Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Luis CentenoBetween the East End farms, local fisheries and many creative cooks on Long Island, there are plenty more local food-filled fairs that guarantee upcoming weekends of fun, games and deliciousness.Some of the most popular local food fairs of the year haven’t been scheduled yet, including the Greenlawn Pickle Festival, several apple festivals and the annual pumpkin festival. The annual chowder contest at Oakdale’s The Snapper Inn returns in February.Mark the calendar: here’s 11 classic LI food fests for each month through October.Mattituck Lions Club’s 62nd Annual Strawberry FestivalOn the menu for this year’s Mattituck Lions Club’s Strawberry Festival are heavenly strawberries dipped in chocolate, strawberry shortcakes and many other concoctions that involve the freshest strawberries on Long Island. This family event will include live music, fireworks and food from around the world. 1175 Route 48, Mattituck. mattituckstrawberryfestival.org $5, children under 5 free. 5-11 p.m. June 16 and 17. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 19.Long Island Hot Dog FestivalCalling all weiner fans! Amateur cooks, professionals and those who simply love hot dogs will love this event, which includes a hot dog eating contest, best gourmet dog contest, worst and best tattoos, pin up contest and live music. Bring the family and come with an empty belly, because all those hot dogs aren’t going to eat themselves! Mike’s Bar and Grill, 742 Middle County Road, Selden. thelongislandhotdogfestival.com Admission is FREE. 12 p.m. July 9. MORE: It’s farmers’ market season! Find out if there’s one near you Tomatofest 2016Tomatofest hits is back! With 20 types of tomatoes to choose from, tomato-lovers can expect to be tasting and eating all kinds of new dishes. And for those bringing kids, there will be plenty of games and bouncy houses. From tomato tasting, to games, live music, and even pony rides. This family event is all about eating and having fun at the same time. Garden of Eve, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead. gardenofevefarm.com $3 per person, kids under 6 free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. August 27, 28.Watermelon FestivalWatermelon eating contest. Seed Spitting Contest. Watermelon rolling contest. These types of activities are what highlight this event. Fun family festivities. The Annual Watermelon Festival will be happening towards the end of this hot summer, so come cool off with a big slice of fresh watermelon. Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck. harbesfamilyfarm.com Free. August 27, 28.25th Annual Seafood FestivalThis family event is bound to make a splash with various activities other than just eating seafood. Kids are welcomed to participate in a pirate re-enactment show as well as a treasure hunt. Parents can also take part in the arts and crafts fair. There will also be live music from a variety of bands, such as Almost Queen and The Como Brothers Band. Long Island Maritime Museum, 88 West Ave., West Sayville. liseafoodfestival.org $10, kids under 12 free. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. August 27, 28.Garlic FestivalTasty. Healthy. Garlic. This event has a variety of activities: garlic eating contests, junior chefs creating an original sauce, learning new cooking techniques, live music and tours of the farm. Bring your kids, bring your parents and come enjoy this garlic-centered gathering. Garden of Eve, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead. gardenofevefarm.com $5 adults, kids under 6 free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. September 19 and 20.33rd Annual Oyster FestivalThere’s a reason this is one of the biggest annual events on LI. With dozens of volunteering chefs and culinary pros cooking side by side with unique seafood recipes involving oysters and clams, it’s guaranteed the food is going to be delicious. Profits from all food court sales, carnival rides and merchandise sales will proceed to local charities. So come enjoy the food, have a good time with the family and help support the community. 1 West End Ave., Oyster Bay. theoysterfestival.org Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. October 15, 16.,Alure cube,Alure cube MORE: Outdoor movies are not a thing of the past. Here’s a complete list of movies you can enjoy outdoors Sweet Corn FestivalBeside strawberries is there anything sweeter than Long Island corn? Celebrate this crop at Harbes Annual Sweet Corn Festival, where there will be a corn-eating contest, pig races, pony rides, relay races and all kinds of corn recipes along with country music all day long. This event will also be offering tastings of their award winning wines. Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck. harbesfamilyfarm.com July 23 and 24. SUMAQ Peruvian Food FestivalGet ready to enjoy the best ceviche of your life, along with lomo saltado and aji de gallina. With Chef Ezequiel Valencia of Panca Restaurant in NYC leading the way, these plates are sure to bring the original spices and flavors straight from Peru. This chef worked for the Peruvian Embassy, where he cooked for Presidents and Ministers. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. sumaqpff.com $15-$20 adults; $7-$10 kids from 2-12. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. August 13, 14.Harbes Tomato FestivalYou say tomato, I say tomato. Come celebrate the Annual Tomato Festival and try special samplings of the different recipes created over the years. Take part in potato sack races, tomato relay races, and tug of war contests. It’s a perfect day for the whole family, with lots of food and fun games to play. Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck. harbesfamilyfarm.com Free. August 13,14.Great Food Truck DerbyCome hungry, because all kinds of food will be available at this event, from all ethnicities. Best part is, after paying the entrance, patrons get to try them all. Favorites like Eat Me, Drink Me, Kannoli Kings, Blondies Bakeshop and Whole Le Crepe are just some of the many options this event will offer. This event will also benefit the Hayground schoolyard projects in the region, including culinary arts training for kids. A family event with everyone’s favorite food trucks; count us in. 151 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton. edibleeastend.com $20-$100 4-7 p.m. August 19.
Governor Wolf Signs Multiple Bills Bill Signing, Budget News, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed the following bills:House Bill 24, which amends the Capital Facilities Debt Enabling Act, further providing for bonds, issue of bonds and notes, maturity and interest.House Bill 65, which makes the following designations:• A portion of State Route 3047 over the South Branch of Blacklick Creek, Blacklick Township, Cambria County, as the Private First Class Steve L. Klosz Memorial Bridge.• The 2100 to 2200 block of Castor Avenue, State Route 1005, in Philadelphia County as the Police Officer Raymond Diaz, Jr., Memorial Highway.• The portion of Interstate 376 from the end of the bridge identified as Bridge Key 3522 to the exit at State Route 51 in Beaver County, as the Richard L. Shaw Memorial Highway.• The bridge identified as Bridge Key 3522 on that portion of Interstate 376 over the Ohio River in Vanport Township, Beaver County, as the USAF Combat Controller Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin Memorial Bridge.• The first block of West Main Street, State Route 1010, in Fleetwood Borough, Berks County, as the Alex J. Szoke Highway.• The bridge identified as Bridge Key 15986 on that portion of Interstate 79 northbound over West 16th Street in the City of Erie, Erie County, as the Thomas J. Kennedy, Jr., Memorial Bridge.• The bridge on that portion of State Route 4011 over Pine Creek, Hegins Township, Schuylkill County, as the A. Donald Buffington Memorial Bridge.• A portion of Pennsylvania Route 144 beginning at the intersection of Pennsylvania Route 64 in Pleasant Gap and ending at the intersection of Pennsylvania Route 45 in Centre Hall, Centre County, as the Duster-Quad 50-Searchlight Highway.• A portion of Pennsylvania Route 50 in Independence Township, Washington County, as the Lt. Col. Juanita L. Warman Memorial Highway.House Bill 131, amending the Liquor Code to match new federal definitions for hard cider that raise the alcohol by volume from 5 percent to 8.5 percent.House Bill 195, which allows pharmacies to dispense partial quantities of a patient’s medication to synchronize all medications to have the same fill date.House Bill 235, which amends Pennsylvania’s adoption laws to explicitly state correctional staff are permitted to serve as the witnesses to the consent of incarcerated parents wishing to give permission for their children to be adopted.House Bill 423, which would allow dry municipalities to vote by referendum to explicitly opt-in or opt-out from allowing facilities that manufacture alcohol to make on-site sales, for example, at breweries.House Bill 448, which adds a representative from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and a representative from the Pennsylvania State Police as ex-officio members to the Pennsylvania Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial to provide for public safety oversight of festivities.House Bills 547 and 548, which allows First Class Townships (HB 547) and Boroughs and Third Class Cities (HB 548) to set millage rates at equal to or less than current rates through a resolution, which will eliminate the additional costs of creating an ordinance.House Bill 615, which will define a Game Commission officer as an “enforcement officer” in the State Employees Retirement Code to better reflect the strenuous nature of the job.House Bill 751, which:• Expands the definition of a “service line” to include the pipe and appurtenances of a water utility or a wastewater utility.• Permits the use of email when agreed to for the servicing of complaints and the related hearings, investigations and proceedings pending before the commission.• Makes a water or wastewater public utility solely responsible for funding the income taxes on taxable contributions in aid of construction and customer advances for construction. The income taxes paid by the water and wastewater company must be recorded as accumulated deferred income taxes for the purposes of accounting and ratemaking.House Bill 786, which makes changes to the funding formula for Pennsylvania trauma centers to encourage better quality of care regardless of patient volume.House Bill 807, which equalizes the salaries of Deputy Adjutant Generals and General Officers to federal military base pay and assists with determining cost of living adjustments.House Bill 826, which creates the Sports Raffles Charity Act to allow collegiate teams to raise money through 50/50 raffles.House Bill 1524, which will permit the transfer of restaurant liquor licenses from counties with an excess number to counties with planned mixed-use town centers, which create a demand for restaurant licenses.House Bill 1614, which will allow the Attorney General and officers from an assisting municipal police department to prosecute a person for possessing a firearm when not permitted.Senate Bill 117, which makes the following designations:• A bridge on that portion of State Route 3016 (Bedford Street) over Solomon Run in the City of Johnstown, Cambria County, as the Seaman Apprentice Kenneth D. Scaife Memorial Bridge.• A bridge on that portion of Peg Run Road, Pennsylvania Route 240, over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, Susquehanna Township, Cambria County, as the United States Army Sergeant Scott O. Henry Memorial Bridge.• A portion of U.S. Route 220 in Sullivan County from the intersection with Pennsylvania Route 87 to the Bradford County line as the T.W. “Doc” Shoemaker Memorial Highway.• A bridge on that portion of Pennsylvania Route 14 over Fall Brook, Troy Borough, Bradford County, as the Troy Area Veterans Memorial Bridge.• A bridge on that portion of Pennsylvania Route 305 over Shaver’s Creek in Barree Township, Huntingdon County, as the Private Harold E. “Jim” Knode Memorial Bridge.• A bridge on that portion of Pennsylvania Route 453 over the Little Juniata River, Tyrone Township, Blair County, as the Robert E. Gensimore Memorial Bridge.• A bridge on that portion of Pennsylvania Route 899 over the Clarion River connecting Barnett Township, Jefferson County, and Barnett Township, Forest County, as the PFC Patrick T. Cassatt Memorial Bridge.• A bridge on that portion of State Route 4018 over the Little Mahoning Creek, South Mahoning Township, Indiana County, as the SP4 Franklin Delano Meyer Memorial Bridge.• A bridge identified as Bridge Key 54683 on that portion of State Route 3009 (Kushequa Avenue) over the Kinzua Creek in Kushequa, Hamlin Township, McKean County, as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge.• The bridge identified as Bridge Key 18676 on that portion of Pennsylvania Route 747 over the Juniata River in Mount Union Borough, Huntingdon County, as the Captain Joseph S. Giacobello Memorial Bridge.• A bridge on that portion of State Route 2016 over the Casselman River in Rockwood Borough, Somerset County, as the PFC Alton Glenn Sterner Memorial Bridge.• A bridge on that portion of Pennsylvania Route 96 over the Little Wills Creek, Bedford County, as the Staff Sgt. Roger (Rod) Guy Holler Memorial Bridge.Senate Bill 128, which enhances the standing of the Civil Air Patrol within the commonwealth by codifying the Civil Air Patrol under the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.Senate Bill 130, which:• Releases a portion of the use restriction and reversionary interest affecting certain real property situate partly in the Township of Mahoning and partly in Danville, Montour County;• Authorizes the Department of General Services to grant and convey to Mifflin County certain lands at the State Fire Academy in Lewistown, Mifflin County.• Authorizes the Department of General Services, to grant and convey to the Cumberland Valley Rails to Trails Council a permanent easement of land at Shippensburg University to create a parking lot for the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail.Senate Bill 298, which earmarks fines for violators of the “Stolen Valor” statute to the Veterans’ Trust Fund.Senate Bill 321, provides municipalities with the option to prohibit video gaming terminals (VGTs) at truck stops within its borders.Senate Bill 440, which allows schools to provide flexible instruction days, also referred to as “cyber snow days.”Senate Bill 478, which creates a beginning farmer tax credit.Senate Bill 585, which establishes the Pennsylvania Dairy Future Commission and provides for it powers and duties.Senate Bill 621, which clarifies existing law to mandate explicit and more robust training requirements for armed school security personnel and further prevent the arming of untrained non-security personnel, including teachers.“My administration worked to amend this bill to prevent it from allowing teachers to be armed. Pennsylvania law now makes clear that teachers may not be armed. Moreover, this bill now standardizes training and clarifies my administration’s guidance against arming teachers – guidance that some school districts attempted to ignore. This bill will make training requirements for armed security stricter, more comprehensive and based on modern practices for security, trauma and other essential skills and knowledge for security personnel. The Pennsylvania Department of Education will immediately send updated guidance to all school districts to clarify that this new law bars teachers from being armed.”Signing Statement from Governor Wolf:“Today, I am signing Senate Bill 621, Printer’s Number 1081 of 2019 (SB 621), which amends Article XIII-C (School Police Officers and School Resource Officers) of the Public School Code of 1949 (School Code). This legislation passed the General Assembly on June 28, 2019 and provides for additional training for school security personnel.“In signing this bill, I am cognizant of the fact that the School Code, as a whole, continues to set forth a comprehensive scheme that prohibits the arming of individuals except through the processes set forth in Article XIII-C.“In fact, section 1301-C of SB 621 defines “school security personnel” to clarify that only school police officers, school resource officers, and school security guards are “security personnel.” As such, teachers may not be considered “security personnel,” and therefore are not authorized to be armed in schools through this legislation or any other law in the commonwealth.“Notably, the School Code provides that “nothing in this article shall be construed to preclude a school entity or nonpublic school from employing other security personnel as the school entity or nonpublic school deems necessary.” See, 24 P.S. § 13-1312-C. This legislation removes any ambiguity about whether teachers may be designated as “security personnel.” SB 621 clearly and plainly establishes that they may not. In fact, only school police officers, school resource officers, and school security guards trained and hired pursuant to Article XIII-C may be designated as “security personnel.”“The students, parents, and educators in this Commonwealth can now be secure in the knowledge that teachers can dedicate themselves to teaching our children, and that the security of school facilities rests in the hands of trained, professional security personnel.”Senate Bills 698 and 699, which amends the Medical Practice Act (SB 698) and Osteopathic Medical Act (SB 699) to allow physicians to designate another person to enter written agreements and the related documents into the PALS licensing system.Senate Bill 700, which establishes the legislative Higher Education Funding Commission; updates the PlanCon program which reimburses school districts for construction, reconstruction, and the lease of public school buildings; and establishes a grant program for small building and maintenance projects.Senate Bill 701, which permits the sale of the lands that currently house the Allentown State Hospital after it is demolished.Senate Bill 724, which makes changes to the statutes regarding the Public School Employees Retirement System.Gov. Wolf vetoed the following bill:House Bill 915, which provided exemptions for milk haulers from travel restrictions on highways during a declaration of a disaster emergency.View Governor’s Wolf’s full veto message.July 2, 2019TO THE HONORABLE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESOF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA:Pursuant to Article IV, Section 15 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, I am returning herewith, without my approval, House Bill 915, Printer’s Number 1487.After careful consideration, I must veto this legislation due to very serious public safety concerns. A declaration of disaster emergency carries the gravest considerations insofar as the traveling public is concerned. Furthermore, prior declarations have proven effective in lessening the danger to the public at-large during precarious time periods. Providing for an exemption to the travel ban under the declaration puts the public in jeopardy, which, in turn, endangers our State Police and first responders and even our milk haulers. In my view, such an exemption runs counter to the safety of the driving public.I think it is important to note several things about the travel ban under consideration in this legislation. Typically, the bans are short in duration; however, they may be extended due to vehicle accidents or stranded motorists due to hazardous conditions on the highways. For example, on November 15, 2018, a severe winter weather event occurred in this Commonwealth. Interstates 83, 81, 80, and 78 were closed for up to 15 hours while commercial vehicles were removed from the snow and ice that had built up around their stopped vehicles. Commercial vehicle bans were then initiated for the next five storms spanning from January to March 2019. With the bans in place, there were no significant closures on the interstate highways in this Commonwealth. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the commercial vehicle bans implemented during this time averaged only 18 hours in duration. This time seems like a small price to pay when considering the public safety benefits of the travel bans.For the reasons set forth above, I must withhold my signature from House Bill 915, Printer’s Number 1487.Sincerely,Tom WolfGovernor July 02, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Boko Haram militantsNigeria has named a general to lead the new multinational task force to fight militant Islamist group Boko Haram.Major General Iliya Abbah, who previously led operations against militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta, will head the force according to Nigeria’s military spokesman Colonel Sani Usman Kukasheka.The Multi-National Joint Task Force, made up of 8,700 troops from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin, is expected to be more effective than a current alliance in the battle to end Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency, which has claimed some 15,000 lives.The announcement came as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was in Cameroon for talks on how to combat the escalating threat from Boko Haram, whose fighters have been waging an increasing number of murderous cross-border raids and suicide bombings.“We recognise that none of us can succeed alone,” he said at a state dinner in Yaounde on Wednesday, according to a presidency statement.“In order to win this war we need the collective efforts of each one of us, standing together as a formidable force for good, to defeat and end these acts of terror against our people.”A boosted force with 8,700 troops from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria is expected to become fully operational at least by next week.The multinational troops fighting Boko Haram in West Africa will be able to pursue the militants across borders according to Nigeria’s presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu.He says there was now trust between those contributing troops since the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in May.Meanwhile, Chad said on Thursday its forces had killed 117 Boko Haram insurgents during a two-week military campaign aimed at clearing islands on Lake Chad used by the militants as hideouts and bases to launch attacks.Chad has deployed thousands of soldiers alongside troops from neighborsNigeria, Cameroon and Niger to tackle the militant group whose six-year insurgency has killed thousands. “We killed 117 Boko Haram fighters during the two-week operation.We lost two men and several wounded,” Colonel Azem Bermandoa, spokesman for the Chadian army, said.Chad’s parliament was to vote Thursday on a controversial anti-terror bill after a string of deadly Boko Haram attacks, raising fears among opponents and rights activists that the law may be used to curtail freedoms.
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Riding on an unbeaten ton from Mukut Kalita, Kamrup today defeated Goalpara by 19 runs and entered into the semi final in the All Assam Veteran Inter-District and Inter-Institution Cricket tournament at Mangaldoi today. Invited to bat, Kamrup scored 167-2 in their 20 overs. Mukut Kalita played an electrifying knock of an unbeaten 106 runs which came in 71 balls. He hit nine boundaries and six over boundaries on way to score the first century of the tournament. Chasing 168 runs to win, Goalpara scored 148-7 in their 20 overs. Jyoti Medhi was the top scorer with 56 runs. The first semi final would be held tomorrow where Kamrup will face Guwahati. Also read: Local Sports
MONTREAL — Fresh allegations involving Quebec’s anti-corruption unit, once held up as the police force that would rekindle citizens’ trust in their institutions, are roiling the province’s political class.The anti-corruption squad, known as UPAC, has been suffering from low morale, recruiting difficulties and a series of embarrassing leaks to the media.The latest leak came Thursday in the Journal de Montreal, which reported the Crown prosecutor’s office was in possession of hours of testimony from the unit’s former head of operations, Andre Boulanger.He reportedly told prosecutors under oath in 2018 that certain open investigations could fall apart because officers had fabricated evidence.Quebec Premier Francois Legault called the report “worrying.” But he had little else to say on the topic Thursday.“We’ll let the prosecutors do their job. But it’s worrying,” he told reporters.Quebec solidaire co-spokesman Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois gave a big sigh when asked to comment on the allegations.“There are mornings in politics when we try and find the right qualifiers to describe a situation,” he said. “I’m still trying to figure out how to describe it.”UPAC — the Unité permanente anticorruption — was created in 2011 by Jean Charest’s Liberal government following blockbuster revelations of corruption in the province’s construction industry.“For many Quebecers, UPAC has become a field of ruins,” Nadeau-Dubois said. “UPAC was the institution that was supposed to give us trust in our institutions. And now we’ve lost trust in them.”On Wednesday, the government adopted a bill that changes how the anti-corruption squad’s commissioner is chosen. Instead of being named directly by the premier, the new head of UPAC will need to be confirmed by two-thirds of the legislature.Robert Lafreniere was UPAC’s first and only commissioner. He was named to the job by Charest and confirmed for a second mandate by former premier Philippe Couillard. Lafreniere resigned without explanation last Oct. 1 — Quebec election day.Christine St-Pierre, official opposition critic for public security, said the latest report on UPAC is “very troubling, very shocking. We are talking about fabricating evidence. We need all the light to be shone on this.”She said Lafreniere should be called to testify at the legislature about his time as UPAC commissioner.UPAC is far from the only police force in Quebec to be going through turmoil.In March, provincial police chief Martin Prud’homme was suspended pending the results of an investigation into an allegation he committed criminal offences.He had just returned to the Surete du Quebec after spending a year as interim chief of the Montreal police, dispatched to set things straight following the suspension of chief Philippe Pichet.Pichet’s suspension followed reports the force’s internal investigations unit had exaggerated or fabricated evidence against officers and helped created a climate of vengeance and mistrust.Several Quebec media have reported Prud’homme’s suspension was connected to an investigation into leaks to journalists in 2017 about a highly sensitive UPAC probe of the Quebec Liberals and Charest.The investigation into Prud’homme is being conducted by Quebec’s police watchdog, the Bureau des enquetes independantes. That bureau was also given a mandate in October 2018 by the provincial government to investigate the UPAC leaks.Jean Pascal Boucher, spokesman for Quebec’s prosecutor’s office, said the Crown “cannot confirm nor deny” the report in the Journal.Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press