Lions are beautiful and majestic in their appearance and power. They are also dangerous especially at feeding time, which seems to be all the time. Whether George Steinbrenner was the last lion of baseball remains to be seen.
Bill Madden, a sportswriter for the Daily News has more than amply annotated the history of the New York Yankees under Steinbrenner. What is missing from the book is whether George’s erratic personality allowed him to achieve in spite of himself. Turning a $168,000 investment of his father’s money in 1972 to join with partners who bought the Yankees for $8.5 million and turned it into a business, according to Forbes, worth over $1 billion 30 years later, was a combination of luck, fear of him, which George instilled in others by being totally unpredictable and perhaps even bipolar. George was smart and capitalized on baseball’s free agency rules to buy up well-established major leaguers.
In 1977, fresh out of law school, I ran for supervisor in the Town of North Hempstead. I had been a zone leader and committeeman; ran election campaigns and I was a member of the New Democratic Coalition, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party that championed the campaigns of Congressman Allard Lowenstein, Eugene McCarthy, Bobby Kennedy and George McGovern. I was an elected National Convention delegate. I received and gave campaign contributions. I headed Ed Muskie’s campaign in New York.
In 1978, I joined the Republican Party and then its Chairman’s Club, the alleged “Fat Cat” arm of what was then a political machine in my county. I ran the candidacies of judges and other candidates serving as the head of Ronald Reagan’s Nationalities Committee and being offered a position at the Department of Justice after he was elected. It was a standard custom and practice for candidates including judicial candidates to assemble teams of lawyers who then endorsed them and gave them money.
I have been reading with great interest as well as with some amusement, the weekly letters submitted to The Westbury Times by a former Westbury Board of Education Trustee, Mr. Larry Wornum, regarding for the most part, the Westbury Union Free School District’s spending and performance.
I must admit that while I do not always agree with Mr. Wornum’s views, and less often his presentation of his perspectives, in light of the recently published July 17 issue of Newsday, which featured the 2011 Long Island math and English test scores, I now wonder if Mr. Wornum has not cast the Westbury School District’s performance issues in the correct (if not new) light.
On June 9, nearly 400 community members participated in this year’s Relay for Life of Carle Place. Though we were unsure if the weather was going to affect our event, we were determined to have a successful night. After a couple of rain showers, the sun decided to shine and our event was kicked off with a beautiful survivor reception.
Who knows if the influx of mosquitoes in Nassau County can be attributed to the mild winter, standing water or overgrown vegetation; however, one thing is certain – this is the summer of the “skeeter.”
These bloodsuckers aren’t your grandparent’s mosquitoes – the Asian tiger mosquito is more aggressive, harder to kill and bites during the daytime. I predict an outbreak of agoraphobia way before we see another West Nile scare.
In response to Susan Lerner’s opinion piece in Newsday on July 3, entitled “Voters Are The Losers In Nassau Fight,” The League of Women Voters of Nassau County believes in many of the same principles Ms Lerner proposes. As a nonpartisan organization, the league has repeatedly spoken before the county legislature and to the temporary advisory redistricting commission for a fairer and more transparent process for redistricting than is currently being considered by this advisory commission.
The league believes first that the advisory commission should conduct hearings to receive input from residents about how the process should occur and suggestions on how district lines should be drawn. Then, after the commission creates proposed districts, there should be additional public hearings to discuss them. These hearings should be in all three towns and two cities in Nassau County and should occur at a variety of times (day and evening) and at multiple locations in order to accommodate as many people as possible. Equally important is that all meeting locations be handicapped-accessible.
It is difficult to express my disappointment that the Assembly did not pass our CPR in Schools bill (S2491/A3980) to ensure that all students learn CPR before graduating from high school. In August of 2006, my 14-year-old daughter, Leah, went into sudden cardiac arrest while trying out for the volleyball team at Bethpage High School. Thankfully, Leah’s life was saved by her coach. However, to think that her fellow teammates could have saved her life as well after a short CPR lesson is empowering.
I am truly thankful to my representative, Senator Kemp Hannon, for sponsoring and helping champion the passage of the CPR in Schools legislation in the Senate. He is well aware how important this bill is to saving lives.
With the temperatures heating up, we all need ways to keep cool during the scorching hot months of July and August. Sitting home in the air conditioning is a nice thought, but few can enjoy that luxury seven days a week.
For starters, keep a close eye out for the following heat-related symptoms: headache, light-headedness, fatigue, anxiety, nausea, vomiting and low pulse rate. Elderly residents are more susceptible to heat stroke; check in on any senior citizen who live close by and lend them a hand or offer some advice on staying cool, especially during the hottest times of the day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
I submit that this, teaching students to dance, represents a poor use of our tax dollars when we as a district are struggling educationally.
Lacrosse has been a staple of athletics on Long Island for decades and this Saturday, the Long Island Lizards will host former Manhasset lacrosse player and legendary National Football League running back Jim Brown at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.
Brown’s career numbers for his football career are, quite literally, off the charts, as few running backs even came close to matching his average yards per game (104.3) and yards per carry (5.2). He was named an All American at Syracuse University for lacrosse, scoring 43 goals in 10 games his senior year.
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