Daily Archives: March 9, 2019

ENDNOTE: Time to end the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”



Triggered by a drug raid near my shore bungalow.

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IMHO, time to end the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” and put the effort into treatment like Portugal has.  Otherwise, it’s hopeless problem.  

They can’t keep drugs out of prisons; so how insane to expect to be able to keep it out of the general population. 

At least if addicts could buy their drugs at WalMart, Walgreens, CVS, and other pharmacies, then the drugs would be cheap and clean. And, addicts could get into treatment easier and cheaper than today.

We emptied the mental asylums and the politicians and bureaucrats promised to have local resources that never came.  Now we have crazy people roaming the streets and doing drugs.

We learned nothing from (alcohol) Prohibition and a lot of people died or went blind from tainted booze.  The drugs cut with rat poison are killing people. 

The medical establishment gets folks hook on opioids and when it cuts them off, the folks more to heroin or worse.  Argh!

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for for McCarthy Family


Good Evening All,

Tom McCarthy has shared an Update on his Parents, Katie and Tom, who have been in our prayers. Tom, his Parents, his three Sisters and the McCarthy Family thank you for your continued prayers and good wishes. It has meant a great deal to them.

Tom’s Mom, Katie, has been doing well with extended recovery since having the stroke back on Nov. 27. After a week at Westchester Medical Center and 6.5 weeks at Burke Rehab in White Plains she transitioned to home care for a few weeks and began outpatient therapy this past week. She’s a trooper and is keeping spirits up (lots of laughs) despite still having some mobility issues (still using a cane or walker) and challenges with speech (mostly caused by the aphasia and difficulty finding the right words).

Tom’s Dad, Big Tom did unfortunately get some bad news about dad just this past Wednesday. You may recall he was declared in remission a few months back, but there was a suspicious spot revealed in a recent PET scan. They did a biopsy to determine if it was indeed cancerous or just necrotic tissue/remnants from treatment but it was confirmed as the former. His doctors are devising a treatment plan likely to start immediately (next week) and include more chemo and possibly immunotherapy. On the plus side, it is localized and has not spread or metastasized and his doctor isn’t classifying it as terminal. There are some unknowns and the McCarthy’s know that Big Tom is in for a tough couple of months but they are remaining positive. Please keep the volume up for these good folks. Thank you Tom. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

From Tom, my three sisters and I are fortunate for a fantastic support network of our aunts, uncles, and family friends and we certainly say our prayers of thanks.

From Tom, thanks for the continued thoughts and best wishes for the McCarthys and prayerful healing for Mom and Dad.

All my best,


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JNEWS: Bruns, George [MC1966] ABA star; now winning coach



SportsHigh SchoolBoys Basketball
Manhasset coach George Bruns has fond memories of Coliseum

  • Bruns played there with the ABA Nets in the 1972-73 season and now is returning with the Indians, who are competing for the Long Island/Southeast Regional Class A championship.

By Roger Rubin
roger.rubin@newsday.com @rogrubin
Updated March 9, 2019 3:50 AM

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The rise of the Manhasset boys basketball team has been one of the feel-good stories on Long Island this season. Having improved from 9-10 a year ago to 19-3, and having won only their second Nassau title in 22 years, the Indians — led by 73-year-old coach George Bruns — will face Wyandanch on Sunday night at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum in the Long Island/ Southeast Regional Class A championship game.

For Bruns, walking into Long Island’s basketball cathedral will be filled with nostalgia and memories. It will be the first time he’s been in the building for a basketball event in more than 45 years.

The Coliseum, you see, was home for the most exciting time in his basketball life: when he played for the 1972-73 New York Nets of the ABA, coached by Lou Carnesecca.

“Things happen in funny ways, but I expect that it will jog a lot of great memories for me,” Bruns said during an interview at the Floral Park home he and his wife, Elene, have shared since 1970. “I wasn’t there long but, for my time in basketball, it was great times.”

What has paved Bruns’ road back to the Coliseum is a scrappy team of overachievers who dedicated themselves to making the most of this season in the wake of last season’s disappointment. The Indians competed together in summer leagues at Hofstra, in Hicksville and in Hempstead and bought into Bruns’ vision for what it would take to be winners.

“They are one of those teams where the whole is greater than the sum of their parts,” he said. “I am proud of them, but they should be proud of themselves . . . They find a way to win on the day they play.”
Long road to Coliseum

It was a much more circuitous route to the Coliseum the first time. Bruns was the late-blooming, fundamentally sound point guard at the since-repurposed St. Augustine Diocesan High School in his native Brooklyn. He was a walk-on at Manhattan College and ultimately improved into a starter who would, as a senior, make the 1966 all-Metropolitan team.

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Bruns, George [MC1966]