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Feature Stories

A Take On “Nassau Like Never Before”

Written by Christopher Gavin and Rich Forestano, Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00

Ratner pushing hard for his

new Nassau Coliseum

With their Stanley Cup hopes upended, disappointed New York Islanders fans are turning their attention to the four-way face-off for the redevelopment of Nassau Coliseum…and Bruce Ratner is on a fast break towards the goalie.

Proposals for the different plans were made at a May 2 meeting for the Nassau Business Advisory Council. Among the bidders are Ratner, the Barclays Center developer, the Madison Square Garden (MSG) Company, Syosset developer Edward Blumenfeld and New York Sports LLC.

Making The Good Earth Better

Written by Lyn Dobrin, Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00

The secret to a great garden is no secret: compost

“I want to feed my vegetable garden so my vegetables can feed me,” says Janet Stewart of Levittown. “Eat more fruits and vegetables, and compost the rest. It’s a perfect circle.”

Stewart is one of several Long Islanders who are promoting composting at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County, having built a simple composter of sticks and plastic wire at their demonstration farm in East Meadow that would be easy to replicate at home.


Five Essential Long Island Beaches

Written by Kathleen Davis, Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00

Being that Long Island is surrounded by water, it should come as no surprise that one of our greatest natural assets is our beaches. The ones on the South Shore in particular regularly pop up on “Best of’ lists alongside more exotic locales like Hawaii, California and Florida. The following are a quintet of seaside destinations that we’re fortunate enough to be within driving distance should the mood hit us.


When The Goose Poop Hits The Fan

Written by John Owens, Thursday, 23 May 2013 15:47

If you thought the recent school budget and board elections were contentious, you haven’t been paying attention to the geese.

Or more precisely, what can be done about the myriad geese, their feces and more feces that blanket our green spaces and schoolyards.

For years, the area’s Canadian goose population has been growing, with the geese proving better at multiplication than a high school math club. Where once it was charming to see an occasional pair poking around the grass, now, when walking through the park, most of us don’t even bother watching where we step, and long ago gave up cursing the digestive system of the Branta Canadensis.


Schools, Inc.

Written by John Owens, Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00

With school taxes the hot-button issue of local politics, I’m surprised we haven’t heard more about “school reform.” That is, bring a bottom-line-focused, data-obsessed corporate management style to our local public schools. Make taxpayers the “customers,” student achievement the “product” and the district superintendent the CEO (that’s Chief Executive Officer, not Chief Education Officer). “Profit” comes in the form of cutting costs and boosting “production” (i.e., test scores).

But according to some area educators, we are approaching this scenario at an alarming rate.


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