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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 kids may be grown. The marriage may have not worked out. Perhaps retirement affords more free time than was anticipated.

Enter The Transition Network, an national social group featuring an active chapter on Long Island that meets regularly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.

Judy Forman, Plainview resident and program co-chair, noted that The Transition Network is an organization of women ages 50 and over who are ‘transitioning’ into the next phase of their lives — whether it be retirement, divorce, losing a loved one or so on — and helping them to meet new people while expanding their horizons.  

Plainview resident Cila Schlanger was eager to attend a two-hour property tax workshop at the Farmingdale Public Library last week — the problem is, so were many other people.

“I was taken aback once I came here because there was such a line,” she said. “I thought it would be a two-hour workshop, but individuals had to wait to be helped on a first come, first serve basis.”

Residents are trying to save a buck whenever and wherever they can, especially when it comes to property taxes. To try and lend a helping hand, elected officials recently hosted a property tax exemption workshop at the library, drawing residents from across Nassau County.


Calendar

Sonny And Perley

Saturday, July 26

Young Israel Blood Drive

Sunday, July 27

Fun In The Sun

Monday, July 28



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