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NEWSLETTER


In spite of Mother Nature, summer has arrived and Setauket Meadows is back and beautiful. The awning has been put up and the pools are ready for use! The Solar panels which were installed in 2018 on the roof of the clubhouse in order to heat the outdoor pool are working to keep the pool at a comfortable level. This not only saves energy but has resulted in reduced electrical costs for the community over the years. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions at this time, we are still limited to pool use by residents only. Especially now that everyone has returned for the summer and fall, parking becomes even more of a problem in the complex. As you know, there are not many open spaces (especially on Blair) and residents are reminded that house rules state that residents must use the garage and driveway as their parking spacesleaving the open spaces for friends and guests. These rules are the result of some very difficult situations which occurred in the past between neighbors that caused conflict and altercations. Please be considerate of your neighbors and park appropriately. A complete list of House Rules to be followed by residents and guests can be found on the website – Setauketmeadows.com . Recently, you received information from HPM about driveway seal coating and when it would be scheduled. Since it is not an annual budget expense, there is an assessment of $65.00 per unit. Contact HPM (631-476-8805) if you have any questions.

President Joe Cerullo Vice President Eileen Duffy Vice President Lou Petix Treasurer Tom Purcell Secretary Marianne Fohn

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The Fence is still a topic of much conversation. It was discussed at the recent Board meeting and this is what we know to date. The fence was not completed in a timely manner due to a shortage of materials. The area behind the fence is due to be cleared by the time you read this and the Board is working on obtaining bids from a number of vendors for the beautification of the area. At that time, we will have a better understanding of the project and what the amount of the assessment per unit will be. The next Board meeting will be on Thursday, August 19th at 10:00 AM. At this time, it will still be conducted on Zoom. In the meantime, have a safe and enjoyable summer season. Hope to see you lovely faces around!

BEST ILLUSION (double click the video to view it) Contributed by Joe Cerullo

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by Joe Polizzi Athletic fields at Long Island High Schools and in the New York metropolitan area have become “complexes”. I say this because as grandparents, Alice and I, travel the LIE, Northern State Parkway, Sunrise Highway, Hutchinson River Parkway, Saw Mill River Parkway and numerous side roads to watch our grandchildren play. They play soccer, basketball, softball, lacrosse and of course baseball. We‟ve been to Randall‟s Island to watch baseball. This New York City facility has 20 soccer fields, 20 baseball fields, a tennis center and the NYC Fire Department Academy, quite a busy place on sunny Sunday afternoons in thesummer. But recently we have travelled to many local high school fields and town athletic outlets. For example, “The Field of Dreams” soccer fields in Massapequa and a similar site in Garden City or Cantiague Park and for baseball fanatics “Baseball Heaven” in Yaphank. These town parks have meticulously maintained fields and even some “turf” fields. Yes-turf. A synthetic carpet that provides an ideal playing surface-no bad hops or bounces here. The regional high schools display the same degree of variety and sophistication. Usually the centerpiece of the complex is a lighted turf field that sports football, lacrosse and soccer. But around this showcase are the baseball and softball main fields. Many practice fields for any sport or activity that the school offers. Our grandchildren and everyone‟s grandchild are very fortunate to be given an opportunity to play at such upscale sites. All this reminds me of the many fields that I played baseball on. Let‟s start with “soccer field”. It was just that. A soccer field converted to play Little League baseball. The backstop was the soccer goal. Needless to say not too many foul pop ups. The bases were measured at 60 feet and a pillow like sack was tossed on the ground. The base moved every time you ran into them. Foul lines were non-existent but judged by the umpire's eye. Oh! The umpire was always behind the pitcher because there was no room in the soccer cage for him. And we were lucky to get one umpire. Many times it was a parent who knew some baseball and was willing to take the fan abuse. Soon I graduated to Farmers Oval in Middle Village, Queens. We had to take the Myrtle Av. elevated train to the last stop and then walk down a hill to the fields. It always seemed quite eerie because the fields were adjacent to a Cemetery, not much cheering. There were five or six dirt fields with measured bases and a pitcher's mound. But the highlight at Farmer‟s Oval was the grass, lighted Number 1 field. Only the big guys played there and hopefully someday you would make it to center stage. I also played at the Parade Grounds in Brooklyn. Again a group of fields which bordered the main grass field. The problem with Parade Ground fields is that they sprayed the fields with oil to keep the dust down. I wonder if the spray contained any carcinogens. Who cared, we were playing baseball and there was no internet research to stop us or create doubt in our parents mind. The other problem was my mother trying to get the oil dirt stains off the uniform to make it white again for the next game. We didn‟t have home and away uniforms. McCarran Park in Williamsburg also was a site for some games. Then I jumped to High School baseball. Although we practiced in the Sheep Meadow at Central Park our games were played all over Manhattan and the Bronx. Home games were played at DeWitt Clinton Field on 54th St. and the Hudson River. Boy did it get cold as the sun went down and wind began to pick up. But who knew any better, it was the same for each team. By the way, no team bus transported us to our games. We had to take the NYC Subway to our venue and make sure we got to the field in time or else we would sit, not play. Most of the fields were grass with dirt running paths. The surfaces varied so it always became an adventure when a ground ball came your way but we managed. MacCombs Dam Field just outside Yankee Stadium was a treat to play on. In addition to good fields it also had a locker room to change and shower before going home on the Subway. But my highlight field was playing on Babe Ruth Field abutting Yankee Stadium. I felt like a pro playing on a perfectly manicured field with fences and signs naming sponsors and distances at various locations. Playing and travelling around New York gave me many worthwhile and rewarding experiences. Experiences that I would always treasure. So hopefully you can get out and watch your grandchildren participate, travel the island and the surrounding neighborhoods and take in all that New York and Long Island have to offer. I am happy for how lucky our grandchildren are to play at complexes that will give them a taste of professionalism while providing them with the same sport related experiences that I cherish so much. As always stay healthy and hitt‟em straight…...Joe Polizzi The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


On June 19, 1910, the nation‘s first Father‘s Day was celebrated in the state of Washington. It did not become a National holiday until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother‘s Day official. In 1909 a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother‘s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation‘s first statewide Father‘s Day on June 19, 1910. Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father‘s Day. During the 1920‘s and 1930‘s, a movement arose to scrap Mother‘s Day and Father‘s Day altogether in favor of a single holiday, Parents‘ Day. Every year on Mother‘s Day, pro-Parents‘ Day groups rallied in New York City‘s Central Park; a public reminder, said Parents‘ Day activist and radio performer Robert Spere, ―that both parents should be loved and respected together.‖ Many men of that era were not ea- Sonora Smart Dodd ger to have a dedicated ‗Father‘s Day,‘ saying that the holiday was a sentimental attempt to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, often paid for by dad himself. The Great Depression helped bolster support for a special day for dad. Struggling retailers and advertisers redoubled their efforts to make Father‘s Day a ―second Christmas‖ for men, promoting goods such as neckties, hats, socks, pipes and tobacco, golf clubs and other sporting goods, and greeting cards. When World War II began, advertisers began to argue that celebrating Father‘s Day was a way to honor American troops and support the war effort. By the end of the war, Father‘s Day may not have been a federal holiday, but it was a national institution. In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father‘s Day a federal holiday at last. Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father‘s Day gifts. Today, the day honoring fathers is celebrated in the United States on the third Sunday of June: Father‘s Day 2021 occurs on June 20.

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Stuff You Can’t Make Up 1. Mom and I went through the McDonald's driveway window and I gave the cashier a $5 bill. Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her 25c. She said, 'you gave me too much money.' I said, 'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar back.' She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request. I did so, and he handed me back the 25c, and said 'We're sorry but we don‟t do that kind of thing.' The cashier then proceeded to give me back 75 cents in change. Do not confuse the people at MacD's. 2. We had to have the garage door repaired. The repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on the opener. I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower. He shook his head and said, 'You need a 1/4 horsepower.' I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4 and he said, 'NOOO, it's not. Four is larger than two.' We haven't used that repairman since... 3. I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local city council office to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road. The reason: 'Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.' „Ok, said the city council office person, „we‟ll move the sign to a safer place.‟ 4. Fast Food Service Restaurant My daughter went to a Mexican fast food and ordered a taco. She asked the person behind the counter for 'minimal lettuce.' He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg lettuce. 5. I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, 'Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?' To which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?' He smiled knowingly and nodded, 'That's why we ask.' 6. The pedestrian light on the corner beeps when it's safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an 'intellectually challenged' co-worker of mine. He asked if I knew what the beeper was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, he responded, 'what on earth are blind people doing driving?!' The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


A Classic Favorite Enjoys Spirited Resurgence In a world of constant upheaval, cognac makers have always taken pride in how their centuries-old techniques never change. So it‘s big news that these days the brandy – which originates in the Cognac region of France – is enjoying quite the renaissance among bar and restaurant patrons of all age groups, cultures, and regions. ― Here are a few things to keep in mind when ordering cognac: There are three grades of cognac: Very Special (V.S.), which is aged two years. Very Superior Old Pale (V.S.O.P.), which is aged four years; and Extra Old (X.O.), which is aged for 6 years. The younger varieties (V.S. and V.S.O.P) work better in cocktails. Older, more mature cognacs are better consumed neat. Why the resurgence in this beverage‘s appeal? Well, according to spirit aficionados and experts, it‘s in large part thanks to the emergence of new ranges of the amber liquid that defy the drink‘s image as a spirit best enjoyed in the winter months. In fact, not only are two of the latest stand-outs – the aromatic CAMUS Elegance V.S. and V.S.O.P. – perfect year-round given their distinctive smoothness, aroma and overall elegance, but they‘re ideal for making cocktails taste like nothing you‘ve ever experienced before. If you‘re really looking for a treat, try the CAMUS Pink Love cocktail which follows. It might be the perfect cocktail before, during, or after dinner. CAMUS Pink Love 1 oz. CAMUS V.S. Elegance 0.25 oz Raspberry Liqueur Champagne Combine CAMUS and raspberry liqueur in a champagne flute. Top with champagne, and garnish with a raspberry. Enjoy! The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


Long Island FunFest

is the largest fair on the Island bringing all the family fun of a state fair

right here to our backyard! The 2021 Fun Fest is packed with FREE shows and entertainment! All new for 2021 is a full big top circus. The World Famous Royal Hanneford Circus will bring its full line-up of amazing acts to fun fest daily. Also new for 2021 is the Dock Dogs show where guests can watch dogs jump, swim, and fetch. Returning for a second year, families will be able to encounter amazing animals in the Eudora Farms Exotic Petting Zoo. No fair is complete without thrilling rides, and this one is no exception. There will be 28 carnival rides, including some of the most popular thrillers: Dream Wheel; Delusion – the only ride of its kind east of the Mississippi River; Dream Catcher and Zipper. For the faint of heart, visit the Firehouse, Orange Whip and Merry-Go-Round. Don‘t forget the fireworks! Nights come alive at the fair with fireworks by the First Family of Fireworks, the Grucci family! FunFest will also be home to a wide variety of traditional fair food from local concessionaires, including grilled sausage and peppers, corn dogs, zeppoles and funnel cake, cotton candy, popcorn and other foods. In addition to providing entertainment to members of the local communities, Long Island FunFest will donate a portion of its proceeds to NephCure Kidney International. NephCure is committed exclusively to supporting research on the potentially debilitating kidney disease Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and Nephrotic Syndrome, improving treatment and finding a cure. The Fair is conveniently located off Exit 53 on the LIE so plan to start your summer here. The carnival will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays (Mon to Fri) and from noon to 11p.m. on weekends (Sat and Sun) June 17 through the 27th. Wristbands are available for $25 Monday to Thursday and $30 Friday to Sunday. Explore all the fest has to offer on our entertainment pages. Long Island Fun Fest (NY)

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JUNETEENTH (short for ―June Nineteenth‖) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops‘ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox Court House two months earlier in Virginia, but slavery had remained relatively unaffected in Texas—until U.S. General Gordon Granger stood on Texas soil and read General Orders No. 3: ―The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.‖ The Emancipation Proclamation The Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, had established that all enslaved people in Confederate states in rebellion against the Union ―shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.‖ But in reality, the Emancipation Proclamation didn‘t instantly free any enslaved people. The proclamation only applied to places under Confederate control and not to slave-holding border states or rebel areas already under Union control. However, as Northern troops advanced into the Confederate South, many enslaved people fled behind Union lines. Juneteenth and Slavery in Texas In Texas, slavery had continued as the state experienced no large-scale fighting or significant presence of Union troops. Many enslavers from outside the Lone Star State had moved there, as they viewed it as a safe haven for slavery. After the war came to a close in the spring of 1865, General Granger‘s arrival in Galveston that June signaled freedom for Texas‘s 250,000 enslaved people. Although emancipation didn‘t happen overnight for everyone—in some cases, enslavers withheld the information until after harvest season—celebrations broke out among newly freed Black people, and Juneteenth was born. That December, slavery in America was formally abolished with the adoption of the 13th Amendment. The year following 1865, freedmen in Texas organized the first of what became the annual celebration of "Jubilee Day" on June 19. In the ensuing decades, Juneteenth commemorations featured music, barbecues, prayer services and other activities, and as Black people migrated from Texas to other parts of the country the Juneteenth tradition spread. In 1979, Texas became the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday. Today, 47 states recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday, while efforts to make it a national holiday have so far stalled in Congress. The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


Look Like a Beauty Without the Sleep— How to Fake a Good Night’s Rest Some days sleep just doesn‘t come naturally. When daylight savings time is introduced, it may bring on something called Daylight Savings Hangover, a known problem getting to sleep on the new schedule. However, there are other times during the year when staring at the clock is how you spend your night. The good news is that there is a way to look refreshed and awake – even if your sleep schedule is in the dumps.

Tip 1: Shut it down – electronics that is. Before going to sleep, shut down all electronics – that means TV, computer and, yes, your blackberry. These all are stimulants for the brain, and if you‘re answering emails in bed at 10 p.m., you‘re going to have a difficult time getting to sleep. Hit the power switch at least an hour before bedtime.

Tip 2: Get up… NOW! Once the alarm goes off, get out of bed immediately. Snoozing is not sleep; it‘s just prolonging the inevitable.

Tip 3: So now that you‘re up – do something. Try a morning workout to get motivated and feel energized for the day. Take a quick run or hit an early morning spin class. Be sure to challenge yourself first thing and then see how much easier your morning commute feels.

Tip 4: Hydrate. Great looking skin isn‘t just about what you put on it, but also what you put in your body. Skip that morning cup of coffee, which can be dehydrating, and drink a glass of ice water instead. The cold water will not only give you a kick in the morning, but also helps hydrate skin, leaving it looking and feeling refreshed.

Tip 5: Wake up and fake it! Use a hydrating and stimulating makeup, a favorite trick of actress Kate Hudson. They usually contain essential minerals and ingredients such as cucumber and aloe, which sooth and hydrate skin. Some also contain encapsulated water technology – once the powder touches your skin it releases a cooling sensation that gives you an added boost in the morning. Read all labels!

Tip 6: Do NOT skip breakfast. You‘ve worked out, you‘ve hydrated, you‘re looking gorgeous. Why deny your body the nutrients it needs to keep it looking and feeling refreshed by walking out the door without grabbing a quick bite? The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


Juno’s Month June is the sixth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and its predecessor, the Julian calendar and is 30 days long. It is the month that has the most amount of daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shortest amount of daylight hours in the Southern hemisphere. It is believed that the month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, who is the wife of Jupiter and is also equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera. Another belief is that the month‘s name comes from the Latin work iuniores which means ―younger ones‖. History of June June was originally the fourth month of the year in earlier versions of the Roman calendar.. It became the fifth month with a length of 29 days following a calendar reform around 450 BCE. In the Julian calendar, June was given a length of 30 days again. Many celebrations take place in the month of June, especially marriages. According to one etymology, Juno is the goddess of marriage and a married couple‘s household. It is considered good luck to get married in this month. June and May are the only two months that doesn‘t start on the same day of the week as any other month. June ends on the same day of the week as March every year. Birth Flower and Stone June‘s birth flower is the rose or the honeysuckle. The birthstones for June are the pearl, the moonstone, and the Alex-

Computer Tips and Tricks Do you use Facebook? I do and so do millions of others. It‟s important to keep your information private. Do the following to maintain your privacy: 1. Click Account in the top-right corner of the Facebook window. 2. Click Settings and Privacy to adjust who can see what's on your Facebook profile. Click Privacy Checkup. I recommend going through allthe privacy settings to verify your privacy is properly protected. Anything that is not set to “friends only” or “friends of friends” is seen by anyone searching on the internet. 3. Below is a few things recommended for most users. Under Settings scroll and open the Setting you wish to see. Under Apps and Websites, make sure you're

andrite which all symbolize health and longevity.

only allowing applications you want to have access to your information. Applications you grant rights to will have access to your Facebook profile information.

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Grow Food on Your Patio! Selecting a Container As a general rule, select as large a container as possible. Small containers dry out more quickly and may need daily watering. Self-watering planters designed for balconies and patios extend the time between watering. You'll want to think about weight — once the pot is filled with wet soil and plant material it's going to be very heavy. And you may want to think about appearance. What look "goes" with your house and other pots? Even fabric pots are good for growing vegetables. Most importantly, you'll need to think about the depth of the container you'll be growing in. Plants with deep root systems will be stunted and unhealthy if they don't have adequate space. Remember that the deeper the pot, the larger the reservoir of moist soil and the less often you'll need to water. The exception is a self-watering planter. In this case, the depth of the planting area can be kept to a minimum because moisture is provided by a water reservoir below the planting area. Where to Put Your Planter Most vegetables require at least six hours of sunlight per day. Salad greens and herbs can usually get by with less. Tomatoes, peppers, beans and other sun-lovers will appreciate as much sun as they can get. If your yard is short on sun, consider putting your plants on caddies or adding casters. That way they can be moved during the day or even later in the season as the angle of the sun changes. Wind is another factor to consider. Your plants will be happiest in a protected location where the wind doesn't batter and dry out their foliage. Use the shelter of a building, or erect a temporary windbreak made from portable fencing or fabric. Arrange your pots so larger plants shield smaller plants. Clustering potted plants also helps to raise humidity levels, keeping plants more productive. If you are using a trellis or some other type of support in your container, wind is a special concern. Make sure you have a heavy pot and/or that the trellis is secured to a railing or some other fixed upright. How to Choose Soil or Potting Mix for Your Planters Do not fill your containers with soil from your garden or bagged topsoil. You should fill the containers with a "soilless" potting mix that will retain moisture and resist compaction. It is a good idea to mix in a liberal amount of granular organic fertilizer and a shovelful or so of compost. Watering Your Container Vegetable Garden Vegetables require a consistent supply of water to perform their best. Inconsistent moisture causes lots of problems, such as blossom drop, poor root development, leaf curling, insect problems, and rot. The best way to ensure your plants always have a consistent supply of water is to use a selfwatering planter. Filling the reservoir every few days is all that's required. The plants absorb moisture as they need it. TheThe Homeowners Homeowners Association Association Does Does NotNot Endorse Endorse AnyAny Advertiser Advertiser or Product or Product In This In This Publication Publication


Fertilizing Your Vegetable Planters Fertilizer is especially important when you're growing vegetables in containers. In fact, you just won't succeed if you don't use some kind of fertilizer. Try mixing a granular organic fertilizer into the soil when planting, then a weekly feeding with a water-soluble fertilizer will do the trick. There are several reasons why fertilizer is important. First is that the growing medium in the container has few, if any, nutrients. Your plants depend on you to provide the nutrients they need. Second is that containerized plants get watered a lot, and every time you water you wash some nutrients from the soil. The third reason fertilizers are necessary is that in a container garden, you are packing lots of plants into a small space. One 2' x 2' self-watering planter might contain a tomato plant, two pepper plants, a basil plant and some parsley. The Best Vegetables for Containers Potatoes, chard, lettuce, cherry and bush tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, summer squash, Asian greens, pole beans will work. And don't forget herbs! Here are the minimum soil depths for healthy growth. Keep in mind that you can get by with less depth if you use a self-watering planter. 4-5": chives, lettuce, radishes, other salad greens, basil, coriander 6-7": bush beans, garlic, kohlrabi, onions, Asian greens, peas, mint, thyme 8-9": pole beans, carrots, chard, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, leeks, peppers, spinach, parsley, rosemary 10-12": beets, broccoli, okra, potatoes, sweet corn, summer squash, dill, lemongrass Plant Combinations and Companion Planting This is the fun part. You night do "theme" pots (an Italian pot, a spicy pot, a pickles pot), you could do some plantings for maximum production (lettuce followed by beans, followed by broccoli, followed by winter greens), and others focused on a single crop (tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes). When combining several different types of plants in one pot, it's best to match plants that have a similar need for water and fertilizer. For example, rosemary, which likes hot and relatively dry conditions, would not be a good match with water-hungry cucumbers. To maximize space, you might want to combine a trailing plant with an upright plant. Some plants actually grow better when grown near a compatible companion. On the other hand, some plants don't seem to grow as well when paired with certain plants. Sometimes the reasons are simple (carrots, dill and fennel are all in the same plant family and will compete for the same nutrients) but others are more mysterious. The list below offers good plant combinations — as well as combinations to avoid. Good Companion Plants: Beans, carrots, squash Eggplant, beans Tomatoes, basil, onions Lettuce, herbs Spinach, chard, onions Combinations to Avoid: Beans with onions and garlic Carrots with dill or fennel Tomatoes or squash with potatoes Onions with beans and peas The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


When the American Revolution broke out in 1775, the colonists weren‘t fighting united under a single flag. Instead, most regiments participating in the war for independence against the British fought under their own flags. In June of 1775, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to create the Continental Army—a unified colonial fighting force—with the hopes of more organized battle against its colonial oppressors. This led to the creation of what was, essentially, the first ―American‖ flag, the Continental Colors. For some, this flag, which was comprised of 13 red and white alternating stripes and a Union Jack in the corner, was too similar to that of the British. George Washington soon realized that flying a flag that was even remotely close to the British flag was not a great confidence-builder for the revolutionary effort, so he turned his efforts towards creating a new symbol of freedom for the soon-to-be fledgling nation. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress took a break from writing the Articles of Confederation and passed a resolution stating that ―the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,‖ and that ―the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.‖

As you celebrate the anniversary of the Stars and Stripes, here are some fast facts about “Old Glory.” 1. Bernard Cigrand, a small-town Wisconsin teacher, originated the idea for an annual flag day, to be celebrated across the country every June 14, in 1885. That year, he led his school in the first formal observance of the holiday. Cigrand, who later changed careers and practiced dentistry in Illinois, continued to promote his concept and advocate respect for the flag throughout his life. 2. The lyrics of ―The Star-Spangled Banner,‖ America‘s national anthem since 1931, are taken from a patriotic poem written by Francis Scott Key after he witnessed the Battle of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. His words were set to the tune of ―To Anacreon in Heaven,‖ a popular British drinking song. 3.In the 1950s, when it seemed certain that Alaska would be admitted to the Union, designers began retooling the American flag to add a 49th star to the existing 48. Meanwhile, a 17-year-old Ohio student named Bob Heft borrowed his mother‘s sewing machine, disassembled his family‘s 48-star flag and stitched on 50 stars in a proportional pattern. He handed in his creation to his history teacher for a class project, explaining that he expected Hawaii would soon achieve statehood as well. Heft also sent the flag to his congressman, Walter Moeller, who presented it to President Eisenhower after both new states joined the Union. Eisenhower selected Heft‘s design, and on July 4, 1960, the President and the high school student stood together as the 50-star flag was raised for the first time. Heft‘s teacher promptly changed his grade from a B- to an A. The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


4. Unlike setting an intact flag on fire, flying one upsidedown is not always intended as an act of protest. According to the Flag Code, it can also be an official distress signal. 5. The Flag Code stipulates that the Stars and Stripes should not be used as apparel, bedding or drapery. 6. The practice of draping coffins in the American flag is not reserved for military veterans and government officials. On the contrary, any burial may incorporate this tradition. 7. Etiquette calls for American flags to be illuminated by sunlight or another light source while on display. 8. During the Vietnam War era, some demonstrators burned American flags as an act of protest. The Flag Protection Act of 1968 was enacted in response, making it illegal to burn or deface the Stars and Stripes. In two decisions 20 years later, the Supreme Court ruled that the government couldn‘t curb individuals‘ First Amendment rights by prohibiting desecration of the U.S. flag. Respectful burning of damaged flags according to established protocol has always been acceptable. 9. When flags are taken down from their poles, care must be taken to keep them from touching the ground. In fact, the American flag should always be kept aloft. 10. When the flags of cities, states, localities or groups are flown on the same staff as the American flag, Old Glory should always be at the peak. When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they should be of equivalent size and flown from separate staffs of the same height. 11. To fold an American flag, first enlist a partner and stand facing each other, each holding both corners of one of the rectangle‘s shorter sides. Working together, lift the half of the flag that usually hangs on the bottom over the half that contains the blue field of stars. Next, fold the flag lengthwise a second time so that the stars are visible on the outside. Make a triangular fold at the striped end, bringing one corner up to meet the top edge. Continue to fold the flag in this manner until only a rectangle of star-studded blue can be seen.

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Time to Clean Those Windows! Wash your windows the fastest way with crystal clear, streak-free results. Try washing windows with a squeegee and you'll never go back to a spray bottle and paper towels. Squeegees get your glass clear and streak free in a fraction of the time it takes with paper towels. In addition to a 10- or 12-in. squeegee, basic window washing equipment includes a scrubber, a bucket (a 5-gallon plastic bucket will work), liquid dishwashing soap, and a few lint-free rags or small towels. Keep your squeegee fitted with a sharp, new rubber blade. Purchase two or three to have on hand. Change the blades often. That's because you just can't do a good job if the edge of the blade becomes nicked, sliced or rounded over with use. If your squeegee leaves streaks or just isn't performing like new, don't hesitate to replace the blade. The squeegee method is easy to master. The best homemade window cleaning solution is to just add a couple of gallons of water and about a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in your bucket, and you're ready to go for window washing. Some people also opt to use vinegar and water to clean windows. In warm weather, you'll get a little more working time by using cool water. You can use a scrubber or a sponge. A scrubber works great and is worth buying if you have a lot of medium to large panes of glass. But a good-quality sponge is all you really need, especially if most of your windowpanes are small. Step one for cleaning windows: Dip the scrubber in the bucket and squeeze excess water from the scrubber. Scrub the glass The first step in the exterior window cleaning process is to scrub the glass, working at all angles to clean the edges. Make sure to cover every square inch of the glass. This technique allows you to get great results immediately. Move the squeegee horizontally across the glass, but vertical strokes will work too. If you work vertically, angle the squeegee to direct excess water toward the un-cleaned area. Clean a starting strip Tip the squeegee so that only the corner contacts the glass. Starting at the top corner of the glass, clean a narrow strip of glass from top to bottom on one side. This clean strip makes it easier to start the horizontal stokes. The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


Squeegee across the top Press the squeegee blade against the glass in the upper corner and pull it steadily across the window. Concentrate on keeping the top of the squeegee in contact with the top edge of the window. Wipe the squeegee clean Wipe the blade on the clean towel in your front pocket or wipe it across the scrubber to remove dirt and excess water Work down the window Begin again, with the top of the squeegee overlapping the previous stroke about 2 in. Pull the squeegee across the window at an angle to direct excess water down. Wipe and repeat. Wipe off excess water The next step in exterior window cleaning is to use the rag in your pocket to wipe up excess water along the bottom edge of the window. Poke your finger into a dry spot on a separate lint-free rag and run it around the perimeter of the window to remove any remaining suds. The result? Beautiful, shining clean windows. For more information, go to: How to Wash Windows Like a Pro | This Old House - YouTube

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JUNE 2021

BIRTHDAYS June 1.. Don Muffly June 4..Mary Negra June 5..Mary Ann Mauro

ANNIVERSARIES

June 6..Jerilyn Ulrich

June 1.. Tom & Josephine Germano

June 8..Sue Marks

June 7..Mel & Donna Heller

June 9..Candace Ruocoo

June 8..Lawrence & Darlene Kick

June 9..Tom Needham

June 10..Anthony & Carol Stanziale

June 11..Jerry Linder

June 14..Anthony & Joan Russo

June 12.. Anthony Russo

June 16..George & Pat Zippel

June 18..Fran DiCeccio

June 27..John & Ann Razzano

June 18.. Margie Lobello

June 28..Sebastian & Carolyn LiVoisi

June 21..George Zippel June 22..Lou Petix June 25..Linda Distefano June 25..Paul Schulman June 26..Jane Dieterich June 29..Terri Brennan

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INGREDIENTS: 1 skirt steak (about 1 lb) 2 tsp dried oregano 2 tsp onion powder 2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp dried rosemary 1 tsp salt

6 mini pitas, warmed* 1 cup prepared tzatziki ½ small red onion, thinly sliced 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce ½ tsp ground cumin

DIRECTIONS: 1. Cut the steak into quarters for shorter pieces. In a large bowl combine all the spices. Add steak to bowl and rub all over with spice mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. 2. Set grill to medium-high. Grill steak pieces 3-5 minutes per side for medium. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand 5 minutes. 3. Thinly slice each steak piece against the grain. Gently split open pitas on one side. Into each pita spread some tzatziki and add steak, red onion, tomatoes and lettuce. Serves 6. *If you can’t find mini pitas just cut regular-size pitas in half.

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Take a Hike! MONTAUK POINT STATE PARK (SEAL HAUL OUT HIKE) Seal Haul Out is a hike that can be enjoyed at the very end of Long Island in Montauk, within Montauk Point State Park. The highlight? It offers a great opportunity to see adorable seals! You can see them from the beachfront and also from a nearby observation tower after you have completed the trail to Montauk Point. The best time to visit is from the late fall to early spring, as this offers your best chances at seeing seals. Be prepared for three miles of relatively easy and scenic hiking. You can also click here for a downloadable PDF map of the Seal Haul Out Hike. MONTAUK POINT STATE PARK (MONEY POND TRAIL) If you want to extend your hike from Seal Haul Out, keep walking along Money Pond Trail for a beautiful forest. Pro tip: Consider wearing your boots since this area can get a bit muddy certain times of the year. Money Pond Trail is only an additional 1.2 miles from Seal Haul Out and runs in a loop, bringing you back to the trailhead that connects both Money Pond Trail and Seal Haul Out. You can also click here for a downloadable PDF map of Money Pond Trail. SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARK Some of the best Long Island hiking trails take you right by the water of the Long Island Sound. The Sunken Meadow Trail is three miles long with some hills, making it a little more challenging than some of the other options you might consider when heading out east for a hike. Be on the lookout for various species of wildflowers and make sure to pack a picnic lunch that you can share with a friend on the Long Island Sound. The views are truly beautiful, so you‘ll want to take your time and really soak them up. Bonus: Consider taking your furry pal along, as this Long Island hike is dog-friendly! You can also click here for a downloadable PDF map of Sunken Meadow State Park. COLD SPRING HARBOR STATE PARK For more challenging hiking in Long Island, Cold Spring Harbor State Park has an uphill trail called the Cold Spring Harbor to Uplands Farm Sanctuary that offers a view overlooking its famous namesake harbor. It runs a total of 5.4 miles. Plus, with over 40 acres, there is a lot to explore. You can also click here for a digital map of Cold Spring Harbor State Park. LONG ISLAND GREENBELT TRAIL The Long Island Greenbelt Trail runs 32 miles along the Nissequogue and Connetquot Rivers. Some of the trail features boardwalk while the other areas are sand, giving you two very different hiking experiences. It also has several trails that split off from the main one, making it a spot you can go back to again and again to continue finding new things. You can complete the whole trail in a day if you want, or you can choose to hike in and back depending on how much time you have and how much physical activity you want. You can also click here to purchase a paper map of the Long Island Greenbelt Trail. The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


TRAIL VIEW STATE PARK When visiting Long Island‘s Trail View State Park, don‘t miss the Stillwell Woods Loop for its extensive trails and moderately difficult hills. As the trail is 6.9 miles, you can make it back to your car in about three hours. With over 400 acres of land, this state park borders Cold Spring Harbor State Park and Bethpage State Park, meaning you can easily spend an entire day — or more — exploring. What is also neat about Trail View State Park is its hiking trails offer variation in intensity more so than some of the more common flat options on Long Island. Be aware: Bikers often frequent the Stillwell Woods Loop, too, so be on the lookout for them while you hike. You can also click here for a downloadable PDF map of Trail View State Park. BLYDENBURGH COUNTY PARK For some more amazing Suffolk County hiking trails, you‘ve got to check out Blydenburgh Country Park. Along with winding trails like the Blydenburgh County Park Stump Pond Loop, it also offers additional active adventures like horseback riding, bird-watching, fishing, and more — including options for kids. Moreover, it‘s dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your pet along for the fun. For a great family-friendly hiking option, the six-mile walk around New Mill Pond is an easy and scenic stroll, particularly in fall when you can see the changing foliage. You‘ll likely also see lots of swans, ducks, swans, Canada geese, and other waterfowl! Click here for digital and printable maps directing you to Blydenburgh County Park. SANDS POINT PRESERVE This New York State-owned preserve has some immaculately-tended gardens and buildings cared for by a local nonprofit. Hiking the Sands Point Preserve Loop at 1.9 miles offers plenty of wildlife to see like Canada geese, turtles, and songbirds. Make sure to take the time to follow some of the smaller trails that branch off from the main one. Additionally, enjoy some small cliffs offering great views for photographers along the trail. There‘s also the chance to enjoy picnic tables and family yoga classes to help you get your zen on in the outdoors. There is an admission fee. You can also click here for a downloadable PDF map of Sands Point Preserve. MASSAPEQUA PRESERVE This large area encompasses over 432 acres and offers a quiet forest where you can feel as though you are in a whole new world. Choose from 20 miles of hiking trails, like the 6.3mile Massapequa Lake Trail, which features a beautiful lake hugged by lush greenery. If you want to have some time to yourself, take the path that leads into the woods. Part of the trail is mostly shaded. Moreover, fishing for largemouth bass and carp, to name a few species, is a popular activity within Massapequa Preserve. You can also click here for a digital map of the Massapequa Preserve. The Homeowners The Homeowners Association Association Does NotDoes Endorse Not Endorse Any Advertiser Any Advertiser or Product or In Product This Publication In This Publication


On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavilyfortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, ―we will accept nothing less than full victory.‖ More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day‘s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler‘s crack troops.

Time to Visit Long Island’s Wineries While many wineries, particularly the large ones like Pindar, are open year -round, for the full experience you‟ll want to go when the weather is warm and there are outdoor events going on. Late spring through November is a good timeframe, though if there is a certain event you want to attend it‟s best to plan around the winery calendars. Feeling adventurous? You can pair your trip to wine country with exploring some of the best hiking trails on Long Island, NY The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


Computer Tech Support For a New Wife A young woman who submitted the tech support message below (about her relationship with her husband) presumably did it as a joke. Then she got a reply which was way too good to keep to herself. The tech support people's love advice was hilarious and genius!

THE QUERY Dear Tech Support, Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slowdown in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry apps, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0. In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled some of my other apps, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable apps such as: NBA 5.0, NFL 3.0 and Golf Clubs 4.1. Conversation 8.0 no longer runs and House cleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system. Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail. What can I do? Signed, Desperate.

THE RESPONSE (that came weeks later out of the blue) Dear Desperate, First, keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system. Please enter the command: Ithoughtyoulovedme.HTML and try to download Tears 6.2. Also, install the Guilt 3.0 update. If that app works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5. However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0, or Beer 6.1. Please note that Beer 6.1 will download the Farting and Snoring Loudly Beta version. Whatever you do, DO NOT, under any circumstances, install Mother-In-Law 1.0 as it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources. In addition, please, do not attempt to re-install Boyfriend 5.0. That will crash Husband 1.0. Husband 1.0 is a functional app, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn other new applications quickly. You might consider buying additional apps to improve memory and performance. Try Cooking 3.0. Good Luck!! Tech Support.

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