Randi Shubin Dresner

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…


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,…


Food bank, friends unite to help LI shutdown families

By GREGORY ZELLER // You’d like to think that hardworking men and women – particularly those dedicated to government service, which is essentially service of the people – wouldn’t have to struggle to put food on the table. But with the partial federal government shutdown now four weeks along and no end in sight … well, here we are. To that end, Island Harvest Food Bank on Thursday announced new programs designed specifically to assist…


Albany banks on Island Harvest consolidation, growth

By GREGORY ZELLER // A hefty New York State grant will help a Long Island food-insecurity charity secure a permanent warehouse and expand its operations. Island Harvest Food Bank, a leading regional hunger-relief organization, has secured a $1 million award from Albany’s State and Municipal Facilities Program, earmarked for the food bank’s ongoing capital campaign. Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase a permanent building to consolidate Island Harvest operations. The organization currently leases…


Collaboration cooks up unique ‘Food as Health’ effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the You Are What You Eat file comes a New York State first: a hospital-based initiative designed to comprehensively address hunger-related issues. The New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health system and Bethpage-based Island Harvest Food Bank have announced the launch of Food as Health, a unique effort to address “the full range of factors that can lead to food insecurity,” according to Northwell Health, including poverty, lack of nutritional awareness, difficulty…