Joe Scotchie

Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.

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The Dutch Are Always With Us

“Reinvention, newness was all, all built on the sturdy back of what was past,” wrote Anna Quindlen in her fictional ode to New York, Alternate Side. “Somewhere a metal shard hammered by a Dutch worker...

Nassau County: The Decade That Was

In 2008, Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. That meant that 2009 would be a good year for the party out of power. Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi was persuaded to...

My Life As A Fan

Readers of this page know that the author enjoys writing about sports figures. Who can forget such all-around talents as Carl Yastrzemski, Roberto Clemente and Thurman Munson? That was a long time ago. There is...

The Dukes Fought The Law­—And They Won

Dukes of Hazzard celebrates 40 years “Just the good ol’ boys/Never meanin’ no harm/Beats all you never saw/Been in trouble with the law/Since the day they was born/Straightenin’ the curves/Flattenin’ the hills/Someday the mountain might get...

The Court: Ground Zero In The Culture Wars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNGs1fjQAZs Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court, cowritten by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino, might be retitled The Education of Conservatives. Supreme Court nomination fights have become ground...

And The Wall Came Tumbling Down

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” So said President Ronald Reagan in a 1987 speech at West Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. And on Nov. 8, 1989, after years of Soviet decline, that is indeed what happened....

The Angry Persuasion: Conservatism Today

For the conservative movement, the apocalypse came in 2016. Since the 1950s, conservatives have dealt with the administrations of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. But nothing was as...

The Return Of The Galloping Ghost

Who remembers Red Grange today? The former Chicago Bears running back was part of the Golden Age of Sports in the 1920s, a roster that included Babe Ruth, Bill Tilden and Jack Dempsey. Prior to...

King Carl: Ruler of Red Sox Nation

In the Mount Rushmore of sporting greats from Long Island, there is Jim Brown in professional football, Julius Erving in basketball, Al Oerter in track and Carl Yastrzemski on the diamond. Yaz played 23 seasons for...

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LICM Ends Year With Celebration-Filled Week

Long Island Children’s Museum will be filling the last week of the year with plenty of family fun and celebrations. Visitors are invited to...

March Movie Previews

Awards season may be over but that doesn’t mean new and thought-provoking movies aren’t debuting in March. The weather won’t be the only thing...

The John W. Engeman Theater Presents Matilda The Musical Through Dec. 29

Matilda, based on the acclaimed novel by Roald Dahl, became a West End musical in 2011 and transferred to Broadway in 2013. Hugely popular...