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As a first-generation Italian-American child, a tomato milling machine was as ordinary to me as a skate key. At the same time, the very sight of it triggered my flight instinct: I knew the minute that machine appeared on my kitchen table that hours upon hours of stewing tomatoes, running them through the mill, pouring the sauce into Mason jars and then boiling them until ready were soon to follow. It was a process that I dreaded. more
Not everyone can say that they got to kiss Marilyn Monroe, and then be nominated for an Academy Award for his work. Although that could have been the … more
The 26th annual Merrick Fall Festival will hold a special Sept. 11 commemoration this year, as the fair is set to run from Sept. 9 to 11. The festival, sponsored by the Merrick Chamber of … more
The Nassau County Legislature recently unanimously approved a measure to waive all building fees for Superstorm Sandy victims. The law extends the fee-waiver period to Dec. 31, … more
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced new legislation on Aug. 10 aimed at helping firefighters across New York state combat cancer, which frequently affects those in the emergency services sector. … more
The shooting death of a Queens imam and his associate as they walked home from afternoon prayer on Aug. 13 in Ozone Park has left Long Island Muslims grief-stricken. While some leaders of local mosques fear that the incident — which activist groups say should be investigated as a hate crime — could lead to more violence against Muslims, they noted that they would continue... more
Last week, 36 volunteers met at Our Lady of Lourdes in Malverne and caravanned into New York City where they distributed food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless and poor on the streets. more
When you think about it, there are very few opportunities to play a key role in a major, internationally televised sporting event when you aren’t the featured athlete. One of those rarities exists at the U.S. Open. more
In addition to being a key part of the Legendary Murphys, Sandy Murphy is also an award-winning songwriter, who has created works for Leann Rimes, a platinum-selling record for Brenda K. Starr, children’s tunes for Disney, and music for major network television shows like HBO’s “Veep,” “All My Children” and more. more
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli published an audit on Aug. 5 that concluded that school officials in District 13 did not always get competitive quotes or adhere to bidding policies set by the Board of Education for purchasing. more
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