The store was the most important member of the Greenberg Family. The store was on 174th Street in the East Bronx (now called the South Bronx). It was situated between between Bryant Avenue and Vyse Avenue.
The goods sold in the store were ladies cotton house dresses selling for $5 to $8. Today, ladies no longer wear these dresses. Also in stock was a whole wall of ladies nylon stockings. The stockings were sold in pairs, but not attached for both legs, not panty hose.
I think it is important that I share my story about the most egregious ticket I have ever received, as a heads-up to other families trying to enjoy a day-trip to Manhattan.
On Dec. 25, in Melbourne, Florida, police officers pulled over speeding motorists and handing them scratch-off lottery tickets. The officers purchased the tickets with their own money to spread some cheer to their community. On December 30, my wife was also given a ticket by our local police here in Syosset — a $120 parking ticket for parking in the Syosset train station without a commuter permit. This was the “cheer” she had to return to after spending a wonderful day in the city with my three sons visiting the Museum of Natural History and Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
I never thought I would ever go to Guatamala. The ship docked at Puerto Quetzal, Guatamala, home of Mayan ruins. We bused to Colonial Antiqua. We viewed a magnificent old church at Plaza de Armas, that was built in 1680 and years later destroyed by earthquakes.
Our next visit was to a former convent, built in 1642. The grounds were gorgeous. Today it is a luxurious hotel, where we had a Spanish-style lunch of steak, chicken and flan. I love flan. Walking through Colonial Antiqua’s cobblestone streets was like stepping back into the sixteenth century. We visited a Jade factory and then back to the ship.
“How much is that multi-colored stone bracelet?” I inquired in San Jose del Cabos. “500 dollars,” the courteous Mexican Jeweler answered. “I only have 200 dollars, my winnings at Black Jack,” I said. “It’s a deal my amigo, said the Mexican Jeweler. I bargained down the jeweler $300 without knowing what I was doing.
Thus was the beginning of our two week cruise on the Infinity Ship, Celebrity Lines beginning in San Diego, California and touring the west coast of Mexico: Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta and then off to Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala and Puntarenas, Costa Rica. We then crossed Panama from Colon to Panama City and we were no longer in the Pacific Ocean but in the Caribbean Sea. We traveled through the Panama Canal, a lifelong dream for Lorraine and I. Cartagena, Colombia was our last port of call, then two days at sea and back to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the USA.
A few weekends ago, I was honored to take part in the Kerry Rose Foundation’s first ever 5K-trail run at Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve in Commack. The foundation was created to honor the memory of Kerry Rose Fitzsimons, a Marist College student and Commack High School graduate, who was tragically killed in 2012 in an off-campus house fire in Poughkeepsie. The event brought together community members and first responders to raise awareness of and promote fire safety.
First, I’d like to thank the paper for keeping the community informed on Common Core. It is definitely something most parents are talking about, some fearful, a few taking a tone of defiance. In the end, my wife and I take the position that it is better to have a universal standard in this country than have different standards originating “from the community.”
Bottom line is our children compete for opportunities and resources with other students across this country, and we had better make sure that our children’s transcripts adhere to one standard.
John Owens left out an important point [in his column “Mastering Math Shouldn’t Be Optional”], and one that I made at a recent school board meeting.
I asked if this Common Core curriculum was going to improve the ability of our children to make change at the check-out counter or anywhere else. The answer was “No”.
The beauty of being a grandparent is to pass down family traditions, Jewish history and culture while at the same time creating memories for both you and your precious little ones. Each year, Grandparent Shabbat at Temple Beth Torah provides the opportunity to do just that. This multigenerational service is uniquely designed to capture the interest level of children of all ages while emphasizing the special bonds that exist between grandparents and their grandchildren.
Our Rabbi Katz began with a parable highlighting the importance of passing down traditions and values to your grandchildren so that future generations would also continue to benefit. The service also included the Rabbi’s clever device of keeping the older children and teenagers actively engaged during the reading of the Torah and Haftorah, by offering a Pop Quiz where the answers could be located in various parts of the prayer books. This proved to be a great way of keeping older children and teenagers along with the rest of us on “our toes!”
I never like to say I am on a diet because to me it sounds so temporary. I prefer saying “getting healthy” or “getting back on track.” This sounds more long term which is a realistic and practical approach for me. However, when life happens, getting off track is easy.
After my treatments for breast cancer, I was prescribed Tamoxifen which I need to take daily for five years. On a routine doctor’s visit I was informed that Tamoxifen can make your weight fluctuate. I must have had a crazy look on my face as I thought, “WHAT! NO WAY!” I was feeling pretty good but I have to admit that I did put on a few extra pounds before I even started taking those pills.
We have our Far Away Friends, Paula and Larry. They don’t live in Bulgaria or Nigeria or even Australia. No, they live in Rockland County, New York. My beautiful wife Lorraine and I meet Paula and Larry on weekends, either Saturday or Sunday, on the TKTS line at 47th Street and 7th Avenue.
While we are on line, waiting to get to the ticket booth, we discuss which show we want to see. When we reach the front of the ticket sales booth, we call out a show and that is it. So far, we have only chosen great dramas or musicals.
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