As I was getting ready to leave for an educational delegation to Turkey in late June, it was easy to understand why I was getting excited. I was ready to see the grandeur of the Hagia Sofia and watch the Whirling Dervishes in awe as they spun around in religious devotion.
But the best part of the delegation was the stunning welcome and kindness we received when visiting the homes of Turkish families. We visited three different homes, and each time, we were met with an effusive reception. Our hosts explained Turkish customs and culture in the way that only a local could do.
When I was growing up in the East Bronx in the 1940s and 1950s, the Major League Baseball All-Star game was a grand and glorious time. New York City had three teams before two of them moved to the West Coast.
The American League Yankee fans rooted for their representatives and the National League Dodger and Giant fans (united for the first time) rooted for their guys. The arguments were heated, and everyone tuned in their radios on game day. Even Boston had two teams, the Red Sox and the Boston Braves. It was in the era of a total of 16 teams- eight American League and eight National League. There were no teams west of the Mississippi River. Today, there are 30 teams in major league baseball.
What could be bad about a modern new arena that will be a home for the Islanders till 2045 and a minor league ballpark (is it too much to hope that it will house a Mets farm team?) that will spur reasonable development of the entire Nassau hub and create a guaranteed steady revenue stream for hard-pressed Nassau taxpayers? Remember, the monies due to the county will be based entirely on revenue, regardless of profits. That makes the deal a perfect scenario for taxpayers.
A tennis buddy of mine told me this week that he is getting rid of his old car. “It has 150,000 miles on the odometer, but in all these years it never gave me any trouble.”
I remarked immediately, “How can you get rid of your old pal so easily?” He sort of winced and just shrugged his shoulders in an “I don’t really know,” attitude.
The Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community cordially invite you to the official opening of the “9-11 Memorial Garden” and viewing of the World Trade Center Artifact at the Town Park on the corner of Old Country Road and Hope Drive in Plainview, on Sunday, July 10 at 12:15 p.m. Join us in paying tribute to all who have been touched by the tragedy of 9-11, and help us thank our partners in this project, the Town of Oyster Bay and the Port Authority of NYNJ for making this possible.
Carol Meschkow, President
Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community
It was 1962 and I was 27 years old when I first met my lifelong pal John. I had just opened my first and only dental practice on Parsons Boulevard and 89th Avenue in Jamaica. I was fresh out of the army and in my naïveté, I went to meet the local dentists who were close to my office. I thought it was the professional procedure to follow.
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County joins the LWV of New York State and NYPIRG (New York Public Interest Research group) in supporting Assembly Bill A8367, which would enact the Comptroller Campaign Finance Reform Act, to provide for public financing of elections for this statewide office.
While sitting at a table of strangers during a shiva (mourning period) call, each person spoke of the famous people that came from their old neighborhood. It was as if these celebrities gave weight and credence to their own lives.
It seemed that we were only “mere people” that magnified the “stars” that made it in Hollywood or on the field of sport. These lovely folks were all accomplished and highly educated. Yet they fawned on these notables and somehow associated their success with their own worth, because of adjacent neighborhoods.
There is a perception that alcohol is the most common cause of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis in our country. Most people in the community and even doctors believe this to be a true statement. Patient after patient who liver doctors see in their practices come in saying that they do not understand how that got liver disease as they do not drink or they only occasionally imbibe alcoholic beverages during an average month or year. First and foremost, it is important to state that while alcohol use can cause liver damage, it does so in only the minority of people who drink and it is certainly is not the most common cause of chronic liver disease or cirrhosis. That honor goes to hepatitis C and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is generally secondary to either diabetes or obesity.
All Long Islanders want dangerous criminals off our streets.
So the catchily-named Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, purportedly designed to go after serious criminal offenders, seems simple at first glance.
It’s a federal program that takes the fingerprints of anyone who is arrested and automatically checks those prints against a national immigration database. If immigration officials have questions about a person’s immigration status, that person can be detained by local authorities and eventually placed in deportation proceedings.
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