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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

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647 — or 8.8 percent.

Members and guests of North Shore Synagogue’s Brotherhood BBQ and Erev Shabbat Service enjoyed a wonderful summer’s evening in early July with a classic BBQ and services led by Brotherhood, with help from Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet and Cantor Rich Pilatsky.   

“This is a wonderful way to connect with other members of Brotherhood, which focuses on building camaraderie among our members, and instilling a strong sense of community away from the hectic pressures of our day-to-day lives,” said  Brotherhood co-president Jeffrey Levine.


Calendar

Blood Drive

Thursday, Aug. 28

Take A Book On Vacation

Through Aug. 30

Knitting Circle

Tuesday, Sept. 2



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