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Lifesavers Gary Cardillo, left, and Brian Lechamanski.
Sometimes things are not what they seem.
For instance, I have been taking courses for 60 years to prepare for the day when I can help someone who has a sudden medical problem. I always wanted to be ready, to be the hero, to save someone’s life. I knew it would be the greatest gift I could ever give. (more…)
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Anita and Louis Cicero.
It was my day to get a haircut.
I’ve been getting a haircut once a month for the last 57 years at the same place — Louie the Clip.
When I got there, Louie was not the same. He didn’t feel well, but was willing to give me a haircut. (more…)
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The brainiest in the ‘Battle of the Brains’ at the library. From left, moderator Bob DeStefano and the winning team of Abby Dress, Kimberly Rea, Kevin Byrne and Amber Brach-Williams.
“If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.”
That line was said in a movie over 70 years ago. If you knew the name of that movie, you would have been a good partner in our general knowledge quiz at the Shelter Island Library last Friday night. (more…)
This is the first winter in 60 years that my wife Anne is not at my side. Things are quite different — rather than say good or bad or better or worse, I prefer saying “different.”
I Googled the percentage of how many marriages last 60 years and the answer is 1 percent. So, in the marriage department, I did better than 99 percent. Of course, like all greedy people, I wanted much more time. But that’s not the way life goes. Everything ends, except life goes on. (more…)
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Let it snow. Our columnist’s driveway.
Did you ever notice how some things can be so beautiful and at the same time really ugly?
Every winter I feel that way about snow. Not many things are more attractive or more beautiful than the first snowfall. On the flip side, driving home from work on slick, sub-freezing temperature roads, not much could be uglier. (more…)