July 2019 Setalker
Reminder: The Setalker will be published each calendar quarter. Publication will typically take place in the last few days of each calendar quarter. Check the "Announcements" page of this web site for updates as to when the Setalker is published. You may also check the Setauket Meadows Facebook page where a reminder will post when the Setalker is published. I hope you enjoy reading the Setalker.
News and HOA Board Information
July, hazy, hot and humid!
The summer season, warm weather, family and friends – what could be better? Happy Hour around the pool (or in the cool clubhouse) every Wednesday evening from 5:00-7:00! Come join your neighbors and meet new friends! Outdoor Community Life in the “Meadows” at its best!
As always, as summer approaches, a reminder about pool rules:
NOTE: USE OF POOLS IS AT YOUR OWN RISK!
NO LIFEGUARDS ARE ON DUTY at any time at the pools!
De-Humidification project: It is a fact that our indoor pool is a luxury which many residents enjoy year-round. However, it is also a fact that it is one of our most expensive assets. Over the years, the de-humidification system has had numerous malfunctions and with the help of HPM, we have been able to keep it going. Over the past year, the Board has been engaged in researching companies to replace this old system with a more efficient, energy saving system when the time comes. At this time, if our old system was to fail completely, we are in good shape to install a new system as quickly as possible. This, however, will also result in an assessment (to be determined.)
FYI: October Board Elections: Two Board positions will be up for election this fall. This September, you will receive information from HPM asking for residents who are interested in running for the Board to submit resumes. As you know, these positions are open to any resident who lives in the community and who is interested in being a part of the decision-making on issues regarding the well-being of the community. Give it some thought!
-Our landscaping company will start the Spring trimming of bushes, etc. the week of July 4th. IF you do not want something trimmed, you may pick up yellow tape on the porch of #139 to drape over the bush.
-At this time, there is only one unit for sale here in Setauket Meadows. Sales happen quickly which attests to the fact that Setauket Meadows is a wonderful place to live. Stay healthy and be happy while you enjoy the summer!
Social Committee Update
With our always fun Memorial Day Bagel Breakfast, our intriguing Psychic Night, our wonderful Spring Fling, and a bunch of Happy Hours (including very special ones) behind us, we can look forward to:
A Very Casual, Informal July 4 (hopefully poolside) ~ BYOB and snacks ~ and money for pizza in the event that you wish participate in pizza eating. Reminder: Please use only plastic cups when you're outside in the pool area.
**Pizza will be ordered at 5:00
Sunset at West Meadow Beach (weather permitting) ~ Monday evening, July 8, 6:00 PM
Bring your own food and drink, blanket and/or chairs, and bug spray.
When you arrive at the beach, walk to the right!
The Silly Magician/Face Painter Linda on Sunday, July 14.
Linda will be decorating faces between 11:30 and 1:30. The Magic Show will begin 2:00. Don't forget to bring ice cream money so that your family will be able to enjoy a treat following the show. Mr. Softee will be waiting for us.
$8 per person, not to exceed $35 per family unit
If you missed the official sign-up on Saturday morning, June 29, between 10 and Noon, in the clubhouse, please contact me (Ellen ~ contact info below).
LABOR DAY WEEKEND EXTRAVAGANZA
Saturday Night, August 31 ~ "SOUNDS OF THE 50s"
pop, rock, country, folk, doo-wop
Setauket Meadows Residents will share their talents (as they did at our 60s Coffee House).
If you wish to perform, please let me know and also tell me the songs that you plan to do.
(We don't want more than one person singing any particular song.)
Labor Day ~ Monday, September 2
Spend the afternoon with you Setauket Meadows neighbors/friends!
Watch your email for further information about both of these events!
Don and Sue Cerce ~ Sunday, October 6, 4:00, Clubhouse
We will enjoy listening and dancing to music that spans genres and decades.
Whatever You Want to Read Bookclub ~ Last Thursday of each month ~ 1:00 ~ Clubhouse
More Happy Hours ~ every Wednesday from 5-7 PM poolside or in the great room ~ BYOB and snacks.
Speaking of Happy Hours, many thanks to Josephine and Carl for making them happen. They put in a lot of hard work week after week. KUDOS!
Real Estate News
by Phyllis Colby
6 Kitchen Design Trends Inspired by Restaurant Kitchens
Not all kitchen design trends stand the test of time, but a restaurant kitchen is meant to be as functional as possible for as long as possible. Taking a few cues from restaurant kitchens can help you create a residential kitchen that you'll be sure to love for years to come!
1. Forget the Island
A kitchen island allows for lots of prep space and storage but can also make even a large space seem cramped and crowded. A work table in place of the kitchen island still provides plenty of room to work, offers shelving underneath for storage, and can be moved easily when not in use.
2. Consider a Stainless Steel Backsplash
Stainless steel is durable, doesn't absorb microbes, and is fire-resistant, which is why it's long been a popular material for commercial kitchen backsplashes. It's also easy to clean and coordinates with most kitchen styles.
3. Hang Utensil Rods
Rarely do restaurant kitchens keep utensils in drawers, as this is a surefire way to create a cluttered, jumbled mess. A utensil rod or two will keep all your kitchen tools organized, in plain sight, and close at hand.
4. Install a Magnetic Knife Strip
Much like utensil rods, many commercial kitchens include magnetic strips along walls to hold chefs' knives. Storing knives on a magnetic wall strip reduces the risk of cutting yourself while rooting around in a drawer and also allows you to easily see each knife blade type and size. A magnetic knife strip also eliminates the need for a bulky knife block on the countertop.
5. Use Wire Shelving in Your Pantry
Wire shelving allows for air circulation around your stored foodstuffs, reducing damage from heat and humidity. Wire shelves also don't need cleaning as often as standard wood shelves.
6. Install an Open Shelf Over the Stovetop
Many commercial kitchens feature an open shelf or two over the stovetop, for holding pots and pans, spices, timers, and even a recipe or prep instructions. Consider asking your kitchen contractor about an open shelf over your new stovetop, for added convenience and to break up the look of a bare wall behind the stove.
Speaking of Cars
As most of you know, I retired this month after 40 enjoyable years in the Auto Business. Yes enjoyable. My parents told me my first word was CAR. My second word was TRUCK, but I use to say it was an F. LOL I've been a car fanatic since birth, my favorite thing to do since I was a baby was play with cars. I still love to play with cars. So I must say it has been an enjoyable 40 years.
Growing up in Brooklyn as I walked to school I knew which car was parked where and I use to admire each one! My earliest recollection of my fathers cars were a 1950 Mercury, Blue with Gray cloth interior. After that there was the 1952 Mercury Monterey, 2 tone dark green with a light green top. As you can see my father was a Ford guy. My dad owned a butcher shop in Boro Park, and every 2 years he came home from the market surprising us with a new car.
After the Mercury came a 1954 Lincoln Capri. Then in 1956 brought us a black Lincoln with a white top, black and white gorgeous leather interior. That was my favorite, but my favorite of all time was my Uncle Mikes red 1953 Mercury Monterey. It was called lipstick red with a black top. I've always loved red anything especially cars.
Now that I was becoming a teenager I had more influence on what he would buy, so I convinced him to buy the motor trend car of the year 1959 Pontiac Bonneville, which was the first car I drove. What a thrill, 389 cubic inches and 300 horsepower. White with blue interior.
By now I was working at the Butcher shop. I would come home from New Utrecht HS and I would read all articles, figuring out what would be my first car. Even though GTOs were the rage in 1964, I wound up buying a 1964 Mercury Maurauder, true to my roots.
Now you can see why I had 40 enjoyable years in the car business. I found out you can't learn things by reading a book about it. The 40 years I had in the car business made me what I consider a good negotiator. I've been General Sales Manager, Finance Manager, used car manager. I consider myself knowledgeable in all aspects of the business. I've worked at about 6 different dealerships From Porsche, Volvo, Cadillac, Subaru and Ford. I negotiated with lawyers, accountants, nurses and doctors.
The main accomplishment in negotiating a deal is everyone has to be happy.
I helped a few people in Setauket Meadows. Neighbors get a good deal and now that I am retired, I am willing to help my fellow neighbors. I helped Bill and Sandy Hammer, Tom and Carol Purcell. Ruth and John McFerran, Mario and Raphaela Carravetta. I actually don't mind taking the time out of my day. Because as you can tell I enjoy it.
In closing if you merely want to pick my brain, or do actual numbers, let me know, i, willing to help.
The Spring Fling 2019
Pictures and a short description of this year's Spring Fling has already been published in the Setauket Meadows web site. You may view them by clicking on this link.
May through September anniversaries are shown below in order to catchup with the May and June anniversaries that took place while the Setalker was not published. July, August and September anniversaries are also being published to recognize those who will celebrate before the next publication of the Setalker.
5/7 Carl & Harriet Kirshner
5/9 Dominick & Linda Distefano
5/9 Dominic & June Livaccari
5/11 Anthony and Nancy Pelosi
5/12 Mike & Mary Ann Mauro
5/12 Bill & Daria Macomber
5/23 Lee & Ann Stein
5/27 Tony Forte & Leslie Simon
5/29 Raymond & Patricia Dawson
6/1 Tom & Josephine Germano
6/3 Claire and Ken Rathjen
6/7 Mel and Donna Heller
6/8 Lawrence and Darlene Kick
6/10 Anthony & Carol Stanziale
6/16 George & Pat Zippel
6/27 John & Ann Razzano
6/28 Sebastian & Carolyn LiVolsi
7/2 John & Lucille Weber
7/5 Barbara Bevilacqua and Joe DiStasi
7/5 Mike & Maryellen Lubinsky
7/11 Dan & Roe Keefe
7/12 Michael & Valerie Vigliotti
7/13 Richard & Fran DiCeccio
7/20 Joe & Alice Polizzi
7/31 John & Josephine Suozzi
8/2 Patrick & Eileen Duffy
8/6 John & Ruth McFerran
8/10 Don & Betty Gasperin
8/28 Dan Andreoli & Elaine Reffeit
9/4 Bill & Marie Metlay
9/5 Dennis and Marsha Darvin
9/5 Maureen and Robert Snicklemark
9/10 Larry & Joan Becht
9/15 Richard & Lisa Justman
9/18 Robert & Joan DeMaio
9/27 Don & Christine Muffley
Speaking of Sports
by Joe Polizzi
I was saddened to hear from my editor that the Setalker was becoming a quarterly publication. But on further reflection I realized that for me it was a godsent because now I only had four articles to write rather than twelve. Finding things to report was becoming scant and I thought I lost my edge. I can’t imagine how authors and journalists produce what they do on a daily, weekly or monthly basis but then it is their job. So fresh off my hiatus here is the latest from Setauket Meadows.
Many of us are grandparents and because we love our grandchildren dearly we are quick to brag about their accomplishments. That’s what grandparents do. While reading the Newsday sports section I began to follow the NYIT Division 2 Baseball team. First year coach, Frank Catalanotto-the son of a good friend of mine, led them for the first time ever to the Division 2 Baseball College World Series in Cary, North Carolina. But this is not about Frank, it’s about one of Coach Catalanotto’s players, Nick Tedesco. Nick played high school baseball at Sachem East and then committed to Hofstra. After being redshirted, not playing your first year thus having an extra year of eligibility, his freshman year he decided to transfer to NYIT. Nick, a corner infielder, hit .310 with one homer and seven RBIs in 19 games this year. He also delivered a graduation speech at commencement exercises for the NYIT School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education. Nick has one year of eligibility left and will return to the Bears next year as a graduate student to pursue his studies and also try to participate in and possibly win a College Baseball World Series. Oh! Nick just happens to be the grandson of Setauket Meadows’ residents, Ken and Linda Hasenmeyer. Congratulations and bust those buttons with pride.
Many athletes are humble people and would rather talk about someone else’s achievements rather than their own. Such is the case at Setauket Meadows. I bet you didn’t know that we have a triathlete, Ron Dreyfus; a National Senior Race Walker, Marty Fox; an International Senior Softball Champion and a two time MVP of various senior softball tournaments, Ray Dawson; and probably others who were winners in their own rite. To the above list of athletes we can now add NYU Athletics Hall of Famer- D.Bruce Lockerbie. Bruce was a four-year scholarship member of the NYU Cross-Country/Track and Field Team and Team Captain 1955-56. After moving to Brooklyn from Canada in 1951, Bruce joined the Fort Hamilton HS Track and Field Team. While competing in the 1952 New York City Championship race his coach said to Bruce, “Run the race of your life, kid, and maybe God has a surprise for you.” The surprise was a four year scholarship to NYU. It’s funny how things turn out; you see Bruce did not intend to go on to college but rather work and help the family and now he had the opportunity to attend the very prestigious NYU for free. Among his college successes were his team being named the Penn Relays Distance Medley Relay Champions and winning the bronze medal at an NCAA cross country event. He was also the Canadian Indoor Track and Field 1000 yard champion in 1956. Then while preparing to qualify for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics as a member of Canadian Olympic team , Bruce received a number of inoculations in anticipation of a trip aboard. An adverse reaction to the shots forced him to compete while ill and he missed qualifying in the 800 meters by .7 seconds. As fate would have it also in 1956 he met and married the trophy of a lifetime his wife -Lory. Bruce went on to teach and coach at Wheaton College in Illinois and then the Stony Brook School for 34 years. Bruce currently works as an educational consultant, a member of the Setauket Meadows Men’s Golf Club, and author, co-author, or editor of nearly 40 books. He is a left-handed golfer who has won a car with a hole-in-one. Watch out Phil Mickelson. Thus Bruce fits right in with all our quiet and unassuming victorious athletes. It just goes to show you that Setauket Meadows has a wealth of talent and I hope I can share more of those skills with you. By the way, the next time you see Bruce ask him what the D in D.Bruce Lockerbie stands for.
As always stay healthy and hitt’em straight….Joe Polizzi
Haircut Designs by The (would-be) Mother of the Year
Ellen Silverman July, 2016
When Jason was a very little boy, his shock of straight as sticks baby hair transformed into a cacophony of curls. Aside from the fact that he was cute as could be (this is his totally unbiased mother speaking), I was now able to successfully cut his hair; there was no need for a professional. One by one, I placed each lock securely between my index and middle fingers; then I snipped. I remained Jason's official hair stylist (loved that title) until that fateful morning when I accidentally nicked his ear. Although he neither hurt nor complained too much, I felt like an evil woman. Who does that to her son? Jason got over it way before I did. This was the first of many incidents that precluded my winning the Mother of the Year Award.
As a young mom, I made a silent vow that I would never hit my son. One time I did. Little Jason ran into the street. I gave him a spanking in the hope that he would never again intentionally do anything dangerous. Although my motivation was respectable and propelled by love, that knowledge doesn't lessen the disappointment that I felt and continue to feel from time to time...disappointment in myself.
When Jason was in his K-2 Primary School, I was active in the PTA. Consequently, I was involved in a variety of activities, including my annual Family Field Day Extravaganza: dressing as a clown and acting like one, along with my two cohorts, Laura and Gene. I found out years later that I embarrassed Jason big time. Go figure! And I was sure that the Mother of the Year Award would be mine.
Then there's The Mac and Cheese Incident. It began innocently enough. I decided to surprise Jason with made-from-scratch macaroni and cheese. Kraft does a good job; I was going to do a great job. Jason was surely going to nominate me for the coveted award. When dinner time finally arrived, I excitedly told my son what he had in store. He took a taste and quickly put his fork down. The look on his face unfortunately spoke volumes. Then Jason, who rarely complained about anything, described his surprise dinner. The word "inedible" comes to mind. Mother of the Year compassionately responded, "Come on. It can't be THAT bad." Then I tasted it. "Inedible" was an understatement. Imagine cheese flavored over-cooked cardboard.
Anyone want a haircut?
Recipes of The Month
by Pat Dawson
Grilling pork tenderloin in chunks on skewers makes cooking fast and easy.
RED WHITE AND BLUE
WATERMELLON AND BERRY SALAD
Takes only 10 minutes to prepare. Great for Memorial Day, 4thof July, Labor Day and whenever you feel patriotic.
by Mary Negra
More than 30 residents of Setauket Meadows are now better prepared to handle a medical emergency. They spent several hours last weekend learning how to access the EMS system, how to recognize an unconscious person, when and how to do compressions and the simplicity of using a defibrillator.
Our instructors were the very able volunteers of the Setauket Fire Department. They used video and hands on demonstrations and patiently answered all our questions. It wasn’t easy for some of us to accomplish the physical requirements to do proper CPR, but they encouraged us and gave some tips to lessen the work, such as keeping your elbows locked when compressing the chest.
We all came away with a sense of safety in knowing we can help others, but also in knowing our local volunteers are smart and dedicated. Congratulations to all who attended and thanks to those who come so readily when we need them. For those who couldn’t make the class, remember to call 631 941 4441 for an ambulance when in Setauket, give accurate destination info to the dispatcher and stay on the phone.! If you hang up, they cannot give you instructions.
Editors Note: A BIG THANK YOU goes out to Mary for her arranging CPR instruction at Setauket Meadows.
Chuckles of The Month
by Pat Dawson
A woman on the phone to her friend:
I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and
down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over!
The church held a Marriage Seminar and the priest asked Luigi, as his 50th wedding anniversary approached, to share some insight into how he managed to stay married to the same woman all these years. Luigi replied to the audience, “Well, I tried to treat her well and spend money on her. But the best thing I did was take her to Italy for our 20th anniversary.”
The priest said, “Luigi, you are an inspiration to all husbands here today. Please tell the audience what you plan for your wife for your 50th
anniversary.” Luigi proudly replied, “I’m gonna go and get her”
Computer or Security Tip of The Month
by Ray Dawson
Do you think we live in a safe area? I think we do but you still have to be aware of the incidents surrounding our neighborhood. For example, my Ring Doorbell has a feature to allow homeowners to report suspicious incidents near their property. Recently I have seen a rash of reports where strangers pull the door handle of the car parked in their driveway. They are looking for an unlocked car door. If they find one they may steal the contents of the car. Worse yet, if your car door is unlocked and you have a garage door opener in your car, they can push the garage door opener and enter your garage. If the door to your house from the garage is unlocked they can enter your house.
To prevent this from happening do the following:
May through September birthdays are shown below in order to catchup with the May and June birthdays that took place while the Setalker was not published. July , August and September birthdays are also being published to recognize those who will celebrate before the next publication of the Setalker.
5/3 John Milano
5/11 Dan Keefe
5/13 Lois Bauer
5/13 Josephine Suozzi
5/14 Susan Koehn
5/15 James Malone
5/16 Marie Costignola
5/17 Darlene Kick
5/18 Marsha Darvin
5/20 Frances Forrester
5/20 John Ward
5/23 Mike Mauro
5/25 Anna Schiliro
5/25 Marie Healy
5/29 Allen Frawley
5/31 Ellen Petix
6/1 Don Muffly
6/4 Mary Negra
6/5 Mary Ann Mauro
6/6 Jerilyn Ulrich
6/6 Joe Schade
6/8 Sue Marks
6/9 Candace Ruocoo
6/9 Tom Needham
6/11 Jerry Linder
6/18 Fran DiCeccio
6/18 Margie Lobello
6/21 George Zippel
6/22 Judith Ost
6/22 Lou Petix
6/25 Linda Distefano
6/25 Paul Schulman
6/26 Jane Dieterich
6/29 Terri Brennan
7/1 Nancy Jenkins
7/3 June Livaccari
7/3 Sebastian LiVolsi
7/5 Edward Sutherland
7/8 Fred Gross
7/11 Robert Dieterich
7/12 John Razzano
7/12 John Suozzi
7/12 Denis Darvin
7/13 Bob DeMaio
7/15 Rocco Ilardi
7/15 Joseph Costignola
7/16 Lisa Justman
7/17 Alvin Miller
7/18 Dan Falcone
7/18 Ann Renganeschi
7/19 Bob Rice
7/23 Richard Kozlowsky
7/25 Patrick Duffy
7/30 Carolyn LiVolsi
7/30 Ruth McFerran
8/1 Sandy Hammer
8/4 Mel Marks
8/5 Pat Zippel
8/6 Ellen Silverman
8/8 Patricia Dawson
8/10 Lorainne Milano
8/11 Donna Petix
8/12 D. Bruce Lockerbie
8/15 Dennis Konival
8/15 Michael Vigliotti
8/19 Virginia Ehlers
8/22 Rhoda Needlman
8/24 Angela Cipollina
8/27 Maryellen Lubinsky
8/29 Susan Connors
8/31 Harriet Cotroneo
9/5 Edna Multer
9/5 Rita LoMonaco
9/11 Maureen Snicklemark
9/15 Ed Bradin
9/20 Anita Sutherland
9/21 Eileen Duffy
9/21 Sal Mazzeo
9/22 Joseph Rasullo
9/25 John Weber
9/26 Dominick Livaccari
9/28 Linda Hasenmeyer
9/28 Kathy Holly