My generation grew up with radio.
Today, radio is secondary to that all-consuming monster called television, and the Internet. With radio, you could do a crossword puzzle, file your fingernails (or toenails), or even shave while listening.
September is when pennant races heat up, while October is when the World Series is played. Last year during both months at the Fire Island Hawk Watch, while counting migrating raptors, I found myself musing about the athletic abilities of these birds and how they compared with those of baseball players. With some first hand observation and a hefty dose of imagination, this is what an all-raptor baseball team would look like, position-by-position, if raptors could field, run and throw.
The MTA will be holding hearings on its proposed fare hikes. The hearings on Long Island will take place Thursday, Sept. 16, beginning at 6 p.m.; registration will open at 5 p.m. and closes at 9 p.m. at the Garden City Hotel, 45 Seventh Street in Garden City. A second hearing will be held Monday, Sept. 20 at the Suffolk County Legislature, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway in Smithtown. This is the time for you to voice your concerns. I have voiced mine, attached you will find my comments to Mr. Walder, chairman and CEO of the MTA.
The name Vanderbilt has its own mystique. The family came from Holland, the town of Bilt. Vander means “from the” and Bilt is the geographical place.
Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877), the patriarch, was American-born, and a real “go-getter.” He exited school at an early age and entered into various capitalist ventures. Steamships and railroads (New York Central) were the source of his spectacular fortune of $100 million.
We arrived at Asheville, North Carolina after a short, two-hour trip on Delta Airlines. Our destination was the historic, gracious Biltmore Estate. It was our first visit to the lush, green land of North Carolina.
As a parent, I know that I was guilty of finding fault with my children. Here is the soundtrack of our earlier years together: “You left the garage open.” “You left your dishes in the sink.” “You left your bathing suit on the dining room table.” “No wonder your bike got stolen, you didn’t lock it.” “What is this plate in your room? It has mold on it.” “You left the light on again.” “Why can’t you remember to turn the faucet off when you’re done in the bathroom?” “Don’t leave a wet towel on the floor.” And so on.
In an August 11 press release, County Executive Ed Mangano complains that “Assemblyman Charles Levine” was unduly critical of his plan to reduce the effective Nassau County Police presence for the entire North Shore by merging the 2nd and 6th Precincts.
For 50 years, since my graduation from NYU College of Dentistry, I have been affiliated with a hospital. I have been witness to hundreds of young dental graduates who are now experienced and successful practitioners.
Shorebirds, especially small ones, are difficult to distinguish from one another. I first became familiar with a few shorebirds, large and small, in their brilliant summer plumages on Cape Cod beaches in the 1990s. Last winter on a Longboat Key, Florida beach I slowly came to recognize a number of shorebirds in their dull winter plumages and observed things about them, which I hadn’t before. These accidental discoveries gave me a fuller picture of each bird’s behavior and a greater appreciation of them.
Throughout the 11-plus years I have been writing this column, I have always appreciated mail. Mail lets the columnist know what his/her readership is thinking. In the past month I have received some interesting letters (e-mail) and I will pass them on to you.
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