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Editorial: Find Your New Favorite Eatery

Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:03

Foodies, your time has come.

Nov. 2 to 9 marks Long Island Restaurant Week, the glorious 8-day period when you have an excuse to try out that new eatery (or eateries) that you’ve been eyeing longingly. Plus, it starts right after Halloween so it’ll give your taste buds a welcome reprieve from all that leftover candy.


Letter: Know Where You Stand On Veterans Issues

Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:04

VFW’s congressional charter was signed in 1936, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt when the military consisted only of men. The VFW is asking members of the House and Senate to support passage of legislation that will update its congressional charted. H.R. 5441 and S. 2782 will make two small, but significant changes in the wording of the charter- replacing the word “men” with “veterans” and the word “widows” with “surviving spouses”.

VFW National Commander John W. Stroud said, “We’re changing it because being an eligible veteran is what’s important to our great organization, not one’s gender, and changing widows to surviving spouses is more representative of today’s military as of Dec. 1, 2014."


Zox Kitchen: October 23, 2014

Written by Chef Alan Zox, Ph.D, Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00

Red Molé (Sounds Like 'Molay')

Mexican cuisine has changed over the centuries depending on the particular invader who imposed itself at the time. For example, when Cortez conquered the Aztecs with the assistance of modern-day armament, both the food and religion of the indigenous people changed. The Spaniards not only imposed their will upon the Aztecs but the animals they brought with them. Pigs, cows, goats, chickens and ducks replaced the vegetarian diets of the Aztecs. Yet even though the native population acquired a taste for these beasts of Western Europe, many Mexicans still held on to the roots of their ancestors.

When the French defeated the Spanish and occupied the landscape, Mexico came to acquire more of a French flair for sauces. After a short occupation of only a few years, Mexicans came to create a cuisine that was magical in flavor and robust in it’s complexity and richness. Illustrative of these food traditions are the molé sauces of their ancestors which became specialties of the Mexican cuisine. Roasted chiles, nuts, corn, spices and chocolate such as the famous Mexican Ibarra chocolate became the heart and sole of this new cuisine.


Letter: Senior Moments

Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:13

I read with interest Fred Steinberg’s piece “Long Island’s Saltwater Fountain of Youth” (The Weekend, Sept. 17-23).

I also experienced, to my delight, a similar “seniors are free” encounter. Fifteen to 20 years ago, when I was 55 or 60 years old, I went to renew my pass to the parks of Nassau County. (I’d previously paid $30 for the pass that was renewable in three years.)

The lady at the window told me it was only $15. I asked how long it would be until I had to renew.

“You are a senior, right?”

I said yes, and she told me I wouldn’t ever have to renew it.

Thank you. I thoroughly enjoy reading hometown news.

Monica Larsen, Gilbert, AZ


Letter: Political Ads And TV News

Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:11

I am tired of political ads that are only mudslingers. The local and national news, especially on television, should be devoting at least five minutes a day to informed, unbiased reportage. They all seem to report on the same hot button issues about people in the entertainment industry, such as their marital affairs. When it comes to candidates, they report on their missteps: lack of morality, fidelity, and ethics. They do not tell us about the candidates’ voting record, values, supporters, and views on issues, past and present.

Most people watch television for some news. If only the sensational and negative news predominate, they are getting no real news. I call this censorship. The local and national news stations should be presenting factual reporting, not hype. They have failed the public. Where is my five minutes a day? Why aren’t they doing this?

Elaine Peters


Letter: Save the Trees

Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

South Oyster Bay Road has 40-year-old trees lining the roadway. They are mainly beautiful sycamores. They form a canopy of shade across the road, give home to nesting birds, put oxygen into the air we breathe, and add to the beauty of Hicksville, Plainview, and Syosset. They are also slated for slaughter, a cutting down due to the shortsightedness of our politicians.

Walkable sidewalks can be erected without cutting down these valuable assets, a legacy to our communities. Why doesn’t the Town of Oyster Bay look at the ways other towns in the United States have managed to keep their trees and replace the sidewalks in a 21st Century fashion?

Why must we always cut rather than conserve?

Elaine Peters


Letter: The Tree Debate

Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:56
Recently, a friend of mine told me about the trees that are designated for demolition along South Oyster Bay Road. The removal of these 180+ trees, which is currently underway, spans the distance between Syosset and Bethpage. A debate surrounds this issue, with residents on one side and county officials on the other. Those in favor of the demotion state that the trees, which are at least 40 years old, have uprooted sidewalks along South Oyster Bay Road. This poses a serious safety concern for those who walk there. Those opposed have stated that trees lend a charm and beauty to the area; they have also argued that trees help the ecosystem, as well as offer shade from the heat. As anyone who has driven along the roadway knows, rush hour traffic can be hampered by the angle of the sun at that time.

Letter: Seeds Of Suspicion

Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:56

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 10:17

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: Revisiting Hurricane Sandy And The Fracking Debate

Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:19

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.

We decided to stay in our home that night as did most of my neighbors since Hurricane Irene the year before turned out to be a false alarm. We also left all three of our cars in the driveway. Between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., it went from being dry to the water reaching the first front step of our house. It happened so quickly that we did not get a chance to move our cars. Within an hour, there was five feet of water in our basement and two feet in our first floor.


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