2009-06-18 / Columnists



THE BAKER GALS HAD A GREAT TIME IN IRELAND AND PARIS. Ireland is the birthplace of many of their relatives, and they had a wonderful time visiting some of them and other areas of the "Emerald Isle." Kay, who lives in Babylon and her daughter Pattie of Manhattan, flew to Dublin where Kay's daughter Mimi has been living for the past several months. After their Irish tour, they flew to Paris where they had a great time seeing all of the many beautiful sights.

MORE SNOW BIRDS, AND WE'RE SO GLAD TO HAVE THEM BACK IN THE AREA. Sally and Ted Shiebler are all settled down in their lovely summer house on Captree Island after spending the winter months in their California home where most of their children and grandchildren live. And Grace and Ed Ricketts are here in their West Islip home, after spending the winter months in their Stuart, Florida home. Welcome home to these great people. It just wasn't the same without you.

IT'S A GIRL for Kelly and Robert Bracer. Terese Bracero was born on Jan 10 at Good Samaritan Hospital weighing in at five pounds, three ounces. She joins her big sister, Natalya who's four and a half years old. If you're a reader, you probably have seen Kelly at the West Babylon Library where she's at the circulation desk.

JOHN ZARUKA VISITS HERE. John who lives in Ventura, California, flew here to spend some time with his mother, Alice, and to attend his sister Irene Cargonja's retirement dinner. Irene taught physical education for 37 years in the Sachem School District. Irene and her husband Bill live in Massapequa. They have two children. John also stopped by the Delphi Diner and enjoyed breakfast with the member of the "Sew Society" where his father spent so many enjoyable mornings. He also visited with members of the Rotary and visited with old friends, including Chris Nicholas.

LUCY TRUMBLE MEETS HER GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER. Yes, six-month-old Ashley Venema has been in Babylon with her parents, Kelley and Jeremy Venema of Crystal, Michigan and they have been enjoying a visit here with Lucy and Ashley's grandparents, who live just around the corner, Sue and Doug Morris. Also enjoying the visit was Ashley's sister, Kiersten.

MAKE YOURSELF MARKETABLE is the title of a recently published book by local author Paul Steinberg. Paul will be holding a seminar on the subject in the Commodore's Room of the Babylon Yacht Club on Tues., June 23. Members and their guests are invited and there is no charge. Sign up with manager Mike Barrett now. Paul lives in Babylon with his wife Suzanne. He has two children and is the president and C.E.O. of IMA Search, Inc.

SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE? Try the Lake House for a delicious meal at lunch or dinner. The desserts are very special. But bring money - it's pricey.

AND SPEAKING OF DELICIOUS FOOD AND AMBIENCE, we had a fine dinner Friday night as the guests of Katharine Fallon at southward Ho. Ellen Sullivan was with us and we all had a great time. It was nice to see old friends Sarah Lee and "Gorty" Baldwin and Bettie Hanse and her sons Rickie and Lance and Rickie's wife Kathy visiting here from their home in Coxackie, New York and Meredith Lupio, and last but certainly not least Rev. Rickie Hanse Jr. visiting here from his home in West Hartford.

GOOD NEWS for residents living in Sequams Lane Center who soon may be able to put aside their boots and waders. The Town of Islip is undertaking a much needed drainage project to assist the flood-prone area. For years those residents who live on the south end of the block have had to park their cars on the northern area and walk the rest of the way to their homes carrying groceries, etc. after a heavy rainfall. The Department of Public works is in charge of the project, the engineer is Savik and Murray LLP, and Norman Kurrass of East Patchogue is the contractor according to the sign located on the property.

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