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Long Island businesses and individuals donated 1,400 turkeys and more than 12,000 pounds of food at a recent food drive hosted by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Credit: Courtesy Photo
Kato November 20, 2013 at 07:08 pm
The Island Harvest site does not give other locations. The only drop off spots seem to be on mid toRead More north shore. Huh?
Long Beach Reach in Long Beach. (Credit: Joe Kellard)
Eddie November 16, 2013 at 09:35 am
Another horrible blight on Long Beach. A feed trough for local politicians and a great harm to LongRead More Beach's youth. From my experiences with this place and with the families it has served, the people here have done far more harm than good, all at the expense of Long Beach kids, while lining their pockets to the tune of millions in tax dollars. The sooner this band of vipers is out of here, the better for Long Beach.
jv November 16, 2013 at 11:00 am
Long Beach is the only community that sells its kids for a buck. REACH is one step below the westRead More end bar owners who sell cocaine to 17-year-olds. Instead, REACH pushes drugs and tells the teens not to tell their parents. All for a buck. If the parents find out and object, standing in the way of their money, they send the cops to their house. If Long Beach had any real men or women left it in, the $350,000 per year scumbag director of this self-serving "charity" would have been run out of town years ago. One attempt by its privileged leaders to push Long Beach back into the 1970's. Sorry if they had to hook your kids on drugs. Had to be done.
Stars of Hope on New York Avenue. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
tom July 9, 2013 at 10:55 am
We used to love driving by my daughters star on the way to school. My daughters star, has sinceRead More disappeared, it was by the island garden on the ocean side of grand an park ave. Quickly, told her someone must have loved it so much that they took it home. Dried the tears pretty quickly. If anyone found a yellow and pink star that says Smile (sort of looks like Smite) please reply.
Janine Mendolia Pizzariella July 10, 2013 at 03:13 pm
Thank you to all those who came out and painted Stars of Hope! We are so happy to bring a smile toRead More the residents of Long Beach! May you continue to rebuild and heal! Thank you to Michael Ganci and Joseph Kellard for this lovely article! Janine (Stars of Hope NY-NJ)
Jessie Fahy Farrell July 10, 2013 at 03:15 pm
Hi Tom, We have a few extra stars that need some love and art. If you want one to decorate andRead More rehang with your daughter please message the Project 11561 FB page or email us at project11561@gmail.com. thanks! Jessie
Beachguy June 26, 2013 at 08:29 pm
Would love to but will be out of the country. Great effort.
Michael Ganci (Editor) July 1, 2013 at 09:29 am
Thanks so much for posting this on Patch. I think you’d make for a great blogger. With that,Read More you’d get a spot on the homepage, a spot in the newsletter and greater exposure. What do you think? If you’re interested, go to http://longbeach.patch.com/blogs/new and write your first post. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact me at Michael.Ganci@patch.com. I look forward to reading your first post! Michael Ganci Community Editor, Nassau County
Pat Friia July 5, 2013 at 02:17 pm
Hi, everyone. Thanks for all your interest. Feel free to contact Anthony Testaverde 516-729-1061Read More directly with any questions about the event.
- Part of the grant will also fund a large, illuminated kiosk that will be installed at the the bus turnaround on West Beech between Ohio and Nevada avenues.
Patrick Smith June 13, 2013 at 09:22 am
big deal while there raping us
sheryl Kutsmeda June 13, 2013 at 04:35 pm
That area is the place I connect with the bus.I saw the plans for the project and it looks reallyRead More nicely designed but please see what can be done about an enclosure from the elements while waiting for the loop bus. Looking forward to this addition in the West End.
Dr. Sidney A. Stiebel June 14, 2013 at 10:33 am
What a great idea for a little park there. Thank you WEBA & National Grid. I'm always lookingRead More for a bench to sit and enjoy the ices from the Beach Bagel/Ralph's. Thank you Robin and Larry!
The Central Neighborhood Block Association covers National to Lindell boulevards and Park Avenue to the bay front. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
CM June 7, 2013 at 10:20 am
Thanks for the info on the July meeting. I'll be there.
CM July 10, 2013 at 09:01 pm
So what happened to tonight's - 7/10/11- meeting? The library had no record that this group wasRead More meeting tonight.
CM July 11, 2013 at 09:50 am
OOPS - that should have been 7/10/13!
Boy Scouts. File Photo.
Jo-Anne May 25, 2013 at 09:11 am
as a retired teacher, it warms my heart to know that perhaps, a few less children will commitRead More suicide because they are different and are shunned by others. those who have no feelings for these kids never witnessed what other kids (straight kids, i might add), did to them with lots of impunity. thank you b.s.a. now, keep going and finish the job.
Salvatore Rosselli May 25, 2013 at 10:52 am
Gosh WJones...did you receive your merit badge for coitus? Bravo!
Trying to Make Sense May 25, 2013 at 11:35 am
My guess is that the reason this is such a devisive issue for the BSA has to do with the usual redRead More state/ blue state divide on social issues and the extent to which modern thinking upsets religious conservatives. The BSA demographics likely give significant influence to the Midwest and South where the BSA is more popular. Imagine, the compromise is to allow gay scouts, but then tell them they are unworthy to be scout members or leaders when they turn 18. Were I gay, I'd want nothing to do with the BSA. And as a retired teacher, I can validate the statement by Jo-Anne regarding the tortures some gay students have had to endure, though, with credit given to today's enlightened youth, this treatment seems to be less common.
Trying to Make Sense May 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm
A good deed is a good deed, comments above notwithstanding. Money saved by a cash strapped city dueRead More to volunteer efforts is a good thing, no? I can understand why some would not join or support this organization, but the work done by these volunteers is valuable and deeply appreciated by this resident. The people who planted the flowers some weeks ago, the clean up of the canals that Surfrider people did, this, all great stuff. Thank you
Gus Kasakas May 19, 2013 at 02:08 pm
REPEAL BIGGERT-WATERS BILL EFFORT GROWING: Get involved. The patch should be all over this.Read More http://www.heraldguide.com/details.php?id=12562
Trying to Make Sense May 20, 2013 at 08:59 am
While I understand that some people may be put off by Sustainable's agenda, a good deed is a goodRead More deed. And volunteers doing important work to help a cash strapped City, also good, no? This resident is thankful to all those volunteers who did the plantings a couple of weeks ago, the Surfrider guys who cleaned the canals, and yesterday's crew for the good deeds they have done. THANK YOU!
Joe Abbondandolo May 21, 2011 at 06:45 pm
We stand because they fell.
Rob Germino May 21, 2011 at 06:46 pm
Thank you all.
Jane Stone June 21, 2011 at 02:16 am
God bless those who defend America! & God bless you for reminding us that Freedom has its lifeRead More in the hearts, the actions and the spirit of us all!!! Thank you for reminding us of our heroes out there whos blood is the seed of our Freedom's tree!
A dumpster outside a home on West Bay Drive. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
Mary Warden April 30, 2013 at 02:14 pm
Theresa is so right . . . I have moved to a different location in Long Beach. My old neighbor, whoRead More has been a detriment to the United States/Long Beach tax payer, had NO insurance (again, his own fault) and is getting all the damage on his house done for free. Makes me sick to my stomach.
Peg Meerkatz May 1, 2013 at 02:27 am
Where am I 6 m after Sandy? In LIMBO! The condo I lived at priced us out as far as returning. LivedRead More w/ my mom & she sold the condo at a huge loss. We are in an apartment that is smaller than my bedroom in the condo. Supposed to move by 5/31 but having difficulty getting 2 bed 2 bath that is affordable. Got screwed by Project Hope (no Hope) TWICE & not getting the assistance I need to replace wheelchair & things for the business I am starting. I not only lost ALL of my material possessions in the storm I lost much of my faith in people. I can count on less than 1 hand those that came through for me mostly I just get false promises & the run around. I know that life will never be the same. Wherever the funds from the fundraisers & donations are going I haven't a clue but I have concluded any additional help I get (I got a little help from FEMA) will be of my own doing. There is a LACK OF FUNDS, LACK OF SUPPORT GROUPS, LACK OF CARING - need I go on? My life has been forever changed by Sandy & I will never see life or people the same way again. I will somehow get my busines off the ground because I am determined to succeed and show all those who have tried to drag me down these past 6 months that I could do it despite them. I won't ask for help again from places like the SBA, Project No Hope & the like they have kicked me down as far as I can go. I have perservered for the last 51 largely through my own efforts & will continue to do the same. From what I have seen the little guy simply get lost in the shuffle when it comes to Sandy aid.
Alyssa Brown May 3, 2013 at 07:55 pm
I am completing research for Adelphi University on peoples opinions and reactions about HurricaneRead More Sandy and its aftermath. We would really appreciate if you could complete the short survey and it will be used to help Long Island. Please share with your neighbors! This is the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-H-WBI6QgMWAa58kQjMyFQLGOWHU5c_BL66bCLpKLDY/viewform
The Enright family along with "Spontaneous Construction" host Ricky Paull Goldin and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, wave to friends and family. (Credit: Joley Welkowitz)
BECKY April 26, 2013 at 05:31 pm
Oh and John up there...btw.....I have done many great deeds for people and animals....and manyRead More people will tell you that too....ever pull someone out of a dumpster looking for something to eat and buy them a meal ? I DID....ever pull off the road for a hurt animal ? I DID....I CAN'T EVEN COUNT HOW MANY TIMES I DID THAT...I dont even see that as a good deed....I just do things like that..I do it with my heart not my thinking process and certainly no special title..I DON'T NEED A PAT ON MY BACK FOR A GOOD DEED !!
oceanview April 28, 2013 at 09:59 am
I'm happy for them it was nice to see something positive.
John Enright July 7, 2013 at 12:10 am
The thing that were done for my family was a miracle. Do you people honestly think we don't know theRead More situations for others going on in long beach. Alot of you also have no idea who me and my family are it is completely inappropriate for the negativity coming from some of these comments especially considering its over the internet and your hidden behind a computer screen. Don't judge us until you know us that's all in asking. Thanks guys
West End resident Diane Parr is running for a seat on the Long Beach Public Library Board of Trustees, not only to save the West End Library branch, but to also represent the West End community. (Credit: Courtesy Diane Parr)
sheryl Kutsmeda April 23, 2013 at 09:44 am
Norman ,how do you know they are illegal??
Hamburger April 23, 2013 at 11:37 am
I don't think that tiny library is needed. Save the dollars and reinvest in one of our city's otherRead More fantastic programs
Hamburger April 23, 2013 at 03:11 pm
that would be cool, but it is such a small space
Students of the Barry and Florence Friedberg JCC in Long Beach at a portable classroom, one of four installed on the property of St. Mary of the Isle Church on East Park Avenue. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
Trying to Make Sense April 18, 2013 at 05:49 pm
John and Paul, accurate, focused, thoughtful... thank you.
Charlie K April 18, 2013 at 09:19 pm
Would not give a dime to the Robin Hood foundation
lbpatriot April 19, 2013 at 09:55 am
@charlie k. Why not?
The event, to be held on campus between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, April 7, will accept up to 50 Sandy-damaged photos per individual or immediate family.
Eddie April 5, 2013 at 06:01 pm
The work these people are doing is wonderful, but the UN's socialist "climate-change"Read More propaganda has been debunked years ago. Sandy was a bad storm, but nowhere as bad as the 1893 hurricane and perhaps equaled by several in the 1920's. Did my SUV cause them too?
Longbeacher April 6, 2013 at 06:54 pm
no your SUV did not cause it ,ur VW did ,u see if u drive a vw 200,000 miles a year and some oneRead More else drives his SUV 5000 a year .the vw make s more polution ...get it
The Long Beach Auxiliary Police Department headquarters on East Park Avenue. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
Charlie K April 7, 2013 at 11:36 pm
Ed, here is a list of companiea that pledged or donated to Sandy. You may want to call them directlyRead More and ask for donations. http://bclc.uschamber.com/site-page/hurricane-sandy-corporate-aid-tracker
Hamburger April 8, 2013 at 10:47 am
set aside some of the tax $$ earmarked for the regular police dept.
Ed Oliva April 9, 2013 at 08:29 am
Thanks Charlie!!!!
Michigan Street the day after Hurricane Sandy hit. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
LMB March 20, 2013 at 09:27 am
There should be more stories like this one but very happy for family.
Mary March 23, 2013 at 08:47 pm
Congrats to you and your family Lori.. You have always been a great neighbor! xoxo...Love Mary
Matt Markell March 24, 2013 at 06:20 pm
That has to be the best story I've read in months. Good for you and may God bless.
Con. Peter King, left, and "Irish" Josh Foley of Long Beach batteled it out at Mulcahy's in Wantagh on Saturday. (Credit: Rep.PeteKing'sFacebookpage)
paul.d.spellman March 15, 2013 at 01:28 pm
But the url still has the Pep Boys spelling....
Brendan March 15, 2013 at 02:11 pm
Paul, I'd imagine that changing that now would screw up their SEO, so that will just have to liveRead More for eternity.
paul.d.spellman March 15, 2013 at 02:36 pm
Great now you are going to make them spend the rest of the day googling SEO
Long Beach resident Jessica Cantelmo, left, and Joe Klages, center, helped reorganize a section of the library’s collection of books.
Rebecca March 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm
I can't wait for the library to open and for the kids to be able to attend Playhooray!
Mr Dunes March 16, 2013 at 06:28 pm
Bring Back Kundalini Yoga Please:-)
icl March 5, 2013 at 05:15 pm
I'd like to publicly thank Howard Lutnik and his company Cantor Fitzgerald for his incredible act ofRead More kindness, generosity and help. As most of us remember, Cantor Fitzgerald lost over 700 people in the World Trade Center murders. Mr. Lutnik knows what loss means, and suffered so much pain, heartache and trauma, as did the multitudes of families of the victims of this horrendous tradgedy. I remember how generous and helpful he was to the families of the victims and through God's grace and love, and working together, Mr. Lutnik and Cantor Fitzgerald healed and rose up through the ashes. Mr. Lutnik did not forget the importance of helping those in need. Long Beach and the families in our community lost a tremendous amount during Hurrican Sandy. There have been many people in this country who have helped our city, and a huge thank you to all of those that have given so much to us. On March 1, Mr. Lutnik gave a thousand dollars to each family that has a child in the four schools in the Long Beach Elementary school district. He had pledged to do this a couple of months ago, and made good on his promise. He even came down to say hello, and give his support to us. On behalf of all of us in Long Beach, I want to thank Mr.Lutnik and give him a big virtual hug and kiss. You are a blessing, and much more than just a big CEO of a successful company. You have a kind heart and soul, which in my book, is worth more than all the money and success in the world. You're a wonderful role model for my nine year old son. Bless you and your family and the wonderful people who work for you. You have done those who perished during 9/11 proud. Sending love and respect- Ivy Landsman-Slevin
Bill Callahan March 6, 2013 at 09:23 pm
thank you the money will come in handy helping us get the house back together best regards billRead More callahan
P.H.Pearse March 7, 2013 at 08:49 am
Ici,Howard Lutnick is anything but a blessing. Generous and helpful to the families of the CantorRead More victims? Quite the opposite. God,s grace and love couldn't be more alien to Howard Lutnick. The devil wears many disguises.