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All They Need Is Love

Local couples renew vows on Valentine’s Day

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.”