To the editor:
Thanksgiving is a day for family and friends to gather to enjoy one another’s company and give thanks. This year, I’m deeply sadden and slightly outraged that large retail companies have chosen to open Thanksgiving Day, some as early as 6 a.m.
St. Anthony’s High School rowers during the annual Snowflake Regatta, which this year made national headlines for all the wrong reasons. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
My wife and I were at a local restaurant the other night. The family of four sitting next to us was finishing dessert when a busgirl, who appeared to be around 14 or 15, let a glass of water slip from her hand. It didn’t splash anybody and no one appeared to be hurt, but it was an inconvenience for a few of the surrounding tables as the water spread across the floor and needed to be cleaned up.
What surprised me most about the incident was how the mother at the table, who appeared to be in her 40s or 50s, reacted to the spill. (more…)
A view of Mattituck Inlet (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)
Because it’s not something that’s very visible to the untrained eye — or even, really, the trained eye — deteriorating water quality can go overlooked and underemphasized. When you start talking about nitrogen content in water in parts per billion, it doesn’t quite demand the attention that, for instance, asbestos dumped in a children’s playground might. (more…)
To the editor:
I have just finished reading Anthony Coates’ guest column on EPCAL regarding considering turning a portion of the property into a veterans’ medical and research facility. This is an idea that should be seriously considered because it seems that no one seems to know what to do with the property. (more…)
Gray shuts out the sun as another winter begins to descend upon the Enterprise Park at Calverton, known as EPCAL.
For 20 years now, the former Grumman property — once a fertile crescent of ideas and action, the place that defended freedom in time of danger and placed a man on the moon — has sat cold and dormant. For 20 years, EPCAL has been long on talk and short on results. (more…)
Tim Bishop addresses the crowd on Election Day Nov. 4 after losing to Republican Lee Zeldin. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
When I began reporting on Suffolk County politics back in February 2006, the Democratic party here was on the rise.
In Brookhaven Town, where I was assigned at the time, Democrats were one month into their first majority in more than 25 years. The party controlled the Legislature, the 1st District Assemblyman was a Democrat and so was our local congressman. Suffolk also had just as many Democratic town supervisors as Republicans in office and the county executive was a Democrat. (more…)
Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen at a recent town board work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
News that LIPA is likely to delay plans to build more peaker plants on Long Island, but won’t be stalling on its renewable energy efforts, comes with mixed reactions. (more…)