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Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: October 5, 2012

Vacation 2012

Lorraine and I are planning to go on a 17-day cruise to Europe. All you geography fans can trace our ship entering and leaving the various ports. Our stay at these ports is not very long; we usually arrive early in the morning and leave in the late afternoon or early evening.

We meet the ship in Southampton, England and we are off. Two days later, we arrive in Seville (Cadiz) Spain. Seville is the home of Flamenco dancing, which Lorraine and I both love.

After departure from Seville, two days later we arrive at Valletta, Malta. Malta was bombed heavily by the Luftwaffe during World War II. It was not invaded by the Nazis, but took a lot of punishment.

After a day at sea, the ship will arrive in Venice, Italy on the Adriatic Sea. St. Mark’s Square and Lido are two sights we are anxious to see. Venice was the home of Marco Polo, the great explorer who went to China and brought back spaghetti, gunpowder, and many riches to Venice.

Next we arrive at Split, Croatia. This city was once a part of Yugoslavia, but now Yugoslavia has been broken up into many different areas. Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia are some of the countries formed from the former Yugoslavia. Joseph Broz (Tito) ruled over a disparate conglomeration of religions and people.

Dubrovnik, Croatia is the next port on our journey. I have heard many stories of the beauty of Dubrovnik. Corfu, Greece is an island in the Adriatic Sea. Most Greek islands have an undeniable charm and some characteristic that places them in a solitary and memorable position.

Gibraltar, Great Britain will be our last stop on this cruise. I have always longed to see the Gibraltar Apes. This is a British colony on the European mainland. Then it’s back to Southampton, and finally Jericho.

I am writing this log before we leave but on our return, I will put down on paper some of our findings and experiences. This column is a coming attraction: the next one will be the feature presentation.

News

The Columbus Day Parade played host a to a very special group this year. The Family Residences and Essential Enterprises’ (FREE) Players Drum Corps made history as they became the first special needs drum corps to march in the New York City Columbus Day Parade.

The group marched up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Street with a red carpet performance on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets.

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event.


Calendar

4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 29



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com