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Letter: Don’t Keep Common Core Meetings Secret

Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

I am a parent in the Jericho School District of an 8th grader and 2nd grader. I am very involved in the PTA in both the MS school and at the elementary level, as well as on the PTA counsel board of president’s at Jericho.

My questions to you are this:

1-Do you happen to know why so many of the common core held meetings are not posted anywhere easy  for people to know that they are being held? That unless you are on a social media site that is the only way to find out about meetings?


Over 60 . . . And Getting Younger: November 21, 2013

Written by Stanley Greenberg Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

The Market

All Americans are in the stock market! Even those people who never bought a security and pooh-poohed the market are in it or affected by the market. If their union, insurance plan or retirement is in a mutual fund, they are in the stock market. Some say money is the root of evil.

As they say, “the market goes up and down, but gradually up.” This statement was proved true after the recession of 2008. Was the world coming to an end?  


From The Desk of Assemblyman Michael Montesano

Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

Sandy Money Must Go To Sandy Victims

Like all of you, I was shocked and disgusted by the revelations in Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s report that roughly 40 percent of the $570 million raised by non-profits in the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts have yet to be given out to storm victims. This is unacceptable and I commend the Attorney General for making public the malfeasance of these non-profit organizations in keeping the charitable donations of good people looking to help those in need for themselves.


A Bird's Eye View: October 31, 2013

Written by Michael Givant, Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

Fire Island’s Frequent Fliers

It is morning at the Fire Island Hawk Watch, where, in September and October, hawk watchers stand on a platform counting southward bound migrating raptors. Identifying flying raptors means quickly identifying the bird’s profile. This is different from having time to identify a perching bird whose color and feather patterns can be easily seen. With a good northwest wind as a magic carpet, the birds have been burning through all morning. Names like merlin, kestrel and osprey are being tallied. A day like this “juices” birders.                                                  

A Hungry Flier

Around 10:30 a.m. the wind lessens significantly. Jackets and hooded sweatshirts come off. A flicker comes through, just escaping being taken by a merlin, perhaps the most frequent flier seen here. The flicker is a colorful yellow and white woodpecker that eats mainly ants on the ground. Even though it’s larger than the merlin, it is potential “hawk food” for migrating birds of prey. The merlin is a small, stocky falcon with short, broad wings that resemble an old-fashioned paper airplane whose main food is small birds. As the flicker disappears into the swale below, the merlin doesn’t break off to chase it. There will be more. It’s a long way to South America.

Nicknamed “the blue bullet,” for its speed, another merlin comes through holding a dragonfly. While the latter are aerial predators of insects, now they are flying energy bars for merlins who take them in midair. This bird’s dark color, speed and athleticism creates a mystique.

Ospreys and Others

The wind picks up and sweatshirts go back on. A number of migrating tree swallow come by. These 5.75-inch birds have been coming through all morning. How fast do these little birds burn through the sky? I can’t offer a stopwatch time but one comes over the platform and my head. By the time I turn around it’s at least 100 feet past me, flying fast.

An osprey comes by the bay, head down looking for fish below. The osprey’s large size at 23-inches and long wing span give it a distinctive look. It is often seen circling above the bay searching for fish. It will let down its legs like a plane’s landing gear and dive taking the fish in its talons.


Over 60 . . . And Getting Younger: October 24, 2013

Written by Stanley Greenberg, Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

Deck Farming

I have a new title! I am a Deck Farmer! On my deck, outside the kitchen door, I have strung together, 10 large pots filled with earth. These pots do not resemble each other, each is unique and have been salvaged from plantings of past years and unsuccessful attempts at horticulture.

About five years ago, I ascended (or descended) away from mere beautiful flowering plants and entered into the forbidden field of food cultivation. A precious neighbor of mine Bill, did some magnificent topiary work. Though I certainly admired his creations. The art of topiary required more skill than I possess.


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

A Time to Reaffirm Our Commitment

The latest statistics tell us that one in eight women in the United States will development breast cancer at some point in her life. Breast cancer is the second highest cause of cancer death among women during the last 25 years. Estimates indicate that 232,340 new cases of breast cancer will be recorded in New York State alone this year; 14,950 of those women will lose their lives as a result of the disease.

While the statistics are daunting, they don’t tell the whole story. On a personal level, we all probably know someone whose life has been touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer; whether it is oneself, a family member or friend. With a disease that knows no barriers, women everywhere are potential victims, regardless of their age, race or past history. This is especially meaningful to me because my mother had breast cancer.


Letter: Common Sense Is Needed

Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

There’s a lot of blame and finger pointing for the recent federal government shutdown. Today I’m offering a common-sense solution.

Originally, House Republicans, who are in the majority, offered a resolution to temporarily continue governing operations. It had two conditions: 1.) Fund the government at a level that many Democrats felt was insufficient; and 2.) Defund and delay the Affordable Care Act (known to many as Obamacare). I could not support both of those conditions, particularly using a shutdown of the federal government to effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act.


The Local Angle

Written by Felicia DiGregorio, Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

Why A Yearly Mammogram Is Necessary

My name is Felicia DiGregorio. I have lived in the area for more than 15 years. Challenges in life take you in different directions.  Sharing experiences with others help in the healing process.  I would like to share my story of how necessary it is to have a yearly mammogram—no matter what!

Don’t be afraid to get checked— be afraid NOT to!


Letter: Fighting Hatred

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

As a Member of Congress who represents a large population of Americans of Indian descent, I am deeply troubled by the outrageous remarks aimed at the winner of the 2013 Miss America Pageant and a fellow New Yorker, Nina Davuluri. Ms. Davuluri embodies the American dream—the daughter of immigrants who graduated from a prestigious university and plans to pursue a medical degree. She is American in the truest sense, and the fact that this would be questioned is despicable.  


The Real State Of Nassau's Finances

Written by Howard Weitzman Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00
Editor’s note: This is a response to Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos’s “County Financial Report Card,” published in the Syosset-Jericho Tribune, Sept. 18-24 edition. Howard Weitzman is running on the Democratic line against Maragos in the November election.

George Maragos continues to mislead the public by falsely claiming that the county’s financial condition has improved on his watch. During Mr. Maragos’s tenure as Nassau County’s fiscal watchdog, the county has undergone three bond downgrades by the credit rating agencies, the county’s fiscal outlook has been lowered from “stable” to “negative,” and the county’s debt has reached a new all-time high. No amount of “cooking the books” and issuing misleading financial statements and  press releases can hide this truth, a truth which can be easily verified by outside sources.


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