Recently, I marked yet another milestone on my stoic journey through this existence we all call life — my 68th birthday. Yup, 68 long years since some long-forgotten physician, midwife, police officer or taxi driver (the exact circumstances of my birth were always, at best, both confusing and contradictory) patted me on my ass and said, "Okay kid, go get in the game. Play hard, play fair, and don't get too many penalty flags and always remember, don't drink and no tattoos!" 

Coming from a strong Irish Catholic family, I always felt my birth certificate was nothing more than an apology from the Vatican Family Planning Center for the inordinately high percentage of failure of its rhythm method of birth control.

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Our City Council has been hard at work poking its nose into the personal affairs of New Yorkers with introductions of several inane, "nanny state"-inspired bills. First up is a bill introduced by Council member Raphael L. Espinal, Jr., (Int 0726-2018) which makes it unlawful for private employees in the City of New York to require employees to check and respond to email and other electronic communications during non-work hours.

Apparently, Councilmember Espinal was so impressed with a recent

A special shout out to the guys and gals up at the Broad Channel VFW who worked long and hard to make the recent Saint Patrick's Day dinner for the two busloads of disabled veterans from the St. Albans Community Living Center who attended. Thanks to our very own Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, there was no shortage of delicious corned beef to be had, all of which was accompanied by cabbage and boiled potatoes as well as ample sides of freshly made Irish Soda Bread slathered with butter. 

This Sunday afternoon, March 11, the men and women of the Broad Channel VFW Post #260 Auxiliary will once again host their annual St. Patrick's Day dinner for the disabled veterans who reside at St. Albans Hospital. 

After tearful farewells to their families, these individuals went off to war where they saw and did things young men and women should not have to see or do. While many of them came home unscathed, many made the ultimate sacrifice and did not return, while others returned damaged

About five or six years ago, I walked into the Broad Channel VFW to meet up with Grace (aka she who must be obeyed) and was met with a chorus of giggles from the assembled crowd at the canteen bar. Not knowing what was so funny I simply sidled up next to my beloved and queried, "What's so funny?" Grace pointed behind me and I spied a cage containing a motley-looking, long-haired feline within, all curled up and shaking nervously. Grace, matter-of-factly announced, "Meet Sasha and she is coming

Along the lines of things we didn't know we needed but we're going to pay for anyway, Mayor de Blasio has appointed Ariel Palitz, the former owner of what was once called the city's noisiest bar, as the first director of the city's new Office of Nightlife.

The concept is based on a model first launched in Amsterdam in 2014. Night mayoral positions have since been created in other cities, including Paris and Toulouse, France, and Zurich, Switzerland. "It is exciting to learn that NYC's first

I recently became engaged in a conversation with a local youngster (calm down, that's how I refer to anyone under 30 years of age) who readily admitted that she reads this column every week but was nonetheless of the opinion that she found my frequent remarks about the 1950's and ‘60s, the era I grew up in, "creepy" because that time in our history was so "plastic and make believe." 

When I asked her to explain exactly what it was that she found "creepy" about the 1950's she replied, "You see

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