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Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
Nicholas Arzio April 23, 2014 at 11:36 pm
Beef cake!
Sunny in SD April 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm
Starting the diabetes early........
Socrates Cee April 24, 2014 at 12:24 am
Now that is something. Imagine how big this baby will be in a couple of years. He probably won'tRead More even fit through a regular door!
South Side High School in Rockville Centre is among the best on Long Island, according to new rankings. (Patch file photo)
John Dutton April 24, 2014 at 07:50 am
I was under the impression that Three Village was top rated. Given the money that's been spent,it'sRead More time for a comment from the school board on this apparent failure. N
Meg Zeitzer-Doyle April 24, 2014 at 08:24 am
Saving money doesn't work look at Lawrence no money spent crappy school.
Lorraine DeVita April 24, 2014 at 09:04 am
In general and IMHO- Its not HOW much money - It is: How and where the money is spent ,Read More more importantly What the priorities are of the SD and the parents. Many of the schools that did make the list have a unique philosophy especially here on LI. I refer to "'A Teacher's" post above . He quoted Mr. Cardillo the Superintendent of Manhasset - Manhasset's priorities are ACADEMICS - The Arts - Athletics and After school activities in THAT order. Its seems many Parents have fallen for and vigorously support the underperforming or mediocre SD mantra's.... "Well rounded gets your child into college not necessarily well educated." Those SD's priorities are Athletics, Activities , Arts and academics.- Each and every year SD''s throw HUNDREDs of thousand of dollars to HS sports alone sometimes over a MILLION!! . Yet they have over crowding on the elementary school levels, they have cut Art and music programs, reading programs and have eliminated student services, replaced teachers with unqualified Aides and eliminated course offerings. YET Each YR School districts INCREASE their Athletic budgets and DECREASE Academics. MANY SD's athletic budgets EXCEED a million dollars on the HS level alone. The number of lovely multi million dollar turf fields is growing yet MANY SD still have asbestos in their schools and their IT infrastructures are pathetic. YET no one complains or votes a budget down because it will "effect the kids" HOW they are spending and prioritize our tax dollars IS effecting the kids NOW........ but many just buy into the SD;s threats ...
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Voter April 24, 2014 at 08:58 am
They broke the law.... and they got what they deserved. There are few things worse than invading aRead More person home. Two less criminals in society. People say they were just two dumb kids.... I say they were two dumb young criminals who were going to become two dumb older criminals. If they started out at a young age invading peoples homes, what would they be doing in a few more years.... probably murderous acts. Good for him.... NOT GUILTY !
Jake Mathews April 24, 2014 at 09:25 am
Not guilty. These guys were armed with guns hiding out in his basement. Perhaps shot the guy in theRead More face was extensive but be as it may he probably was in fear for his life
Stephen Bondura April 24, 2014 at 09:27 am
He did to much,Okay these teens must of been watching the house for awhile and saw no movement andRead More broke in.But one shot was enough no matter how mad are nuts he went,So one has to wonder what the girl was thinking after she heard the shot ,that she did not get out of there ,Which leaves the Question when she saw that the boy was shot when she went down the basement did she start to go after the guy.Are did he shoot her coming down the steps.
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Jerry April 24, 2014 at 08:57 am
Dear dee marie and Mike, I only have one thing to say read up on the liberal attack of SarahRead More Palin---you have no shame. ps "Chelsea Clinton for ambassador to Libya"
Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 09:10 am
Hey Jerry, I am talking about you specific people on this specific blog post with my originalRead More comment. I, personally, don't give two farts about Sarah Palin or any of her prodigy, and I never once went on any message board or blog post and said the first thing about her or president shrubbery..... and I said as much in my original post. Now, if you'd like to berate me on the point of my post instead of your perceived sins of all liberals, please do. Until and unless you are ready to do that though, I invite you to not lump me with anybody else because I'm an individual.... and maybe learn how to comprehend what you're reading while you're at it.
B. Dub April 24, 2014 at 09:32 am
It's "progeny", not "prodigy". It's kind of tough to comprehend what we'reRead More reading when it is written so poorly.
SouthOfNyack April 24, 2014 at 08:30 am
I can't wait: President Hillary Clinton! It will be a blast to watch the GOP hate crowd exorciseRead More what's left of their hatred. Their cups runneth over. The only question is which GOP loser will be the next reverse mortgage barker.
StandfortheLord April 24, 2014 at 09:03 am
Mr. Obama is a loser when viewed by the world, especially our enemies. The man just bowed to aRead More Japanese robot! He's our loser and we are stuck with him until his handlers feel he's destroyed this country enough for the next phase to commence. Just an opinion. But shared by many wide awake informed people!!!
joshua tanner April 24, 2014 at 09:21 am
Dems will never run Hillary. The Hollywood donors got rid of her for Obama. Truth is Hillary is aRead More dope. She failed her NY and DC bar exam and only passed the one in Arkansas. She created a scandal over Travelgate a week into Bill's first term. She wrecked her attempt at Hillarycare. She was a disaster as Sec of State, and not only saw her own people killed but screeched "What difference does it make!"
Ivan Ivanovich April 23, 2014 at 11:50 pm
Dumb cops
mosco April 24, 2014 at 12:30 am
LBPD and LBFD always overreact to everything. I've been pulled over for minor traffic infractions inRead More this city a few times and it always warrants at least 2 pig cars. PATHETIC!! I bet those cops walked away from this prank pissed wishing this kid had actually shot his family up so it could give them the action they so crave. They've never found a swatter and they wont find this one.
Steve Slank April 24, 2014 at 07:49 am
Ahhh some national news involving our fair city, loved how the kids were laughing in the backgroundRead More of all the news reports. Perhaps protocols for this type of situation need to be reassessed, where so many officers needed for this? I doubt the kid actually gave out his address over Xbox Live, maybe one of the local kids or brother made the prank call. These kids were loving it. What easy overtime for these officers, maybe one of them made the anonymous internet call.
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nascarblue April 24, 2014 at 07:24 am
this "to me" is not funny, the swat teams are used for serious issues, hostage taking,Read More etc. to have a swat team called to a home behind a video game is stupid, these swat members are trained to save lives, etc. to be called to a home behind a video game is not funny, what happens if a REAL call comes in and swat is needed there, I hope they catch the idiot that called swat and he gets what he/she deserves
John Strother April 24, 2014 at 08:38 am
with caller ID they should be able to point to the caller. Sorry but an out of state telephoneRead More number should be a tip off.
Eddie April 24, 2014 at 08:52 am
The caller used Skype, via the Internet, and will probably never be found if he took certainRead More precautions unless he's running his mouth about this prank.
rudy2 April 23, 2014 at 06:38 am
and the tickets just keep going up and up and up! lirr clean up your own house and stop tacking itRead More on the riders! Where the hell is Andrew cuomo
robert harison April 23, 2014 at 08:46 am
Where's cuomo he's to busy trying to give free college tuition to illegal aliens with his dream actRead More .so give that up.
Massa April 23, 2014 at 11:03 am
What a loser. He deserves more than a year, but glad he didn't get away with it. What sucks is howRead More he disgraced his family over this. He had a good job, just a greedy person.
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 01:45 am
communist core=Obamas whore
Pat Richards April 24, 2014 at 07:04 am
@monkey Lewis, It's not communist, it's fascist. The state and business working together. FascistRead More Mussolini called it corporatism.
DebinRye April 24, 2014 at 08:13 am
Hmmm . . . I keep hearing paranoia from left and right, but how are we to truly evaluate theRead More education we are paying for? Like so many issues that confront us today, there is no light; only heat. No method will be perfect. And, no disrespect intended, but I'm not sure parents are best situated to evaluate the efficacy of their children's education. After all, most were products of the very system we so desperately need to improve. We need SOME objective measure. Any ideas?
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Love All April 24, 2014 at 06:54 am
TO THE EDITOR....I'm seriously disappointed by the removal of peoples comments overnight.... If youRead More cannot see the flow and context of comments made,, how is one supposed to understand the comments you read? The young man, Black Panther was defending himself and his position in the face of raw bigotry and you removed that?? When you invite unfettered comments from people on a forum such as this,, CENSORSHIP HAS NO PLACE. You either put on your big boy/girl panties and allow Free Speech to run it's course,,, of you SHUT THIS DOWN. I'm so surprised at your actions. Not good!
Bob Zahm April 24, 2014 at 09:23 am
@Love All - not sure what comments were removed, but looking if they were anything like the racistRead More trash "monkey" lewis posts, they violate terms of service and should be removed.
Porter gladstone April 24, 2014 at 09:30 am
think monkey shud be left up.... great example of what people face. its obviouslyRead More meant as provocation. but if u leave it up--they only look like the jerk... should embarrass monkey more than offend anyone. they are obviously just a dope.
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 08:08 am
Thanks Gary and Tamara for the info.
Jennifer April 24, 2014 at 08:53 am
So Cow Dung, Gary has said it all in a much more straight-forward way. Everything he says is true,Read More and the information can be found, and checked, in MANY places. Just NOT on the Common Core website.
Jennifer April 24, 2014 at 09:00 am
Why do I have a problem with the Gates foundation? I think I said it before. They funded theRead More organizations that wrote the standards. They funded the organizations that reviewed the standards. They fuinded every group that supposedly had "input" into the development of the standards. There is NO record of what the "input" consisted of, or if any of it was implemented. All we really have on record is the Content advisor for Mathematics, Jim Milgrim, prof. at Stanford, explaining why he refused to endorse the math standard. We have the English Language content advisor, Sandra Slotsky, explaining why she, likewise, could not sign off on the standards. And she explains that she has sat on many such committees before, in her role in developing Massachussetts very well-respected standards, and she said that this is the first time she was required to sign a non-disclosure. She said such committees are usually subject to "Sunshine" laws. These are specific people, highly qualified people, giving specific and detailed testimony. But you would rather keep pointing to the CC website vaguely referring to "how educators were involved".
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 02:39 pm
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.
Should plastic bags be a thing of the past?
CAPICU April 23, 2014 at 03:39 pm
Oh oh ...The bag lady is back
Frank Esposito April 23, 2014 at 07:23 pm
Keep up the good fight Lorraine! If this CAPICU joker lived though the attack of plastic bags that IRead More just survived he would be your number one fan. California is always on the cutting edge of what is great about America. I want NYS to be just like them. Death to the plastic bags! I've received a few painful paper cuts in my life; and while plastic bags have not cut me yet I do fear them greatly. One of my greatest fears is I will get one without the printed warning about not placing it over my head. I usually ask for paper and risk the paper cuts; there is no coming back from suffocation by plastic bag. Although prolonged lack of air hasn't seemed to have affected you greatly. You go girl!
Ron Gilone April 23, 2014 at 08:48 pm
Most plastic bags from stores are HDPE (High density polyethelene). HDPE has been accepted byRead More Brookhaven Town for recycling, but not plastic bags. WHY? - Am I missing something here?
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Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
Pat Mcloughlin April 23, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Sorry, Autistic boy, but there are a multitude of crimes here. These so called 'friends' abused youRead More terribly ~ called 'bullying', & that alone cannot be tolerated. Then, there is animal cruelty involved, another terrible crime, plus, harassment of all kinds, leudness, & who knows what else. These 'friends' need to be charged & made aware of the seriousness of their deeds, punished accordingly & helped through proper mental councelling.
nonoise April 23, 2014 at 05:49 pm
It is probly the parents that want to drop the charges, not the boy. They shouldn't. I don'tRead More know why they would want to drop the charges.
Kimberly paruch April 22, 2014 at 09:08 pm
Eddie you work for NASA ? It's real so you can say I'm crazy .... White lines are not clouds ! TheyRead More are NOT contrails there chemtrails full of poison !
GLENN April 22, 2014 at 09:51 pm
Walk for this, jump for that and the CEO's of the non profits take most of the money….Read More Kimberly, I agree lets al walk to STOP CHEM TRAILS!
Kimberly paruch April 23, 2014 at 08:26 am
Chemtrails are slowly killing all of us ! And I can't blame you for not knowing , because I didn'tRead More until last spring ..... I was in my yard and watched the jets fly back and forth up and down white lines all over the sky ..... And I felt like I was being attacked , now I know I was right we are !
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 01:30 pm
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
mimi April 23, 2014 at 02:09 pm
There are two separate issues here. The first and certainly the most obvious is security failure.Read More The second is to determine what is in the best interest of the teen, as well as the public.. He needs a psych eval, at the very least. Then again, so does most of the public.
robert April 22, 2014 at 06:56 pm
All the vermin that commit these crimes know that the Nassau county cops are the hide and go seekRead More police force...
Massa April 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
It makes me sick that these clowns steal and vandalize property that we all work hard for, but itRead More pisses me off even more that I don't see anything being done about it. I know we are all getting sick and tired of living in a county that has the highest taxes in the Country.I am getting real sick of getting crap service for our tax dollars. Nassau PD needs to get some real supervisors and get their police officers on the ball. First thing is real roll calls at police precincts. second is no more free meals where guys take advantage of businesses, I see these guys all the time at these places and don't pay a cent, sounds like corruption to me. Third is no more police booths or hanging out in firehouses.... WTF is that all about? Nassau firehouses have bars in them. The three cars hanging out bullshitting for hours has to stop.thugs are committing crimes and nothing is getting done. As far as dangerous precincts in Nassau, I will say the 1st and 5th are busy and have the most danger. Those officers should get the respect they deserve. It is sad that the other precincts don't give the community that they serve the respect they deserve.Walking in the door and making 150.000 dollars a year without overtime is pretty nice for the area's they work.I am sure city guys would take the city salary to work with less danger in nice areas everyday.
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Paula Winchester April 24, 2014 at 08:59 am
Wow, I'm weighing in a bit late but had to after reading the whack-job Dee spouting religiousRead More diatribe. It is individuals like her that make normal people think that religious people are all hell and brimstone, spewing scriptures with a mouth filled with spit and foam. Go back into your hovel Dee. If you don't like homosexuality then I suggest you do not partake in it, otherwise, as Jesus says, "love one another, Judge not lest ye be judged" etc. Growing up with a Pentecostal preacher father I have seen religious fanaticism and I've learned that the poison inside of someone affects their own soul and makes them the opposite of what Jesus taught us to be. Sad actually.
Bob April 24, 2014 at 09:02 am
There's a second picture of her in a black top.. That's probably the outfit in question in spite ofRead More what she says.
Bob April 24, 2014 at 09:04 am
If she would lose 50 lbs it would be a non issue.
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bg robbins April 22, 2014 at 11:39 am
I don't think were doing starving people any favors by sending them hot dogs that might make themRead More sick.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 03:28 pm
Just another argument for KOSHER hot dogs..... All of the great taste and NONE OF THE CRAP !
Bill Harvey April 22, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Poland has already outlawed kosher killing as inhumane--it involves voiding the arteries of theRead More animal's tainted blood while it is still alive....The US will soon follow despite its Jewish lobby.
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monkey lewis April 22, 2014 at 02:30 am
Father to many married to none and in case Ya all wondered Im really well hung
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 11:34 am
Agranon - I'm a moron because I am tired of everybody and his mother trying to put themselves inRead More every story? Then so be it - I'm a moron. To be honest, I am also really tired of all the people that were compelled to run the Boston Marathon because "I had to finish for all those who couldn't." Get over yourself. It was a tragedy. Those responsible should be ripped apart by dogs. I sincerely hope the families of those affected can move on somehow. But how does Mary Jane Smith running the marathon help ANYBODY but herself? She's not doing it for "those who can't". She's doing it to maybe get on TV and she's probably feeling a little sanctimonious because she ran 26.2 miles and you didn't. It's like, "what did YOU do to help these people?" Same as you - nothing.
Geoffrey Koppel April 22, 2014 at 04:52 pm
If this is a think tank, someone should change the filter.
George April 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm
What happened to Garden City in Garden City Patch? No Real GC content. Has it been downsized?Read More
knee jerk April 22, 2014 at 03:51 pm
George: Local news for Garden City can be found in the nearby Roosevelt Patch.