"Doll" - I have, for many years, been prone to the practice of using this term when referring to my wife Grace and have always considered the use of such a sobriquet as nothing more than a simple term of endearment. Recently I began to notice that Grace was becoming irritated with my use of this appellation but I really did not give it much thought until she finally sat me down and told me that she did not find my habit to be at all "endearing," with no further explanation forthcoming and no obvious explanation for her vexation with this issue. Unfortunately, this then led to my thought process going completely off the rails, which, at least for me, usually results in nothing but trouble. 

Pulling up my big boy boxers, I approached and

Just recently I heard the sounds of children playing on the newly-raised, paved and tidal free, shared space street on West 12th Road, as they enjoyed the view of Jamaica Bay from the new bulkhead installation at the end of the block. The children who were enjoying their new shared space were all too young to know that none of this would have been possible without the tireless efforts of Mr. Al McCarthy, a one-time resident of the street.

The town of Broad Channel, and especially the residents

Despite the fact that many consider me to be the epitome of an individual with absolutely too much time on his hands, my proclivity for somber reflection on the absurdities of life often reaps its own rewards. For instance, sitting thoughtfully by my kitchen window during our recent snowstorm, I could not help but wonder why parking meters always stay in effect when alternate side regulations are suspended for snow removal. Like many of us, the first thought that crossed my suspicious mind was

Don't forget to stop by the Broad Channel VFW this Sunday afternoon to enjoy a Super Bowl 51 Tailgate Party extravaganza with your friends and neighbors! The Broad Channel VFW doors will open at 12 noon, when you can come on in and enjoy the pre-game afternoon hours with upwards of a thousand of your friends and neighbors comfortably seated in the lushly padded theater seats available in the Post Media Room, while partaking of a sumptuous repast, accompanied by a wide-ranging selection of

The Mahon Estate on West 12th Road has been a bee-hive of activity over the past week, as our two daughters, Amy and Victoria, were busy getting ready to spread their wings and leave the nest. Although the girls are "Irish Twins," having been born less than a year apart, that is where the similarities end. Like the identical cousins Kathy and Patty from the 1960's Patty Duke Show, they are "a pair of matching bookends, different as night and day." 

Vicky, our youngest at 20, is a longtime

Valentine's Day, an annual holiday celebrated on February 14, originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early martyred saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country. Now we Catholics are a strange bunch and have a thing for martyred saints. Growing up in Woodside in the late 50's I attended St. Sebastian Grammar School where the

Super Bowl Sunday has become an unofficial national holiday.  Everybody can celebrate no matter what your religion – or even if you don’t like football!  The Super Bowl is an event unlike any other, as people gather throughout the country and make the game one of the most watched TV events of all time, every year.  Yes, we Americans take our annual Super Bowl games very seriously – perhaps a little too seriously.

Case in point – many of you have probably never made the connection, but the term

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