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first_imgIf you’ve driven east on the Long Island Expressway, you may have missed it. Or, you may have seen the blue sign that reads “Attractions at Exit 70” and dismissed the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island listed underneath it as some kind of roadside gathering of religious statues on a street corner.But winding through 70 acres of the Pine Barrens in Eastport, these peaceful paths seem more suited to a pilgrimage in the mountains of Spain, not sandwiched between two parades of weekenders heading out to the Hamptons. But here they are, completely silent except for a few birds calling back and forth in the trees above, a sanctuary that draws believers from all over to Long Island.At the end of the path is a man-made cavern with an empty pine box in the middle under a sign that reads, “You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen. He is not here. See the place where they laid him.”On one side a quarter-mile path is lined with the Stations of the Cross, wooden kneelers and codes that can be punched into your cell phone for a personal guided tour. A woman in the distance walks alone, stops to kneel at each one, and eventually disappears into the woods.Another woman holds a Bible and sits next to a small garden and a statue of the Virgin Mary, the entrance to the Rosary Walk, with 150 bushes sculpted into beads that end in a hedge shaped into a cross.The entrance to the Rosary WalkAbout a mile down the road a man strolls along the Avenue of Saints, where gifts like miniature statues, flowers and rosary beads are left at the feet of immortalized saints.There’s a chapel, an area for an outdoor mass, a coffee shop and a gift shop. But all of this leads to the main attraction, a towering statue of the Virgin Mary, “the Lady of the Island,” perched on a massive boulder.The shrine is Long Island through and through. The land was donated to the Montfort Missionaries by Crescenzo and Angelina Vigliota, Sr. in 1953 for a shrine to honor Mary. In 1957 the Harrisons of East Moriches gifted the rock and surrounding areas overlooking Moriches Bay. In 1975 the 18-foot statue of Mary and Jesus, designed by Rafael Desoto of Patchogue, was gifted by the Vigliotta family.The Beloved Disciple at the Foot of the Cross statue along the Stations of the Cross trailThe grounds also include a huge replica of the Pieta, the Holy Stairs—a massive concrete staircase leading to a likeness of Jesus on the Cross. Candles, left by past visitors, are still lit, and along the ledge there are messages written on stone. Some are prayers, some are pleas for healing. Others offer messages to the dead. More notes written in ink and marker cover the sign. And others simply offer words of gratitude like this one: “Thanks for everything —Justin.”On July 10 beginning at 10 a.m. the shrine will host the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue – World Apostolate of Fatima, a wooden hand-carved Image of Our Lady of Fatima given to the United States by the Bishop of Fatima in 1967, blessed by Pope Paul VI and crowned by Cardinal O’Boyle in the National Basilica in Washington, D.C., to spread the message of Fatima, which began in the summer of 1916 with the first apparition to three shepherd children by the Angel of Peace in Fatima, Portugal. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

first_img“In the Zone” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article visit dailytrojan.com or email Trevor at [email protected] As I watched the NCAA championship game, I could only shake my head in disbelief.I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The entire Butler team could not put the ball in the basket, and, as hard as it is to believe, UConn wasn’t much better.But besides the lack of offensive efficiency both teams, there was something even more disconcerting.UConn was crowned the 2010-11 NCAA champions.I’m not saying I despise the Huskies, but it’s what happened leading up to the win that irritates me.In March 2009, Yahoo! Sports reported UConn violated NCAA rules in recruiting former guard Nate Miles.Former student manager-turned-sports agent Josh Nochimson provided the four-star recruit from Ohio with lodging, transportation, restaurant meals and representation.The NCAA found evidence of phone calls and text messages exchanged between Miles, Nochimson and a former UConn assistant coach.In October 2010, UConn acknowledged the violations that occurred when recruiting Miles, and imposed sanctions on its own men’s basketball program, including a reduction in scholarships in each of the next two seasons and a two-year probation.UConn coach Jim Calhoun was found guilty for failure to “keep an atmosphere of compliance.”Sounds familiar, right?It is eerily close to what happened with the USC men’s basketball program three years ago.Former guard O.J. Mayo was believed to have accepted improper benefits from Rodney Guillory.The NCAA, however, had no hard evidence to back up the allegations.But in January 2010, USC chose to self-impose sanctions, which included a reduction in scholarships, a forfeiture of victories during the 2007-08 season and a four-year probation.More damaging than the loss of scholarships, though, was a one-year ban on postseason play.To top it all off, the Trojans also lost five recruits during the NCAA’s investigation, most notably three players who starred in Arizona’s Elite Eight run this March: guard Lamont Jones, forward Solomon Hill and forward Derrick Williams.In USC’s case, the NCAA decided not to punish the Trojans any further. In UConn’s case, which was rendered in February 2011, the NCAA tacked on another year of probation, reduced the number of scholarships from 13 to 12 and the number of recruiting days for coaches by from 130-90. Calhoun must also miss the first three games of the 2011-12 season.The biggest difference: UConn was allowed to play in the postseason.The program didn’t ban itself from postseason play, and apparently, the NCAA thought UConn rightfully had served its punishment.Nobody cares about a loss of scholarships or a reduction in the coach’s recruiting days — all of that is irrelevant.Basketball programs can survive with 11 players on a roster, especially an elite program such as UConn’s.And players just want to play in the postseason; they want to play on the biggest stage known in college basketball known as March Madness.The NCAA could have banned UConn from the Big East and NCAA tournaments, but it didn’t.However the NCAA deems what punishments are fair or unfair, it should not provide cheaters with an opportunity to win so easily.UConn clearly broke the rules, yet now sits atop the collegiate basketball world.Cheaters should never win, and winners should never cheat.The pervasive nature of these cheating scandals in collegiate athletics has left a dark cloud over the sport.But I guess it doesn’t matter anymore. I’m used to this madness by now.last_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES — The recent U-S Drought Monitor report shows abnormally dry conditions in about 35 percent of the state, with eight west-central counties classified as being in moderate drought. Iowa Department of Natural Resources analyst Tim Hall says the state remains in a contrast when it comes to water conditions. “You almost can draw a north-south line along Interstate 35. And to the west of the interstate in the last month — those areas have been short of rainfall. And on the east side of I-35, we’ve had excess rainfall,” Hall says. While parts of the state are characterized as dry — Hall says there are two different ways to look at it. “In drought terminology we sometimes talk about an agricultural drought versus a hydrological drought,” he says. “And the agricultural drought comes much more quickly because those crops need moisture and they typically get it from the upper part of the soil profile.” The other type of drought impacts more long-term water needs. “For drinking water for groundwater. So, we’re concerned and we are watching it, but right now the impacts are primarily agricultural. But if things don’t improve, then we’ll start to see those impacts move  into other parts of the system,” Hall says. He says not all rain will help get rid of the dry conditions. Hall says we often get thunderstorms this time of year that dump big amounts of rain and that tends to run off the ground quickly, and is not as helpful to crops.  He says a slow, steady rain would be the most helpful right now.  Hall says the longer the drought continues, the more you have to worry about the time it takes to come out of it. “Drought conditions typically are a long time building up — they don’t come generally very quickly. And on the other side of the coin — to move a drought out of the state doesn’t come in one rainstorm — typically it takes a prolonged period of wet weather,” according to Hall.  Hall says the rains can also be sporadic this time of year and help one area agriculturally — while leaving another area still in need of rain.last_img read more

first_imgSo moved was Letterkenny priest Fr.Eamonn Kelly by the death of little Joshua Coyle that he wrote a poem for the tragic little boy.Tragic Joshua Coyle who was killed on Friday.The congregation at beautiful Joshua’s funeral mass at St Eunan’s Cathedral couldn’t hold back the tears as Fr.Eamon read these words.He has kindly allowed us to publish them in the hope that it will give the Coyle and Mangan families and the wider community some comfort at this trying time. Rest in peace wee Joshua.Joshua ZackDoes anyone hear our screamsin the middle of all the pain, heartache of this child’s death,action by nature, Joshua by name Beyond words is the sorrowthat his death has causedour community is silenced our world lessened, paused Just six 93 days of ageleaving family broken to the corecommunity stunned, strangers shocked naturally all wanted Joshua more Does anyone hear our screamsthat ask the never-ending whydoes Mammy and Daddy and brothershave to hold a hand and cry To Christ upon the tree we turnhe screamed the shattered cry tooso that in the heartache we mightknow love is forever trueJoshua, we know you live foreverbut for now we must be apartYet Little Action Man knowyou are always in our heartPRIEST’S MOVING POEM FOR LITTLE ‘ACTION MAN’ JOSHUA was last modified: October 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deathdonegalFr Eamonn KellyJoshua CoylepoemSt.Eunan’s Cathedrallast_img read more