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Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: March 1, 2013

Remembering Marty Colodzin

The year was 1961. It was a year of love and magic: Louise and Lorraine Meyerovitch both became engaged. Louise was involved with a tall, thin, handsome doctor and Navy man from Saint Albans, New York. He was a real catch, as was Louise, a gorgeous, intelligent and capable gal from the suburbs of Washington D.C.

In comparison, her sister Lorraine was short-changed: all she got was a big-mouth dentist from the Bronx (a.k.a. me.)

Marty was into the sciences at that time, with lipids his specialty. He switched careers to psychiatry, where he could help people. Louise did not waver at all. She became a housewife in Buffalo, NY and then in Hamden, Connecticut when Marty went back to Yale Medical School. Along Marty’s long academic pat, they had three wonderful, intelligent and talented children: Michelle, Robin and Daryl.

Marty came to life for the Army-Navy football game. He would put on his Navy paraphernalia and root his heart out. He also became an outstanding fan of the Washington Redskins: he cheered for them in victory and suffered with them in their defeats.

In the last few years, Marty slowed down a bit. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren, Maya and Ella, who are smart and gorgeous. He also was a very successful psychiatrist in the area.

The Colodzins of St. Albans are now complete: Bob, Myra and now Marty are all gone. Mrs. Fink and Leon have also departed.

Marty was kind and easy-going, and only his brother-in-law from the Bronx could rile him up. Larry, I will miss you in the hot tubs all over the world. Rest in peace.

News

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.

For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.

“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.

While her business has been met with much success, in 2008, Amato-Smith’s personal life was met with a life altering challenge when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. It was this event that prompted Top Cuts to organize a cut-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. This year’s event occurs on Saturday, Nov. 1.


Calendar

4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 29



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