Behind the Scenes
Ostensibly, celebrity event and wedding planner Michael Russo has one of the glitziest jobs imaginable. Based in Glen Cove, Russo has designed holiday parties for comedian Kathy Griffin, actress Emmanuelle Chriqui ("Entourage") and NBA star Shaquille O'Neal.
Up Close, Tom and Lorenzo
The bloggers behind TomandLorenzo.com have been to countless fashion shows, but one stands out as surreal.
Alan Alda: On M*A*S*H, Working with Woody Allen, and His Love of Science
Thanks to M*A*S*H, The West Wing and a slew of successful movies, Alan Alda now has his pick of writing and directing projects. But what he really wants to talk about is science.
Behind the closed studio door, the rhythmic, pulsating tapping to the big band standard "Sing, Sing, Sing" reverberates from the main entrance...
A Bat Mitzvah at Last
The small room feels cramped, the air stale. A large conference table fills the middle of the narrow space and a small window provides just as smidgen of natural light...
To Roosevelt with Love
Do you remember where you were when you learned how to say "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"? How about holding the hand of the girl your fourth-grade friends had a crush on?
Career Born of Babies
Shortly before her mother died in 2005 at the age of 92, Lynda Hatcher, 50, began methodically sorting through her mother's collection of photographs, negatives and memorabilia. She is still at it. Ms. Hatcher's mother was Constance Bannister a noted baby photographer of the 1940sand '50s.
Still Providing for Holocaust Survivors
In I944, Judith S. became an orphan and an only child. "My father was taken away, my brother was taken away, my mother was taken away. I never saw them again. I was 12 years old," said the Holocaust survivor. "I was left all alone." It all began when Germany…
Labyrinths: Circling in on Peace
It was just after Sept.11, 2001, when Marianne Fulfaro of Sayville ran across a small advertisement in a local newspaper. "The ad asked if anyone had ideas on what can be built to commemorate September 11," Fulfaro recalls. Community residents had placed the ad to solicit ideas to enhance a small, grassy lot…
Blended Brady Style
I spent my childhood glued to the TV set, enchanted by my fictional friends Marcia, Jan, Cindy, Greg, Peter and Bobby. But more so than the step-siblings who made up TV's most popular blended family, it was their parents who captivated my imagination and I would have happily traded in my intact nuclear family to live with the bedazzling widowers Carol and Mike Brady, who found each other, married and became The Brady Bunch.
Dreaming of a Drive-Through World
Not far from Pittsburgh, men on the go can polish off a fast-food meal and then zip over to another sort of drive-through, this one just for dessert. The single item on the menu: fresh cheesecake. Yep, real girls taking their clothes off in something akin to a department store window.
I Can't Talk Now, Call Me Back
I had been receiving an increasing volume of bulletins from Gut Central ever since that hands-free cell phone law went into effect last year. "Warning: Equipment Upgrade Required." "Warning: Purchase Ear Plug. Do Not Delay."
I Still Want Jetson's Car
Remember the good old days, when all you had to do after buying a new vehicle was figure out which button unlocked...
Just Me and My 522 Addicted Friends
So the world's largest social network is finally going public today (sounds pretty redundant). For months, the pending initial public offering of Facebook has had investors giddy with excitement...
A Little Glamour - Distinction
Pale-faced, red-eyed,frizzy-haired, I'm zooming westward on the Long Island Expressway in my Mom-Mobile (is there any vehicle that screams "mother louder than a minivan?), en dubious route to an ab-fab, totally glam makeover session.
Shame Shea Won't be Missed
Within all the recent chatter over Citi Field, the corporate name for the baseball stadium being built next to the Mets' current ballpark, there was next to nothing about the imminent destruction of Shea Stadium itself.
The Risk Pool
Despite much talk about the need for a bill mandating swimming pool alarms to keep children from drowning, the Suffolk County Legislature last month passed a grossly diluted piece of legislation — one that has nothing at all to do with safety devices but instead calls for a paltry public education campaign.
Making a Big Deal About 'Sex'
Much like "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" of the 1970s, which chronicled a fictional, single career woman navigating love, friendship and fulfillment...
Stand Up to Domestic Violence
A tree is to be dedicated today at the School for Language and Communications Development in Glen Cove, in remembrance of Bethpage teacher Leah Walsh. It's a good time also to recall Carol Kotsopoulos, Lisa Solomon and Annie DiMassino, Long Island women who met violent death at the hands of their husbands - husbands who then attempted to cover up the murders.
Sex Education is a Must in NY
It's a shame that for the fourth year in a row, the New York State Legislature came to a close last week without passing the Healthy Teens Act. This piece of legislation shouldn't be controversial - it's nothing more than a grant opportunity enabling school districts and community groups to apply for funds to develop comprehensive sex education programs for teens.
Mortgage Crisis Affects Renters, Too
Every week seems to bring more media coverage of the mortgage mess and home foreclosures. Freeport, Hempstead, Mastic, Coram, Roosevelt, Elmont - those are some of the areas where foreclosures are highest, although it's clear that this problem is rapidly sweeping across Long Island.