Meanwhile, things are zipping along like an e-bike on Lighthouse as Saltaire’s traditional summer revives. The SVFC holds its traditionally-belated Fourth of July parade Saturday, July 17, starting at 10:30 a.m., and once again there’ll be food and music post-defile at the firehouse. Camp Director Molly Davis’s program has reclaimed the great outdoors, and the Library program under “Ms. Kate” Valente is a veritable page-turner; visit saltaire.org for information and calendars. Softball and other sports are in play on the field (with its newly-shaded bleachers!) and Club activities are bustling. Even the complaints rolling in are pretty much standard pre-pandemic stuff.
Looks like we’re settling into the new reality in our happy haven of unreality, as summer activities loom, days grow shorter, and people’s faces, instead of their masks, become familiar identification markers. Even the market now lets you in unmasked, provided you’ve been vaccinated; anti-vaxxers may be barefaced in their false medical assertions but not in the store, where a suitable, and preferably impermeable, face covering is still a mandatory fashion-statement for the health-averse. Camp opens July 6, lifeguards are beaching daily, churches are re-convoking, the Club’s running full-tilt due to some sinking posts out back, and field sports resume as soon as Maintenance moves the bleachers back once the new shades are installed (thanks to the financial generosity of the SCA). A new normal, perhaps, but “normal” is the operative word.
First quote of the season goes to Frank Markus, chief justice of the Saltaire Supreme Court, who apologized that he’d tried to buy a copy of the News but the Market had sold out. It fell to me to … Full Story
Well, this is it – our final column of 2020. People may be staying out later but we’re closing up sooner. Would this had been a Corvette rather than a Covid summer, but President Trump says President Xi had … Full Story
2020 just won’t let up. Virus, economic implosion, shark attacks and now a tropical storm, and it’s still only August. What’s next? Besides a canceled presidential election, I mean. In brief, it’s not a normal year, something not quite … Full Story
TAKING A CUE FROM James T. Kirk, the Saltaire Volunteer Fire Company boldly went where it had never gone before, except in response to sub-strand distress calls. Pandemics cast to the wind, the SVFC determined to show the flag, literally, … Full Story
OhmyGodthereareonlyfourissuesthisyearandcolumnscanbeonlybe500wordsandwedon’thavespacetoreporteverythingbutifwecramitallinlikethisit’llbeimpossibleforanyonetoread. According to the computer’s word count, that entire line constitutes one word, thereby proving the 500-word limit can be manipulated. But let’s play by the rules. Just as the paper’s been curtailed, so has our summer – or, as … Full Story
There everyone was, enjoying the 90-degree heat and 90-percent humidity early Thursday evening, when suddenly we’re hit by 60 MPH winds, torrential rains, and topping it off, a blackout that lingered till Friday on West and Surf walks … only … Full Story
Okay, we’re holding a get-together in honor of Dr. Bob Furey this Sunday, Aug. 18, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Saltaire Yacht Club. It’s a way for us to express our gratitude to and affection for Bob for his … Full Story
Yes, it’s August, if your calendars haven’t combusted over the past couple of weeks. It’s cold comfort, but our recent heat wave chilled in comparison with some others – the highest temperatures ever recorded in western Europe (up to 108), … Full Story