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Southampton High School Unveils Marine Science Wet Lab

you are so right, it prepares them for education beyond high school. So many great students flounder when the move on to college level study, because they are forced to think. There are not many multiple choice test once you hit college. Something to think about.
" Jan 20, 12 11:49 AM

Southampton School District Looks Into Building New Office For Administrators

What would you suggest they do?" Jan 20, 12 11:54 AM

No Opposition to Drug-Sniffing Dog Idea At Pierson High School

Ok they have been warned. Drug sniffing dogs will be brought in periodically. So someone who might be tempted to bring illegal drugs to school will refrain from doing so for fear of getting caught. " Jan 27, 12 1:45 PM

Firefighter Injured Battling Hampton Bays Blaze

Perhaps everyone would be happy if the reporter amended his story to read...

Chris Raymos, a retired Fire Department of New York firefighter, was on the scene right after the fire broke out and conducted a search of the second floor of the home before being told to leave for his own safety by the Hampton Bays Fire Department, ....
" Feb 10, 12 2:07 PM

Attorney Warns Quogue Village Not To Reject Eruv Application

They have Eruvs in Nassau County...I know of one in West Hempstead, (used to live in the area) What is the big deal? Its not hurting anyone. Is it going to increase tax dollars or something? I'm trying to understand what the issue is.
" Mar 26, 12 12:44 PM

A Joyful Noise

Awsome! " Mar 26, 12 1:06 PM

Southampton Students Wear Hoodies To Honor Trayvon Martin

Actually on the uneditied 911 tape when asked if he was white black or latino Zimmerman repsonded that he looked black.
He also stated that he looked like he was in his late teens.

When he made his apology to Trayvon Martin's Parents he stated that he thought he was a few years younger than he was...so now he went from late teens to early 20's?

No one really knows what happend and ultimately its for the courts to decide and that's all Trayvons parents wanted in the first place. The rest of the nonsense that has been floating around is just that...nonsense. All they wanted was their day in court.

Think about it if your unarmed teenage son was shot point blank and killed...the shooter then claims self defense the police tell you there is nothing they can do about? What would you do? Would you just say ok? Or would you do what the Martins did?
" May 2, 12 8:31 PM

Some people do not want to believe that race played a part in what happened. I do not think George Zimmerman is a racist. I do think he made some assumptions about Trayvon based on his race and events that took place in the community leading up to that night. In the 911 tape he said he looked like he was up to no good, like he was on drugs or something. The kid was walking down the street talking on his cell phone. How did Mr. Zimmerman come to the conclusion that he was up to no good and possibly on drugs? He made an assumption. Zimmerman was told by police dispatch that he did not need to follow and he didn’t listen because "they always get away" Who is they? People make assumptions all the time...George Zimmerman’s assumptions about Trayvon Martin ended his life and changed Zimmerman’s life forever. I would hate to see that happen to someone else’s child. No one really knows what happend that night except George and Trayvon, Trayvon is dead. He was unarmed, George had a gun. Trayvon was not doing anything wrong, George seemed to think otherwise. What was George doing riding around with a loaded gun? Are things that bad in Sanford Florida? Civilians have to carry a Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun to Target? This is why national neighborhood watch stresses unarmed patrols. At the end of the day the case is where it should be, in the courts and that’s really all the Martin family wanted, I think most parents can understand that. Just like I can understand why these kids are PEACEFULLY protesting with the permission of the school districts administration. They are Trayvon Martin, and quiet as its kept…they have been judged just like he was judged except their judge was not carrying a gun. His death resonates with them. Speaking as a woman of color, his death wounds me. We all know It’s painful to lose a loved one especially a child, but to have the authorities tell you that they couldn’t do anything about it? Huh? All his parents wanted was their day in court. Now they have it. Unfortunately, no matter what the outcome, no one will be satisfied. Zimmerman’s supporters will say he was railroaded if he is convicted, Trayvon’s supporters will view it as a miscarriage of justice if he isn’t. Trayvon will still be dead…just because he LOOKED like he was up to no good. George Zimmerman will have to live with what happened that night for the rest of his life. " May 3, 12 1:55 PM

Southampton Town Police Lieutenant Placed On Forced Leave

I know tax payer dollars fund the STPD, but ummm would any of you want your work issues dissected in the local paper? I'm trying to figure out why this story was published in the first place, it only causes speculation, and speculation about something that is really no ones business. " May 3, 12 4:42 PM

Southampton Students Wear Hoodies To Honor Trayvon Martin

Are they? Zimmerman is a minority because his mother is from Peru? " May 3, 12 8:33 PM

How about Zimmerman should have stopped following when the dispatcher told him that they didn’t need him to do that? George Zimmerman is to blame for the death of Trayvon Martin. If George Zimmerman had stopped following, Trayvon Martin would have made it safely to his destination. He made assumptions about Trayvon based on his race, and incidents that had taken place in his community...incidents that were perpertrated by young men who looked like Trayvon Martin. One of Zimmermans neighbors Frank Taffe said it was a perfect storm, of events. He looks suspicious, something’s wrong with him..he must be on drugs or something...He figured all that out just based on the way he was walking down the street. EXCEPT for the fact that he was none of those things...all he was doing was talking on his cell phone. That is why Neighborhood watch members are supposed to OBSERVE and REPORT...NOT FOLLOW, or CONFRONT and NOT CARRY WEAPONS. George Zimmerman made some terrible decisions that night and the end result is he killed someone. No he did not know who he was, he did the right thing in calling the police, he did the wrong thing when he followed. I don’t blame the white Hispanic, I blame the man George Zimmerman he went too far.

The City of Sanford has a history of improprer handling of cases involving minorities, that coupled with the way this case was handled made the Martin family feel like their son's life had no value. They were told that George Zimmerman had a squeaky clean record...that was not true...They were told that there was nothing they could do, because Zimmerman was defending himself. The Martins knew their son, no he was not a the perfect child, no child is...but how does he end up in an altercation that results in his death when all he did was take a walk to the store to pick up some snacks. Would you let it go at that? I doubt it. You would want answers, more answers than they were getting from Sanford PD. There is more to the story..and hopefully it will all come out in court. Which what the Martins wanted from day 1.
" May 4, 12 10:34 AM

The police chief told the Martins they could not charge him. So I'm thinking and it might be a leap but here I am leaping...If the Martin family had not pushed the issue, it would have been case closed. " May 4, 12 2:41 PM

Counter Protest By Immigrant Laborers Held At Southampton 7-Eleven

Whenever I come home for a visit I always see those guys, I also wonder who pays them..I mean its been years and they are there all the time so this must be what they do for a living...anyway, I guess what I find disturbing, is the assumption that all the workers standing on the corners are undocumented. Of course it wouldnt be an issue if there were a hiring station. Documentation could be verified, people could find work. A good thing for the documented not so much for the undocumented. I get the feeling that there are some out there that just want immigrant labor to disappear documented or not." May 4, 12 2:54 PM

Southampton Students Wear Hoodies To Honor Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin was innocently walking down the street. In George Zimmermans eyes, he was guilty until proven innocent. That's what happens when people decide to take the law into their own hands and become judge and Jury. Zimmerman now has the protection of the law on his side and Trayvon Martin has..." May 5, 12 8:13 PM

Services Announced For Two From Shinnecock Indian Reservation Who Died In Car Crash

Since you didnt see the offending posts, perhaps you should refrain from commenting. No its not a memorial site, but relatives and friends of these young men will visit this article, they've lost a loved one, that's painful enough without being subjected to the ignorance and vitoral of the cowards who have nothing better to do than inflict pain on people that they know they will never see face to face and if they did they would not have the guts to speak what they typed. " May 6, 12 5:19 PM

Southampton Students Wear Hoodies To Honor Trayvon Martin

If you think this is about a person who thinks its ok to shoot another human being then you are being deliberately obtuse. Most races are assaulted 10 times more by their own race. What's your point? These kids identify with Trayvon Martin because they have been judged by people who have never taken the time to know them, but have formed opinions about them based on their appearance. It’s a fact of life when you are a person of color or minority in this country. No one is losing their mind. It is what its, it would be nice if we could actually talk about the elephant in the room without people getting defensive. We are far from being a post racial America. Isn’t it time we talked about it honestly. Me thinks the chief doth protest too much... no one is lumping you in with Zimmerman...but ummm if you are feeling attacked perhaps you should do a gut check…" May 6, 12 9:56 PM

And they are all judged, no on is saying that they are held back from being successful, anyone can achieve if they work at it, I am very successfull at my chosen profession, that does not mean I have not been judged based on my race, or gender. Its forced me to work harder to prove that I deserve every promotion, or pay raise I've gotten. The hispanics are deemed illegal, the muslims are called terrorists, just look at some of the postings on this website. Again you are being deliberately obtuse, if you ask any memeber of the ethinc or religious groups you've mentioned, they will tell you they are judged and stereotyped. The NYPD was spying on muslims up and down the east coast, why? Because they were muslim. Just because you can point to the sucess of all these groups does not mean they have not been judged based on a stereotype. No one is saying that these kids will be held back, but they will more often than not be judged and or stereotyped because of there ethnicity, gender of both. A sad but true thing." May 8, 12 10:55 AM

Why even after 911 do we even hire a Muslim? How do you know someone is Muslim? Last time I checked, religious affiliation, is not something you get asked about in a job interview. Its not usually listed on a resume. I know its not something I've ever asked a potential employment canidate, before or after 911. Some people will make assumptions based on the persons name, for instance Rima Fakih-she was the first Arab American Miss USA, born in Lebanon, is she a Muslim? No need to google I'll tell you. No she's not she was raised Catholic, attened Catholic schools in Lebanon and in the US. Of course if her name were Jane Krakowski, no one would care, or even ask what her religious affiliation was." May 9, 12 12:13 PM

Motorcyclist Pleads Guilty In Fatal Napeague Crash

Pregnant with his child...1-4 years but something he will have to live with for the rest of his life.
" May 14, 12 3:58 PM

D.A.'s Government Corruption Bureau Seizes Southampton Police Records

It will be interesting to see what comes of this. There's a reason why Chief Wilson was not wanted by some...perhaps now we'll find out why." May 15, 12 2:10 PM

Police Suspension May Hint At Issues In Department

Can't we all just get along?" May 16, 12 12:42 PM

Southampton Boy Will Be Allowed To Play Field Hockey Next Season

I doubt there opinions would change, I do think they would wonder why more men are not playing in the US. Anyone can conform, it takes real man to go against the norm. " May 16, 12 12:51 PM

Wow...not so athletic, have you seen Olympic level field hockey? which is what Keeling is pushing for? Only in this country is field hockey considered a "girls" sport. I would love to see you handle even a 1 quarter on the field with the girls and Keeling.

What cave have you been living in? Gymnastics is a male and female sport...Softball is pretty much the same as baseball. The application of title 9 was appropriate in this case. No person, not no girl or no boy...no person on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Do you think before you post or do you just enjoy being the devil’s advocate?
" May 16, 12 1:01 PM

Man Pleads Not Guilty In Riverhead Murder Case

Sounds good, but how are they supposed to do that? The Federal Government hasn’t been able to. I'm sure you have a plan that Suffolk County can implement so that they are able to meet your demands. If your plan works perhaps it can be put to work across the nation. " May 17, 12 2:22 PM

National Parties Take Interest In Bishop and Altschuler

Wow...its going to be an interesting election cycle...LET THE WILD RUMPUS BEGIN!" May 25, 12 11:15 AM

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