On a Saturday at the end of May a year ago, my wife and I went to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, one of the premier spots in the NYC metropolitan area to witness the annual avian spring migration. The first things we hear are the sounds of birds. In my high-powered scope is a vocalist, the rufous-sided towhee. It’s a striking black and white bird with an amber eye and a generous dash of rust on its side. Its bill opens, sending out calls into the morning air.
It has been said that we human beings sleep away one-third of our given lives. Those eight hours that we spend on mattresses during the night could be put to much better use. Imagine if Albert Einstein, Albert Schweitzer or Charles Darwin could have had all that productive time to invent things to better humanity. What a waste!
I want to share a story with you about a courageous little girl named Julia who lives in my hometown of Glen Cove. Julia was born with a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis. The disorder causes tumors to grow on nerves. NF will often lead to other conditions such as cardiovascular problems, chronic pain, blindness, deafness, bone defects, disfigurement and many other complications. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
Either you like to gamble, or you don’t.
I like to gamble a little bit. When I go to Las Vegas or Atlantic City or Foxwoods, I have an automatic cutoff machine. When I lose too much money, I get dour and depressed. I want to leave and go home. I won’t cash any more bills, and I find a quiet place to just watch other people gamble. At most, I go two or three times a year to casinos.
What is this? Are we in a third-world country?
In the past week, we- the Greenbergs of Jericho- have suffered two separate and debilitating outages.
First, we came home to a non-television evening. We had to listen to the Mets game on the radio. After that, there was nothing left to do but read. I am not into an interesting book at present, so The New York Post and Newsday were the reading material of choice.
On May 27, newly elected Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos proudly announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate- after less than 5 months in office! Such a disgraceful and cynical abuse of our nation’s electoral process, as well as such a slap-in the face to every citizen who voted for him, should not go unchallenged.
Clearly, campaigning against current Senator Charles Schumer will leave Comptroller Maragos limited time in which to better learn his relatively new job-which we are paying him to do. If he wins, he will undoubtedly have left many of his campaign promises unfulfilled.
We’ll Take Manhattan….
9 a.m. in Jericho on a Saturday with no plans!
What to do? Where to go? Don’t waste the day!
Step One: Get The New York Times and The New Yorker. See what plays in which you have an interest in seeing a matinee are running.
(This letter was sent to President Barack Obama by the New York chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators President Charles Lavine, NYS Assemblyman, 13th A.D. and to Anton Community Newspapers.)
Dear President Obama:
The New York chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators urges you to remain resolute in American support of Israel, which continues to be our staunch ally.
Arizona’s draconian new anti-immigrant law has aroused some strong feelings, to say the least.
My column last month, calling for a boycott of Arizona in light of the state’s new law generated a lot of responses, both in Anton newspapers and on my organization’s website, www.LongIslandWins.com. Readers opined about the law from a variety of perspectives, many thoughtful, some hateful, and nearly all impassioned.
Yes! ladies and gentlemen, I am a Mets fan!
It is not an easy job, as they tear your heart out on many occasions but they thrill you at many other times.
On Thursday evening, on June 10, I was present at Citifield for a Mets-Padres game. The parking fee was $19 - a bit higher than last year. My seat was in the Promenade section that is in the stratosphere of the stadium. Up and up my companion Bill Kusnitz and I traveled to our wet seats. It rained before game time but the blue skies defeated the gray rain clouds in a battle of weather. It was the second game of a double-header that had been rained out the night before.
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