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From Long Island Wins: June 17, 2011

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

Suspending Secure Communities,
Cuomo Moves in the Right Direction

All Long Islanders want dangerous criminals off our streets.

So the catchily-named Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, purportedly designed to go after serious criminal offenders, seems simple at first glance.

It’s a federal program that takes the fingerprints of anyone who is arrested and automatically checks those prints against a national immigration database. If immigration officials have questions about a person’s immigration status, that person can be detained by local authorities and eventually placed in deportation proceedings.


Over 60... And Getting Younger: June 17, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

Outside the Movies

After watching a very disturbing movie, Incendies, on a Friday night, Lorraine (my beautiful wife) and I stepped into the lobby of the theater.

There he was! I had taken his course in philosophy and I recognized him immediately. He barely knew me, but after a short conversation it all came back to him. I was a student and he was the professor. It was about seven years ago.


A Bird’s Eye View: June 10, 2011

Written by By Michael Givant Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

Spring’s Landscape Delights the Senses

The annual migration of birds coincides with nature’s rebirth, which alters the landscape. Birding in early spring begins with barren terrain and over the course of a few weeks, as Mother Nature sketches a work in progress, the vista changes the whole time, delighting the senses. 


Over 60…And Getting Younger: June 10, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00


The theme of the latest Woody Allan movie Midnight in Paris has been captured in English Literature many times. “We are living in dreary, unproductive and somber times at the present and we long for wonderful and exciting yesterdays.” The heroes of the past are elevated to glorious heights and we stand in awe of them and, to a degree, worship them.


Letter: Board Thanks Community for Passing Budge

Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education would like to thank all our stakeholders for your support in passing both our 2011-12 School Budget and Capital Reserve propositions by 65 percent!

Thanks to your support we are able to maintain our educational programs, sports teams, clubs, and staff, even in these difficult economic times.


Over 60…And Getting Younger: June 3, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00


While driving east on the Long Island Expressway, I observed a most disheartening sight. On the right hand side, between exits 48 and 49, where there once were glorious orange pumpkin fields, only large metal skeletons are visible. My mind’s eye reflected back to hundreds of children wandering through the crops and choosing the proper sized and shaped pumpkin for their homes and classrooms.

How can these future office buildings or condominiums attempt to replace the enchantment and glee of our future generations? To paraphrase Joni Mitchell, “You pave paradise and put up a parking lot.”


Over 60…And Getting Younger: May 27, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00

Matinee Day

We looked at the N.Y. Times listing of plays for a Wednesday matinee and we chose Arcadia, a Tom Stoppard play. It was listed as “best play revival” and “best featured actor,” Billy Cruddup. A code number and a credit card got us 4th row center seats at a discounted price.

We hopped an LIRR train at 12:22 at the Hicksville station. The conductor arrived and we requested senior citizen rates to Penn Station. A darling woman in the seat in front of us turned around and said to Lorraine, “You can’t be a senior citizen, you are too pretty and young looking.” What a wonderful way to start the day!


County Executive’s Column: May 27, 2011

Written by Edward P. Mangano Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00

The Redevelopment of the Coliseum Site

For too long, Nassau Coliseum and the property that surrounds it has laid to waste rather than generate revenue for the county that can help hold the line on property taxes. The Coliseum is no longer competitive with other sports complexes around the nation. Long Island’s only professional sports team, the Islanders, face the potential of having to leave Nassau in 2015 when their lease expires should a new arena not be built. A countless number of residents have contacted me with concerns over losing the Islanders. These residents do not want to see the Coliseum doors shuttered, people losing their jobs or the loss of economic benefits currently received from our hotels, restaurants and stores.


Over 60…And Getting Younger: May 20, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00


The Spanish explorers in the 16th century traveled across the Atlantic Ocean on a mission of dual purposes. It was God and gold. Which one was more important is a question that was never truly answered.

The Aztecs of Mexico and the Incas of Peru were brutalized by Cortez and Pizarro. The Spaniards were fed by a legend called El Dorado. Gold was reputed to be as common as sand. The Gold Rush of 1849 brought people from all over the world to California. So many miners came to the California territory that it had enough people to be admitted as a state in 1850.


From Long Island Wins: May 20, 2011

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

Immigrant Businesses Power Long Island

Flemming Hansen didn’t necessarily expect to be an entrepreneur. And he didn’t expect to be plying his trade here on Long Island.

Growing up in Denmark, he aspired to become a chef; decades later, he found success as a baker. Close enough.

But to his surprise, he ended up running a profitable business far from his native homeland: In 1998, Hansen opened Copenhagen Bakery in Northport, which has become one of the best-known and most popular cake shops on Long Island.


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