10/08/17 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | During their visit to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida last spring, Poppy Johnson, her grandchildren, son and daughter-in-law came across a familiar name in an unexpected place.

COURTESY PHOTO | During their visit to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida last spring, Poppy Johnson, her grandchildren, son and daughter-in-law came across a familiar name in an unexpected place.

I thought I’d let my readers know that I sent the receipt (proving that I took the “safe driving class” I described last week) to my insurance company, and I received a check representing 10 percent of my premium for liability and collision coverage.

Pretty fast work. I am delighted. So sign up for the next class set for December 5. Just call Laurie at (631) 749-1059 to register.

Meanwhile, I thought I’d pass on some information I gathered from a piece in Newsday last Sunday called “When Generations Travel Together.” It’s by Treva Lind and originally appeared in The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. (more…)

09/28/17 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Cars, cars, cars.

JULIE LANE PHOTO  |  AARP’s Driver Safety one-day class was offered for seniors last week. The next class is December 5.

Do you remember many years ago when you took the written test for your driver’s license and one of the questions was, “How much space should you leave between yourself and the car in front of you?”

The answer we had to learn was “one car length for every 10 miles per hour you were traveling.” (more…)

09/07/17 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Summer sunset seen from the Pridwin.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO  |  Summer sunset seen from the Pridwin.

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,

Old time is still a-flying;

And this same flower that smiles today

Tomorrow will be dying.”

This first stanza of the poem “To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time” by 17th-century British poet Robert Herrick that comes to mind each year as I watch another summer end. (more…)

09/03/17 3:00pm
RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO | Myla and Leonardo Dougherty and red-tailed hawk with handler Jim MacDougall at Saturday’s Green Expo.

RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO | Myla and Leonardo Dougherty and red-tailed hawk with handler Jim MacDougall at Saturday’s Green Expo.

There were so many things to do here this past weekend. The Island was very busy with something for everyone. And it almost felt like it was the last weekend of the summer, even though Labor Day was yet to come.

It may be that schools are starting earlier or that parents want to get their kids ready for those schools that begin immediately after Labor Day. (more…)

08/24/17 4:30pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Sunset  from the Sunset Beach Hotel.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Sunset from the Sunset Beach Hotel.

I visited Island artist and senior citizen Janet Culbertson on Sunday morning. Janet was on the artist studio tour last weekend along with several other artists.

Laurie Fanelli suggested I go to take a photo of one of Janet’s new works because of its subject matter. (more…)