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Letter: New York State Failing Its SUNY Schools

Friday, 04 December 2009 00:00
It’s the time of the year when students attending the State University of New York will be heading home for the holidays to be with their families. While parents will be expecting good grades from their sons and daughters, the financial grade of the State University they attend suffers by comparison.

Letter: Thanks for Passing Legislation

Friday, 27 November 2009 10:52

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is deeply appreciative that the Nassau County Executive and the Legislature have approved the legislation that requires certain chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards. The policy will directly empower consumers to make healthier choices for themselves and their families.


Over 60...and Getting Younger: November 27, 2009

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 27 November 2009 11:05

The Face in the Mirror

I had just brought my car into a garage in Queens when the attendant started to laugh. “What’s so funny?” I retorted checking all my buttons and zippers as I spoke.


From the Desk of Assemblyman Charles Lavine: November 20, 2009

Written by Assemblyman Charles Lavine Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00
Green Jobs, Green New York Law Will Stimulate Economy

New York State Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine (D-Glen Cove) has announced that legislation the Assembly approved with unanimous, bipartisan support earlier this year authorizing the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to create and administer the Green Jobs/Green New York program has been signed into law (A.8901).


Over 60...and Getting Younger: November 20, 2009

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00

Point of View

It was a red-hot discussion (battle) in the classroom and I was in the center of it!

The course was “Politics and the Media” and the SUNY Old Westbury students were a cross-section of the New York urban  area. The professor was John Friedman and he loves a good argument. The class was about 50 percent African-American, 20 percent Latino and the rest were an assorted group of Irish, Italian, Swedish and I was the only Hebrew (other than the professor).


A Bird’s Eye View: November 13, 2009

Written by Michael Givant Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00

Slow Days at Fire Island’s Hawk Watch

During the fall migration season, observers stand on a hawk watch platform at Fire Island each day, September through the first week in November, counting and identifying raptors coming through on their annual flight south. Migrating raptors don’t always come through fast and furiously. On three consecutive Thursdays, starting with the last one in August, there were zero, eight and six migrating raptors, respectively. However, on those days, local birds, deer and Mother Nature offered moments of drama, beauty and mystery.


Over 60...and Getting Younger: November 13, 2009

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00


Saturday night! Nothing scheduled. A rarity. Let me check the movies! Not one film that looks interesting! How about the plays on the Island? Is Jackie Mason at Tilles Center? I like him but we saw him recently. Nothing else looks appealing. Let’s look at the smaller, less costly shows. A last minute show on a Saturday night, in a local theater, would be ideal. Let’s see now. A mystery thriller in Lindenhurst; an A.C. Gurney in East Hampton, a musical in East Islip, Neil Simon in Freeport, a comedy in Bohemia, Chinese acrobats in Patchogue. Isn’t there anything closer to Jericho?


Over 60...and Getting Younger: November 6, 2009

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

Knock, Knock!

“Oh, my God!”

As I opened the front door, there in the doorway was a short black-robed figure with the face of “The Scream” by Edvard Munch. When the cadaver-like body spoke, it said in a high-pitched juvenile voice, “trick or treat.”


Letter: New Bottle Bill Requirements Begin Nov. 8

Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

The New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR) is spreading the word that the extended Bottle Bill begins Sunday, November 8, 2009. The extended bill was originally set to begin this Saturday, October 31, but New York officials are giving retailers a “grace period” to comply with the new requirement (according to Department of Environmental Conservation spokesperson Maureen Wren).


Letter: Regardless of Political Party, Support John Venditto

Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

As a longtime resident and civic leader in the Town of Oyster Bay, I believe we have been fortunate to have a Town Supervisor who has done a superb job over the last 12 years with his determination and resolve in making the Town of Oyster Bay one of the leading towns in NYS to live.

Supervisor John Venditto heard our voices when it counted most. He has continued to act in the best interests of the residents of Jericho and Syosset by consistently saying no to the proposed 860,000 sq. ft. mall on the former Cerro Wire site on Robbins Lane. Even though the recent court rulings resulted in a major victory in our 13-plus year battle against the mall, all signs indicate that the Taubman Company is rearming itself to launch another attempt to get its mega-mall project approved.


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