Among the casualties in the latest round of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget cuts is a network of child-care centers based in family courts across New York State that offer safe havens for children. The Children’s Center in Nassau County Family Court is operated by North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center and is rated among the top utilized Children’s Centers statewide, according to the New York State Unified Court System.
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.
After watching a very disturbing movie, Incendies, on a Friday night, Lorraine (my beautiful wife) and I stepped into the lobby of the theater.
There he was! I had taken his course in philosophy and I recognized him immediately. He barely knew me, but after a short conversation it all came back to him. I was a student and he was the professor. It was about seven years ago.
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.
The theme of the latest Woody Allan movie Midnight in Paris has been captured in English Literature many times. “We are living in dreary, unproductive and somber times at the present and we long for wonderful and exciting yesterdays.” The heroes of the past are elevated to glorious heights and we stand in awe of them and, to a degree, worship them.
The annual migration of birds coincides with nature’s rebirth, which alters the landscape. Birding in early spring begins with barren terrain and over the course of a few weeks, as Mother Nature sketches a work in progress, the vista changes the whole time, delighting the senses.
While driving east on the Long Island Expressway, I observed a most disheartening sight. On the right hand side, between exits 48 and 49, where there once were glorious orange pumpkin fields, only large metal skeletons are visible. My mind’s eye reflected back to hundreds of children wandering through the crops and choosing the proper sized and shaped pumpkin for their homes and classrooms.
How can these future office buildings or condominiums attempt to replace the enchantment and glee of our future generations? To paraphrase Joni Mitchell, “You pave paradise and put up a parking lot.”
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto urges residents to remember what he calls “America’s most unique holiday,” Flag Day, June 14, and to take the occasion to celebrate our nation’s most defining symbol by attending “A Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance” hosted by Massapequa American Legion Post 1066 on Flag Day at 7 p.m. at the Post’s hall, 1066 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa.
“Unfortunately, many Americans don’t know that we have a special day, designated to celebrate our nation’s flag,” Venditto said. “Being a history buff, I always like sharing the genesis of Flag Day because it brings the occasion into focus.
We looked at the N.Y. Times listing of plays for a Wednesday matinee and we chose Arcadia, a Tom Stoppard play. It was listed as “best play revival” and “best featured actor,” Billy Cruddup. A code number and a credit card got us 4th row center seats at a discounted price.
We hopped an LIRR train at 12:22 at the Hicksville station. The conductor arrived and we requested senior citizen rates to Penn Station. A darling woman in the seat in front of us turned around and said to Lorraine, “You can’t be a senior citizen, you are too pretty and young looking.” What a wonderful way to start the day!
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