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!
For too long, Nassau Coliseum and the property that surrounds it has laid to waste rather than generate revenue for the county that can help hold the line on property taxes. The Coliseum is no longer competitive with other sports complexes around the nation. Long Island’s only professional sports team, the Islanders, face the potential of having to leave Nassau in 2015 when their lease expires should a new arena not be built. A countless number of residents have contacted me with concerns over losing the Islanders. These residents do not want to see the Coliseum doors shuttered, people losing their jobs or the loss of economic benefits currently received from our hotels, restaurants and stores.
The Spanish explorers in the 16th century traveled across the Atlantic Ocean on a mission of dual purposes. It was God and gold. Which one was more important is a question that was never truly answered.
The Aztecs of Mexico and the Incas of Peru were brutalized by Cortez and Pizarro. The Spaniards were fed by a legend called El Dorado. Gold was reputed to be as common as sand. The Gold Rush of 1849 brought people from all over the world to California. So many miners came to the California territory that it had enough people to be admitted as a state in 1850.
Flemming Hansen didn’t necessarily expect to be an entrepreneur. And he didn’t expect to be plying his trade here on Long Island.
Growing up in Denmark, he aspired to become a chef; decades later, he found success as a baker. Close enough.
But to his surprise, he ended up running a profitable business far from his native homeland: In 1998, Hansen opened Copenhagen Bakery in Northport, which has become one of the best-known and most popular cake shops on Long Island.
Last spring, on an unusually cold April day, my friend Walter and I are at Alley Pond Park to see migrating birds. At a pond we see a few male red-winged blackbirds with their bright red epaulets, some Canada geese and robins. Homies. It becomes apparent that if we are going to see migrating spring birds that we are going to have to go off the beaten path. Going through a bush filled area we pass some trees that are bare and corkscrew-shaped with deep grooves in the bark. If they could talk, what tales would they tell about the snows of winter?
The clever, negative Ogden Nash rhyme about the Bronx does not represent the true nature of growing up in this borough.
We lived in a two bedroom apartment on Bryant Ave; the major cross street was 174th St., and that is where my father and mother worked daily in Greenberg’s Dry Goods Store. The apartment was directly around the corner from the store.
The neighborhood had value because it was two city blocks from the 174th St. station on the Lexington Ave. line and the 7th Avenue line. Very convenient.
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County, a non-partisan organization, which neither supports nor opposes any candidate or political party, is concerned about the County Legislature’s haste in re-drawing the legislative district lines. In doing this, the Legislature is not adhering to its own County Charter, subsection 113, which requires an advisory redistricting commission to be established to reapportion the county legislative districts based on the federal census.
Last week I did research on the Island of Saint Lucia and the Smuggler’s Cove hotel at which we were staying. Here is my report after our six days on the island.
As soon as we arrived on Saint Lucia it was obvious we were on a British Island. The cars and buses all drove on the left side of the road. Our hotel, the Smuggler’s Cove, was populated with adorable blond children and “teddibly” British types seen only in Peter Sellers films. On the tropical beach a hot game of cricket was under way. Later in the week, a taxi driver attempted to explain the rules and scoring of cricket. I still do not understand the rules, fully.
Twenty-eight percent of children across the United States refuse to go to school at some time during their school years. In a recent survey of new applications at North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, we found increasing numbers of children who refused to go to school. This was further validated at a meeting that the Guidance Center hosted for counselors, social workers and psychologists from public and private schools throughout Nassau County.
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