Written by Meghan Von Elm Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00
County Executive Edward P. Mangano and his wife, Linda, hosted a special Valentine’s Day luncheon at the Coral House in Baldwin for Nassau County couples, especially those with significant anniversaries.
At this event, the couples socialized with other couples, enjoyed a free lunch and renewed their wedding vows. Among the happy couples were East Meadow residents, Ed and Anne Paley, and Westbury residents, Arnie and Sherry Scher.
Ed and Anne Paley have been married for 32 years. They first met in March 1980 at a fundraiser dance for special needs children in SoHo. They grew very fond of each other, and three weeks later, they went on their first date. They got engaged just a few months later in August 1980, and on April 12, 1981, they were married in a temple in Brooklyn.
Anne currently works as an occupational therapist. Ed was a clinical socialist for 36 years, and he had a lot of experience with marital counseling, so he is very knowledgeable when it comes to the age-old question – what makes a good marriage?
“What makes a good marriage is a sense of humor, compromise, respect, trust, trying to never go to bed angry and having similar values,” Ed noted. “We also try to do things together, like date night every once in a while.”
Together, the Paleys have one son named Justin, who is now 28 years old. Ed and Anne invested their time in raising him to be the confident young man that he is today, which also helped to strengthen their bond as both a married couple and a family.
“I am a very lucky person,” said Ed. “[My wife and I] are always there for each other and committed to each other.”
Arnie and Sherry Scher have only been married for five years, but they have been together for much longer than that. The couple met through mutual friends in 2001. Sherry’s friend gave her Arnie’s number, and before Sherry decided that she would call him, Arnie called her first. Arnie asked her out on a date, but because of her busy teaching job, they couldn’t get together right away.
They finally went on their first date three weeks later, which they continue to reenact every year. This ritual helps strengthen their love for each other and makes their marriage even more special.
They were married in August of 2007 after six years of dating at the Meadowbrook Pointe complex, where they now live. Arnie saw Mangano’s event in the newspaper and thought it would be fun.
“I would think that the fifth anniversary is definitely special,” Sherry said, smiling. “But then again, any anniversary is special.”
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00
For most of the ’80s, ZZ Top was an inescapable presence thanks to a plethora of videos, often times containing underdog storylines revolving around gorgeous gals, a 1933 Ford hotrod and the hirsute threesome serving as a Greek chorus of cool to the aggrieved protagonist. But amidst all the bells and whistles, the most impressive feat pulled off by this Texas power trio was using 1983’s Eliminator to adapt its bluesy hard rock boogie sound and modernize it with synthesizers and drum machines sans any kind of artistic compromising.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
John Romandetti saved six people, but he shies away from the title hero.
“I don’t think of myself as a hero,” Romandetti says. “It’s nothing anyone else wouldn’t have done.”
During Hurricane Sandy, Romandetti risked his own life to go out to Howard Beach and get his girlfriend’s family out of their flooding homes. The Bethpage Air Show recently recognized his bravery, naming him the grand prize winner of the Hurricane Sandy Community Heroes contest. Romandetti, along with nine other winners, will receive VIP tickets to the Bethpage Air Show, plus the reception, and GEICO Skytypers Planeside Meet and Greet. As the grand prize winner, Romandetti also gets the chance to fly with the GEICO Skytypers during next week’s airshow.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Westbury Okinawan Karate recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of coming to the Westbury Recreation Center. Since then, the dojo has trained 250 students, ages six and up, in the art of karate with the style of traditional Okinawan ShorinRyu Shidokan.
Founded by sensei John Power, the classes seek to instill the confidence and strength needed to obtain success in everyday life.
“A lot of kids are lacking confidence,” said Power. “We let them practice leadership in the class and this contributes to their confidence.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Members of the Carle Place Sparc/Interact club recently donated their time and talents at the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens. Working together with students from Mineola High School and Holy Cross High School in Queens, the SPARC members planted over 1,000 indigenous trees to help replenish one section of the 600-acre forest park. The group’s efforts were part of the NYC Plant a Million Trees Project in honor of Arbor Day, celebrated on Friday April 26th. The Carle Place planters were: Sarah Megiel, Kelsey Feit, Julia Powell, Sabrina Feit, Monique Slater, Matt Carr, Katie Megiel, Rob Ibos, and Lauren Powell. They are led by faculty advisor Kieran Morris.