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Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: February 15, 2013

Paying The Bills

There is one trait that is a necessity for living the good life on Long Island. Without this attribute, life would turn into an uncomfortable struggle on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. I am referring to the payment of bills:  so many bills and so little time to pay them.

The average homeowner, condo-owner or renter does not happily look forward to the first of the month. Paying the mortgage is paramount! All other bills will have to bide their time until this payment comes out of the checkbook.  Unavoidable!

Utilities are next. We have hot summers and cold winters on this wonderful island paradise. LIPA must be taken care of, or our services will be wanting.  Electricity, gas or oil are indispensable to life.

How about that phone bill?  Do you wish to be a hermit on Long Island? Of course not, you require a connection to the rest of the world...to your parents, to your children, to friends, to the supermarket, stores, to your church or synagogue - to the World. Picking up a working phone is a true pleasure. Of course, cell phones are also in this category.

Insurance of one’s properties. We gather wonderful tchotchkes, furniture, paintings, carpets so that we can insure them. I have been paying my insurance carrier monthly for over 50 years. We are very kind to each other.

Landscaping our property. Do you want to have the most unsightly property on the block? Of course not! Your plantings give you much pleasure, but they do demand money and time.

Restaurants take up much of our credit card budget. We have such a variety of food places. With new restaurants opening every week, it would be a shame not to partake. Newspapers delivered daily or weekly are also a must. How could I forget movies, Cablevision or the Internet? Is life possible without entertainment?  Think again.

Bills, Bills, Bills represent life and love. Pay them graciously so you can forget last week’s bills and look at this week’s bills cautiously.

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

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com