Mike Barry

Mike Barry, vice president of media relations for an insurance industry trade group, has worked in government and journalism. He can be reached at mfbarry@optonline.net. The views expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the publisher or Anton Media Group.

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Underdog Candidates Say Change Is In The Air

It has been 30 years since North Hempstead’s voters elected a Republican town supervisor. Meanwhile, in Hempstead, Republican town supervisors have presided since the dawn of time. Steve Nasta of Great Neck, the GOP nominee for...

Suburban Cowboys Coming To LI On Sept. 23-24

"Buck Off the Island” sounds like an insult, but is the appropriate catch phrase behind the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) visit to Nassau County on Sept. 23-24 as part of its Built Ford Tough Series...

DeMille’s ‘The Cuban Affair’ Set For September Release

Nelson DeMille’s upcoming novel is set largely in Cuba and has a good chance at landing at the top of The New York Times’ bestseller list when it is published on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Cuban...

Nassau’s 2017 Election Cycle Like Few Others

Nassau will have in 2018 a new county executive, a different county comptroller, and three new faces in its 19-seat legislature, making 2017 one of the more compelling county election campaign cycles in years. Two storylines...

LI’s Weidman Headlining Coliseum’s First-Ever UFC Card

Baldwin native Chris Weidman was twice an All-American wrestler at Hofstra University so his Saturday, July 22, main event match at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, will be a homecoming. Yet Weidman’s...

Acclaimed Novelist To Visit Manhasset On June 20

Adriana Trigiani’s Kiss Carlo (Harper Books) is being published on Tuesday, June 20, and later that same day Trigiani will be appearing at the Manhasset Public Library’s Community Room, 30 Onderdonk Ave., Manhasset. Trigiani’s upcoming Nassau...

Stengel’s Biographer Visiting LI On April 24

One of the takeaways from Marty Appel’s fascinating Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character (Doubleday) is how closely Stengel’s career trajectory resembles Joe Torre’s. Stengel and Torre played in the major leagues and then launched relatively undistinguished...

Retired Wrestling Star To Launch Book Tour On LI

AJ Mendez Brooks’ memoir has got my vote for one of 2017’s best book titles. It is called Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules (Crown...

LI Native’s 1979 Conviction Revisited In 2017

Jeffrey MacDonald, who grew up in Patchogue, was on the cover of People magazine’s Jan. 30, 2017, print edition, but MacDonald might have preferred a more affirmative headline atop his photo rather than the one...

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Summertime on Long Island brings plenty of outdoor activities—it also brings the perfect opportunity for dining outdoors during the bright, sunny days and pleasant,...

Free People Read Freely

Banned Books Week 2016, beginning on Sept. 25, draws national attention to the harms of censorship. It is an annual event celebrated by librarians,...

Thai’ed And True

When eating out, it’s a good sign if a majority of the diners go out of their way to tell the restaurant’s owner how...

Getting To Know Moyamoya

Wednesday, May 6, was World Moyamoya Day, helping to raise awareness of the rare cerebro-vascular disorder that affects the internal carotid arteries at the...
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