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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

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647 — or 8.8 percent.

Members and guests of North Shore Synagogue’s Brotherhood BBQ and Erev Shabbat Service enjoyed a wonderful summer’s evening in early July with a classic BBQ and services led by Brotherhood, with help from Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet and Cantor Rich Pilatsky.   

“This is a wonderful way to connect with other members of Brotherhood, which focuses on building camaraderie among our members, and instilling a strong sense of community away from the hectic pressures of our day-to-day lives,” said  Brotherhood co-president Jeffrey Levine.


Calendar

Blood Drive

Thursday, Aug. 28

Take A Book On Vacation

Through Aug. 30

Knitting Circle

Tuesday, Sept. 2



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

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Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com