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Greg Blass

Greg Blass
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Greg has spent his life in public service since he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a teenager. He is a former Suffolk County Family Court judge, six-term Suffolk County legislator and commissioner of Social Services. Now retired, Greg is active in volunteer work and is a board member of several charities. He lives in Jamesport. Email Greg

Sunshine has health benefits that can’t be replaced with a pill

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The negative health effects of zero-tolerance for unblocked exposure to sunlight can't be offset by dietary supplements.

Many reasons why town partnership in waste-to-energy plant is a bad idea

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There are plenty of red flags about the proposal for the Town of Riverhead to partner in a waste-to-energy plant on Youngs Avenue. Column by Greg Blass.

‘Anti-vaxxers’ bring resurgence of preventable — and dangerous — diseases

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A movement based on discredited science has put a generation of children at risk. Measles is a serious virus that can kill your child and you can prevent it with a simple, safe vaccination. Column by Greg Blass

Why a moratorium on new apartment buildings makes sense for downtown

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It's time for Riverhead to slow down, think broadly and in the long term, and concentrate on the smart and sustainable future our town deserves. Column by Greg Blass

Move, stretch, stand and squat throughout your day for better health

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Too much sitting may not only negate the benefits of exercise, but also may have very serious detrimental effects on your health. Here's why moving throughout the day and squatting instead of sitting is good for you. New column by Greg Blass.

In 2019, caregivers need not go it alone

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A majority of Long Islanders over age 50 are either currently, or have been in the past five years, or expect to be in the next five years, a caregiver for an elderly relative or friend. Good news for the new year: Help is available for people coping with this daunting, difficult job.

Why later school-day start times are healthier for kids

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Letting children and teens get more morning shut-eye has a host of benefits, as studies link sleep-deprivation to academic issues, ADHD, future substance abuse and other ills.

When politics trumps common sense

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A town hall saga that has all the clumsy intrigue, confused play-acting, crude politics, and shameful pettiness of a cheap novel.

Consider the avocado: a case study in the value of a second look

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This exceptional berry provides a lesson about human nature — how we are so sure to judge something, or some place, or someone, thinking with a smug self-assurance that we know all we need to know in our all-too-often dismissive ways.

In Suffolk, hidden taxes help fund runaway government spending

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Suffolk County government's already fat fees keep climbing — along with county debt — allowing politicians to fund runaway spending and make the (false) claim they're not raising taxes.
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