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Zox Kitchen: August 28, 2014

Written by Chef Alan Zox, Ph.D, oysterbay@antonnews.com Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

Cooking Options For The Plentiful Zucchini

Zucchinis are easy and fun to grow. In fact, our family was always offering these vegetables to friends and neighbors. But it wasn’t always easy to give them away in late August since everyone had a surplus of the ever-present summer squash available to them. And this is why cookbooks like the 50-year-old Italian cookbook, The Silver Spoon, recently translated into English in the United States, includes 37 zucchini recipes and six for zucchini flowers.

I have always been attracted to zucchinis in part because of their plentifulness, but also because of the almost magical way in which they can grow. It seemed they could double in size overnight. And while I never grew a zucchini three meters long, they say it is possible and likely if the conditions are just right. I remember dreaming as a child that our crop was going to grow up to our home and invade us. My mother told me if this happened we would just make more soup for family, friends and neighbors. My scary dreams disappeared.

 

Letter: Let's Work Together

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

(Below is a copy of letter sent by Rev. Nelson Kalombo Ngoy of the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich to parents of preschoolers)

First and mostly, let me preface that I am writing this letter with a profound and sincere gratitude to all  the members of the East Norwich community: especially to Carolyn Wilson and all the Wesley Nursery School teachers for their outstanding service throughout the years; showing their passion for teaching and the love of children. Their impact will not be forgotten.

I have a great deal of empathy for each and every parent and want to thank them and the members of the East Norwich Civic Association for your concerns.

 

Letter: ‘Appalled’ By School Closing

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

Thank you for running a story on the closing of Wesley Nursery School. I find it appalling that Community United Methodist Church abruptly closed the school with only giving DAYS notice to families and teachers with summer camp currently in session and school starting in only a month! Do they not care how families are now scrambling for summer care options and fall school enrollment for their children? Or how they are thanklessly treating the hard working, dedicated school faculty that have been bringing them in revenue over the years? And yes, it is all about the money. The church made the decision to install a cell tower in their steeple this year, which has led to severely reduced enrollment. I can only speculate that they understood the income from a cell phone company would substantially outweigh the cost of operating a nursery school. I’m sorry but it feels morally wrong to me for a church to choose money over children and families who have supported them. We are a proud community and expect high standards from businesses who operate in our area. Shouldn’t we expect more from a church?

Rob Bencal

Oyster Bay

 

Letter: Disappointed Over School Closing

Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

It takes a village to raise a child. The families of OBEN had the great fortune to have Wesley School, under the direction of Carolyn Wilson, in the neighborhood for 35 years. The teachers, staff and parent volunteers, mostly all communality members, provided a host of needs to the neighborhood’s youngest members.

The students received a strong, comprehensive and varied education. Core fundamentals were taught and applied to 2-, 3- and 4 -year-olds. These youngsters were kindergarten ready and had the necessary skills, after attending Wesley, to tackle the rigors of New York State’s Common Core demands. I know because I am a public educator in a neighboring district. Additionally, I had a child graduate from the Wesley program and a 4-year-old enrolled.

 

Letter: North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association vs. Frank M. Flowers

Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

 As I was riding my bike through Theodore Memorial Park, I noticed children over the sea wall by the Marina side of the park. I saw that there were more than several horseshoe crabs at the shore line. The children had sticks and they were poking them and throwing rocks. I went over to them to explain that they were living creatures that have been around for many years. It was okay to watch them because they are so different and unusual but it wasn’t okay to harm them. They listened and we all watched them and went our separate ways. The children were very nice and open to what I was saying.

 

Zox Kitchen: August 14, 2014

Written by Chef Alan Zox, Ph.D, oysterbay@antonnews.com Friday, 15 August 2014 00:00

Recipes for Oyster Bay’s

bumper crop of nightshade

Tomato season is here in Oyster Bay and you might be in a position where you have more batches of this delicious crop than you know what to do with. And while the fragrance, colors and flavors of tomatoes lead us to value the abundance of their harvest, your appreciation may not be enough. There are so many types and culinary uses for tomatoes that we oftentimes are at a loss as to what to do. Friends and relatives and neighbors are only too enthusiastic to take some of these fruits off our hands but only to a point. After this threshold is reached we are left to our own devices. And of course the quality is heads and shoulders above the grocery store varieties which are usually round and red as can be with thick skin and virtually no flavor. Visually, these store-bought tomatoes are beautiful and exceptional to look at but less than ideal to eat.

 

Letter: Put The Shhhhh! In Schumer

Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

Thousands of residents of Nassau County have had their lives, health, peace of mind and property values impaired by the FAA’s new flight patterns for Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Airports.

It appears to Quietskies.net and other community activist groups that, based on the attitude of the FAA in dealing with us, that they are acting under political cover provided by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY). We believe that Sen. Schumer’s voting record and consistent support of Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) (whose state is the home of Boeing as well as a primary manufacturer of RNAV equipment) were a primary reason for the Passage of HR 658 which sacrificed our well-being for the welfare of the airline industry. RNAV equipment is a technology that the FAA believes allows aircraft to fly narrow paths that concentrating noise. The technology allows for closer spacing that supposedly maintains or improves safety. The Senator and the aircraft and airline industries are more concerned about flying more and more aircraft into the area than about our quality of life.

 

Letter: Fight To Keep Wesley Open

Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

(Below is a copy of a letter sent to Nelson Kalombo Ngoy, pastor of the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich)

My name is Jane Obando and it is with great sadness that I write this letter. Wesley has been a very important part of my sons’ lives this past year and we were distraught to learn that Wesley was closing.

My experience at Wesley has been nothing short of wonderful. Carolyn and the teaching staff were exceptional, patient, and very nurturing. I recommended Wesley to my sister, who soon enrolled her daughter in the summer camp program and the nursery program for the fall.

 

Letter: Remove The Cell Tower

Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

(Below is a copy of a letter sent to Nelson Kalombo Ngoy, pastor of the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich)

It has come to my attention that Wesley Nursery School was closed abruptly. My three grandchildren attended this school the past year and had a great experience. Both of my daughters had sent their children to another school prior to Wesley and changed schools based on a recommendation by one of their friends who sent her two sons to Wesley. Wesley provided a very nurturing environment which encouraged the children to learn with ease. I am a teacher myself and was very impressed with the education my grandchildren received at Wesley.

 

Zox Kitchen: July 31, 2014

Written by Chef Alan Zox, Ph.D, azox@zoxkitchen.com Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:51

Chilled Greek, Taratori Summer Soup

Several years ago I attended the wedding of a friend who was married in a Greek Orthodox church in Dallas. It was very festive and beautiful but it was blisteringly hot and the church didn’t have air conditioning. I had never attended a Greek wedding, so I was surprised to discover that the ceremony could run 2-3 hours in length regardless of the heat in the sanctuary. But the post-wedding festivities put a smile on everyone’s face—especially with the assistance of the champagne and a thirst-quenching soup called Taratori in Bulgaria and Greece where it’s also known as tzatziki.

Recently I was reminded of this soup at another wedding event I attended when a cousin shared a similar recipe which is a favorite of her family. It was so familiar to me that I wanted to run right on home and make it myself. Food does that to people especially when the recipe is manageable and not too long and elaborate.

 

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