03/27/15 4:30pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO

Monday, March 16: Wake from a dream. Stopped at a light. Young guy approaching the passenger side window. I notice it’s my old high school buddy, John Fitzgerald, killed at Khe Sanh, long ago.

“Venom?” Fitz asks.

“What?”

“Do you have venom to sell?”

“No,” I say. (more…)

03/27/15 10:00am
RICHARD LOMUSCIO

RICHARD LOMUSCIO

We all know that Florida is very friendly toward senior citizens. I believe that seniors make up the bulk of the population here, and many live in over-55 communities.

I am visiting a friend in such a place. Most of the residents hail from the Northeast and Canada. Youngsters are not permitted to visit for more than a few weeks a year. These settlements all have pools, clubhouses and governing bodies. They publish newsletters and have numerous activities including trips, dances and lectures. (more…)

03/24/15 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Getting a read on potential colon cancer may no longer require a trip to the hospital.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Getting a read on potential colon cancer may no longer require a trip to the hospital.

Between the dreaded preparation and procedure itself, no one would call getting a colonoscopy a barrel of laughs.

But reluctant would-be patients should take heart: In August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Cologuard, the first non-invasive DNA screening test for colorectal cancer. (more…)

03/24/15 10:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Rite of spring: 2012 Cy Young Award Winner and former Met R.A. Dickey making a kid’s day.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Rite of spring: 2012 Cy Young Award Winner and former Met R.A. Dickey making a kid’s day.

As osprey’s migrate north to the Island this time of year, my family instinctively flies the opposite route.

We have traveled every March for the past 12 years to Florida to watch spring training baseball. (more…)