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Residents Question Need for TOB 3.5 Percent Tax Increase

Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 19 November 2010 00:00

A 75-year-old resident of Oyster Bay and living on a fixed income spoke before the Oyster Bay Town Board on Tuesday, Nov. 9, asking, “With a 3.5 percent tax increase from the town, I am being taxed out of my home. Is there another way to balance the budget?”


Hall of Fame Induction for Stanley Drucker

Friday, 12 November 2010 00:00

Career As a Clarinetist Has No Parallel

In recognition of an amazing 60 years as a member of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and for many other musical achievements, Massapequa resident Stanley Drucker is being inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, Nov. 16 at Oheka Castle in Huntington. Other inductees in the big event include Lou Reed, Al Kooper, The Shangri-Las, Eddie Palmieri, and Oscar Brand.


King Hopes to Regain Chairmanship

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 12 November 2010 00:00

Slated to Head Homeland Security Committee

With the Republican Party takeover of Congress, the GOP’s lone representative on Long Island, Rep. Peter King (R.-Seaford), is set to regain his old post as chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.


The Secrets of Longevity

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 05 November 2010 00:00

Fannie LaPolla Well Into Her Second Centennial

Like most New York Yankee fans, Philomena (Fannie) LaPolla is despondent over her favorite team’s recent defeat in the American League playoffs. But Ms. LaPolla, a longtime resident of Massapequa, isn’t your average Yankee fan. Fannie has seen them all and in this case, the cliché is literally true. In fact, she has seen them all even before Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees from the Boston Red Sox so that the Red Sox owner could cover a failed Broadway production.


NC Legislature Passes 2011 Budget

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 05 November 2010 00:00

Lawmakers Debate: Mangano Plan Trick or Treat?

The Nassau County Legislature continued a hearing on County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s 2011 proposed budget that went on all day Friday, Oct. 29, and late into Saturday night, eventually passing the $2.6 billion plan along party lines with Halloween approaching and opposing lawmakers accusing that the budget’s “no tax increase” label was just a costume.


Domestic Violence Summit in Massapequa

Written by Kyle Bluth Friday, 29 October 2010 00:00

Contributions for Local Shelters

Verizon looked to continue fostering a greater sense of hope at a recent press conference in Massapequa when Pedro Correa, president of Verizon LiveSource, announced the donation of 30,000 pre-paid calling cards that will be going to 30 different NYC metropolitan area shelters working to support victims caught in the grip of domestic violence. These local contributions are just one aspect of Verizon’s planned nationwide distribution of calling cards worth an estimated $150,000.


Gubernatorial Hopefuls Trade Barbs at Hofstra Debate

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 29 October 2010 00:00

Andrew Cuomo, Carl Paladino Overshadowed by Oddball Fringe Candidates

Who won last Monday night’s first and only New York gubernatorial debate at Hofstra University? The answer may not be measured in a simple set of poll numbers, but rather in the comedic talents of a zany band of fringe candidates who towed the line between jabs and a few well-rehearsed punch lines.


Seniors Named Commended Students

Friday, 22 October 2010 00:00

Two Plainedge High School seniors, Leanne Falzon and Olivia Hathaway have been named Commended Students in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.


Loud Voices of Dissent in High Stakes County Debate

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 22 October 2010 00:00

Schools: Fewer Teachers, More School Taxes if Mangano Plan Passes

County Executive Edward P. Mangano campaigned for and won his current position with a clear promise to lower spending and taxes for Nassau. The day draws near when he must deliver, arriving at a balanced budget for 2011 without raising taxes or increasing the deficit. This has led to painful proposals, drawing protests on extreme moves like cutting loose the entire Long Island Bus system and turning the high expense of tax refunds over to schools, towns, villages and other special districts including libraries and fire districts.  


Long Running Church Served Immigrant Community

Written by John H. Meyer Friday, 15 October 2010 00:00

Wantagh/Levittown Historic Landmark

This is the 23rd piece in a series that I have written about Long Island’s historic sites. It has been on my “to do list” for a while. The little chapel in the photo was built circa 1865, and is the second oldest church structure remaining in the Wantagh/Levittown area and the surrounding communities. This small, sturdy, wood-sided church is one of the few buildings still remaining from the time when present day Wantagh was known as Jerusalem. This story touches my heart because my great grandfather, and several members of the Meyer family, are interred in the cemetery that surrounds the little chapel known as the St. John of Jerusalem Cemetery.


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