05/21/17 11:00am
Here’s a photo of freshly caught bluefish right before the cooking (photo by Myla, the author’s granddaughter).

Here’s a photo of freshly caught bluefish right before the cooking (photo by Myla, the author’s granddaughter).

I made a decision last week to get rid of my Jeep Wrangler. I had just returned from a trip to New Jersey (where my second child has bought a house) and was completely beat.

The upper level to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was closed. Everyone was being funneled from the Belt Parkway onto the lower level. About one hour of stop and go, and doing a tap dance with the clutch and accelerator.

I said to myself, “Self, you’re too old for this. Get an automatic transmission.” (more…)

05/20/17 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | The Dering Harbor home of Kirk Ressler will be the site of a July 15 cocktail fundraiser for Fighting Chance.

COURTESY PHOTO The Dering Harbor home of Kirk Ressler will be the site of a July 15 cocktail fundraiser for Fighting Chance.

There’s probably no better motivator for innovation than having a problem in need of a solution.

For Sag Harbor’s Duncan Darrow, that problem was cancer and it arose in 2002 when his mother learned she had been diagnosed with the lung variety, probably metastatic, and they should prepare for a tough road ahead. (more…)

05/20/17 11:00am
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO

Walker or runner, the trick for turtles and hares is putting one foot in front of the other until you see the finish line.

At that point, your instincts will be your guide. Although years ago, our Island 5K did make a logistics screwup. The bountiful food that is provided at all our races was improperly located. The grills for hot dogs and hamburgers were on Crescent Beach’s sand. (more…)

05/20/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Sidney Stark and PMP alumnus violinist Kenneth Renshaw after Mr. Renshaw’s performance at the Stires-Stark Alumni Recital on May 6.

COURTESY PHOTO | Sidney Stark and PMP alumnus violinist Kenneth Renshaw after Mr. Renshaw’s performance at the Stires-Stark Alumni Recital on May 6.

The Perlman Music Program (PMP) has received a $250,000 grant from the Stires-Stark Family Foundation for the creation of the Stires-Stark Alumni Fund. Early on, Sidney S. Stark and her late husband, PMP Board President Morgan B. Stark, recognized the importance of supporting students of the program and its 500-plus graduates. As longtime champions dedicated to engaging the program’s alumni, the family is committed to upholding competitive compensation for graduates who share their time and talent as PMP representatives.  (more…)

05/19/17 8:00am
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | One of my Hyacinthoides beds. I have several of them scattered throughout the garden. They’ve never disappointed! Highly recommended.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | One of my Hyacinthoides beds. I have several of them scattered throughout the garden. They’ve never disappointed! Highly recommended.

Last column, hoping to be helpful to newbies, we reviewed most of the basic principles relevant to bulbs. And we decried the unpleasant spring weather, but assumed it would improve soon. It didn’t. But now, a full month later, it finally has.  (more…)