Like many others on the East End during these haunting, reclusive days, my silver-plated, 9-inch-long Cablevision remote control has become my best friend, as I surf Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and 59 channels I never knew existed, mesmerized by the slew of spectacular documentaries, on John DeLorean, Madonna, Clive Davis, Glen Campbell, and even Gilbert Gottfried. But throughout it all, one show keeps popping up like my flatted penny from Rye Playland: “Everyone Loves Raymond,” starring Ray Romano and his close-knit, Lynbrook-based family — one of whom troubles me. “The wife is such an angel — sweeter-than-sweet, beautiful, perfect, ... 2 Jun 2020 by Frank Vespe
We stare down into the water: a murky green, half-filled pool that is now home to four, maybe five, bullfrogs. They are sleek, they are fast. And on a sunny day they will bask on the partially submerged last step. Try to sneak up on them and they are gone with a ripple. There must be tadpoles. “Maybe,” my mother muses, “we will just let the pool go this year.” The wind, more menacing than usual, blows baby birds from their nests. It is cold, too. The hatchlings’ vigor is no match for this weather. There are many: tiny, featherless, ... by Staff Writer
Suffolk County, indeed all of Long Island, is nuclear-free after the Shoreham nuclear power plant was stopped from going into operation by strong public and local and state government opposition, and the two nuclear reactors at Brookhaven National Laboratory that had been leaking radioactive tritium were closed. The proposed Shoreham plant, what was to be the first of seven to 11 nuclear power plants that the Long Island Lighting Company wanted to build in Suffolk County, sits as a concrete hulk, its nuclear innards removed, and the BNL reactors have been abandoned, too. But this doesn’t mean that Suffolk County ... by Staff Writer
“Life is like a box of chocolates,” the plainspoken philosopher Forrest Gump once said. “You never know what you’re going to get.” In a normal world, these words would be oh-so-true, but in the crazy scenario of November 2016, we knew what we were going to get — and we plucked the biggest, fattest, ugliest chocolate out of the box anyway. We elected Donald Trump our president. Admittedly, the alternative choice was also not much to our liking, but with the gift of hindsight, we’d never be in the gooey, sticky mess we’re in now if Hillary Clinton had gotten ... by Staff Writer
As I sit here planning for my next program, I wonder to myself if anyone knows how many hours it takes to record a 10-minute video, or if people are even watching them and not just skimming along. I have to admit, this is peculiar. I usually have a room full of people in front of me that I can account for: toddlers smiling, dancing and interacting with each other, while parents are chatting and catching up; tweens munching and mingling as I hang in the background, facilitating and silently laughing at their quirky conversations. I miss the human connection. ... 26 May 2020 by Carol-Leigh Susinno
“Suffolk County Scandals Investigations: A Reminiscence” is the title of a recent book written by Warren Liburt, a 90-year former lawyer from Suffolk County, now retired in Maine, who lived through the series of scandals that rocked this county through the 1950s in what was widely known as the “Suffolk Scandals” When I started as a journalist in Suffolk County in 1962, I heard many stories about the “Suffolk Scandals” of the prior decade. Many people in politics and the legal system whom I would meet, and county government itself, were affected by it. Reading Mr. Liburt’s eyewitness account was ... by Staff Writer
It was not long ago when a farmer was accustomed to getting “the finger.” The wide slowness of the tractor enraged many of those who were stuck behind it. When they finally went around, the whole carload would be flipping you off. Things are different now. People see the farmer and the tractor as implements of survival. With my tractor idling, I wait at the intersection of Sagg Main and Montauk Highway. Now, as cars whiz by, I am more likely to get a fist pump or a thumbs up. But appreciating somebody is very different from understanding somebody. Not ... 19 May 2020 by Staff Writer
The COVID-19 pandemic has gripped all normalcy in my life by the throat. And kept squeezing. My mother died on March 20, in a Florida assisted-living facility, unattended by her children. One by one, a cascade of debilitating restrictions suffocated our efforts to join her: a 14-day quarantine for air travelers, no intra-state visitation, and, finally, a complete shutdown. In her final 48 hours, we even considered moving her to an unrestricted facility, weighing the cost of our comfort against her peace and safety. We finally realized that our determination to be with her had blinded us to the risk ... by Adele Kristiansson
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