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05/06/15 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Marc Wein wants a sharp turnaround in spending by the Deer & Tick Committee to put most money to work culling the herd.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Marc Wein wants a sharp turnaround in spending by the Deer & Tick Committee to put most money to work culling the herd.

Deer & Tick Committee member Marc Wein wants to reshuffle the allocation of money that has 95 percent of the budget paying for 4-poster deployment and servicing. (more…)

04/15/15 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Living the dream — Islanders Bill Hannabury and his son Shane in front of the Augusta National clubhouse at the 2015 Masters in Augusta, Georgia during the tournament.

COURTESY PHOTO
Living the dream — Islanders Bill Hannabury and his son Shane in front of the Augusta National clubhouse at the 2015 Masters in Augusta, Georgia during the tournament.

I am more than aware that technically March 21 is the first day of spring every year. But when you live on eastern Long Island you find that date laughable.

My reminder of spring is always in April and specifically when I see the beauty of everything blooming in Augusta, Georgia. The Masters you watched last week kicked off the season for 2015. (more…)

03/22/15 11:00am
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

The Obama administration’s recent move opening up a vast area of the Atlantic Ocean to our south to oil and gas drilling comes at a curious time.

Right now there’s so much of the stuff being produced in the U.S. that the industry can’t find places to store it. Add to that the fact that gasoline is at the lowest price in years, and the initiative comes despite the impacts along the Gulf of Mexico, still being felt from the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (more…)

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02/13/15 4:20pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Lovebirds of 1944. Ben and Betty Jones the year they met and married.

COURTESY PHOTO | Lovebirds of 1944. Ben and Betty Jones the year they met and married.

It didn’t take long for Betty to fall for Ben.

“Six foot two and eyes of blue,” she said, describing her first swooning impression of the young man.

It was all about vision for Ben as well: “I couldn’t take my eyes off her.” (more…)

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07/28/14 12:00pm
PETER BOODY PHOTO |  Carole and Richard Baron, World War II POW and former publisher of Dial Press during the Civil Rights era, outside the beachfront home where they host children, step-children, grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

PETER BOODY PHOTO |
Carole and Richard Baron, World War II POW and former publisher of Dial Press during the Civil Rights era, outside the beachfront home where they host children, step-children, grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

Many Islanders know Richard Baron, a regular in the Memorial Day Parade, as a member of that “Greatest Generation” of Americans, a man who fought from North Africa to Anzio and on into Germany, where he was captured and spent the last four months of World War II as a prisoner of war.

His military record, from his wounding in Italy to his capture in Germany, makes for a fascinating tale, part of which is told in a book he co-authored in 1981 called “Raid,” about General George S. Patton’s disastrous attempt to free his son-in-law from the camp where Richard was a prisoner. (more…)