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Over 60…And Getting Younger: January 14, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00


As Lorraine and I stood shivering at 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning on the Hicksville LIRR platform, we readied ourselves for our daunting task.

We were on our way to the 10th Annual New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend. The Times building at 242 West 41st Street was our final destination. We traveled to see Will Shortz, the world’s famed “puzzle master.”


Letter: Sewage Treatment Plant Closing Raises Concerns for Nassau Residents

Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

I believe the citizens of Nassau County should know that under the Suozzi Administration they elected to close down the Cedar Creek Process Control Lab in Seaford, which tests sewage and sludge daily for both Bay Park and Cedar Creek Sewage plants.


Letter: Thanks from Mangano For Patience and Cooperation During Blizzard

Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

I would like to thank our residents, businesses and the employees of Nassau County for their patience and cooperation during last week’s blizzard.  With the storm dumping over 16 inches of snow in our community, County employees mobilized early the morning after Christmas Day to deal with its cleanup. Crews were instructed to plow lanes adequate for travel in both directions. First priorities for snow removal included major thorough fares and access to emergency services.  In all, over 100 County employees were involved in clearing roadways and dropping over 2,880 pounds of salt on our roadways. When those County roadways were cleared, snow plowing operations were sent to assist towns and villages who requested such help with residential streets.


Over 60…And Getting Younger: December 7, 2011

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

New York Smarts

On a recent holiday trip to New York City with my beautiful wife Lorraine, we were confronted by a few problems, which we overcame by sheer fortitude.

Let me explain.

We took the Long Island Rail Road because we saw on TV that the streets had not completely recovered from the most recent devastating snow and windstorm. We were going to visit my son Gregg, who lives on 83rd Street near Park Avenue.


Parenthood Plus: December 31, 2010

Written by Andrew Malekoff Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

Standing By or Standing Up to Bullies

My friend, Ralph Kolodny, professor emeritus at Boston University School of Social Work, commented on the brutality of the schoolyard in children’s lives. He said, “We tend to forget the pain that normally characterizes interaction among children. Oddly enough,” he added, “the work of the imaginative journalist or novelist often provides a more accurate picture.”

For example, in Ray Bradbury‘s short story “The Playground,” Charles Underhill, a widower, tried to protect his son from the terror of the schoolyard. Underhill wondered how childhood could be considered the best time of life, when it was the “most terrible, most merciless era, the barbaric time when there were no police to protect you, only parents preoccupied with themselves and their taller world.”


Over 60…And Getting Younger: December 31, 2010

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

I’ve Learned….

At year’s end we all get introspective and philosophical!

Resolutions and persistent statements are flying all over the place and directly into our lives. Most will be forgotten and misplaced sometime in January, but their value is unmistakable.

Maya Angelou, the poet and author, was interviewed on her 70th birthday by Oprah. Her humble and honest statements registered with me, and so I pass them on to you. After all, the name of this column is “Over 60 and Getting Younger.”


Letter: Plainview Water District Commissioner Thanks Community

Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00
I am deeply honored by the confidence and trust that the voters placed in me in the recent water district election for commissioner.

Being a lifelong resident of Plainview and a water district commissioner for the last 12 years has allowed me to truly understand the needs of this community.  I will continue to work diligently to ensure that all the residents of the Plainview-Old Bethpage community receive the highest quality water at the lowest possible cost.


Over 60…And Getting Younger: December 24, 2010

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00


“Be careful- don’t fall, we can’t afford it!”

These are the words of warning that my beautiful wife Lorraine blesses me with every day. Whether I am going out to bring in the newspapers, or take out the trash or the yellow recycling barrel, these warnings ring in my ears. Usually I am watchful and circumspect in my approach to the dangers and hazards of suburban living, so these cautionary words are not necessary.


Over 60... And Getting Younger - December 17, 2010

Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00

Democrats Versus Republicans

Fresh from a “shellacking” (his own words), the United States and its President moved into a congressional Lame Duck situation. This is not good for either party.

Many of the congressman and senators will be gone as we start the new political year. Yet according to our Constitution, they are still active in the legislative process. Each party is trying to fulfill its standard position. It is a matter of living up to stereotypes that are centuries old. It is almost a heritage of the past.


A Bird’s Eye View - December 17, 2010

Written by Michael Givant Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00

“The strange, uneven bill of the skimmer has a purpose: the bird flies low, with the long lower mandible plowing the water, and snaps the bill shut when it contacts a fish.”

-Kenn Kaufman

Lives of North American Birds

 In a few weeks my wife and I will be on Longboat Key, Florida for our sixth winter. Almost every morning during the past winters I’ve crossed the street to Whitney Beach. After walking for one-third of a mile there is practically always a collection of shorebirds that I call the “assembled multitude.” This mass includes gray-headed laughing gulls, royal terns with long orange bills, some sandwich terns with yellow on the tips of their black bills, a few Forster’s terns and black skimmers.


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