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Editorial: It’s A Wonderful Life!

It was great fun to welcome in the new Stop & Shop. We visited the store on Sunday, for what turned out to be lunch.

We started with a just-made slider. Walking into the produce department we were offered a salad. We chose field greens, blue cheese, blueberries, strawberries and a drizzle of dressing. A young lady had a wheel  to spin for gifts from Boar’s Head. We won a pedometer but spotted a pink Boar’s Head cap. “We’ll be back to try for the hat,” we said. She smiled for a moment and then handed us a hat saying that it matched my shoes. It does.

I walked around with my pink cap on, enjoying our visit, nibbling on shrimp, a Triscuit with hummus and a lovely cracker with a fig preserve. When we offered to buy the preserves, the young lady said they had sold out. That was nice to hear and we will return for ours.

Judith Barnett was there with her younger son, a good head taller than she. Judy gave the new store good marks, as did everyone there shopping.

The store has roughly the same layout but with more product. It was nice to see the energy of the people giving out samples. There were some special offers, including a buy one get one free offer for a package of two split chicken breasts.  We went instead for baby lamp chops – great for a small family.

All in all it was a lovely addition to Sunday, which was busy in Oyster Bay. The NY Auto Show was there and besides the great cars, there was a tent set up selling sausages and peppers that added to the fun.

Down on the waterfront, the Sail the Sound For Deafness was a great success. We were ending our vacation and missed the event as did Walter Imperatore. He was kayaking down the Connetquot River in the Oakdale area, with his son. They sailed by the Bayard Cutting Arboretum and were lucky enough to hear a jazz concert going on there, he said.

Dave Waldo said of the Sail the Sound for Deafness, “It went really well. We had a great number of participants both on and off the water. There was a full boat of spectators on the Christeen.

“The weather was perfect for sailing and for the evening afterwards, at Mill Neck Manor. It is an event everyone plans to do again next year.”

As for WFC, Oyster Bay Sailing Coach Erik Storck and his crew member Trevor Moore, he said they didn’t medal at the Olympics in their 49er this year, but they had the Olympic experience and there is always next year.

Last week we got our first TOB recreation pass in a long time, and the photographer at town hall took the best photos of us ever. What talent! We used the pass to enjoy TR Park. We had breakfast in the gazebo, which has great acoustics. We can’t wait for the Oyster Bay Community Band to play there.

On the other hand, the beach sand is only a memory. It is 50 percent sand and 50 percent rocks and broken shell pieces. Walking back from swimming, barefoot, we commented to a woman, “It’s like doing penance!” [Where penitents crawl on their knees at a religious shrine.]

But we solved the problem: Buckingham’s sells beach shoes to wear in and out of the water so we are prepared for the next time.

So all things can be solved in Oyster Bay!

And FYI: If you want to enjoy dining while watching the water and boats, try the clam bar at Bridge Marina in Bayville: it’s right after the bridge. We recommend the lobster salad and the jalapeño peppers. The corn was sweet and freshly picked. We watched a  family arrive at Bridge Marina by kayak, with a dog wearing a life jacket. They came to have a bite to eat. As they left and hopped back into their kayaks, with the dog deciding he wanted to ride on a different one on the way home — they became the floor show for us. We just loved the dog with his bushy tail, voicing his disappointment — or maybe that’s what a sea chantey sounds like when sung by a dog.

It’s a wonderful life.