Well, we finally passed it — March 20, the first day of spring. The green of St. Patrick’s Day was the perfect introduction to the color the grass will soon be turning. Each day should see more people spending time outside, shedding some layers and actually enjoying the breeze.
Just when you thought you could put away the snow shovel, poof! — more snow arrives. Wouldn’t it be cool if we had a white Easter? Don’t color the eggs, just put them in the snow. How challenging would that be?
I need to apologize to Ava Robinson of Aquebogue. Somehow I missed her announcement for my column in early March. Ava is an avid doll collector — from the 1920s to the present — and competes in doll shows all over Long Island. On Jan. 25, Ava attended the Patchogue Doll Fanciers Club show at the UpSky Hotel in Hauppauge and won 12 ribbons. (more…)
Hello, friends and neighbors. Welcome to spring. Finally! I’m so excited to be over that February madness. It was just too cold and snowy this year. I don’t think I’d mind it around Christmas because it’s supposed to snow then — at least that’s what all the songs and movies say. Anyway, it’s time to dust off the body and get out and move. Just make sure you wear bright reflective clothing if you’re going to walk or run on our area roads. It’s very hard to see people who are wearing dark-colored clothing. (more…)
Kelly Wooten and friends Mary Higgins-Maresco and Tom Higgins traveled to Paris, France, March 4-8 to celebrate Mary’s birthday. The trio toured Notre Dame and enjoyed the beautiful architecture and stained glass windows. At the Louvre, they saw the Mona Lisa and all the other beautiful pieces of art. They viewed the Eiffel Tower at night, which was simply spectacular with the lights flashing. (more…)
Kevin Mann, retired teacher of Shoreham-Wading River High School, gave me the heads-up that for many years the high school students have traveled to Kenya and worked with and supported the children of Hope Children’s Home. One of those children, Betty Gakii, who came to the home in 2008 at age 15, recently finished her teacher training studies at Chuka University. She then got a teaching job at a local secondary school, got engaged and just became Mrs. Samuel Kathurima. The newlyweds live in Meru, a town not far from the home. Lesson learned: “The actions of high school youth do change lives … forever!” (more…)
We said goodbye to my cousin Geoff Borsella last week and we did it in a wonderful way, with a perfect blend of family and dear friends. Geoff enjoyed reading my column so I thought it only fitting to start off talking about him. Geoff gave us “kids” awesome memories: From the Bronx — where he worked and where little farm kids visited with eyes wide open, full of fear, awe, and amazement — we saw his life. (more…)
It’s beginning to look a lot like spring. I have been running around my house singing those words. This familiar Christmas song is being transformed into a tune of hope and it’s echoed in the birds singing in my yard. I actually ran out wearing just a sweatshirt the other day. It’s not yet time to pack up the winter coats and hats but the sunshine and warmer temperatures are definitely a sign that spring is on its way. (more…)