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Welcome to my 'hood
June 10, 2002
What do you know about Long Island? The Great Gatsby? What you've seen in glossy magazine photos? Take it from me, FDNY battalion chief Dan Melia, that's not the real Long Island. I grew up in Plainview, a couple of miles from Farmingdale, N.Y., home to next week's U.S. Open, and caddied at Bethpage Black...
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June 10, 2002

Welcome To My 'hood

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Rosie O'Donnell
She might make an O.K. golfer. Hey, she's been a baseball player.

Billy Joel
Years ago I'd see him in bars in Oyster Bay, trying out new material.


Bethpage Polo Field
Games are played on Sundays; the rest of the time people fly their model airplanes here.

John McEnroe
A great competitor.

B.K. Sweeney's
The best place to get a cold beer near the course and a fire department hangout.


Farmingdale Station
There will be a shuttle from here to the course. As a member of the transportation committee, I considered driving it.

Sarah Hughes
Great Neck is the first town on Long Island across the New York City line.

Joey Buttafuoco
An embarrassment to Long Islanders. (This is his old garageā€”it's been renamed, and he has moved.)

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