To get a sense of Taylor Dayne’s abundant vocal talent, and her ability to navigate the vagaries of show business, a quick visit to YouTube is in order.
You’ll immediately see the music video from her first breakout hit, “Tell It to My Heart,” and, digging deeper, an interview from Arsenio Hall’s original talk show where Dayne, a Baldwin High School graduate, sat alongside actor Judd Nelson. Dayne would go on over the next quarter-century to produce 17 other Billboard Top 10 hits, earn three Grammy nominations, and remains to this day a compelling performer with a loyal fan base.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s appointment of Jon Kaiman as the Nassau Interim Finance Authority’s (NIFA) chairman marked the unofficial launch of Kaiman’s 2017 bid for Nassau County executive.
How else to explain the timing of the governor’s announcement (Sept. 19)? It came only nine days after former County Executive Tom Suozzi won a convincing victory over Roslyn school board member Adam Haber in a contested Democratic primary for Nassau County executive. Suozzi made an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in 2006; so Cuomo, looking down the road, has reason to believe Suozzi might make another run for governor in 2018. Cuomo could be seeking a third term that same year.
History repeated itself this month when the editorial boards of The New York Times, New York Post and New York Daily News all backed one of the losing candidates in the city’s Democratic mayoral primary, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
Back in 1989, with four candidates vying to become the Democratic Party’s mayoral nominee, The Times and Post endorsed then-Mayor Ed Koch, and the Daily News threw its support to Richard Ravitch. Neither Koch nor Ravitch had an office in City Hall in January 1990. The winner of that primary, which also included city comptroller Harrison Goldin, was Manhattan borough president David Dinkins, who later won the general election to become the city’s first African-American mayor.
The late Irene Esiason gave her son a nickname that would last a lifetime, but she died long before “Boomer” Esiason became a national figure in sports, and then broadcasting.
“I was seven when my mother passed away from lymphoma,” the Manhasset resident explained in an email interview. “No one is ever prepared to lose a parent. It really turns your life upside down and changes things forever. My mom was the one who made our house a home.”
The Mets’ playoff hopes are long gone, and the Yankees’ appear bleak, but Nassau’s sports fans have options this month if they are ice hockey, soccer or thoroughbred horse racing fans.
The New York Islanders, coming off their best season in years, will play a pre-season game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., against the New Jersey Devils. Less than a week later, on Friday, Sept. 27, also at 7 p.m., the Islanders return to the Nassau Coliseum to host a pre-season contest against the Nashville Predators. The Isles’ 2013-2014 regular season debut will take place on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Prudential Center in Newark, where they’ll again face the Devils. The Islanders’ home opener is Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., at the Nassau Coliseum against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Before the demise of its Sunday help-wanted section, The New York Times used to publish testimonials from people who said they’d gotten their jobs through The Times.
Dr. Wendy Schiller, a Brown University political science and public policy professor who grew up in Port Washington, was not in the market for a new position when The Times recruited her for a very glamorous assignment. She’ll be joining three of the newspaper’s top writers on a Times-sponsored Journey to Western Europe in October 2013. The Oct. 12-24 cruise, part of an education travel program The New York Times launched for its readers last year, will originate and terminate in England, and include stops in France, Spain and Portugal.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) held a public hearing in Manhattan on Tuesday, Aug. 27 on the “LIRR’s Proposed Service Investments.” Yet the session could easily have been billed as “Improving Our Bottom Line.”
The MTA LIRR’s decision to restore half-hourly weekend service on the Port Washington branch starting in November, and to extend for 10 weeks each year weekend service on its Ronkonkoma branch, can also be commented on via videotape this week. The LIRR will be recording customer statements at its Great Neck station on Wednesday, Aug. 28, and its Ronkonkoma station on Thursday, Aug, 29, between 4 and 8 p.m.
The late Marty Glickman’s (1917-2001) storied athletic career was something he didn’t talk about much during his decades as one of the nation’s most accomplished sports broadcasters.
It may explain why three New York Giants running backs challenged Glickman to a sprint at the end of one of their practices in the 1960s, only to find themselves left in the dust by the pudgy, 5-foot, 8-inch, middle-aged man who lined up alongside them only moments earlier.
The Democratic nominee for Nassau County executive has won two of the last three elections for the post so it is a ballot line worth fighting for. Two candidates are doing just that.
Tom Suozzi, the county executive between 2002 and 2009, and Adam Haber, a Roslyn school board member, will face one another in a Tuesday, Sept. 10 primary election, and the campaign has intensified in recent weeks. Suozzi has been airing a cable TV spot highlighting what he sees as his governmental accomplishments during his two terms in office and bemoaning the current state of affairs in Mineola, while Haber has been rolling out hard-hitting direct-mail pieces, assailing the Suozzi administration’s record and taking periodic shots at the incumbent Mangano administration, as well.
Having dialed 911, and banging frantically on a few doors in a 72-home Oak Beach development, Shannan Gilbert ran off into the nearby marshland in the early morning hours of May 1, 2010, never to be seen alive again.
The search for the 24-year-old Gilbert inadvertently led to the December 2010 discovery of four female homicide victims who had been dumped off of Ocean Parkway, more than 15 miles east of Jones Beach, although Gilbert’s remains wouldn’t be found until December 2011. The Suffolk County medical examiner was unable to pinpoint Gilbert’s cause of death so Gilbert is not believed to have been the victim of a serial killer, although the other women were, investigators theorize.
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Mike Barry, a corporate communications consultant, has worked in government and journalism. Email: MFBARRY@optonline.net