A night out with the ladies is the perfect occasion to break out that new LBD, dance away the memories of your ex-boyfriend, or relieve the stress of a hectic work week with a salt on the rim margarita. But more than anything, it’s a time to bond and unwind with your favorite females. Whether you’re looking to get glammed up for a night on the town, get pampered with your posse, or keep it casual and low-key, Long Island has plenty of places for you to let loose with your girlfriends every day of the week.
Although “Governor Cooper” has a nice ring, it is very doubtful that those words will be on any New Yorker’s lips come November. But that’s not going to shake Westbury’s Richard Cooper from his quest. He is determined to run as the Libertarian Party’s candidate for governor.
“Voters will have a choice,” said the 57-year-old Cooper, who works as a vice president at his family’s manufacturing company in Westbury. “All of the other parties are parties of big government.”
In early January, I wrote about Deborah Abramson Brooks and Allison White, two Port Washington moms who had looked into the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) plans to turn over the names and records of more than two million public school students to an outfit called inBloom. This Atlanta-based company, underwritten by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is working with state governments to get data on every American student to store, crunch, and potentially share with all sorts of other companies. As I said when I introduced Deborah and Allison, inBloom wants to make our kids’ educational careers — and basically their lives — so much spreadsheet fodder.
Of all the states, New York has been the most enthusiastic about inBloom. Despite last week’s recommendation by a governor-appointed panel that we pull out of the program, it’s definitely not over. A recommendation is just that.
Men are simple. Finding satisfaction in a straightforward steak or a nondescript pub, guys don’t need drink specials or restaurant promotions to entice them into a night with friends. All it takes to create the need for a guys’ night out is a working man’s week overrun with demanding bosses, strict deadlines and a seemingly never-ending parade of daily grinds designed to break his will to live.
Luckily, Long Island is bursting with options when the need to recharge the battery arises. There are innumerable pubs offering rib-sticking food and always comforting beer taps. Meanwhile, activities like bowling provide moments of competition without requiring too much energy — in fact, one barely has to put their beer down in order to toss a weighted ball at a bunch of wooden pins.
Some good causes have bake sales and raffles. Others have Bill O’Reilly. And that’s a far more potent fundraiser than even the best chocolate-chip cookie. The TV host, commentator and author is well-known for his Nassau County connections — raised in Levittown and living in Manhasset — as well as for his penchant for giving back.
“The people on Long Island are good folk,” he told me recently. “If I can do something to help, I will.”
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