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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

The kids may be grown. The marriage may have not worked out. Perhaps retirement affords more free time than was anticipated.

Enter The Transition Network, an national social group featuring an active chapter on Long Island that meets regularly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.

Judy Forman, Plainview resident and program co-chair, noted that The Transition Network is an organization of women ages 50 and over who are ‘transitioning’ into the next phase of their lives — whether it be retirement, divorce, losing a loved one or so on — and helping them to meet new people while expanding their horizons.  

Plainview resident Cila Schlanger was eager to attend a two-hour property tax workshop at the Farmingdale Public Library last week — the problem is, so were many other people.

“I was taken aback once I came here because there was such a line,” she said. “I thought it would be a two-hour workshop, but individuals had to wait to be helped on a first come, first serve basis.”

Residents are trying to save a buck whenever and wherever they can, especially when it comes to property taxes. To try and lend a helping hand, elected officials recently hosted a property tax exemption workshop at the library, drawing residents from across Nassau County.


Calendar

Sonny And Perley

Saturday, July 26

Young Israel Blood Drive

Sunday, July 27

Fun In The Sun

Monday, July 28



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