The National Hockey League recently sent out a “save the date” to its 700 or so players.
Sept. 15 won’t be marking a celebration of any kind, as the ides of September represents the date on which the league will lockout its players if the two sides can’t reach a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The lockout would mark the third of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s tenure.
We’ve thought about it. We’ve talked about it. We’ve prayed about it. And, now our dream of having a community center has been realized.
This Saturday, Sept. 8, the Town of North Hempstead will open the long-awaited “Yes We Can” Community Center at 141 Garden Street. The center, which has earned LEED Platinum status because of its environmentally friendly design, features a multipurpose gym, fitness center, dance studio, television/recording studio, reading room, Internet café, game room, meeting rooms and other amenities. Upon its opening, it will become a recreational, cultural and educational hub that will serve our community for generations to come.
With the rash of severe weather that we have had recently, we saw flash street flooding in a number of areas of the village. Some of these areas have been prone to flooding in the past and other areas had not had any past flooding issues. Many homes (including mine) had basement flooding.
The more frequent severe weather, which we have seen in the past several years, has shown us that our drainage system, by and large, works fine in most instances. However, in the most severe weather, where rainfall totals are high in a very short period of time (common during severe thunderstorms), all of Nassau’s drainage facilities are overmatched. We have seen and heard reports from all over Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk) of increased flooding incidents. Westbury is not alone in this problem.
Mitt Romney has blown it by picking Paul Ryan.
Ryan’s plans to cut Medicare and Social Security are an assault on older Americans. At 42, Ryan has shown little empathy for them. Romney, on the other hand, being independently wealthy, could care less. Romney, from New Hampshire and Massachusetts with roots in Michigan and Utah, the sites of his parent church, has written off the northeast, Florida and California by his choice. While Ryan may be a far more intelligent voice than Sarah Palin, he has no experience outside of Congress and cannot see Russia from Wisconsin. He is obviously no match for Joe Biden with 40 years in Washington and formerly from the middle class Scranton, Pennsylvania and the largely middle class state of Delaware.
Long Island Cruizin’ For a Cure will showcase more than 500 classic and antique cars and offer free prostate cancer screenings for men at their Sept. 9 event in Hicksville at the Sears Auto Center on Route 107.
Prostate cancer was diagnosed in 230,000 men in this country last year and there were more reported cases than breast cancer. The disease will affect one in six men in their lifetimes.
I went to a wake in Woodside the other night. A good friend of mine lost his grandmother a few months shy of her 106th birthday. As soon as I stepped into the funeral home, I could tell this family matriarch was revered and was going to be sorely missed, but there was a celebratory air about the place, a proverbial “Irish wake” with joy and laughter for a life well lived.
As I sat listening to her family and friends, I got to thinking about just how much this remarkable life had seen. Born in 1906, she’d witnessed the development of almost all of the technological advancements that shape our world. She was there for the development of radio, telephone, television, the instant camera, the washing machine, gas ovens, and a new-fangled thing called the “icebox.” She observed the rise of motorcars and mechanized flight. She watched as we developed the atomic bomb, broke the sound barrier and put a man on the moon. She marveled at computers and in her later years she spoke to far-away family on their smart phones while looking at their photos via the Internet, all thanks to the miracle of satellites.
The complimentary wedding for a Nassau County veteran or active duty armed forces member at The Viana Hotel & Spa in Westbury on Veteran’s Day is just one of many ways in which the community is giving back to those who have given their all for the United States.
The Viana is still looking for local organizations that want to contribute their services for the event, as no business has come forward to donate tuxedos, a cake and more. If you or someone you know would like to be a part of this event, please call 572-6560 to get involved.
The Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District has long provided cost- effective, efficient, and valuable services to all of the people of Nassau County. Since the district opened in 1977 it has been serving residents, businesses, nonprofits, agencies, schools and municipalities with environmental expertise and assistance. Like all conservation districts throughout New York State and the nation, it is a proven public-private partnership that leverages local taxpayer dollars by bringing in funding from grants, state matching funds and other sources. Yet, Nassau County may soon become the only county in the state without a Soil and Water Conservation District. The steady decline in funding over the last four years has depleted the district’s small reserves and it is in danger of closing.
As New York State celebrates our 76th year, the generosity of our members has helped to bring our civil and human rights agenda to underserved communities across this great state.
We hope you will continue to help the NAACP New York State Conference serve those communities who gain so much from our programs when we convene our 76th Annual Convention, Oct. 5-7, 2012 at the Hilton Long Island in Melville.
Lions are beautiful and majestic in their appearance and power. They are also dangerous especially at feeding time, which seems to be all the time. Whether George Steinbrenner was the last lion of baseball remains to be seen.
Bill Madden, a sportswriter for the Daily News has more than amply annotated the history of the New York Yankees under Steinbrenner. What is missing from the book is whether George’s erratic personality allowed him to achieve in spite of himself. Turning a $168,000 investment of his father’s money in 1972 to join with partners who bought the Yankees for $8.5 million and turned it into a business, according to Forbes, worth over $1 billion 30 years later, was a combination of luck, fear of him, which George instilled in others by being totally unpredictable and perhaps even bipolar. George was smart and capitalized on baseball’s free agency rules to buy up well-established major leaguers.
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