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Over 60 and Getting Younger: April 22, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00

I realize that at my age (over 60) I should be reading great books and filling my off hours with intellectual and enlightening methods of erudition.

However, at the end of the day I find myself yearning for relaxing and mindless activities. During my lifetime I have studied many of the great Shakespeare plays, read James Joyce’s Ulysses, studied U.S. and world history, and written over 600 essays. Evening is the time to get on the couch, slow down and unwind.

 

A Bird's Eye View April 15, 2011

Written by Michael Givant Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00

Juiced’ by Florida Wetlands’ Big Birds 

On a cool afternoon this past January I went birding with my wife and two close friends. We start in the heart of a Sarasota industrial park exploring a waterway, which attracts big birds. On one shore an anhinga, partially in shadow, has its black wings outstretched to dry, prominently displaying a white lined pattern on its back. Nicknamed the “water turkey,” the anhinga takes fish underwater. Their long straight necks, long bills, long straight-edged tails and silvery, white-lined back and wing pattern make anhingas striking. This lone bird’s brown hue suggests that it is probably immature. The anhinga’s dark mustard colored, webbed feet look like they are made from sturdy, Army-Navy store canvas. I’m “juiced,” as I rarely see an anhinga. 

 

Over 60 and Getting Younger: April 15, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00

A.I.P.

Two winter weary Jericho couples, the Greenes and the Greenbergs, arrive at JFK airport for a trip to the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana on the eastern end of the island of Hispaniola is the final destination. Paradisus Palma Real Resort is the name of the hotel. The plan is called A.I.P. or all-inclusive plan.

Everything was paid for up front. Not once did we reach into our pockets to pay for a meal. We ate, thanked the waiters and left. No figuring out the tip or the bill. It was a strange sensation for Long Islanders. At a bar the bartender plunked down an entire bottle of Absolut vodka and told us to add as much to the drink as we desired. It reminded me of the bar scenes in western movies when the hero is presented with a whiskey bottle and a shot glass.

 

Over 60...And Getting Younger: April 8, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 08 April 2011 08:36

Involvement?

(Editor’s Note: Stanley Greenberg is on vacation this week. This week’s column is an encore presentation of a piece originally published on March 11, 2005.)

While I was walking on the treadmill at the clubhouse of the condominium where I live, I started speaking to a fellow condo resident. Having a conversation while you are walking on the machine is a great boon, because it takes your mind off the boring step after step drudgery.

I asked him how long he had lived at the condominium. I had never seen him before in the 23 years that I have lived there. I was quite sure he was a newcomer. I was flabbergasted when he said, “I have been living here for 23 years!”

 

Letter: Tobacco Control Program Should Not Have Been Cut

Friday, 08 April 2011 00:00

As a New Yorker I was disheartened to hear that the New York State Tobacco Control Program has been slashed to $41 million. This will no doubt be a disservice to the people of New York.

 

Letters to The Editor: April 1, 2011

Written by Julianne W. Beckerman Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

Muttontown Establishes Village of Muttontown Police Department

(Editor’s Note: This letter was dated March 25, 2011)

At a public meeting on March 22, 2011, after extensive consideration, the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Muttontown adopted a resolution establishing a Village of Muttontown Police Department.

 

Over 60 and Getting Younger: April 1, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

Winter Vacations

In an unexpected twist, in a conversation with a neighbor, I was told, “I don’t like going south in the winter. I love the warmth and coziness of my own home. I get blankets and a quilt or two and I am in heaven. I don’t need to board a plane to stay in a hotel. My den is much more comfortable.”

 

Letters to The Editor: March 25, 2011

Written by Assemblyman Charles Lavine Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00

No Easy Reform Pledge Fix for GOP 

With so many competing voices on television, radio, blogs and social media, we can sometimes miss out on certain forthright messages that deserve special attention. Mike Barry’s “Eye On The Island” column in the March 10 edition, however, merits extraordinary recognition.

 

From Long Island Wins: March 18, 2011

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00

On Immigration, Mulvey Set a Precedent for Future Commissioners

Some federal immigration agents were wearing cowboy hats and carrying semi-automatic weapons that night in September 2007 when they stormed into private homes across Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey had been told that the raids, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), were supposed to be targeting deportable gang members.

 

Over 60... And Getting Younger: March 18, 2011

Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00

Regrets (I’ve Had a Few)

I have always been intrigued by the tiny, feisty French chanteuse, Edith Piaf, belting out that song, No Regrets. She lived a raucous life and lost her love, Marcel Cerdan, the champion boxer, in a plane crash but she never gave in to sorrow.

As a septuagenarian I have rescanned my own life and come up with a few minor lamentations. A minor regret that has plagued my later career in journalism is that I didn’t pay more attention in my typing class in high school. “Hunt and peck” style doesn’t do wonders when writing essays.

 

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