Island Harvest Food Bank

On Long Island, innovation never takes a holiday

By GREGORY ZELLER // As holidays are wont to do, Thanksgiving brings out the best in people – and Long Island has no shortage of can collections, stuff-a-bus campaigns and other holiday-themed charity drives. In addition to their regular assortment of collections and programs, the region’s largest anti-hunger agencies really cook this time of year. Last week, Bethpage-based Island Harvest Food Bank completed its 11th annual Turkey Drive, centerpiece of its master plan to provide…


No. 453: In which the tide rips, the puns fly and Adelphi students phone out

  Cap it off: You’ve done it again, dear reader – another five-day gauntlet completed, another well-earned weekend in sight. It’s Friday, Nov. 8, out there, and we’re ending the workweek in style – National Cappuccino Day, as if you need an excuse to enjoy a creamy cuppa. About town: It’s also World Urbanism Day, a.k.a. World Town Planning Day, when eyes turn to the orderly spread of humanity in livable communities. Brain matters: And…


No. 447: Thunderbolts and lasers, featuring Adelphi’s all-world dean and the Father of Rock ’n Roll

  Blow me down! The crazy nor’easter gales have abated, dear readers, and we’ve made it to the precipice of a windblown and well-earned weekend. Nicely done. It’s Friday, Oct. 18, and here’s a barroom tale you can raise a glass to: Some say the “cocktail” was invented on this date in 1776 in Westchester, feathers included. Persons of interest: For certain, the landmark Canadian constitutional case determining that women can sit on the Canadian…


No. 445: On masters, laureates and ketchup (with robots and spaceships, too)

  Playoff atmosphere: They’re waving us in, dear readers, as another classic week of autumnal socioeconomic innovation rounds third and speeds toward home. (On the subject of fall classics, with the juggernaut Yankees kicking off yet another American League Championship Series this weekend, consider this argument for a shorter baseball season and longer playoffs.) Equal slice of the pie: It’s Oct. 11 out there, worthy of note for many reasons, including National Coming Out Day…


Filling tummies, and hearts, with 2M pounds of love

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s been a bountiful 2019 for Island Harvest Food Bank, which will ultimately distribute nearly 2 million pounds of locally sourced fruits and vegetables this year to the food insecure. Representatives of the Brentwood-based anti-hunger crusade welcomed partners from several groups recently to celebrate the fall harvest season. Among those in attendance were corporate sponsors, myriad anti-hunger advocates and representatives of World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, an international organic-farm booster,…


No. 399: On soda jerks, community gardens and bag bans – plus, ICE in SBU’s veins

Full speed ahead: As we hurtle the Wednesday hump, dear readers, and hustle through another exciting week of socioeconomic innovation. It’s April 24 out there, and it’s a busy one – Children’s Day in Zambia, Concord Day in Niger, Democracy Day in Nepal, National Panchayati Raj Day in India and Kapyong Day in both Australia and Canada, among other festivities. Please celebrate responsibly. Creature comfort: It’s also the World Day for Laboratory Animals, a circa-1979…


No. 390: On relativity, finger-licking and extra Voices – and happy birthday, almost-2,000-year-old man

  Spring in your step: Welcome to Wednesday, dear reader, and not just any Wednesday but the first day of spring in our lovely Northern Hemisphere – the vernal equinox occurs today at 5:58 p.m. Eastern Time. We really had an easy winter. But the 15-or-so inches of snow measured by the National Weather Service’s Islip monitoring station won’t be a record low, according to historical accumulations recorded by Brookhaven National Laboratory. Veggie tales: This…