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On Edge of Fiscal Cliff

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 30, 2012

For America to avoid going off the “fiscal cliff” of broad tax hikes and spending cuts starting to phase in on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, the Senate and House must agree on a bipartisan bill before then.

Oct. 15, 2012 - Hempstead, New York, U.S. - At left, former White House Chief of Staff ERSKINE BOWLES (Democrat), and, at right, former Senator ALAN SIMPSON (Republican), co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, speak at Hofstra University about ?America's Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions,? with (at center) moderator PATRICK SOCCI, Dean of Hofstra's Zarb School of Business. This event with the Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan co-leaders, was part of "Debate 2012 Pride Politics and Policy" a series of events leading up to when Hofstra hosts the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and M. Romney, the next night, October 16, 2012, in a Town Meeting format. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Oct. 15, 2012 – Hempstead, New York, U.S. – (L) ERSKINE BOWLES and (R) Sen. ALAN SIMPSON speak at Hofstra University about America’s Debt and Deficit Crises. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

On October 15, 2012, Former White House Chief of Staff ERSKINE BOWLES (Dem), and former Senator ALAN SIMPSON (Rep) – co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and co-founders of the Campaign to Fix the Debt – spoke at Hofstra University about “America’s Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions,” with moderator PATRICK SOCCI Dean of Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business. They discussed the seriousness of the fiscal debt, and the Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan to decrease it and avoid the looming fiscal cliff.

Oct. 15, 2012 - Hempstead, New York, U.S. - Man attending Simpson and Bowles event at Hofstra puts on red shirt that Fix the Debt Campaign gives free to anyone who puts in on right there in lobby and wears it to event at Hofstra University's John Cranford Adams Playouse., The campaign's co-founders, Simpson and Bowles, speak in the auditorium about ?America's Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions.? This event with the co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and co-leaders of Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan, was part of "Debate 2012 Pride Politics and Policy" a series of events leading up to when Hofstra hosts the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and M. Romney, the next night, October 16, 2012, in a Town Meeting format. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Oct. 15, 2012 – Hempstead, New York, U.S. – Man attending Simpson and Bowles event at Hofstra puts on red shirt that Fix the Debt Campaign gives free to anyone who puts in on there and wears it to event at Hofstra University’s event.  (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

After Bowles and Simpson spoke, the audience of students and other members of the Long Island community had a chance to ask them questions, on the night before Hofstra hosted the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and Romney.

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Woodward & Bernstein on 40th Anniversary of Watergate

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 18, 2012

Riding past the Watergate Hotel in 1973, during the summer I spent job hunting in Washington, DC, I stared at the curved buildings as if enough willpower would summon a recreation of the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters there a year earlier.

March 20, 2012 - Hempstead, New York, U.S. - BOB WOODWARD (left) and CARL BERNSTEIN (right), investigative journalists, speak on 40th Anniversary of the Watergate political scandal, at Hofstra University. The lecture was about their investigation, while Washington Post reporters, into the break-in, and its cover-up, of the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Wash. DC, which lead to the resignation of Pres. Nixon. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

March 20, 2012 – Hempstead, New York, U.S. – BOB WOODWARD and CARL BERNSTEIN speak on 40th Anniversary of  Watergate political scandal, at Hofstra University.  (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

In 1974 President Nixon resigned after investigations spearheaded by Washington Post Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists BOB WOODWARD and CARL BERNSTEIN revealed break-in cover-up attempts that led all the way to the White House. And in 1976 the Academy Award-winning movie based on their non-fiction book All the President’s Men vividly brought to life the events that both brought down a president and profoundly altered the perception of the institution of the American presidency.

Forty years later, on March 20, 2012, Woodward and Bernstein spoke about the Watergate legacy at Hofstra University, which the Commission on Presidential Debates chose as the site of its October 16, 2012 Presidential Debate. It was to be the first of a long series of outstanding Hofstra Debate 2012 Signature Events – all open and free to the public – that I covered this year.

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Old Bethpage Village Restoration: American Civil War Camp Re-enactment

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
July 23, 2012

This Saturday morning, I visited the Old Bethpage Village Restoration’s re-creation of life at Camp Scott, a Union Training Camp located, back in 1861, where the Mineola Court House is now.

Old Bethpage, New York, USA - July 21, 2012: ROBERT WALKER, 4, and JULIAN LYNN ZOLL, 6, wear clothes of American Civil War era while portraying family members of Union soldiers at Camp Scott re-creation, at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, to commemorate 150th Anniversary of American Civil War, on Saturday, July 21, 2012. (Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Old Bethpage, New York, USA – July 21, 2012: ROBERT WALKER, 4, and JULIAN LYNN ZOLL, 6, portray family members of Union soldiers at Camp Scott re-creation, at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

And I was thrilled the blue blue sky with big white clouds held through the whole day, for it was the perfect background for the federal re-enactors in their blue and red uniforms, as they commemorated the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War.

The troops performed military maneuvers, fired muskets, ate at the Commissary, and went about life in general at the camp. And nearby, their wives and young children wore authentic Civil War era clothing.

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Miss Wantagh Pageant 2012

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
July 5, 2012

The Miss Wantagh Pageant has been a tradition here on Long Island, New York, since 1956.

Kelly Garland Miss Wantagh 2010 at Miss Wantagh Pageant ceremony, a long-time Independence Day tradition on Long Island, on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Wantagh School, New York, USA. Hailey Orgass is Miss Wantagh 2012. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Kelly Garland, Miss Wantagh 2010, at Miss Wantagh Pageant ceremony, an Independence Day tradition on Long Island, on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, New York, USA. Hailey Orgass is crowned Miss Wantagh 2012. (© 2012 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

Soon after yesterday’s Wantagh July 4th Parade, a large crowd gathered on the front lawn of the Wantagh Elementary School on Beech Street to find out the results of this year’s Miss Wantagh Pageant:

  • HAILEY ORGASS – Miss Wantagh 2012
  • ALYSSA KELLY – 1st Runner Up
  • PAULINA RENDA – 2nd Runner Up
  • ALYSON HOPKINS – 3rd Runner Up

Miss Wantagh 2011, KARA ARENA, sang two patriotic songs in such a lovely voice it was easy to mistakenly assume artistic talent is one of the qualities contestants are judged on. In fact, the Miss Wantagh Pageant, which is not a beauty pageant, crowns a high school student based mainly on her academic excellence and community service.

Other participants in the ceremony included former Miss Wantaghs KELLY GARLAND (2010) and EDEN HELD (2009); ELLA STEVENS, the Coordinator of Miss Wantagh Pageant; Nassau County Legislator DAVE DENENBERG, who announced the 1st Runner Up; and Nassau County Clerk MAUREEN O’CONNELL, who announced Miss Wantagh 2012.

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Nunley’s Carousel Turns 100

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
June 11, 2012

Nunley’s Amusement Park was a real treat for my daughters when they were young. After riding the carousel and a couple of outdoor rides, we’d have ice cream and play Skee-ball, winning red tickets to exchange for prizes. So when Nunley’s closed in 1995, our whole family was sad to lose that Freeport-Baldwin landmark.

Carousel Lion and horses at historic Nunley's Carousel Centennial Celebration on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Museum Row, Garden City, Long Island, New York, USA. 100th Anniversary festivities included old time family game of croquet; a visit from ex-President Theodore Roosevelt - portrayed by actor James Foote - who ran again for President in 1912 (unsuccessfully, as Bull Moose Party candidate), the year Nunley's Carousel debuted; and Carousel rides. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. June 9, 2012. Nunley’s Carousel during 100th Anniversary festivities. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Carousel at historic Nunley’s Carousel Centennial Celebration on Saturday, June 9, 2012, Museum Row, Long Island, NY. (©Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Happily, by 2009 the carousel was beautifully restored and moved to its new home in Museum Row, Garden City. And Nunley’s Carousel Centennial Celebration held this past weekend, June 9th – 10th, gave visitors the chance to play croquet in front of Nunley’s Carousel Pavilionand have other old-fashioned fun.

Festivities also included a campaign visit from ex-President Theodore Roosevelt – portrayed by actor JAMES FOOTE. In 1912, the year Nunley’s Carousel debuted, Teddy Roosevelt ran again for President in 1912 – unsuccessfully, as Bull Moose Party candidate.

Jack Neary hopes to grab a brass ring while riding historic Nunley's Carousel during its Centennial Celebration on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Museum Row, Garden City, Long Island, New York, USA. Though most rings are steel, a carousel rider who grabs a brass ring wins a free ride. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. June 9, 2012. Jack Neary hopes to grab a brass ring while riding historic Nunley’s Carousel during its Centennial Celebration. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

And your admission fee included a ride on historic Nunley’s Carousel, where lucky and athletic riders had a chance to grab a brass ring to win a free ride.

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2nd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti, Brooklyn 2012

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 31, 2012

When I heard that 13-year-old SHEIMYRAH MIGHTY, whom I first photographed singing at a 2008 rally at Long Island’s Eisenhower Park, would sing the U.S. National Anthem at the 2nd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti on January 11, 2012, I looked into covering that Brooklyn Borough Hall event.

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January 11, 2012 - Brooklyn, New York, USA: Commemorating the 2nd anniversary of the Mw 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, people hold up glo-sticks at 2nd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti, Wednesday night at Brooklyn Borough Hall. (Ann E Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Brooklyn, New York, USA. January 11, 2013. 2nd Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti, at Brooklyn Borough Hall. (© 2012 Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

I went with a friend and fellow-photographer, Mike Leverett Dorn, and since we were running a bit late, we rushed from the MTA Borough Hall subway stop into the Hall. And as we raced up the long flight of stairs I could hear Sheimyrah singing. Just (barely) in time!

New York City Police Commissioner RAY KELLY was the Keynote Speaker, and other participants in the memorial service included a variety of Haitian musical and literary artists (Sheimyrah Mighty is Jamaican Haitian American); politicians; architect Rodney Leon who designed the African Memorial Burial Ground in NYC; Christian, Muslim, and Jewish spiritual and community leaders; and providers of Haitian humanitarian relief.

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Newlyweds in Times Square, NYC, Warm Winter Day 2012-01-24

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
January 25, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, while walking back to Penn Station after visiting my dear friends Mel and Cindy staying near Central Park, I was happy to have a camera with me when I saw newlyweds and their bridal party posing for photos in Father Duffy Square in Times Square.

Manhattan, New York, USA: A bride and groom pose for pictures in Times Square, NYC, on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, after their City Hall marriage ceremony. Temperatures were unseasonably warm, reaching 52°F / 11°C mid-afternoon. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Manhattan, New York, USA, January 24, 2012, Newlywed at Times Square, NYC. (© 2012 Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

Temperatures were unseasonably warm that day, reaching 52°F / 11°C mid-afternoon, but the bride, wearing a strapless bridal gown, clearly was happy to put on her coat when the photo session, mainly recorded by one of the bridesmaids, was over.

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