Since New York State’s lawless legislature and gutless governor have proven themselves unwilling or impotent to remove sleazy, shameless Sheldon Silver from his position as Assembly Speaker, someone has to do something to “punish” him for his egregiously unethical role in the disgraceful Vito Lopez affair. It appears that I may be the only person who can do it; so I’m hereby demanding publicly that Mr. Silver give me back the “It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need, and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber” t-shirt that I gave him as a gift on March 3, 1995. This was in the early days of his role as Speaker, and I had no way of knowing how embarrassing his tenure would turn out to be. I know it is unethical to ask someone to return a gift you voluntarily gave them, but Mr. Silver has demonstrated that he is not governed by ethics anyway. So, Sheldon, either resign your speakership or return my shirt!
Regarding the article “Too Many Pit Bulls, Too Few Homes” (July 10-16 edition), I want you to be aware that we, at the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, under the care of Dr. Teresa Meekins, do free pit bull spay/neuter clinics. Call 631-728-7387, or sign up on the web at southamptonanimalshelter.com
Susan Allen, Chairman
Southampton Animal Shelter
Many dog owners are completely unaware of the impact of not picking up after their pet. Some common misconceptions from pet owners are: It’s completely natural and leaving it on the ground to decompose is fine if it’s left where someone can’t step in it.
According to the EPA, pet waste is 57% more toxic than human waste, and in 1991 it was placed in the same health category as oil and toxic chemicals. The EPA also estimates that in two or three days, 100 dogs can produce enough bacteria to close a small bay with a 20 square mile watershed to swimming and fishing. Dog feces contain high concentrations of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), and pathogens (bacteria, viruses, worms and parasites) that can cause serious illness in humans and pets. Dog feces can take up to a year to break down in the environment. Some fecal bacteria can even become airborne. The deposit site can become toxic to both dogs and people. Some pathogens can survive for years; for instance, roundworms and Giardia survive up to four years, E. coli can live up to four months, and salmonella up to six months.
This summer marks a milestone for success in the fight against heart disease. It has been 10 years since you have been asked “smoking or non?” in New York restaurants and bars.
The Clean Indoor Air Act established smoke-free workplaces. The CIAA has been helping protect New Yorkers from the dangers of secondhand smoke for a decade. Experts estimate secondhand smoke causes up 128,900 heart attacks annually. Studies around the world show heart attack rates drop immediately following the enactment of laws like the CIAA. By keeping smoke out of workplaces, we are making positive steps in the fight against our number one killer — heart disease.
I recently read the article, “Where to Find Horseback Riding on Long Island,” in the July 3 - July 9 issue. I wanted to let you know that LIU Post in Brookville has the North Shore Equestrian Center, one of the oldest facilities of its kind on Long Island. The equestrian center is open to both students and any L.I. resident who wants take horseback riding lessons. LIU Post also has a student equestrian team. You can find more information on the North Shore Equestrian Center at www.northshoreequestriancenter.com.
As a 20-plus year resident of Oyster Bay, I’ve seen many things change for the better in our town and few things that took us backward. It’s rare that residents have a chance to vote directly on important issues like preserving our suburban quality of life...with one single yes vote. Oyster Bay Town residents have this opportunity on Tuesday, August 20, when they vote yes to approve the Town’s land sale. There’s so much at stake and it’s time for us to show we really care about our quality of life by voting yes and being heard, loud and clear.
(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Sunday, July 21, Deputy Mayor Patricia Christiansen, delivered this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)
Dictionaries define nostalgia as sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with pleasant personal associations. Longtime residents of Farmingdale often recall the period between World War I and World War II with such wistfulness. It is remembered sometimes as a bucolic and a quiet time, with the rather small population of the village and with houses interspersed with stores and business offices on Main Street.
(Editor’s note: The following is in response to “The Minute of History—Gettysburg 150: The Farmingdale Connection” by Serena Carter Brochu that printed in the Farmingdale Observer on Friday, July 19.)
It was quite refreshing to read about the 150th Anniversary of the deciding battle of the American Civil War. The article written by Serena Carter Brochu was an interesting article about Farmingdale’s involvement.
Not to be picky, but there are two errors in her reporting of the greatest battle on America’s soil.
(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Wednesday, July 10, Frances Rotondo, former president of Women’s Club of Farmingdale delivered this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)
Abigail E. Leonard had a title given to her by Dorothy Ruettgers who wrote a scholarly article in a book entitled, Long Island Women: Activists and Innovators (in the article, Miss Leonard was given the title of “quiet innovator”). Empire Books published the book in 1998. This evening, I will do my best to pay tribute to this woman who came to Farmingdale in 1911 at the age of 60. In 1912, Miss Leonard had her home built in Farmingdale and it still stands.
I prefer thinking positive thoughts. But not everyone has the same mental habits. There are some folks who just love thinking through the absolute worst-case scenarios. What if the LIE shuts down and I can’t get home? What if Long Island beaches became infested with sharks and all are closed for the summer? What if the Mets never get their act together?
Those are all pretty crazy, right?
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