Best Blogs: Tax Changes, A Local Legend Remembered

A look at the past week’s blogs across Nassau and Suffolk County.

Long Island is not only known for its cultural diversity, but its diversity of opinions. That fact is proven every week on Patch as we host community voices in our blog space. Here’s a look at some of the latest blogs posted on our sites across Long Island. Click on the headlines to read the blogs in their entirety.

New Hyde Park

Tax Changes 2014

Dozens of tax laws are set to expire at the end of 2013. Many of these provisions are quite popular and likely will be extended by Congress. Exactly when or how lawmakers will get around to doing this is unclear. So begins this blog from expert Ed Giordano on the New Hyde Park Patch. Click the headline to read on.


How Access to Mental Health Services Can Help Avert Tragedy

The North Shore LIJ Health System posted this recent blog near the one-year anniversary of the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. “Several tragedies–such as last year’s shootings in Newtown, CT, and Aurora, CO–have ignited debate over the status of mental illness services in the US,” the blog opines. Click the headline to read more.


But Without Forgiveness

Anne Donlon Achenbach writes this inspiring essay on the nature of peace and its necessary component of forgiveness. “I'm not certain what made me put it in my desk drawer where I would see it often as I wrote checks. The words always made me stop and think and ponder on the perplexities of relationships,” she writes.

Garden City

A New Leaf

Inside Garden City provides this in-depth review of “A New Leaf Tea Emporium” on Seventh Street in the city. “A New Leaf is a cozy tea shop with an upscale vibe. It's warm interior with wood decor, trendy wall tiles and ample tables and chairs may give you the feeling of walking into your own kitchen- as well as your living room,” the blog reads. Click the headline to read more.

Port Washington

Darlene Love: Back Again and Better Than Ever

Ann W. Latner reviews a recent concert performance of Darlene Love on Main Street in the village. “Simply put,” Latner writes. “Love is an outstanding performer. Rarely have I ever seen a performer who gives so much of herself at each show. Love sings full out, not holding a thing back, as if it were her last performance on earth.” Read the whole review by clicking on the headline.


Tips For Ensuring Your Boiler Will Work All Winter Long

Pat Dolan Plumbing offers some helpful suggestions as the mercury continues to drop on Long Island. “Your boiler is important all year, but when it is cold outside it is especially important,” the blog reads. “To make sure yours will keep you warm all winter, and to avoid expensive repairs, keep these tips in mind.” Click the headline to read more.


Grown Ups Relationships End, But Parenting Continues On

Steven Gildin weighs in this week with a look at how custody battles can get ugly both in and out of the court of law. “If one parent has custody of their children, it does not give them permission to ignore the other parent,” he writes. Read more on this delicate topic by clicking the headline.

Three Village

Remembering Veterans This Holiday Season

Student and blogger Elizabeth Jane reminds us in this blog of the need to keep veterans top of mind especially during the holidays. “I have always been of the mindset that no matter what what we should always  support our soldiers,” she writes. “They fight for the United States and our freedom. Decades after they serve, we shouldn't forget about them.” Click the headline to read on.


Southampton Christmas Lights King Remembered

TJ Clemente writes a touching tribute to the memory of Bill Frankenbach, a longtime resident of Southampton and the owner of a home everyone could rely on for stellar Christmas decorations. This year, the Frankenbachs will continue that tradition, sadly, without Bill. Read this blog to learn about this influential local man.  

Westhampton-Hampton Bays

Shinnecock Hills Golf Course

Real Estate expert and photography buff Amy Beth Stern provides us this stunning aerial view of the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course. Click the headline for a full view of the photo and check out Stern’s blog for other great captures of the East End.


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