Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Lew Simon who is recovering at home from recent heart surgery. Here’s hoping these initial and painful post-op days pass quickly and you are back on your feet soon.

Don’t forget this Sunday is Father’s Day. Still unsure what to get Dad? The Broad Channel VFW is having a "Father’s Day BBQ" Sunday, June 18 starting at 1 p.m. Hopefully Sunday’s weather will be filled with lots of sun and warm temps, so gather up Dear Old Dad, your family, friends and neighbors and drop by the Broad Channel VFW for some lively music, stimulating conversation, great food, soda, water and ice cold beer while enjoying a refreshing light breeze off the bay…under a tent or an umbrella or out in the sun…so come on out, and join

Having li­ved in Broad Channel since 1993 and experienced my fair share of tidal flooding... as well as storm surges from nor'easters, tropical storms and hurricanes...I do consider myself to be at least somewhat environmentally conscious. Nevertheless, I couldn't help but notice all the weeping, gnashing of teeth and the plethora of nightmarish environmental predictions of an impending global apocalypse, stemming from the President's decision last week to withdraw from the Paris Climate

In the World War I battlefields of France, poppies grew wild amid the ravaged landscape of Flanders Field. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a doctor with Canadian forces serving in Belgium, who after witnessing the death of his friend, looked out upon the battlefield and was taken aback at the sight of all the bright red poppies growing in the midst of the carnage. How could such a pretty little flower grow wild while surrounded by such death and destruction? It turned out that the overturned

Back in the early 1800s, groups of English workers called "Luddites," banded together and destroyed machinery, especially in cotton and woolen mills, that they believed was threatening their jobs. Some two hundred years later, the inexorable march of new technology and its accompanying diminution of human contact continue unabated. This past weekend saw the end of the era of human toll collectors on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge with the advent of the MTA's new "cashless" tolling

Were all of you just as confused as I was when several weeks ago our City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, just couldn't contain herself and had to fly down to Puerto Rico to personally greet and hug Oscar Lopez Rivera on the day he was released under a commutation issued by (then) President Obama?

Perhaps I should mention that Speaker Mark-Viverito's newly released terrorist buddy was co-founder of The Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), a Marxist-Leninist organization, which

For just about as long I can remember, I have been an avid user of the New York City Public Library system. Once old enough to have my own library card, I would spend hours wandering the book-filled shelves of this miraculous institution where my interests were wide and varied, ranging from science fiction to classic literature as well as historical tomes.

As I grew older, it became apparent that in addition to my fondness for the written word, I also realized that I was possessed with the bad

By the time you are reading this column, our family will be returning from yet another vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. My initial introduction to a Disney Park was provided by none other than the United States Marine Corps (USMC) back in the 60's during the Vietnam War, while I was stationed in California for a time during my first enlistment. (Yeah, I enlisted twice...after all, there is a reason they refer to the USMC as "Uncle Sam's Misguided Children.") Active duty

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