6 LONGISLANDPRESS.COM • SEPTEMBER 2019
FROM THE PUBLISHER
While I hate to see summer go, I do love a chill in the air and watching the leaves
turns shades of yellow, orange and red. But autumn’s arrival this month is about
more than just the colorful foliage; we are also celebrating our local farmers’ bounty.
In your hands is our fall guide issue featuring our annual apple-picking directory.
If you are planning to visit the orchards (as I am), you’ll want to make a day trip of
it! In our Destinations column and Main Dish dining section, our reporters pluck
all there is to see and do in Riverhead, the gateway to farm country. Don’t miss our
online expanded annual fall festival guide with more happenings.
You may have noticed a slight departure in our cover format this month. Instead of a
glamorous Long Island celebrity profile, this month you will find our in-depth report
on the latest scandal in our continuing coverage of the beleaguered Hempstead School
District. The issues in this minority-majority district are even more shocking when
compared to the neighboring community of Garden City.
In the Business section, we explore how big changes are impacting the City of Glen
Cove and we meet George Tsunis, chair of the Nassau University Medical Center
board. In Health, we learn about the unsung heroes of Teamsters Local 817 — members
8 THIS MONTH
Now that school bus stop-arm cameras
are catching drivers illegally
passing stopped school buses this
fall, the next big thing in photo traffic
enforcement could target those who
don't move over or slow down for
stopped police cars.
12 COVER FEATURE
The Hempstead School District's
ongoing crisis is even more shocking
when compared to neighboring
school districts. Will New York State
give it an oversight panel to help?
16 GUEST COLUMNS
Suffolk County Executive Steve
Bellone touts the benefits of a new
bike-sharing program sponsored by
Bethpage Federal Credit Union. And
New York State Assemblywoman
Taylor Darling (D-Hempstead) urges
the governor to sign her Hempstead
school oversight bill.
A look at how major developments are
impacting the City of Glen Cove, meet
Nassau University Medical Center
Chairman George Tsunis, reflecting
on the local roots of Gabila's Knishes,
and Book Fairies grant kids' literary
LI's unsung heroes ailing since responding
to Ground Zero after 9/11,
officials suggest a drug-free pain
treatment to help fight the opioid
epidemic, and five new products to
help you live your best life.
49 FAMILY & EDUCATION
The BeReadyLI program uses Sesame
Street characters to teach kids how to
prepare for emergencies, expert tips
on preparing toddlers for school, and
the new online forum LightEmUp
boosts the benevolent.
The psychology of renovations reveals
how some motivations can lead
to buyer's remorse, inside a beautiful
waterfront Babylon home on the market,
and how to turn your attic into a
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of the transportation union that provided support and light trucks at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Leading off the Family section is a look at BeReadyLI, a workshop that teaches kids how to be prepared for emergencies,
just in time for peak hurricane season. And in the Home section, we explore why emotionally based decisions can
result in buyers’ remorse when planning pricey home renovations that are best planned around practical needs.
And in this month’s Rear View column, we reflect on prolific author John Steinbeck’s time on LI just as the Village of
Sag Harbor prepared to name a park after him.
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