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As Kermit the Frog says, it ain't easy being green, but the color easily comes in many
forms in March, from the spring equinox ushering in the growing season and St.
Patrick’s Day celebrations to tax season’s focus on cold, hard cash.
Focusing on those greenbacks on this month’s cover is Sean Acosta and his son, Sean
Acosta Jr., touting the benefits of challenging one’s property tax assessments so
homeowners can save some dough while living in some of the nation’s highest-taxed
In Press Business, beat reporter Claude Solnik delves into how local small businesses
continuing to struggle a year after the Covid-19 shutdown are increasingly turning to
online fundraisers to make ends meet. And in Press Health, we reflect on the first
anniversary of the pandemic, just as it recently passed the grim milestone of claiming
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6 THIS MONTH
The latest headlines from around Long
Island. And new details of how two Long
Islanders have been accused of helping the
late Jeffrey Epstein run an alleged international
sex trafficking ring. 10 COVER
Sean Acosta and his son Sean Acosta Jr.
share why homeowners should file property
tax assessment challenges to save money
on their tax bill. Cover photo by Rob Rich. 12 GUEST COLUMNISTS
Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling
reflects on the pandemic on the first anniversary
of Covid-19 reaching LI shores.
And Erase Racism Executive Director
Elaine Gross urges local lawmakers to do
more to fight the ongoing issue of housing
Struggling small businesses turn to online
fundraisers to stay afloat, meet Bradley &
Parker CEO Wynne Nowland, and the big
tool manufacturer right here on LI. 27 HEALTH
Where the Island has been and where
it's going amid the ongoing coronavirus
pandemic. Plus preventative steps readers
can take for National Colorectal Awareness
Month. 33 FAMILY & EDUCATION
This month's issue includes a special
section dedicated to planning for summer
camp. Plus pandemic parenting tips, dog
sitter-seeking advice, and a new foundation
to help families recovering from the virus.
How Long Island's cost of living compares
to other popular cities nationwide, a 3D
printed house breaks new ground, and
bedroom reno tips. 49 BUZZ
St. Patrick's Day events, the Main Dish food
and drink section, this month's Do This!
listings, and remembering Alva Belmont's
trailblazing women's rights activism for
Women's History Month.
a half million American lives.
Of course, the return of spring this month means summer is right around the corner.
And as any parent knows, it’s time to plan ahead for summer camp before they fill
up. So this month’s Family & Education section features a Long Island summer camp
guide with an overview of what to expect.
On the lighter side, in Press Buzz, our reporters roundup things to do for St. Paddy’s Day since the usual month-long
string of parades are unlikely to happen again this year due to the pandemic restrictions.
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