian stands in the water with head submerged as incoming waves wash over it. Soaked, the head looks even blacker and some of the feathers standing up give it a touch of wildness. In comparison, smaller sanderlings feeding nearby, chase retreating waves and run from incoming ones. Lean willets, also smaller, go into the water but aren’t as heavy duty, braving the waves as this guy. This is interesting comparative birding.

 

Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: December 1, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00

‘The Artist’: Black and White

We moderns who were recently captured by the Internet Revolution should easily empathize with the 1927 entrance of The Jazz Singer with Al Jolson, which led to Hollywood discarding silent films. Within a decade, the production of black and white, no-speech films ceased. The Artist is a story of the “silents.”

Many former film stars could not make the “talkies” that were being produced. The new silent film The Artist deals with this phenomenon. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a superstar in silent movies. He is a singing, dancing actor with Gene Kelly and Douglas Fairbanks in mind. As he refuses role after role, his star descends and he is well on the way to oblivion.

 

Letter: In Favor of Zero Tolerance Distracted Driving Law

Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00

I’m glad that a new “law” has renamed a bridge in honor of police officer Michael J. Califano, but a law that would honor him even more (by saving lives) and better “ensure that his legacy or service and heroism will always be remembered” would be one that guaranteed that anyone found guilty of being asleep at the wheel (as his “killer” probably will be), or driving drunk, or texting-while-driving, will lose their driver’s license for life.

 

Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: November 23, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 25 November 2011 00:00

On The Road

While traveling, I have been surprised at the variety of experiences that have opened for Lorraine and me.

Last Saturday evening, after a babysitting job, we arrived at Penn Station at 9:48 p.m. We scooted to take the 9:51 p.m. to Hicksville on the LIRR. We caught the only seats available, a foursome – two seats facing forward, and two seats riding backwards. Not my favorite seats, but when you just make the train, you do not have your pick of seating.

 

From the Desk of The Nassau County Executive: November 23, 2011

Written by Edward P. Mangano Friday, 25 November 2011 00:00

Combining Quality Bus Service With Fiscal Responsibility

Last spring, when the MTA threatened to eliminate more than half of the Long Island Bus routes, lay off hundreds of employees and hit our taxpayers with another $26 million in subsidy payments – I joined thousands of outraged taxpayers in saying, “Enough is enough!”

On January 1, 2012, Nassau County will make history when we take control of our own buses, turning Long Island Bus into the NICE Bus - Nassau Inter-County Express. This marks a new era of efficient bus service for riders and lower costs for taxpayers. Residents will save $32.4 million annually.

 

Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: November 17, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00

Versus!

I was attending a lecture by Leon Uris at the 92nd Street YMHA years ago when he startled me. Uris, the author, was complaining that Otto Preminger, the director of the highly praised film Exodus, had ruined his image of the book.

I was completely shocked because I truly enjoyed the renowned movie with Paul Newman, Sal Mineo and Eva Marie Saint. Uris said that it did not represent his concept of what he was thinking when he penned the momentous novel.

 

From Long Island Wins: November 17, 2011

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00

One Set of Facts, One Unavoidable Conclusion

In any debate, it’s said, each party is entitled to its own opinion. But not its own set of facts.

That’s why it’s so exciting that there’s been yet another important step in establishing a single set of facts about the contributions of immigrants to Long Island.

The Fiscal Policy Institute is out with a new study titled New Americans on Long Island, a Vital Sixth of the Economy. And while the whole thing is worth reading – it’s posted on the Long Island Wins website - we’ll skip to the good parts: the report finds that immigrants make up 16 percent of Long Island’s population and 17 percent of its economic output.

 

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