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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

Modern libraries can no longer be thought of as cavernous monuments to dusty old books — and nowhere is that more evident than at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.

Library director Gretchen Browne recently sat down with the Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald to discuss a few of the more significant changes taking place under her watch; the biggest news, she said, was regarding funding for the library’s recently-completed renovation project.   

A Plainview attorney is being disbarred after pleading guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from clients, according to the Nassau County district attorney’s office.

Matthew Kogan, 40, repaid the full amount to victims as a result of prosecution for stealing client funds to pay off personal and professional expenses. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice recently announced that Kogan will no longer be able to practice law after stealing client funds instead of depositing the funds into his escrow account.  


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Thursday, July 31

Adult Summer Reading Club

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