Calverton: Irene and 9/11 — both brought us together

It’s been almost 10 years since 9/11, one of the saddest days in United States history. Once again we on the East End and in many other places where Hurricane Irene visited, have come together to love our neighbors, to help each other, to care. Just like 10 years ago, our hearts have opened to one another. It is simply beautiful. I only hope that we hold onto these generous feelings; it really is very perfect.

Happy birthday to a great guy, Steve Orlowski, who has been very busy helping people clean up after the hurricane. Best wishes for a peaceful birthday Sept. 9, from your two beautiful children, Cormac and Cayleigh, your wife, Kerin, and all your family and friends. We do love you dearly, Steve! And to Paul Ceberek and Donald Pelis from Calverton, who both celebrate Sept. 11, all your family and friends wish you both a great day. I hope you are also done with the hurricane cleanup.

Happy wedding anniversary to Miriam and Charles Niegocki, who celebrated Aug. 31. Miriam and Charles were married in 1952 and are living happily ever after. So, from your daughter Joan (my buddy), myself and all your family and friends, we hope you both had a great day together. Wedding anniversary wishes also go to Donald and Maureen Karpilovsky, who will be married 25 years on Sept. 13. We wish you a very happy day and hope you have a perfect lakeside celebration.

Baiting Hollow Congregational Church will hold its annual yard sale on Sept. 10 at the church on Sound Avenue. There will be over 50 vendors selling antiques, clothing, housewares, baked goods and more. Be sure to stop by and enjoy this really wonderful yard sale.

Once again, back to Irene. Fun was had by a lot of people. Children learned the art of board games, campfires, camping in the backyard, s’mores, and gazing at the stars — activities us older people know all about. My mom is a generator wiz. I am beaming with pride at how she ruthlessly trekked out every morning at 6 a.m. and gassed up/started ours.

Take care, be safe, and God bless. I shall talk you next week. Bye.