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Letter: Revisiting Hurricane Sandy And The Fracking Debate

Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00

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. 


Editorial: Ebola: Don't Believe The Hype

Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00

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. 


Flag Football Report

Friday, 17 October 2014 09:03

3rd Grade Division

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.   


Winning: Managing Your Emotions

Written by Tom Ferraro Friday, 17 October 2014 09:02

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. 


Editorial: Don’t Get Pink Washed

Friday, 17 October 2014 09:02

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



Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00

Letter: Seeds Of Suspicion

Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00

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?  

Bruce Gronich


Editorial: County Goes Roots Radical

Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00

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.


Letter: Common Core Gets A Big Fat ‘F’

Thursday, 02 October 2014 10:37

My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting with New York State Senator Kemp Hannon on Sept. 4 to discuss our significant concerns with the Common Core Curriculum. The senator graciously agreed to meet and spent almost an hour with us, listening to the issues associated with the curriculum.   

By now, I am certain that most readers are familiar with some of the problems inherent with the curriculum. Chief among them are the lack of input from educators, early childhood experts and a completely unproven and untested curriculum, despite dubious claims by the creators that they are internationally benchmarked. The absence of such expertise is readily apparent, given the inappropriate expectations imposed upon our youngest students and the subsequent pressure placed on students and teachers alike to produce high marks on state testing.


Editorial: Journalism As Dream Job

Thursday, 02 October 2014 10:33

When Farmingdale High School grads say that they want to major in English, they are quickly pegged as teachers and dumped into the education bin. If they say, “No, I’m a journalist,” they get “Oh, that’s interesting,” in a tone that evokes patting a child’s head. Or the suggestion, knowingly delivered, that it’s “a dying field.”

Writers have long been envied for their creative freedom and perceived cushy work, even as they are pitied for their wages. Oh to turn the tables and watch the haters try it; working on deadline, staring at a computer screen for 15 hours straight, cranking out original pieces several times a day.


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