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"Fat Cat on a Thin Roof"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 07.21.2016 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima It has been said, probably by Andrew Lloyd Webber, that a cat has nine lives. If that's true, it means the cats in our humble home ha...

Sacrificing Green for Green

Karl Grossman | Posted 07.13.2016 | Green
Karl Grossman

Sacrificing green for green. That's what cutting down woodland and using farmland to erect solar power systems is about. Solar energy is great! We hav...

Can Long Island Be Saved, Part XIV: Video and Social Media as A Means of Building Public Awareness

Marshall Brown | Posted 06.24.2016 | Green
Marshall Brown

If Long Island is to be saved, and by "saved" I mean preserved as a desirable place to live for future generations, then everybody in Nassau and Suffo...

418 Birds, Turtles, Rabbits, Even A Skunk, Removed From Man's Home

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 06.22.2016 | Crime

More than 400 animals have been recovered from a New York man’s home in a rescue mission dubbed “Operation Noah’s Ark." The raid at Gary Gruber...

Why Is It So Hard to Build Multifamily Housing on Long Island?

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 06.21.2016 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

Long Island - world-renowned for its single-family homes - has fewer multifamily housing options than other suburbs near New York City. We have fewer ...

The Best Cocktail Bars On Long Island, NY

Matthew Kourie | Posted 06.15.2016 | Taste
Matthew Kourie

Craft cocktails are on the rise in a big way. Post modern versions of the cocktail bar have taken over Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and are spilling over onto Long Island, (pun intended.) In this new golden era of craft cocktails, it all came together at the NY Cocktail Expo...where the very best in mixology showcase their amazing cocktails, exhibiting the top spirits.

Open Letter to Long Island PrideFest Organizers: Eliminating Parade Eliminates Legacy

Erinn Furey | Posted 06.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Erinn Furey

To me, the only thing that feels better than walking in a LGBT pride parade is watching LGBT youth walk in pride. I've seen tears stream down their faces as they are celebrated and validated and applauded by crowds for who they are.

On a Sunday Night in the Hamptons

Sarah Stodola | Posted 06.02.2016 | Travel
Sarah Stodola

The two lane road, even heading in on a Sunday, can't help but get backed up with traffic that slows to a crawl. In a way I don't understand, this is ...

2016 Guide to Coast-to-Coast Gay Pride

Jim Werner | Posted 05.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Jim Werner

Chicago Gay Pride Parade photo by C. Robertson flickr.com Break out the white shoes and rainbow flags. This weekend isn't just the unofficial start...

In Praise of the (Other) Great Spring Migration

Jon Forrest Dohlin | Posted 05.26.2016 | New York
Jon Forrest Dohlin

While the migratory movements of birds into the New York region are well known and enjoyed by thousands of nature lovers, another migration is underway beneath the surface of our coastal waters, as fish species also move along with the changing of the seasons. One such migratory species is the sand tiger shark.

"Nice Work If You Can Get It"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.10.2016 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima Whenever I attempt to do something I can't do -- sing, dance, perform surgery -- somebody tells me not to quit my day job. The only p...

It Rained On My Wedding Day -- But It Was Perfect

Julie Ansanelli | Posted 05.03.2016 | Weddings
Julie Ansanelli

Since our wedding, quite a few people have made comments to us that they "feel bad" that it rained on our wedding day, or how "great" we were for handling it "despite the rain." Let me make one thing clear: September 12, 2015 was the single most perfect, fun, and love-filled day of my life, and I would not change one thing about it, especially not the rain.

America, the Beautiful: A Liberal Arts Student at a Trump Rally

Kate Bakhtiyarova | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Kate Bakhtiyarova

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and with Trump's masterful ability to invoke the mythology of American Providence and exceptionalism, to many he is that last measure. Or so it seems.

It's Disgraceful That Trump Spoke 200 Yards From Where Racists Murdered a Latino Immigrant

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

I grew up on Long Island, just a few miles from Patchogue, the town on the South Shore where Donald Trump spoke on Thursday. My parents moved out there in the 1970s, and my mother is still there. Plus, I work on the Island.

Donald Trump's Ronald Reagan Gambit

Nicolaus Mills | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Nicolaus Mills

Republican conservatives don't think of Donald Trump as one of them, but in going to Patchogue, Long Island this coming Thursday to speak at a controversial Republican fundraiser, Trump is taking a page out of the Ronald Reagan playbook.

Small Business Saturday Touted in Cities Across America by Both Chambers of Commerce and Elected Officials

Phil Andrews | Posted 04.11.2016 | New York
Phil Andrews

Small Business Saturday is being touted across Towns, Counties, and States across America. One regional chamber of Commerce in NY State Long Island A...

Unprecedented Coalition Backs Governor Cuomo's LIRR Expansion Project

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 04.07.2016 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

An unprecedented coalition has formed in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project. The Right Track for Long Island C...

Thousands Refuse Common Core Testing, Calls for National Opt-Out and Washington March

Alan Singer | Posted 04.07.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

New York State began 2016 Common Core aligned English-Language Arts testing on April 5. On Long Island, a major opt-out center, thousands of students ...

A $15 Minimum Wage Is Good for Long Island Businesses

Phil Andrews | Posted 03.24.2016 | New York
Phil Andrews

Growing numbers of businesses across Long Island are standing with the governor because they recognize that Long Island's workers are also its consumers, and a significant raise for them is exactly what local businesses need to grow and thrive together.

I'm With Stupid: Evil Sith Lord Spotted on Long Island Campus

Todd Hartley | Posted 03.21.2016 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

You may not know this, but there was an incident recently at Farmingdale State College on Long Island in which the entire school went into lockdown be...

Deepwater Wind and an Energy Revolution

Karl Grossman | Posted 02.26.2016 | Green
Karl Grossman

An energy revolution is happening east of Long Island. In the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Deepwater Wind is constructing the nation's first offshore wind farm -- five wind turbines off Block Island, Rhode Island.

The Paper Chase

Jerry Zezima | Posted 02.02.2016 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

As an old newspaperman living in a digital age, I am often asked if print will survive. My answer is yes, and for a very important reason: You can't wrap fish in a website. Besides, what are you supposed to do, housebreak your dog on an iPad?

The Top Wing Festivals In New York

Matthew Kourie | Posted 02.01.2016 | Taste
Matthew Kourie

Whether it's Super Bowl season or any time of the year, wing fans are always looking for the next wing adventure!

What Weddings Looked Like In The 'Old' Days Of The 1970s

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 01.15.2016 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

Weddings need themes these days. I know this from a TV show I'm addicted to where brides compete with each other for a honeymoon. As guests, they score things like food, dress, and venue. Then they get to be interviewed and tell where the other brides dropped the ball.

A 51-Year-Old Gay Man's Response to The Force Awakens

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

In 1977, there was no positive gay imagery in American culture. No movies or television shows had gay characters. "Coming out" was not a thing. I had no idea what homosexuality was. So ... Luke became my boyhood hero, my role model. He was someone who feels different and has a secret, like me.