Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00
In the wake of one of the most devastating incidents in Long Island’s history, I wanted to pay tribute to some of the local businesses and institutions that helped make two weeks without electricity more bearable.
Jericho Public Library: Reopened its doors literally hours after getting power restored, and offered plug-ins, WiFi, TV, coffee and cookies to the community. Remember to vote an enthusiastic “yes” the next time the library budget comes up to vote.
Celebrity Diner: I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw they were open for business the morning after the hurricane. Yes, it got crowded; yes, they ran out of some items; and yes, the service was not quite up to their usual high standards, but their continuous availability for all meals throughout the storm helped us to feel that we hadn’t quite fallen off a cliff. Honorable mentions also go out to Ben’s Deli in Woodbury and Mario’s Pizza in Syosset.
Lifetime Fitness: What a relief to be able to exercise and take a hot shower, again keeping a sense of normalcy in our lives. We’ll overlook the towel rationing and shortened hours, and express appreciation for proactively waiving dues for the period when they were closed.
Holzapple Plumbing: Sent a plumber to our house to get our long-dormant gas fireplace restarted. Without them, we would have had to leave for a hotel.
Broadway Mall/Panera/Multiplex: In the first few days after the storm, their electric outlets and Wi-Fi were our only contact to the outside world. Unfortunately, they cut the outlets after Wednesday. Still, until the library reopened, they were one of the few sources of Internet service, and the movies provided a welcome distraction to keep our minds off the tragedy for a few nights.
Now a few razzes to those who were…less helpful.
LIPA: It’s too easy to take pot shots on the utility, which had an immense amount of damage on their hands. I cannot fault them for giving priority to main roads, hospitals and schools. What I do find fault with is their complete lack of communication and setting reasonable expectations. I am also troubled by some reports that non-union workers from out of state were turned away. This was certainly not the time to check ID cards.
Governor Cuomo: Is it just me, or was he just an ineffective populist during the storm, giving misinformation about the extent of the gasoline crisis and taking daily swipes at LIPA without really doing anything? Compare his performance to Christie in New Jersey, who seemed much more out in front and not just looking for political points.
Finally, a sincere thank you goes out to our friends who had power and invited us over for meals, conversation and TV. That’s it…now let get back to life as we used to know it! And our prayers go out to those who suffered serious losses during the storm.
Michael L. Barsky
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
If you’ve ever been to the 16 Handles store in Jericho and topped your frozen yogurt with the crumbcake crumbs, you know why shop owner Scott Silverman has to re-order them frequently. They are that popular.
“And they always come in fresh,” he says.It’s not surprising, since they are made just a few miles away at Laura & Co. Snacks: The Crumb Without the Cake in Glen Cove.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:47
The Town of Oyster Bay will host two Saturday night primetime high school ice hockey contests this season as part of its High School Hockey Night in Oyster Bay series held at the town's Ice Skating Center on Stewart Avenue in Bethpage. Starting off the series will be the Syosset Braves taking on the Massapequa Chiefs on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m.
“These events, which are free to all Town residents, feature high school teams that are among the finest in Nassau County,” Venditto said. “The players really look forward to competing at the Town of Oyster Bay’s state of the art rink and we are always pleased to have them here.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Fourteen student-athletes from Syosset High School have committed to play at a college or university next year.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Jericho Celeste Taub, 13, showed that she could run with the big girls (and the big boys!) on Sunday, Nov. 17, as she scored a decisive victory in the Women’s Division of the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5-kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park.
Taub finished the Run in 20 minutes, 17 seconds, 53 seconds in front of 36-year-old runner-up Kelly Bregou of New York City.