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Over 60 . . . And Getting Younger: June 14, 2013

Voices

This article is being written poolside in 85 degree weather in San Diego. The palm trees are swaying and the sun is strong and pure.  I am here to celebrate my grand-daughter, Rachel’s graduation from high school. In the fall, she will enter Cornell University.

As I sit here, my mind goes back to the past year and the loss of four of my favorite friends. These were guys, I could speak with about any topic with complete confidentiality. Usually, the subjects ranged from financial to family with a lot of feeling in all matters. I miss these guys and I miss not being able to confide in them.

My friend Bernie Levinson and I went to elementary school, junior high school, CCNY and and NYU Dental School together, I estimate I knew him over seventy years, from our beginnings in the East Bronx. We were both dentists and we both bought houses in Jericho.

We both married intelligent and attractive women. Bernie and I would speak to each other while we were taking a break from dentistry. It was usually around 2:00 or 3:00 pm.

We commiserated with each other on many subjects. Bernie loved good food and good cigars. Nothing was left out.  I knew his family and he knew mine.  Often, we would vacation together.  How can you replace such a pal.  Impossible.

Eddie Lewis was a buddy, who wound up living in Boynton Beach, Florida. Eddie loved N.Y.C. and when he came to New York, we would see shows, go to museums and find good restaurants. He also loved living in Florida. Ed was an expert on the Civil War and he lectured on the topic in Florida. Ed was a great family man and his wife Bea, a special lady.

Rich Lieberman was a guy I met while living at the Hamlet. We would play tennis and then go for a swim.  Richie would tell me stories of his years working in the garment district I enjoyed talking with Rich and he was always venturing into renting or buying something.

He had great verve. I miss our conversations.

I met my friend Gary Greene at NYU Dental School.  He was a talented Dentist, a gentle person and  a good family man and friend.  As couples, Lorraine and I and Gary and Sue vacationed together throughout the years.  I certainly miss my pal, Gary.

As I look forward to new memories in the future, for graduations, birthdays and celebrations, I can’t help reflecting on “voices” of dear friends from the past.  So long guys!

News

One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.

Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.

Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.

“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”


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