Suffolk County Water Authority Files Complaints Over Chemical Contamination Of Public Water Sources
Kate Riga on Dec 1, 2017
The Suffolk County Water Authority has filed two separate lawsuits in the Eastern District Court of New York against the companies that manufactured products that leached possibly carcinogenic chemicals into... more
I would like nothing more than an open-ended evening to sit and think about a topic for this week’s article. But 10 feet outside my door is the idle of the diesel motor that runs the booster pump for our irrigation reel. It isn’t the sound that distracts me — it actually puts me at ease. Here, tonight, under clear skies, it will rain an inch. A quarter mile away, I can yet hear the graceful, rhythmic clack of the sprinkler head as the stream of water is deflected into tiny droplets of rain. The water falls on cucumbers and ... by Staff Writer
Suffolk County government — like governments all over — is heading for a financial cliff because of the COVID-19 pandemic. County Comptroller John M. Kennedy Jr. projects a shortfall of $400 million to $500 million in county finances this year. Suffolk County government’s 2020 budget is $3.2 billion. A report by the county’s COVID-19 Fiscal Impact Task Force, assembled by County Executive Steve Bellone, estimates a deficit of $469 million to $590 million for this year — and a three-year deficit through 2022 of $1.1 billion to $1.5 billion. A key issue for Suffolk County government is having become increasingly ... by Karl Grossman
By Shari Adler During the July 4 holiday weekend, I experienced an epiphany. I would rather describe to you the consumption of a frothy milkshake, a chocolate sprinkle-laden ice cream cone or a melting graham-cracker-s’mores-sandwich made over a blazing beach bonfire. I would prefer to say I hosted a barbecue, a lovely styled luncheon with red-and-white-checkered tablecloths atop outdoor tables, accented with vases of garden-selected blue hydrangeas, for lots of casually clad family and friends. Because that is what normally transpires. I love the lobster rolls from Catena’s, the fruit salad from Citarella and the various dishes I am actually ... 13 Jul 2020 by By Shari Adler
The first swim can come anytime between January 1 and July. This year, it was the last day of June when we finally made it into the water. The first swim can be a plunge, and often is — a quick, shrieking in-and-out — because the water is so cold. See people wade in. They raise their arms in the air and flinch away at every splash as they slowly, resistantly walk into the waves. I prefer the unyielding dash. The swimmer drops his towel and barrels through the gentle break. Thinking of only fast and forward momentum, you dive ... by Staff Writer
The platoon trudged down a dusty lane, near sunset. It had been yet another exhausting and frustrating day, chasing shadows. The unit’s youngest soldier, a specialist 4th class and new “in country,” was thinking only about a warm shower and a cold beer back at the compound. They were his last thoughts, in fact. A Taliban sniper had his crosshairs on the back of the soldier’s neck, right where his helmet rim ended and just above where his Kevlar vest began. In the next second, the .50-caliber Barrett sniper rifle coughed, and a round split the young infantryman’s spine at ... by Phil Keith
There’s been an effort to have a statue of Robert Moses removed from in front of Babylon Village Hall. Nearly 100 protesters calling for that action marched down Babylon’s Main Street last month to the site of the 1,500-pound, 7-foot-high statue. They held signs reading “Robert Moses Was a Racist” and chanted “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Robert Moses has to go!” Suffolk County taxpayers contributed $190,000 to the Babylon Village Arts Commission for the statue, which was unveiled in 2003 to honor the Babylon resident, who died in 1981. The protest on June 20 was among the demonstrations held on ... 6 Jul 2020 by Staff Writer
By Joan Baum Remember the old nursery rhyme: “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never harm me”? How ironic that the origin of the expression is attributed to an “adage” said to have appeared in The Christian Recorder in March 1862, the official organ of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The date is significant on the timeline of the uncivil War Between the States, even as the word “adage” suggests that the rhyme was around before that. Of course, words not only can hurt, they can provoke, sometimes to deadly effect. But what’s also true is ... by Joan Baum
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