09/08/19 8:00am

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The weather was perfect, in the mid-70s, no humidity, light breezes and blue-black skies above the lights of Citi Field.

I was where friends tell friends, “I’ll meet you at the Apple,” a plaza centered around the big red structure that once rose slowly beyond the centerfield fence of Shea when a Met hit a home run. Waiting for Dr. Z., who was running late, fighting traffic, I was the smart one, driving to my sister’s place in Queens, parking the car, and taking the 7 train to the ballpark. Getting onboard, I was already at the ballgame, with the train packed with Blue and Orange fanatics. (more…)

01/27/19 8:00am

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The entrance to the Gardiner’s Creek Preserve.

The lawsuit brought by the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, which would have crippled Suffolk County’s visionary and nationally heralded Farmland Preservation Program, is no more. (more…)

07/23/17 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Farmers at work at Sylvester Manor. Executive Director Cara Loriz addressed the Irrigation Committee on the Manor farm's methods.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Farmers at work at Sylvester Manor.

“America has been losing over 40 acres of farmland every hour to development,” said the letter I recently received from the American Farmland Trust. “This land — the most fertile soil in the world — is irreplaceable and urgently needed to grow food. It’s a national disgrace on a catastrophic scale.”

With the letter was an American Farmland Trust bumper sticker: “No Farms No Food.” (more…)

10/28/16 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | State Senator Ken LaValle.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | State Senator Ken LaValle.

You don’t get to spend a lifetime in office without being an effective legislator.

Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), senior member in the New York State Senate, was first elected in 1976. In 40 years, he’s proven his ability to bring home the bacon for his district. He’s remained mostly scandal-free and has run for re-election without much of a fight from Democrats for decades. (more…)

09/18/15 12:00pm
COURTESY ILLUSTRATION Our columnist, who bleeds Orange and Blue, is living in the present these days.

COURTESY ILLUSTRATION Our columnist, who bleeds Orange and Blue, is living in the present these days.

In those days, when the Mets were the dogs of the National League, we’d go to a ballgame with no planning.

That’s impossible today, not only because the Mets are one of the class teams in the league and seats are hard to come by, but also the cost of going to a game requires a meeting with your accountant. (more…)