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Over 60 . . . And Getting Younger: July 18, 2013

To All Mets Fans

After watching our Amazing Mets beat the World Series championship San Francisco Giants 4-3 in 16 innings till 2:30 a.m., I wonder to myself about my dogged allegiance to this unusual New York baseball team.

I was a fanatical Brooklyn Dodger rooter in my early years, so I transferred my craziness to the Mets.  It has been a long-wild ride from 1962 to the present. The Mets combine a loving New York City vitality with a love of baseball, for our national pastime.  The deranged and maniacal devotion to this team is something that is not easily understood or comprehended.

N.Y. Yankee fans are much more sedate in their support for the team from the Bronx.  Yankee fans have won many more pennants and World Series triumphs than anyone else in baseball.  Sometimes I reckon that they feel entitled to win all 162 games and are truly disappointed when they loose.  As my grandson Lewis, who is seven-and-a-half years old, states: “We love the Mets but we respect the Yankees.”

We as Mets fans are never surprised at the myriad of ways our team can loose a game.  Some games seem “in the bag,” but somehow, someway – the games are lost.

It is New York pluck and grittiness that keeps our love for the Mets on the right track.

Citifield has replaced Shea Stadium, but the dream goes on.  We have had Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Lenny Dystria, Ed Kranepool, Tug McGraw, Mookie Wilson, Bud Harrelson, Casey Stengel, Ron Swaboda, David Wright, Ike Davis, and many more great and not-so-great performers, but we love them all.

We have even won the World Series a couple of times.

Our present manager, Jerry Collins, is a tried and true baseball man with a heart for his players.  Staying at home, on the T.V. couch, I can spend a wonderful evening watching the Mets.  It is better than most T.V.

I have revealed to my readers a personal and inside look at my life, I hope you all understand me better now.

News

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.

Thanks in large part to a substantial increase in sponsor support – and Mother Nature’s cooperation – the 2014 Plainview-Old Bethpage Craft and Gift Fair was a rousing success.

A caravan of vendors filled the parking lot of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library starting at 7 a.m. By the time fairgoers crossed the blue and green balloon arch at 10 a.m. to receive their free T-shirt and bags stuffed with sponsor goodies, there were 108 booths ready to welcome them on the sunny day.


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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