VFW’s congressional charter was signed in 1936, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt when the military consisted only of men. The VFW is asking members of the House and Senate to support passage of legislation that will update its congressional charted. H.R. 5441 and S. 2782 will make two small, but significant changes in the wording of the charter- replacing the word “men” with “veterans” and the word “widows” with “surviving spouses”.
VFW National Commander John W. Stroud said, “We’re changing it because being an eligible veteran is what’s important to our great organization, not one’s gender, and changing widows to surviving spouses is more representative of today’s military as of Dec. 1, 2014.
Senate Clears Cola:
Nov. 2 to 9 marks Long Island Restaurant Week, a glorious 8-day period when you have an excuse to try out that new eatery (or eateries) that you’ve been eyeing longingly.
The bi-annual event aims to garner publicity and new customers for local restaurants, and eateries all over Nassau County are eager to participate. And so are the customers.
As the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, memories of the destruction produced by the storm still haunts most Long Islanders.
I have lived in Massapequa since 1982. During that time, I have lived through Hurricane Gloria, blizzards, torrential rainstorms and Hurricane Irene. What happened the night of 10-29-12 was traumatic for me, my wife and daughter.
With only 11 confirmed and 114 potentially exposed to the West African ebola virus, should our nation of more than 316 million people live in fear of a potential outbreak?
According to the Center for Disease Control, while the 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in recorded history, impacting multiple countries in Western Africa, the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. is very low.
The Jets and the 49ers met for the first time this season on Sunday, with the Jets squeaking out a victory. Two early touchdowns by Justin Sindicic and Jonathan Sirico gave the Jets the early 1st half lead, but the 49ers Charlie O’Connor gave the team a touchdown, a 2-point conversion and a safety to get the Jets on their heels. A final defensive stand for the Jets, led by Nick Viola, held the lead and gave the Jets the victory. For their defensive efforts, driving the 49er quarterbacks crazy all day, Nick Viola and Kevin Corrigan were handed the William June Foundation awards this week.
Success in sports, business or love is largely about the ability to manage emotions. Athletes, coaches and business people often loathe to admit this because feelings usually are associated with weakness. Yet in every area of life one must manage a host of feelings in order to get ahead. Your kids may challenge your patience to the breaking point, an opponent may scare you to death or a new project at work may overwhelm you. If you can’t manage these emotions you will have serious problems in dealing with them successfully.
In case you haven’t noticed by the abundance of fundraising walks/runs or pink that’s popping up everywhere, be it in the world of sports (bats, cleats, gloves, etc.) or fashion (tons of ribbons), we’re neck-deep in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Make no mistake that awareness for this disease is crucial and comes in the form of early detection, genetic susceptibility or making proper lifestyle choices. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, it will claim approximately 40,0000 American lives this year alone and more than 226,000 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in U.S women and nearly 2,200 in U.S. men. It’s easy to get caught up in becoming a slacktivist when you think sporting a pink ribbon for the month is making any kind of inroads against this disease when the reality is that discussing the causes and prevention of breast cancer is a far more productive way of battling breast cancer. For many, it’s far too easy for October to become an annual version of the ice bucket challenge.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
I read the article [Nassau Axing Grand Old Trees, Oct. 1-7] and I think pretty much everyone is missing something here. If you look where the “X”s are, they form a nice line from the Long Island Expressway to the entrance of the warehouse and distribution center over by Grumman. Personally, I think Mangano is just making it easier for the double trailer trucks to barrel up and down South Oyster Bay Road. If he or anyone really cared about us, he might try paving the road which the trucks have torn up.
Also, how is he paying for this? All of the revenue from the traffic cameras and the speed cameras on the road?
It recently came to light that the Nassau County Department of Public Works has begun a project to remove close to 200 grand old trees along roads spanning Syosset, Plainview, Hicksville and Bethpage. According to the department, the decision was made to remove these 30- to 40-foot behemoths and their far-reaching roots after years of complaints from residents about buckling sidewalks and damaged roadways.
A group of concerned citizens formed a group called STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) in an effort to inform residents and maybe, just maybe, stop the bulldozers before the 4.4-mile tree slaughter is carried out. The group’s major complaint: that a project of this magnitude — one that would change the landscape of many communities so drastically — would commence without a public forum ever taking place.
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