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County Executive’s Column: May 27, 2011

Written by Edward P. Mangano Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00

The Redevelopment of the Coliseum Site

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.


Over 60…And Getting Younger: May 20, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00


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.


From Long Island Wins: May 20, 2011

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

Immigrant Businesses Power Long Island

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.


A Bird’s Eye View: May 13, 2011

Written by Michael Givant Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

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?


Over 60…And Getting Younger: May 13, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

The Bronx – No Thonx!

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.


Letters to The Editor: May 6, 2011

Written by Rachael Krinsky Friday, 06 May 2011 00:00

Concerned About Haste in Redrawing County’s Legislative Districts

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.


Over 60... And Getting Younger

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 06 May 2011 00:00

A Vacation Experiment (Part II)

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.


Parenthood Plus

Written by Andrew Malekoff Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00

When a Child Refuses to Go to School

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. 



Over 60... And Getting Younger

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00

A Vacation Experiment: Part I

This is the first part of a two-part experiment.

I am going away on a vacation to Saint Lucia; I have done all the research and reading on this lush, tropical island in the West Indies. The brochures picture a romantic escape with snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, tennis, a squash court, a spa, a swim-up bar, banana boat rides, aerobics, beach volleyball and cooking classes.



Letters to The Editor: April 22, 2011

Written by Darlene “Sensei” Watson Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00

Former SHS TeacherReminds Everyone To Keep the Japanese People in Their Thoughts

Over three weeks have passed since the tragedies of March 11 and I’m still having trouble sleeping. I dream about tsunamis washing bodies ashore as I search for familiar faces among the dead. I feel the room is swaying when it’s not and wake up in a cold sweat. I lie awake thinking about the radiation seeping into the soil, water and food supply and my heart races. Although the quake/tsunami/radiation news may not be the top story overseas right now, it is the only thing on our minds here in Japan.


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