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Veterans can be honored one last time at gravesite

The sound of gunfire in a cemetery, followed by a bugler playing taps, means one thing — a veteran is being honored for perpetuity. On Long Island and in New York City, the ceremony is conducted by members of the 11th New York Regiment, which provides free military funeral honors. A veterans service organization, it has 32 members, including New York Guard veteran Alex Gallego, from East Norwich, and Glen Cove resident Richard Arias, a Navy veteran. They continue to serve their country, they say, by honoring fellow veterans and offering comfort to their grieving families.

Glen Cove’s Anthony P. Jimenez finds a kidney donor

"This Thanksgiving is a very special one for me. My health conditions were a little rough recently. I started dialysis and later found that I had a heart blockage that required triple bypass surgery. My kidney condition deteriorated to the point that I required a transplant. The transplant team determined that I could not be placed on the 5 year plus cadaver list. I needed to find a living donor. This is where gratitude comes in."        

Neighbors ensure a Thanksgiving feast for all

With Thanksgiving Day approaching, North Shore residents who are part of a non-profit or religious organizations are working to ensure that no neighbor will go without a Thanksgiving Day meal.

Students who opt-out hurt the entire Oyster Bay East Norwich Central School District

Laurie Kowalsky, the president of the Oyster Bay East Norwich Board of Education said at the Oct. 20 meeting, that parents need to be notified that state exams are mandatory. Opting-out, she said, is hurting the district’s students and teachers. Opting-out, when students stay home rather than take state standardized tests, has occurred often in the past couple of years. When they do, their score is a zero.

Rizzuto, a true ambassador for physical education

“We have a saying in my PE classes,” said Charles Rizzuto, a health and physical education teacher at Oyster Bay High School. “‘PE is not a me thing, it’s a we thing.’” He uses this motto to inspire his students to be more compassionate and to overall live healthier, more fulfilling lives, he said.

Cerebral Palsy Nassau fights for its fair share amid cuts

Back in the spring, employees at the Cerebral Palsy Nassau home in Bayville, donning garbage bags for gowns and used, week-old masks, were tending to the 37 out of 46 residents who had developed Covid-19. Five of those residents died.

Town of Oyster Bay Budget passes, before heated public session

The Oyster Bay Town Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to pass its 2021 budget. The spending plan totals $311.7 million, a roughly 1.7 percent increase over the current budget, which is $306.5 million.


Remember to shop locally this holiday season

Thanksgiving is only a week away, and the December holidays are fast approaching. We’re supposed to be making plans to shop in our local downtowns or at the malls, but because of the coronavirus pandemic . . .


Next week, limit your Thanksgiving gatherings

With the Covid-19 infection rate creeping up above 3 percent in parts of New York state, including Long Island, Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week issued two executive orders. The first . . .

Randi Kreiss

Dinner for two at our Thanksgiving table

Is anyone else thinking about the Berlin Airlift? It is one of the great stories of American audacity in the face of political thuggery. In case you’re too young to remember . . .

Alfonse D'Amato

The 2020 election: a mandate for moderation

The election is in the history books. As the dust finally settles on the presidential race, it appears that Joe Biden won with the same razor-thin margin by which Donald Trump did in 2016.


Surely we shouldn’t be fighting over wearing masks

Scene 1: The butcher at the local food store turned to face me from behind the counter. I noticed his mask in the below-the-nose position. I gave him my food order, and calmly asked him to wear his mask appropriately.