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Nassau County, New York

Nassau County is a county in the U. S. state of New York. At the 2010 census, the county's population was 1,339,532, estimated to have increased to 1,358,343 in 2018; the county seat is Mineola and the largest town is Hempstead. Nassau County is situated on western Long Island, bordering New York City's borough of Queens to the west, Suffolk County to the east, it is the most densely populated and second-most populous county in New York state outside of New York City, with which it maintains extensive rail and highway connectivity, is considered one of the central counties within the New York metropolitan area. Nassau County contains two cities, three towns, 64 incorporated villages, more than 60 unincorporated hamlets. Nassau County has a designated police department, fire commission, elected executive and legislative bodies. A 2012 Forbes article based on the American Community Survey reported Nassau County as the most expensive county and one of the highest income counties in the United States, the most affluent in the state of New York, with four of the nation's top ten towns by median income located in the county.

Nassau County high school students feature prominently as winners of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and similar STEM-based academic awards. The name of the county comes from an old name for Long Island, at one time named Nassau, after the Dutch Prince William of Nassau, a member of the House of Nassau, itself named for the German town of Nassau; the county colors are the colors of the House of Orange-Nassau. Several alternate names had been considered for the county, including "Bryant", "Matinecock", "Norfolk", "Sagamore". However, "Nassau" had the historical advantage of having at one time been the name of Long Island itself, was the name most mentioned after the new county was proposed in 1875; the area now designated Nassau County was the eastern 70% of Queens County, one of the original 12 counties formed in 1683, was contained within two towns: Hempstead and Oyster Bay. In 1784, the Town of North Hempstead, was formed through secession by the northern portions of the Town of Hempstead.

Nassau County was formed in 1899 by the division of Queens County, after the western portion of Queens had become a borough of New York City in 1898, as the three easternmost towns seceded from the county. When the first European settlers arrived, among the Native Americans to occupy the present area of Nassau County were the Marsapeque and Sacatogue. Dutch settlers in New Netherland predominated in the western portion of Long Island, while English settlers from Connecticut occupied the eastern portion; until 1664, Long Island was split at the present border between Nassau and Suffolk counties, between the Dutch in the west and Connecticut claiming the east. The Dutch did grant an English settlement in Hempstead, but drove settlers from the present-day eastern Nassau hamlet of Oyster Bay as part of a boundary dispute. In 1664, all of Long Island became part of the English Province of New York within the Shire of York. Present-day Queens and Nassau were just part of a larger North Riding. In 1683, Yorkshire was dissolved, Suffolk County and Queens County were established, the local seat of government was moved west from Hempstead to Jamaica.

By 1700 little of Long Island had not been purchased from the native Indians by the English colonists, townships controlled whatever land had not been distributed. The courthouse in Jamaica was torn down by the British during the American Revolution to use the materials to build barracks. In 1784, following the American Revolutionary War, the Town of Hempstead was split in two, when Patriots in the northern part formed the new Town of North Hempstead, leaving Loyalist majorities in the Town of Hempstead. About 1787, a new Queens County Courthouse was erected in the new Town of North Hempstead, near present-day Mineola, known as Clowesville; the Long Island Rail Road reached as far east as Hicksville in 1837, but did not proceed to Farmingdale until 1841 due to the Panic of 1837. The 1850 census was the first in which the population of the three western towns exceeded that of the three eastern towns that are now part of Nassau County. Concerns were raised about the condition of the old courthouse and the inconvenience of travel and accommodations, with the three eastern and three western towns divided on the location for the construction of a new one.

Around 1874, the seat of county government was moved to Long Island City from Mineola. As early as 1875, representatives of the three eastern towns began advocating the separation of the three eastern towns from Queens, with some proposals including the towns of Huntington and Babylon. In 1898, the western portion of Queens County became a borough of the City of Greater New York, leaving the eastern portion a part of Queens County but not part of the Borough of Queens; as part of the city consolidation plan, all town and county governments within the borough were dissolved. The areas excluded from the consolidation included all of the Town of North Hempstead, all of the Town of Oyster Bay, most of the Town of Hempstead. In 1899, following approval from the New York State Legislature, the three towns were separated from Queens County, the new county of Nassau was constituted. In preparation for the new county, in November 1898, voters had selected Mineola to become

Robert D. Scinto

Robert Daniel Scinto is a Connecticut commercial real estate developer, founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of R. D. Scinto, Inc. Shelton. Scinto was born in Bridgeport, February 16, 1947, the son of Daniel Scinto and Doxie Andrews Scinto, he graduated from Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield in 1965 and attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield at night, graduating in 1971 with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration. While attending Sacred Heart University, Robert Scinto worked by day as a plumber in his father's business, D and R Plumbing, in Bridgeport, his initial rehabilitation project was of a three-family house in Bridgeport, the first of some 20 rehabs he undertook between 1971 and 1975. In 1975, R. D. Scinto, Inc. i77constructed its first apartment house, a 22-unit structure at 300 French St. in Bridgeport. The second, a 39-unit apartment house in Bridgeport, went up in 1979. In the same year he began initiating projects in Shelton, beginning with construction of the State National Bank building in that community.

Incremental and steady growth has characterized R. D. Scinto, Inc. over the years. Scinto properties can be found in Trumbull, Fairfield and Naugatuck, as well as Shelton. Scinto has been renowned as a vital structure in many of the communities. For example, countless supporters attended his 2011 hearing when he was accused of making false statements to an FBI agent in 2008 Scinto was sentenced to six months after pleading guilty, though still he remains a dedicated and vital part of his area. Scinto has bounced back headfirst into his business, has been spearheading many exciting new projects; the most recent is the Medical Center of Fairfield County in Trumbull, which opened in March, 2013. The state-of-the-art facility is home to the Surgery Center of Fairfield County, replete with surgical suites, recovery bays and offices for physicians and medical personnel; the 34 buildings in the R. D. Scinto, Inc. network include 3.2 million square feet of office space. Ninetyeight percent is occupied.

It is now a $200 million corporation. The centerpiece of Scinto's enterprise is the 65-acre campus on Corporate Drive in Shelton, whose 11 buildings are home to an array of corporate entities, including Cartier, Prudential Financial, Iriquois Gas, Blum Shapiro and Ganim Financial. Situated among the buildings is Scinto's Il Palio Ristorante, named for the famed medieval horse race held twice annually in Siena, Italy. Among the pieces of art displayed on the Shelton campus are copies of two classic sculptures: a soaring rendition of Michelangelo's "David," and a dramatic interpretive rendering of Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" by noted American sculptor Babette Bloch. At the dedication of the latter, art historian Dr. Philip Eliasoph of Fairfield University dubbed Scinto "Roberto da Shelton, or Roberto Prince of Fairfield County". William Shakespeare has a home on the campus. Tuesday evenings find lovers of the Bard filling the campus auditorium for presentations on his works in a series called Nights With Shakespeare.

The series was prompted by Barbara Scinto's fascination with the classics. Scinto has received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Connecticut Construction Institute, the Bridgeport Rescue Mission Award for helping the homeless, the Patron of the Year Award from the Fairfield Arts Council, the Kennedy Center Vision Award, the Toby Award of the Southern Connecticut Building Owners and Management Association, among others. About Bob Scinto "Babette Bloch - Vitruvian Man". Retrieved January 19, 2012

Jerry Blackwell

Jerry Blackwell was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name "Crusher" Jerry Blackwell. Blackwell competed in the 1979 World's Strongest Man contest, but withdrew early in the competition due to an injury, he was a main event star in the American Wrestling Association where he feuded with Mad Dog Vachon, Hulk Hogan, The Crusher, Bruiser Brody and Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey. Nicknamed the "Mountain from Stone Mountain", "Crusher" Jerry Blackwell began his career in the 1970s. Despite his considerable bulk, Blackwell was quite nimble and a gifted worker, able to throw a standing dropkick and take bumps in the ring. In 1976, he wrestled in Pennsylvania, where he faced such wrestlers as Dominic DeNucci and Ivan Putski, he competed in the World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1978. He defeated such wrestlers as Larry Zbyszko, Dominic DeNucci and S. D. Jones but was unsuccessful in matches against high-profile stars such as André the Giant and WWF Champion Bob Backlund. In the 1980s, Blackwell settled in the AWA, where he became a main event star and feuded with Mad Dog Vachon, Hulk Hogan, the "Crusher" Reginald Lisowski.

Blackwell was tagged as the "Rattlesnake", given for his quick speed and aggression, a nickname which in the 1990s was bestowed upon Steve Austin. After a bloody, unsuccessful feud with the Crusher, Blackwell dropped his "Crusher" moniker and joined forces with hated AWA manager Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissey in 1983, wore Arab garments, formed a successful tag team with Ken Patera known as the Sheiks; the Sheiks feuded with Verne Gagne, as well as the High Flyers over the AWA world tag team title. The Sheiks beat the High Flyers for the tag team titles and remained champions for eleven months before being dethroned by the Crusher and Baron von Raschke. Blackwell's career reached new heights after the departure of Hulk Hogan from the AWA in late 1983. Verne Gagne tapped Blackwell to be Hogan's replacement as the top babyface in the AWA. Blackwell became a face after winning a battle-royal at the St. Paul Civic Center on June 10, 1984, when he was attacked and brutally triple-teamed by Al-Kaissey, Abdullah the Butcher and his tag team partner in Japan Bruiser Brody, which led to a post-match brawl involving Dusty Rhodes, Curt Hennig and the Fabulous Ones coming in on Blackwell's behalf.

Blackwell began a historic feud with Brody and Al-Kaissey, established a new image as a solid fan favorite as well. Blackwell went on to receive numerous title shots against AWA World Heavyweight champions Stan Hansen and Curt Hennig throughout 1986 and 1987; as a result, Blackwell stopped wrestling full-time. Blackwell made his last appearance in the AWA during a television taping in Rochester, Minnesota in October 1989, wrestling in a singles match against Tom Stone and in a 6-man tag team match with Bobby Fulton and Jackie Fulton against Johnny Valiant, Mike Enos, Wayne Bloom; the AWA took the opportunity to push an angle between Blackwell and Adnan's new protégé Kokina Maximus, but the match never took place. Blackwell considered joining the World Wrestling Federation during the promotion's expansion in 1984. Before being signed, wrestlers were required to record promos, but the large number of wrestlers wanting to join the WWF made for a long lineup on a day while the interviews were being recorded.

Blackwell got so frustrated with standing in line that he left, claiming that he was a wrestler and did not want to feel like he was punching a time clock for a corporation. Blackwell was known for his feats of strength. One of the most famous, which he performed during interviews was driving nails into a 2x4 with his head. While Blackwell was regarded as an easy wrestler to work with, willing to sell his opponent's moves, he was involved in at least two matches in which his opponent was injured. Maurice Vachon sustained three broken ribs and two broken vertebrae in a match with Blackwell and was unable to compete again for three years; the Crusher suffered nerve damage to his arm and was forced to take about a year off after Blackwell performed a move from the top rope and landed awkwardly on him. Jerry Blackwell died on January 22, 1995, at the age of 45, due to complications from injuries sustained in a December 1994 automobile accident. American Wrestling Association AWA World Tag Team Championship – with Ken Patera Central States Wrestling NWA World Tag Team Championship – with Buck Robley Continental Wrestling Association CWA Super Heavyweight Championship Southeastern Championship Wrestling NWA Southeastern Tag Team Championship – with The Invader, Dick Slater St. Louis Wrestling Club NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship Pro Wrestling Illustrated PWI ranked him # 116 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003 PWI ranked him # 75 of the 100 best tag teams during the "PWI Years" – with Ken Patera in 2003 List of premature professional wrestling deaths Jerry Blackwell on IMDb

Charles Williams (U.S. author)

Charles K. Williams was an American author of crime fiction, he is regarded by some critics as one of the finest suspense novelists of the 1960s. His 1951 debut, the paperback novel Hill Girl, sold more than a million copies. A dozen of his books have been adapted for movies, most popularly The Hot Spot. Williams was born in the central Texas town of San Angelo. After attending school through tenth grade, during 1929 he enlisted with the US Merchant Marine, he served for ten years before quitting to marry Lasca Foster. Having trained as a radioman during his seafaring career, Williams worked as an electronics inspector, first for RCA in Galveston, Texas at Puget Sound Navy Yard in Washington State through the end of World War II, he and his wife relocated to San Francisco, where he worked for Mackay Radio company until the publication of his first novel, Hill Girl, during 1951. It was a great success, Williams spent the remainder of his professional career as an author of novels, with several screenplays to his credit.

The couple changed residences and spent considerable time in France, where Williams's work has an excellent reputation. After the death of his wife from cancer during 1972, Williams purchased property on the California-Oregon border where he lived alone for a time in a trailer. Relocating to Los Angeles, Williams committed suicide in his apartment in the Van Nuys neighborhood during early April 1975. Williams had been depressed since the death of his wife, his emotional state worsened as sales of his books declined as thrillers began to lose popularity in the early 70s, he was survived by Alison. Many sources continue to repeat the false rumor that Williams died by drowning in the Gulf of Mexico or in France. Williams's work is identified with the noir fiction subgenre of "hardboiled" crime writing, his 1953 novel Hell Hath No Fury—-published by the defining crime fiction company, Gold Medal Books—-was the first paperback original to merit a review from renowned critic Anthony Boucher of The New York Times.

Boucher relates Williams to two of the most famous noir fiction writers: "The striking suspense technique...may remind you of Woolrich. But Mr. Williams is individually himself in his sharp but unmannered prose style and in his refusal to indulge in sentimental compromises." Ed Gorman's description of a characteristic Williams novel, Man on the Run, outlines the essential elements that associate it with the noir fiction category: "a) a falsely accused man trying to elude police, b) a lonely woman as desperate in her way as the man on the run, c) enough atmospherics to enshroud a hundred films noir." Cultural critic Geoffrey O'Brien further details Williams's "chief characteristics": a powerfully evoked natural setting, revelation of character through sexual attitudes and behavior, a conversational narrative voice that makes the flimsiest tale seem worth telling.... His narrator is an ordinary, curiously amoral fellow fueled by greed and lust but curiously detached from his own crimes. Are variations on the same serviceable plot: boy meets money, boy gets money, boy loses money.

Each of them hinges on a woman, it is in the intricacies of the man-woman relationship that Williams finds his real subject.... Ften the woman is both more intelligent and—- when she is a criminal—- more aware of moral complexities than the affectless hero. Lee Horsley describes how Williams satirizes his male protagonists' attitudes, while implicitly reassessing the traditional genre figure of the femme fatale. Williams's novel River Girl is described by noir fiction expert George Tuttle as a "classic example of backwoods noir...us an Erskine Caldwell type setting to heighten the sexual overtones of the story." Many of Williams's other novels are of this "backwoods noir" type: Hill Girl. Williams produced late in his career, what might be called "blue-water noir": Scorpion Reef, The Sailcloth Shroud, Dead Calm, And The Deep Blue Sea. Woody Haut argues that Williams, like fellow crime novelist Charles Willeford, wrote stories fueled by an "antipathy to state power, state crimes and the creation of social conditions leading to criminal activity.

Relying on wit and ingenious plotting, Williams's characters attempt to outwit the system." Of Williams's twenty-two novels, sixteen were paperback originals, eleven of them Gold Medals. Historian Woody Haut calls Williams the "foremost practitioner" of the style of suspense that typified American crime literature from the mid-1950s through the early 1960s: "So prolific and accomplished a writer was Charles Williams that he single-handedly made many subsequent pulp culture novels seem like little more than parodies." Fellow "hardboiled" author John D. MacDonald cited him as one of the most undeservedly neglected writers of his generation. O'Brien, describing Williams as being "overdue" for "wider appreciation," describes him as a stylist faithful to "the narrative values which make his books so entertaining and his present neglect so inexplicable."As of 2006, only three of Williams's novels were in print in the United States: River Girl, Nothing in Her Way, A Touch of Death. As of 2013, sixteen of Williams's novels were released as e-books by Mysterious Press.

During 2014, Overlook Duckworth re-published Confidentially Yours. Most of his work is in print in

Dioxosuccinic acid

Dioxosuccinic acid or dioxobutanedioic acid is an organic compound with formula C4H2O6 or HO−4−OH. Removal of two protons from the molecule would yield the dioxosuccinate anion, C4O2−6 or −O−4−O−; this is one of the oxocarbon anions, which consist of carbon and oxygen. The name is used for salts containing that anion, for esters with the moiety. Removal of a single proton would result in the monovalent anion hydrogendioxosuccinate, C4HO−6 or HO−4−O−. Dioxosuccinic acid is one of the acids occurring in wine, from the oxidation of tartaric acid via dihydroxyfumaric acid; the acid combines with two molecules of water to produce dihydroxytartaric acid, the ketone hydrate form, C4H6O8 or HO−−2−−OH. Indeed, the product traded under the name "dioxosuccinic acid hydrate" appears to be that substance. Dihydroxytartaric acid behaves like dioxosuccinic acid in some reactions. Mesoxalic acid Oxaloacetic acid Fumaric acid

Ljubljana Opera House

The Ljubljana Opera House is an opera house in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The seat of the national opera and ballet company, the Ljubljana Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet, it serves as the national opera building of the country, it stands at 1 Župančič Street between the Slovenian Parliament building, on one hand, the National Museum and the National Gallery, on the other hand. The building was named the Provincial Theatre and was built between 1890 and 1892 in the Neo-Renaissance style by the Czech architects Jan Vladimír Hráský and Anton Hruby. Before the construction of the German Theatre in 1911, the building served as a venue for productions in both Slovene and German, afterwards only in Slovene; the facade of the Opera House has Ionic columns supporting a pediment with a tympanum above the entrance and has two niches at the side adorned with allegorical statues of Tragedy and Comedy by the sculptor Alojz Gangl