Nassau And Suffolk County Fall Festivals You Can't Miss!

Nassau And Suffolk County Fall Festivals You Can't Miss!

With pumpkin and hoodie weather just around the corner it's time to get a jump start on fall festivities!
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Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The way the trees fade into waves of green, orange, and yellow is just amazing. Since Autumn is around the corner now is the perfect time to get a jump start on fall festivities! Here are a few Long Island that kick off the fall season.

40th Annual Greek Festival
Presented by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Where: 20 Field Avenue, Hicksville
Date: September 9 - 11, 2016
Time: 12:00PM - 11:00PM
Cost: Free



This is a must for anyone who loves the amazing food that is Greek. This is the 40th annual festival so expect great things from the three day festival. Check out the Sensational Hellenic Dancers of the Holy Trinity, live Bouzouki music, church tours and countless raffles.

12th Annual Long Island Garlic Festival
Presented by Garden Of Eve Organic Farm And Market
Where: Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market, Riverhead
Date: September 17 - 18, 2016
Time: 10:00AM - 6:00AM
Cost: just $5 per person at the door, children under 6 free. (Rain or Shine)



This is a clear and obvious for those who are garlic fanatics! Come check out all the garlic vendors have to offer, live music, workshops and all the garlic drenched food you can image! Be sure to stick around for the Iron Chef Garlic competition to walk away with the winning recipe!

24th Annual Italian Festival Experience
Presented by Hofstra University
Where: South Campus, Hempstead
Date: September 18, 2016
Time: 11:00AM - 5:00PM
Cost: Admission: $5.00 Seniors/$6.00 Adults/children Under 12 Free



Come celebrate the 24th Italian festival! Learn about the history Long Island has with Italy while enjoying delicious food and fantastic vendors. Music, Poetry, dance, handmade crafts, and thousands of people are to be expected!

Long Island Apple Festival
Presented by SPLIA
Where: 55 Old Post Road, East Setauket
Date: September 25, 2016
Time: 11AM - 4:30PM
Cost: $7 Adults, $5 Seniors And Kids 2-12



Come and enjoy some fun apple festivities. This is great for kids and adults alike! Pick some fresh apples while watching or participating in tug-o-war, relay races, and apple pie baking contests. There is also opportunities to hike on a nature trail and learn more about the historic Sherwood-Jayne house.

Great Cow Harbor Day Weekend
Presented by Northport Village
Where: Village Park, Northport
Date: September 18-19th
Time: 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Cost: Free




Be one of the 25,000 people that visit this fantastic festival. Friday is dedicated to the Cow Harbor 10K while Sunday is when all the fun happens. The parade starts at 12pm after you can find a sea of vendors selling handmade goods or food in the park and seaside you will find boats decorated for the Lighted Boat contest.

6th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival
Presented by Association for Mental Health Awareness
Where: 939 Johnson Avenue, Ronkonkoma
Date: October 15th, 2016
Time: 12:00AM – 4:00PM
Cost: Free



Come check out the Chili Cook-Off where both meat and vegan chili dishes will be served from restaurants, businesses, and local talent! Enjoy the vendors and food while exploring what Ronkonkoma has to offer. Be sure to stick around for the Halloween costume contest for kids. Prices will be given out throughout the day and all proceeds go to the Association for Mental Health Awareness.

Patchogue’s 2nd Annual Fall Festival
Presented by Patchogue Village
Where: Main Street, Patchogue
Date: October 15th, 2016
Time: 12:00PM – 5:00PM
Cost: Free



This year’s festival includes events for both kids and adults alike! Come by any time after 12 pm to enjoy the chili and chowder contests, petting zoo, pumpkin decorating, face painting, live music and more!

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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The 2020 Election: The Democratic Party Part 1

We all have the duty of becoming politically conscious in order to wisely act on the crucial decision that lies ahead of us in the very near future. In this unbiased, multi-part series you'll be able to get a brief look into both the 2020 Democratic and Republican presidential candidates.

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The race for the 2020 presidential election is on the rise as 24 Democrats and 2 Republicans have been officially confirmed as potential candidates. Ranging from California to New York, we may recognize "big names" such as Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, however, it's important to get to know all the candidates in order to have a clear idea as to who you want to be leading the country for the next four years.

*Due to the high number of Democratic candidates, they will all be highlighted over the course of three articles throughout the coming weeks.

1. Joe Biden

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Serving as the Vice President alongside Barack Obama and former senator of Delaware, Joe Biden has already ran for president twice, making the 2020 election his third and what he considers, final time. Biden hopes to strengthen the middle class by raising the minimum wage to a more livable standard. He also hopes to restrict the purchase of guns through background checks as well as being in support of a ban on assault weapons.

2. Bernie Sanders

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Having served on both the House of Representatives and The Senate, Bernie Sanders has caught the attention of many Americans due to his push for universal healthcare with the idea that "All Americans are entitled to go to the doctor when they're sick and not go bankrupt after staying in the hospital." As well as making public secondary-education schools tuition-free in a mission to help lower student debt. Sanders believes in the threat of climate change as his campaign includes the future of passing a Green New Deal to move from fossil fuels to sustainable energy as well as ban fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure. Bernie Sanders additionally believes in abolishing the death penalty, reforming the police system, and ending the discrimination of applicants based on criminal history

3. Beto O'Rourke

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Beto O'Rourke has represented Texas in the House of Representatives from 2013 - 2019. He has a noteworthy platform towards business which includes increasing federal funding towards the Manufacturing Extension Partnership that would aid in creating competitiveness with America's small- and medium-sized manufacturers against global markets. O'Rourke also believes in the idea of increasing voter numbers no matter what the political party may be as well as help ex-convicts regain their right to vote after serving their sentences. In doing so, he plans to create more outreach to the younger generations by ensuring pre-voter registration for all 16 and 17 year olds. Moreover, Beto pushes for a change in creating new term limits for the US House, Senate, and Supreme Court.

4. Kamala Harris

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Kamila is a lawyer and has served as the junior US senator and Attorney General of California. While she is new to the presidential election process, Harris aims to increase teacher pay with the "largest federal investment in teacher pay in U.S. history with a $13,500 raise." Moreover, using her specialization in legal matters regarding sexual assault, Kamila hopes to protect Planned Parenthood as well as women's reproductive rights. Harris states that as President, she will eliminate the wage gap between men and women as well as racial disparities involving maternal health care. Harris additionally hopes in protecting LGBTQ+ rights by not only passing an Equality Act to fight against discrimination in schools, work, and public, but appoint an Attorney General with the purpose of investigating and prosecuting hate crimes against LGBTQ+ individuals.


5. Elizabeth Warren

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Growing up in rural Oklahoma in a low-income home and eventually serving as a US senator for Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren is described as a progressive candidate who's campaign is working towards "universal childcare, student loan debt relief, and down payments on a Green New Deal and Medicare for All." Warren hopes to build the middle class up and defend unionized jobs by allowing 40% of board members to be elected through employees. Moreover, Warren is in favor of strengthening the military as well has bringing troops home from overseas, as well as banning private prisons and decriminalizing marijuana. She additionally has stated to end Washington corruption by banning lobbying along with preventing Senators and Congressman from trading stocks whilst in office.

6. Cory Booker

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Attending Stanford and later graduating from Yale Law School, Cory Booker became the first African-American U.S. Senator from New Jersey. Booker's main concern is to end gun violence, ban assault weapons, and bring his battle to the attention of the NRA to create "liberty for all." His 14-part plan includes creating a more extensive process to obtain a gun, one of which would including an FBI-issued background check as well as requiring "micro-stamping" on all guns to ensure the ability to trace back the source of ammunition used in crimes. Moreover, Americans seeking a gun license would have to apply for a 5-year license after which would require renewal. Booker has also proposed the idea of providing newborns with savings accounts that would accumulate until they reached 18. He states that this plan would help settle the gap between the classes by offering lower-income households a nest-egg averaging at about $46,000. He also aims to make contraceptives employer-covered and repeal the punishment for an abortion outside of incest, rape, or for the woman's health.

7. Kirsten Gillibrand

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From New York, Kristin Gillibrand became a US Senator in 2009, becoming the youngest person in the Senate at the time. Her 2020 platform includes creating universal healthcare for all that would cover both mental and reproductive health in addition to it's regular standards. Her stance on Medicare For All also stands for reducing the price of prescription drugs as well as aiding in the process of overcoming addiction. Gillibrand also aims to introduce postal banking which would allow those without checking accounts have the opportunity to take out small loans through their local post office. Moreover, she believes in not only the legalization of both medical and recreation marijuana, but in erasing all past convictions from it. Kristin Gillibrand stands with strengthening the middle class by raising the minimum wage to $15/hour, creating paid medical and parental leave for all Americans, and fighting for the right to form unions and protect worker's rights.

8. Amy Klobuchar

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Amy Klobuchar is a lawyer and politician who currently serves as a US Senator from Minnesota. Klobuchar's campaign fights for providing every household in America with high-speed internet by the year 2020 along with aiding farmers by increasing their access to loan programs as well as raising farm bankruptcy debt levels. Moreover, she hopes to better the education system by increasing teacher pay and putting more money towards public schools. As well as increasing the federal Pell Grant and tuition-free one to two year community and technical colleges. Amy Klobucher believes in re-instated the DREAM Act to grant citizenship for foreigners who immigrated to America as minors. She supports immigration reform as well as ending the cruel separation and treatment of families on the lines of the border and creating a refined pathway to gain citizenship.

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