Bloggers with interests in politics, ghost hunting, health and faith expounded on their thoughts this year on Patch. They provoked others to agree, disagree or ask questions.
Here are some of the top bloggers this year.
The Long Island Museum provided a look back at growing up on the Island, "Life was a giant block party to the Baby Boomers who grew up on Long Island in the 1950s."
Danielle Asher outlined the choices we have to make for students, "Long Islanders have two choices: Either we show our children that society values them and is willing to invest in them; or we go against all available research and place the futures of our children in the hands of those looking to profit from them."
Rabbi Irwin Huberman wrote about Thanksgiving and Jewish tradition, "While Thanksgiving in not officially a Jewish holy day, our tradition does encourage us to partake in secular holidays when the values of that holiday are consistent with those of Judaism."
Richard Brody took on Roger Clemens, human growth hormone and prosecutions, "if lying to Congress was such a horrendous offense, how about all the politicians much of the time, members of Cabinet, "spun" answers, bankers and financial people, etc? At very best, this appears to be a case of selective prosecution."
Keriann Flanagan Brosky took readers on a tour of Long Island's most haunted towns, "We have a rich and intriguing history here on Long Island which includes a prominent Native American past and the American Revolutionary War, amongst other things."
T.J. Clemente had a message for management, "A real manager, takes care of his players thus creating a winning team. There is a respect and love on a certain level. Today, too often, it's all about what's in it for me, my package, and how do I grow my salary."
Lauren Lev addressed icons, advertising and media, "when the initial or subsequently revitalized mascot is a terrible representation of the brand -- there's got to be a quick way to get rid of the evidence."
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Jeri Usbay provided tips on Facebook privacy and other tech advice, "Perhaps you went to a party Saturday night, and you wake up Sunday morning to find there are pictures of you already posted on your Timeline. Perhaps these pictures show you really enjoying this party, and you’d really rather these photos remain private."
Chris Ostling warns about shopping-related injuries, "The biggest problem I see related to shopping is the carrying of all of the bags and packages - pocket books included. We don't realize that after three hours and five stores later we have accumulated a lot of excess baggage that we are forced to schlep around for the remainder of our time at the mall."
Stella Miller, president of the Huntington Oyster Bay Audubon Society, debuted her blog and discussed ways to support conservation efforts, "For the simplest method of all, I always suggest they purchase a Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp)."