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Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: September 20, 2012

The Family Dinner

“They’re coming—they’re coming.”

The grandchildren are about to make their annual invasion of the old family homestead. Get everything that is breakable out of sight and definitely out of reach of the diminutive bandits. The favorite toys are brought up from the basement to distract and divert them.

The table was set the previous night and the place settings reveal just how many people are coming. The knives, forks and spoons are arrayed in an almost military fashion. Getting enough chairs around the table is a formidable challenge. Everyone will have to squeeze in a little closer for comfort.

The guacamole and the chopped liver with crackers surrounding them are placed in strategic spots around the house. Drinks, both alcoholic and non, are available with ice in a cooler. The conversation begins. The first and most cogent question is “Was there any traffic?” followed up with “How long did it take?”

Time to sit down at the main table. Kids are placed between parents for control purposes. Those helping with the meal are seated closer to the kitchen for obvious reasons.

“Here comes the soup!”

It should be hot but not too scorching or scalding. As Goldilocks said, it should be “just right!”

“Here comes the turkey!”

“Who’s going to slice it?”

“Not me!”

You can order it pre-sliced, but Lorraine thinks it dries out if you have it sliced beforehand. The side dishes are also very important. One should be a vegetable (string beans or broccoli almondine) and a starch (potato or sweet potato). The cranberry compote with nuts and pineapple goes very well with roast turkey.

Apple pie, chocolate chip cookies, pecan streusel, coffee cakes, rugelach and a large platter of fruit, plus coffee and tea, makes up dessert. Everybody grab a couch and relax! Next year: same place, same meal.

News

Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


Sports

The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


Calendar

Jericho Wheelchair Basketball

January 17

Reality Check on America’s Economy, Health Care & Budget

January 17

Open Forum: Now What Do I Say?

January 21



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