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
Is Suffolk County to become a sanctuary for some New York City people because of the COVID-19 pandemic? There are indications that this is happening. “It’s Time To Get Out Of Dodge” was the recent headline in The New York Times. “Cooped up and concerned about the post-Covid future, renters and owners are making moves to leave the city,” said the piece. It spoke of “a sense that in today’s era of social distancing, one-person-at-a-time elevator rides to get home and looping routes to avoid passersby on city streets have fundamentally changed New York City.” The article, the lead of ... by Staff Writer
What marked the week was the wind — wild, pressing and whipping wind. I spend a lot of time outside, in the elements, as my mother likes to say. Day by day, I evaluate what I cannot control — the weather — and how it impacts my crops. Impact is certainly the word: Seedlings, whole rows of them, are tossed and turned and then driven, like a landward kite, flat against the earth. The plants, in their short 10 days, have had nothing but violent weather. The incessant gale, despite the soil’s ample moisture, desiccates the tender petioles. It’s too ... 12 May 2020 by Staff Writer
It’s a time to worry, a time to mourn, but also a time to learn. A staggering 80 percent of COVID-19 deaths are occurring among senior citizens 65 years and older. Today, seniors make up 16 percent of the total population, a percentage bound to increase in the future. The overwhelming majority of seniors are U.S. citizens, mostly born here, whereas the naturalized U.S. citizen population is on average much younger. Long-term care facilities and nursing homes housing senior citizens are the eye of the storm. Over 4,800 people have now died from COVID-19 in New York’s nursing homes, including ... by Jorge Balán
“It is certainly true that we need to get back to work. It’s a shame that we don’t have the testing that would inform us how to get back to work the safest way possible,” said Dr. Paul A. Offit, co-inventor of the vaccine for rotavirus. Like COVID-19, rotavirus is highly contagious and can be fatal. It causes severe diarrhea. Until the vaccine arrived in the mid-2000s, hundreds of thousands of children worldwide died from it each year. In developing countries, it still takes a toll. Dr. Offit was on the Sunday “Today” show, and host Willie Geist was questioning ... 11 May 2020 by Staff Writer
I don’t know about God, but Mother Nature is going to get even. We’ve been poisoning her beautiful planet since the dawn of the Industrial Age, when the first coal-burning factory started belching gouts of choking, black smoke into the atmosphere. Mother Nature has been patient, though, you have to admit; but, then again, she works with mind-boggling timelines that extend over eons. We are just flyspecks who come and go in the blink of her eyes. She has given us plenty of time to correct the errors of our ways, but she has finally exhausted her last ounce of ... by Staff Writer
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