Nesconset Man Charged With 2-Week Crime Spree

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Joseph BottiA man has been arrested for allegedly robbing four businesses and burglarizing a house near his Nesconset home in a two-week span this month, Suffolk County police said.Joseph Botti was charged Sunday with four counts of robbery and one count of burglary.Fourth Squad detectives said the 27-year-old suspect robbed a Ralph’s Italian Ices in Nesconset on Dec. 9, a Citgo in Saint James on Dec. 14, a Party Hardy in Nesconset on Dec. 16 and Game Stop in Lake Grove on Dec. 19.He also allegedly broke into a home on Truval Lane in Nesconset on Saturday.Botti will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img

Miller: Dodgers and Cubs meet again, before meeting again?

first_imgMaddon also participated, which is why he colored his white hair brown before going back to his natural look prior to Friday’s first pitch.This sort of goofiness has long been part of Maddon’s approach, one that isn’t just outside the box and also incapable of ever being boxed.The fact his teams win so much — and last year did so at a level that left entire Chicago neighborhoods red-eyed for days — means his methods are more than just accepted. They’re celebrated.And why not? The baseball season is long and routine enough already, the games themselves now played beneath an outfield clock employed strictly to keep things moving.Besides, a short time before Maddon was making jokes about his wacky appearance, Roberts was in the Dodgers dugout going into great detail about the condition of Rob Segedin’s injured toe.Frankly, I don’t even care that much about Segedin’s nine other healthy toes, particularly when the champion Cubs are in town to face a Dodgers team that entered Friday a season-high eight games above .500.“I think that we’re kind of hitting our stride,” Roberts said “Going into this series, I really like our chances with the guys we’ve got going. … It’s going to be a fun series.”These teams met in early April, the Cubs winning two of three at Wrigley Field and conveniently forcing the Dodgers to squirm through a series of tributes commemorating the 2016 World Series title.Envisioning another postseason matchup between the two isn’t difficult, not even a little bit, and, following this weekend, is the only way they’ll face each other again this season.When spring training began, the Cubs were the top pick among oddsmakers to win the National League and the Dodgers were second. Nothing has happened yet to drastically alter those projections.Sure, the Nationals appear to be cruising in the NL East. But, at this point, I don’t believe in the Rockies or Diamondbacks any more than I believe in goats being capable of unleashing curses.The Cubs are trying to become the first team to claim consecutive World Series championships since the Yankees won three straight in 1998-2000.As daunting as that might sound, consider that the most recent National League team to do so was the Cincinnati Reds in 1975-76. Before that, among NL franchises, it was the New York Giants in 1921-22.Scary, right? Ah, sure. These Cubs just drowned more than a century’s worth of failure in champagne. So chasing away ancient eras is sort of their thing.“Last year, I felt they were the best team, and that’s the way it played out,” Roberts said. “But, this year, I feel we’re a better team. It really doesn’t matter what my thoughts are of the two clubs. It’s about going out there and playing.”It is about going out there and playing and, so far, the Cubs haven’t been playing great. But they did enter Friday four games above .500, which, like the Dodgers, also was a season-best.So maybe these teams really are beginning their respective climbs, heading again toward the same peak, one with enough room for only a single survivor.“Yeah, you want to play well against these guys because they’re a good ballclub,” Roberts said. “But the narrative of ‘We have to beat them because they eliminated us last year,’ I think we’re all past that.”He’s right. It is a new season, even if the most recent visitors are old foes, foes that looked awfully familiar rolling into town, despite the fresh coat of paint.jmiller@scng.com LOS ANGELES — He manages one of the most popular sports franchises on the planet, the team that is the reigning World Series champion, that last fall ended 108 years of historic frustration.So, naturally, Joe Maddon opened his pregame media session Friday by answering multiple questions about … dying his hair?Yes, and with a substance that, based on the photos, appeared to be similar to shoe polish.“Maaco,” Maddon corrected, a reference to the auto body repair specialists and the fact his hair was less dyed and more lacquered. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img And so marked the Chicago Cubs’ return to Dodger Stadium, where their previous visit came during a triumphant — at least for them — National League Championship Series.“We’ve been looking forward to this,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed before the game, “and getting these guys at our place.”Believe it, this is a big weekend series, arriving on a classic American holiday, no less, a riveting rematch of last season’s playoffs and a possible preview of this season’s.But it isn’t big enough to have prevented Maddon from ordering his players to travel from Chicago to Los Angeles on Thursday dressed like characters from the movie “Anchorman.”There the Cubs were, starting this vital business trip, outfitted in crazy sport coats, ridiculous pants and fuzzy wigs that suggested they might be tripping on something other than baseball.last_img read more

Footloose In Bilbao

first_imgDon Diego Lopez Da Hora V probably stood very close to where we were, on the banks of the Rio Bilbao when he decided to establish a city, and named it Bilbao. On the other side of the river at that time, in 1300 AD was a fishing settlement, later named old Bilbao. The legacy continued and still there is an old Bilbao, and Bilbao, the capital of the famous Basque Country of Spain. What brought me to Bilbao, unlike its tourists, was not an interest in its post modern buildings and famous pintxos. I was attracted to its people with their close attachment to their homes, with last names like Bengoetxea, “the house of further down,” Goikoetxea, “the house above,” Landaburu, “top of the field,” Errekondo, “next to the stream,” Elizalde, “by the church,” Mendizabal, “wide hill,” Usetxe, “house of birds,” Ibarretxe, “house in the valley” and others. The only Basque person I knew was an acquaintance I met during an earlier travel, who had invited us over to show off his homeland, which he believed was the “coolest place with the coolest people in Spain”.I arrived in Bilbao with my fiancé by bus from the western side of the country. The first thing we noticed was there were two names for everything. The Basque language is given the same treatment as Spanish, unlike in the Franco era when the Basque language and identity were suppressed. Our friend greeted us at the terminal and declared “Let’s walk!” I found that walking within the city is the best way to enjoy and absorb the diverse architecture and fragrance of the tapas and pintxos emanating from the small bars. We walked by the Rio Bilbao that flows through the city like the curves of a Mediterranean snake. Its north end flows through the newer and vibrant part of the city, the southern curves around the older and traditional Bilbao with its nostalgic buildings and narrow roads.On one of the bends of the Rio Bilbao, in the southern part of the city, stood a rusting building, in what appeared like a blend of communist and colonial architecture. Without any title or number on its doors, it found its identity in this neglected neighborhood as the government building next to the river. The buildings around it were 6-7 stories, apartments with small bars and shops on their ground floors. The colors and the ambience of the place seemed like from a time capsule. In 1983 floods devastated several iconic structures like the cathedral of the Santiago. Following the repair of those prominent buildings a general trend started that has led to a very colorful and systemic urban landscape.Moving northward along the river, the city changes its shape. Post medieval, flat buildings, give way to 20th century multi storied industrial apartments, haute couture shopping malls, metro entrances and finally the Guggenheim Museum.“Whether you like modern art or not, you are gonna like the Guggenheim,” said my host. Covered with splendorous 30,000 sheets of titanium, the museum became Basque’s primary tourist attraction overnight. An enormous atrium, more than 150 feet high, connects 15 galleries. Following its completion in the late 1990s, it put Bilbao on the international map. The Arcelor Mittal Gallery (yes, we are talking Lakshmi Mittal here) is a permanent exhibit of disorienting art made of huge steel sheets encircling each other. Once one walks through the iron art, the sense of direction and location is lost. I thought looking at the structure of the building itself was disorientating with its sliding walls merging into each other. A guide said, “You may divide Bilbao’s time line in BG and AG.” Which I reckoned was before and after Guggenheim.In the Basque spirit, friends of friends extended invitations for food and drinks. The gourmet Basque food was not only more diverse and colorful than the rest of the country; it was also exceedingly interesting in the form of food clubs, where men gather to cook and enjoy their own food. Until recently, women were only allowed in one day in the year. The cooks prided themselves on the art of making pintxos, which is a small slice of bread on which various ingredients are held with a stick, which gives the food its name.Our next destination in Spain was San Sebestian, or Donostia in Basque. As we left Bilbao, I saw its river flow with us along the road. I wondered if I would ever be able to compare Bilbao with any other place on earth.              Related Itemslast_img read more