Updated July 7, 2017 10:47 AM In Newsday's LI Life section, Long Island couples recall how they met and explain how their love remains strong. Here is a recap of some of their stories from the past few years. (For the full story, click the links in blue.) Gerry and Sandra Bogatz, North Bellmore Gerald "Gerry" and Sandra Bogatz of North Bellmore have been married 65 years. Gerry recalls how it all started: I grew up across the street from my future wife, Sandra Rubin, on East 92nd Street in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. My best friend, Charlie Hudes, and I were invited to a beach party at a friend's house in Neponsit, Queens, located on Rockaway Peninsula. Charlie approached Sandra and her best friend, Bernice Goldstein, and asked them to join us. They accepted the invitation.Early in the evening at the party, Charlie paired off with Sandra and I was with Bernice. A bonfire was built on the beach, and while we were cooking hamburgers and hot dogs and roasting marshmallows, we somehow … [Read more...] about 66 Long Island couples share their love stories
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It was Monday, and Ricardo Aguilar knew he would be on the road most of the day in his truck with the load of doors he had to drive from Carlstadt to Brooklyn.That long ride may have saved Aguilar’s life.There are many ways to view Monday’s crash of a Learjet 35 as it approached Teterboro Airport.There is, of course, the tragedy of lives lost — in this case two crew members aboard the jet who perished when it struck three buildings, including the Carlstadt Borough public works garage and the adjacent door warehouse where Ricardo Aguilar worked. But there are also the stories of people like Ricardo Aguilar — those who have to come back to this landscape and wonder each day whether there may be another accident involving one of the low-flying jets that pass overhead. 2009 archive: Kelly: Teterboro Airport is an accident waiting to happen These are the stories that are often overlooked as federal aviation officials — and … [Read more...] about Kelly: The accident waiting to happen at Teterboro has happened. Again.
Not long after the Nets dumped Julius Erving and moved to New Jersey in 1977, Roy Boe sold the team to a group of seven, well-intentioned businessmen headed by Alan Cohen for about $20 million, a $19.89 million profit. And not long after that, I became a beat writer covering the team for the now defunct Paterson News, for $265 a week. This was no ordinary franchise, I soon discovered. The inmates ran the asylum, and often ran amok. One day in the locker room, Super John Williamson was unpleasantly surprised to read in The Star-Ledger (a scoop by the late sportswriter Mike Weber) that he was one of the lowest-paid Nets. Sitting on a stool, growing angrier by the moment, Supe threw down the broadsheet and suddenly hurled an ice pack at the unsuspecting general manager, Charlie Theokas. Months later, Williamson grew too large in girth and was shipped to a fat farm under the care of a trainer named Jack Sprat. TIMELINE: NETS FRANCHISE GROWS FROM 1976 TO 2011 ADDITION OF DERON … [Read more...] about It’s the last exit for the Nets and their bizarre history in New Jersey
When someone in Delaware gets a ride from the ride-sharing app Uber or its smaller competitor Lyft, there is no telling who is behind the wheel.Drivers could have a history of violence that would not exclude them from picking up fares. Others may have been convicted of felonies after being hired, as was the case with an Uber driver recently charged in the beating of a University of Delaware student.The same is also true of traditional taxi cabs and limousines, but those drivers are at least licensed by the state, a process that uses fingerprints to conduct a thorough background check using the FBI’s criminal database.Drivers for app-based car services in Delaware are not subject to any permitting requirement beyond a basic driver’s license.Instead, Delaware relies on Uber and Lyft to conduct background checks on their own drivers – screenings that are supposed to weed out anyone convicted of major traffic violations, … [Read more...] about Are Uber, Lyft taking Delaware for a ride?
A bill that would modify the rules for Uber and Lyft in Delaware got stuck in legislative traffic Wednesday.Only three of the six state senators who serve on the Highways and Transportation Committee attended a hearing on the measure. The lack of a quorum meant no vote could be held on moving the legislation to the Senate floor."It can be difficult to get a quorum in June for Senate committee meetings," said Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, the bill's sponsor. "Senators have so many committee meetings this time of year, it's difficult to get to them all. It's sort of the nature of the business."Representatives from Uber, the state banking association and several insurance companies said they support Townsend's bill. No one representing riders or the state's taxi industry spoke during Wednesday's 25-minute hearing."By passing SB 262, riders and drivers will have certainty they won't lose the transportation resources they've come to rely on … [Read more...] about Delaware Senate committee hears Uber-Lyft bill
Time to get out the pitchforks: the Port Authority is holding public hearings Tuesday on its vastly unpopular proposed fare hikes. Eight morning and evening hearings are planned to allow the public to weigh in on the $4 hike in bridge and tunnel tolls and pricier PATH tickets. CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF HEARING LOCATIONS The PA wants to hike bridge and tunnel tolls for E-ZPass users from $8 to $12 at peak hours, with the toll for drivers paying cash jumping from $8 to $15 this year and then $17 in 2014.Staten Island bridge tolls would rise from $80 to $120 for 20 bridge crossings in 25 days. The basic PATH ticket will jump a dollar, from $1.75 per trip to $2.75. A monthly pass would go from $54 to $89. The 8 a.m. hearing locations: Newark Airport; Port Authority Technical Center in Jersey City; Holland Tunnel Administration Building in Jersey City; Port Ivory/Howland Hook on Staten Island and Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. The 6 p.m. locations: George … [Read more...] about Port Authority to hold public hearings Tuesday on proposed toll hikes, PATH ticket increases
The Port Authority's fat cat board members didn't bother to attend any of the public hearings on proposed increases, the Daily News has learned. There were nine hearings where irate drivers and PATH train riders said they couldn't afford to dig so deep into their pockets to commute to their jobs or visit the city. But none of the 12 members of the authority's governing body - who must vote on fare and toll hikes - were in attendance, according to sources. PATH riders seethed again yesterday when told about the no-show board. "I think it's crazy," Elaine Brown, 40, a construction engineer, said at a downtown PATH station. "It's horrible they didn't show up because we're the ones paying the increase." Everton Bradford, 54, another PATH rider fumed: "The public should have a say!" Port Authority staffers attended the gripe sessions held Tuesday at Newark Airport, the Port Authority's bus terminal in Times Square and other locations in New York and New Jersey. The missing … [Read more...] about Port Authority big shots skipped out on hearings to listen to public’s gripes about toll, fare hikes
All city parking rules are in effect Wednesday and Thursday. Drivers will be frozen in their tracks on the upper West Side, midtown and West Village between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday as President Obama has a full plate of events in the city. Be sure to follow the gridlock on twitter at www.twitter.com/GridlockSam. Obama will land at Newark Airport around 1 p.m., chopper to an event in Edison, N.J., before hopping back on the chopper to Wall St. around 3:30 p.m. Then it's up the FDR Drive and crosstown to the upper West Side in the 60s to pretape an interview on "The View." Every avenue between York and West End Aves. will be frozen in the 60s as the motorcade passes by. Then it's time for fund-raising as the presidential motorcade makes its way crosstown again to Park Ave. and then south to 57th St. for an event at the Four Seasons around 5:30 p.m. His final stop is in the West Village around 7 p.m. so it's back to the FDR Drive to Houston St. to attend a dinner at a private … [Read more...] about Traffic forecast for July 28, 2010
A couple inches more, and this story would have been Francisco Vizuete's obituary. Instead, the 60-year-old limo driver has an amazing tale to tell: He barely escaped being crushed to death yesterday by a tree that toppled onto his car. The father of two grown daughters felt so lucky he bought a Lotto ticket last night. "Maybe my guardian angel is still with me," he smiled. Vizuete, who drives for Long Island-based Vital Transportation, was about to pull away from 411 W. 54th St. to pick up a "VIP going to Newark Airport" when death knocked. "I put the key in the ignition, heard this loud noise, and looked to my left," he said, recalling he was too stunned to move. "The tree was falling straight at me. It was like slow motion. I couldn't believe it. "It was coming 5 or 6 inches from my head," he said. "Glass went all over me and everything went dark for a while." The honey locust pancaked the front end of the limo, which Vizuete owns, but didn't touch him. Saturday's … [Read more...] about Limo driver cheats death when tree crashes through windshield
What is Virgin Atlantic's best weapon against its main U.S.competitors, United and Delta?If the U.K.-based airline can't beat its competitors with an extensive route system within the U.S., it will try to do so with its amenities, says Chris Rossi, Virgin Atlantic's senior vice president for North America.Among those amenities: a newly redesigned upper class suite that has the longest bar in the sky, an entertainment system with more than 300 hours of programming, and amenity kits for every passenger including those in economy."We continue to focus on the product," Rossi told Today in the Sky this week.And the product he's referring to isn't just the plane.Virgin Atlantic is also investing in its U.S. clubhouses. In March, the airline opened the JFK Clubhouse with a salon and a spa and restaurant-quality food.The latest Clubhouse will open at Newark Liberty Airport in October after the security checks in Terminal B."Meatpacking District chic," is what the airline is calling the decor … [Read more...] about Virgin Atlantic executive says more amenities on the way