I was happy to see George Greenberger is back on Erie Street after the recent loss of his wife, Joyce. George and I reminisced about his mandarin orange tree, which we have been caring for so many years that we can’t remember. The tree was a gift from Jeannine Pollack’s son-in-law from England. Joyce wanted to throw it away at the end of that summer. We intervened and said we would “board” it in our sunroom during the winters and bring it back to Erie in the summers. We eventually gained custody of the tree but continued to freeze the bitter little oranges for George to make marmalade. Joyce would laugh that if there was enough for one jar it was enough!
The community lost one of its stalwarts with the passing of Joyce Peters Greenberger. Joyce spent more than six decades in Ocean Bay Park spanning the age of “Mad Men” when OBP was a magnet for the Madison Avenue advertising crowd to our current millennial generation. Joyce and her husband of almost 50 years, George, were world travelers. She was a master bridge player who spent the off season competing in bridge team events. Did I mention she had been a competitive ice skater or that she wrote a column for this newspaper at one time, too?
What’s better than a party? The answer is multiple parties! Everyone knows that here in the Park we never need an excuse to party, and especially when the occasion warrants it, we go all out!
Life as we have always known it in Ocean Bay Park is finally coming back, as witnessed by this year’s July 4 celebrations. Although the weather was not the best, it was fantastic to be able to get together with family and friends and the red, white and blue was everywhere. The Fourth was definitely with us!
The French Philosopher Albert Camus wrote, “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” I feel his words are so indicative of where we are at this point in time. COVID restrictions have been lifted in New York State. Slowly and methodically things are returning to our new normal in Ocean Bay Park and people are ready to get out and live again.
Birthdays, weddings, graduations – some of life’s most momentous occasions were all put on hold for the past 15 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, … Full Story
Barbara Gaby Placilla ~ As this pandemic summer winds down, there has been some small consolation in the fact that several annual events still took place. Saturday, Aug. 15, was the designated day. The Byrnes’, Tommy and Robbie, marked 35 … Full Story
By Barbara Gaby Placilla ~ It’s August and in any other year we would be saying that we are “hitting the home stretch.” Those who see the glass as half empty bemoan the fact that summer has reached the halfway … Full Story
Barbara Gaby Placilla ~ Did you know that July 24, the date of this issue of the Fire Island News, is also International Self Care Day? Neither did I until I Googled July 24, 2019, in search of inspiration. It’s … Full Story
When the editor of the Fire Island News, Shoshanna McCollum, contacted me regarding the direction the paper is taking this summer, I remarked that we are all embarking on a new kind of social experiment and we are all in … Full Story