Jerry Presta honored as Youth Mentor of the Year

One of Gerard Presta’s favorite recollections is how he became the adviser of the East Norwich Junior Firefighters 21 years ago. Born in Brooklyn and living in College Point, Queens, Presta …

Memorial Day, a sea of red, white and blue in Bayville

The Robert H. Spittel American Legion Post 1285 hosted a vibrant Memorial Day parade populated by marchers young and old. It also hosted a pre-parade ceremony that honored those who made the ultimate …

Brianna’s Law passes in state Senate

The state Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation on May 16 that it hopes will help prevent boating tragedies on New York waterways. Senator John Brooks, a Democrat from Seaford, sponsored the …

World War II vet is Bayville’s grand marshal

John “Jack” Tilford Jr. dropped out of Oyster Bay High School when he was 17. World War II was raging, and, he recalled, he and his friend Albert Taylor wanted to join the Navy before they turned …

Oyster Bay senior citizens learn how to avoid scams

Dorothy Doerbecker has received many prank calls, even one saying that her sister was in the intensive care unit at a hospital. “And I got IRS calls twice,” said Doerbecker, of Massapequa. “I …

Randi Kreiss

If only we knew now what we’ll know then

I saw a guy in town waiting under the portico of a medical practice that specializes in lung disease, and damn if he wasn’t puffing away on a cigarette.

Op-Ed

Health insurers count on our silence

I didn’t attend many funerals in my childhood. One that I recall was for the father of a close childhood friend.

Editorial

Enough with ‘drill, baby, drill!’

At the 2008 Republican National Convention, party stalwart Michael Steele declared, “Drill, baby, drill! And drill now! Do you want to put your country first?"

Op-Ed

Catholics must speak up to end abuse

When I see stories of sexual abuse by clergy members, I’m often angry with many people. Mostly, I’m angry with those who allowed the abuse to go on uninterrupted for years . . .

Op-Ed

We’ve got a plan to make L.I. commuters’ lives easier

For far too long, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been a faceless organization, with Long Island Rail Road riders paying for overpriced tickets while receiving subpar service. For years, over 300,000 daily LIRR riders . . .