12/08/17 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Seniors need to take care and improve their balance to prevent falls.

COURTESY PHOTO | Seniors need to take care and improve their balance to prevent falls.

One of the great fears of senior citizens is to take a fall. We’ve all heard the horror stories and justifiably dread the possible results of a fall.

At 84, my father was a healthy individual who slipped in his home and broke his hip. He did not last long after that.

Our aging bones are not up to the resiliency necessary to survive the trauma of  a fall. Also, the shock to the body of a elderly individual after a tumble can have deleterious psychological effects. (more…)

11/22/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | A sign of the times for hungry grandchildren.

COURTESY PHOTO | A sign of the times for hungry grandchildren.

I almost forgot about writing my column this week because I have been so busy in New Jersey carrying out grandfatherly duties. I went there last Tuesday to watch 3-year-old Andrew and 7-year-old Avalene. Their father had to work and their mom had to be on the West Coast. So I took over the daily care including transportation to school, feeding, dressing and entertaining. (more…)

11/19/17 3:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | A basketful of bounty: It’s almost scallop season. Will this year be a boom or a bust?

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Local scallops — a basketful of bounty.

After reading last week’s Reporter story about Steve Lenox and the opening of  scallop season and listening to Billy Gremmler telling Gary Sapien on WLNG about all the scallops he’d be serving this weekend, I just had to have some.

It was Thursday afternoon so I went to see Jimmy Hayward at Commander Cody’s. I saw some recently opened shells outside — a good sign — but the place was closed.  (more…)

10/27/17 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Residents like the idea of building an urgent care facility on the Island.

COURTESY PHOTO | Residents like the idea of building an urgent care facility on the Island.

Readers may recall responding to a survey sent out this summer concerning the desire for an urgent care center here on the Island. Well, the results of the survey are in and were shared with me by Senior Citizen Foundation  president Barbara Silverstone.

The Foundation initiated the survey in response to a concern by residents that health care here is limited on weekends and at night, except for the emergency medical services. (more…)

10/21/17 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Raking season is here. Make sure you're doing it safely.

COURTESY PHOTO | Raking season is here. Make sure you’re doing it safely.

We are finally getting some fall weather on this island. And with the season comes the usual leaf raking and yard cleanup that everyone does. I remember when I was young, the fall air was always filled with the odor of burning leaves — a comforting scent. Neighbors would burn them in small piles outside their homes. It’s pretty much illegal to burn leaves now. (more…)