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Daily photos of "Brayden's Precious Moments"  (see Photos)

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For additional family photos visit Chellivision, hosted by Geoff.

bullet 2014-07-8 to 24-14 Thea and I just returned home from visiting America's Last Frontier - Alaska!  This FANTASTIC vacation ended in Vancouver, Canada where we spent several days exploring this wonderful city.  As many of you know, I take lots and lots of photos, so when you have the time please feel free to browse our Alaska and Vancouver photos and hopefully get a feel for what we so enjoyed.  The title of each album briefly explains where we are and what we were seeing.  Happy browsing.  (see Photos)
bullet 2014-01-22 I just signed up to raise money for St. Baldrick's. Check out my webpage! http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/668665/2014
I'm shaving my head to raise money for childhood cancer research!  Did you know that kids' cancers are different from adult cancers?  It's true.  And childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded.  So I decided to do something about it by raising money for cures.
Now I need your help!  Will you make a donation?  Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers.  Visit my webpage or click here to download a Donation Form.

Together, let's Conquer Kids' Cancer!

Learn more at www.stbaldricks.org

bullet 2014-01-04 The Norton and Bot Families were joined together on January 4, 2014 when Erin and Dan exchanged wedding vows at the Westin Hotel in Georgetown, DC. Thea and I are so happy to have Dan joining our family. After the ceremony family and friends helped celebrate with the happy couple. Our wish for them is a long life together filled with love and happiness! (Thanks to Pete, Joe, and Ryan for taking some photos for us.)  (see Photos)
bullet 2013-12-26 It is with a very sad heart that I wish to inform you of the death of Uncle Ted.  He passed away this morning after spending a wonderful Christmas Eve with his loving family.  Please keep Uncle Ted and his family in your prayers at this most difficult time.

 Arrangements are as follows:

 Martin A. Gleason Funeral Home
36-46 Bell Blvd.
Bayside, NY 11361
(718) 428-2210

Visitation
Saturday, December 28th
          2 PM to 5 PM
          7 PM to 9 PM

Sunday, December 29th
          2 PM to 5 PM
          7 PM to 9 PM

Directions:
1.    Take ramp onto Northern Pky or Long Island Expy (I-495) to
2.    Cross Island Pkwy NORTH toward Whitestone Br.
3.    Take exit #31W/RT-25A/Northern Blvd West onto Northern Blvd (RT-25A). 0.8 mi/1.3 km
4.    Turn right onto Bell Blvd
5.    Your destination on Bell Blvd is on the left
6.    36-46 Bell Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361

Mass of Christian Burial
Monday, December 30th at 9:45 AM
Our Lady of The Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church
34-24 203rd Street
Bayside, NY 11361
(718) 229-5929

 Directions:

By Car
From Western Queens/Manhattan:
LIE to Clearview Expressway (exit 27). Take Clearview Expressway towards the Throggs Neck Bridge (northbound). Exit Clearview Expressway at 35th Ave (exit 6A) At traffic light, make left on to 35th Ave. and go to 203rd street make right. Church is on the left.

From Brooklyn:
Brooklyn Queens Expressway or Van Wyck Expressway to Long Island Expressway. Take LIE eastbound and follow directions above.

From East:
LIE or Grand Central to Clearview Expressway. Take Clearview Expressway towards the Throggs Neck Bridge (northbound). Exit Clearview Expressway at 35th Ave (exit 6A) At traffic light, make left onto 35th Ave. and go to 203rd street make right. Church is on the left.

From the Bronx/Connecticut/New Jersey:
Cross over the Throggs Neck Bridge into Queens. Follow signs towards Clearview Expressway. Exit Clearview Expressway at 26th Ave. (exit 6B). At third traffic light, make a right onto 35th Ave. and go to 203rd street make right. Church is on the left.

Interment
St. Mary's Cemetery

17200 Booth Memorial Ave
Flushing, NY 11365
(718) 353-1560

Directions:
1. Head south on 203rd St toward 35th Ave
2. Take the 1st right onto 35th Ave
3. Continue onto Crocheron Ave
4. Turn left onto Utopia Pkwy
5. Turn right onto Booth Memorial Ave
Destination will be on the left

2013-12-25                          A very Merry and Blessed Christmas to one and all (see Photos)

 

2013-12-23  A message from Mike Collins about Aunt Kate and Uncle Bill.  "As I mentioned to you, my Mom & Dad have moved into an apartment in an assisted living facility just a few miles from their home. After my Dad fell earlier this year, they decided that they needed a different living arrangement. It's just a few months but so far it has been working out very nicely.  Thankfully, Dad is much improved and now able to get around on his own. They are still as determined and independent as ever and they each still have a great sense of humor and a love of life.

 Mom's hearing is impaired. Dad has the hearing of a kid. Dad has arthritis in his back and his hands. Mom can pick a dime up off the floor. They make it all work together. At 94 & 93 years old and married71 years, they are grateful every day for their many blessings.

 Their new address:

William & Katherine Collins
c/o The Heartlands
715 Benfield Road
Severna Park, 21146

 Tel: 410-719-5979"

bullet 2013-08-23-25  Block Island, RI for Liz & Jesse's Wedding  Thea and I had the honor and pleasure of attending our cousin Liz's (Pam and Rob's daughter) wedding to.  The happy couple, Liz and Jesse, were married in a beautiful setting on Block Island Rhode Island.  The church and wedding ceremony were simply beautiful.  The wedding reception was marvelous.  Starting with the wonderful and exquisite venue and the wonderful cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres, and continuing all the way through to the very fine meal, everything was delicious!  And of course, the music was outstanding.  Liz and Jesse certainly have a great "start" as they begin to share their lives together
bullet 2013-08-10  Lucas Avery's Christening - Family and friends gathered in Guildford, CT to celebrate Lucas Avery's Christening.  Mom, Dad, Godparents, and Grandparents could not have been prouder!  After the Baptism, Mom and Dad hosted a magnificent party at their home to celebrate the blessed event.  Seeing family and friends, from near and far, at such a joyous occasion was a wonderful experience.  (see Photos)
bullet 2013-07-29  Cori and Kyle (my brother Danny's youngest son) are so very happy to introduce you to the newest member of their family, their son, Camden Daniel.

Received the below text message from the proud Daddy this morning (July 29, 2013):

"He's here! Camden Daniel was born at 8:44 am weighing 7lb 6oz, length 20.5 inches"

Congratulations to Cori and Kyle, and Big Brothers Austin and Landon.  Truly a gift from God!.

bullet 2013-07-28  Thea and I just returned home from babysitting our wonderful grandsons! Needless to say we had a GREAT time! We felt that we did not have enough photos of Lucas, so we spent some time (while Brayden was napping) concentrating on getting some photos of him. Hope you enjoy the photos!  (see Photos)
bullet 2013-07-6&7  What a great Fourth of July Holiday Weekend!   See photos of Brayden swimming.  (see Photos)
bullet 2013 -07-04 Thea and I had the extreme pleasure of spending our Fourth of July with Brayden and Lucas.  Heather and Dave are away on their boat for a few days of well deserved time together.  As the photos show, the boys (as well as Thea and I) had a great fourth!  (see Photos)
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Happy Birthday America

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May God Bless America!

From Our Family

to Yours,

A Very

Happy & Safe

4th of July!

bullet 2013-06-29 Family and friends gathered to celebrate Brayden’s Second Birthday at a wonderful party hosted by his Mom, Dad and brother Lucas!  Hope you enjoy the photos.  (see Photos)
bullet 2013-06-22  Another GREAT day with Heather, Dave, Brayden & Lucas!  Today we went to the marina where Heather & Dave moor their boat for a picnic, pony rides and a swim in the pool.  Brayden is becoming quite the little fish.  He truly loves playing in the pool.  (see Photos)
bullet 2013-06-16 to 23  Wow - what a great vacation with Heather, Dave, Brayden & Lucas, and Bob (Dave's dad).  We were in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and visited Santa's Village, Mount Washington via the Cog Railroad, and Story Land.  In addition, we played in the park and went swimming in the resorts pool.  The photos definitely show that all had a GREAT time!  Brayden couldn't get enough of vacationing.  He loved the rides, the slides and playing in the pool with Aqua Pa!  (see Photos)
bullet 2013-06-01 Thea and I had a wonderful time at the Little Folks Festival in Guilford CT with our Grandsons, Brayden and Lucas, Heather and Dave, Bob (Dave's Dad), Kim and her beautiful daughters, Alexa and Alyssa.  The photos tell it all, the children truly enjoyed the Festival.  (see Photos)
bullet 2013-05-25 26 27  We celebrated Thea's 60th Birthday this weekend.  It was a surprise for Thea as Erin and Dan (visiting from Virginia) and Ryan and Brie (visiting from Arkansas) joined us at Heather and Dave's in Guilford, CT.  Thea was very surprised seeing the children.  According to Thea, having all our children and our Grandchildren all together for the weekend was the best present she could have asked for.  The children also had a surprise for us.  On Sunday, I planned a family dinner at Heather and Dave’s favorite restaurant, but when we arrived who do we see seated at the table – Diane & Joe, Aunt Lucy & Uncle Mike, Peter and Barbara, Pat, Bob and Carmel.  Our children had organized a surprise 40th Wedding Anniversary celebration for Thea and me.  We had a fantastic time (after we recovered from the shock)!  THANK YOU to each and everyone who helped us celebrate this wonderful occasion!  A very special THANK YOU to ALL our children for their thoughtfulness and love they showed us – a love we cherish more than anything.   (see Photos)
bullet 2013-05-05  Thea and I spent a Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine at Essex Steam Train & Riverboat in Essex, CT with our grandsons, their parents and Grandpa Pfrommer.  Brayden had a great time seeing Thomas and also got to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor.  Lucas enjoyed the day as well but I must report he mostly slept through the festivities.  A very good time was had by all!  (see Photos)
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2013-04-28  Thea and I just returned home from spending a terrific weekend with our grandsons (Heather and Dave too). With two babies I am finding time to take pictures a little more challenging but I did take a few. (see Photos)
bullet 2013-04-09  Lucas had his 1st well baby doctor visit today.  Mommy and Daddy reported Lucas received a great report.  After such a big first outing when Lucas got home he celebrated by just relaxing.  (see Photos)
bullet 2013-04-07  Lucas Avery getting his first bath from Mommy and Daddy  (see Photos)
bullet 2013-04-06  Lucas Avery and Big Brother Brayden feeding himself  (see Photos)
bullet 2013-04-05 Lucas Avery (see Photos)
bullet 2013-04-04  Lucas Avery met his big brother Brayden today.  Brayden also enjoyed visiting with his Mom and Dad.  (see Photos)
bullet 2013-04-03 Thea and I are so very happy to introduce you to the newest member of our family, our grandson, Lucas Avery Pfrommer.  The proud parents Heather, Dave and Big Brother Brayden welcomed into the family Lucas Avery at 5:44 pm on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013.  Lucas Avery weighed in at 7 lbs. 14 oz. and was 21.5 inches long.  Heather, Dave and Big Brother Brayden are all doing very well.  (see Photos)

bullet 2013-03-31

Happy and Blessed Easter

 From Our Family to Yours,

A Very

 Happy and Blessed

Easter!

May the risen Christ fill you with every Grace and Blessing during this Easter Season and always.

bullet 2013-02-03                                      Welcome to the family Evelyn Mary O'Boyle

Dear Family and Friends,

As our family mourns to the loss of our Mom (Nanny, Aunt Mary, or Mary) the Lord has given us a most wonderful blessing, the newest little miracle.  It is with great joy that I am happy to share the happy news that Nanny has another Great Grand-Daughter, Evelyn Mary (Nanny’s 11th great grandchild), on February 6, 2013, at 9:36 PM.  Staci (Peter and Barbara’s daughter) and Glenn O'Boyle, the proud parents, and big brother Gavin, welcomed Evelyn Mary, to their family.  Evelyn Mary weighs 6 lbs. 9 ozs. and is 20.5 ins. long.  Staci and Evelyn Mary are both doing well.

Another fine opportunity for us to put one of Nanny’s teaching into practice, as shared with me by a very dear friend of our family - "I feel blessed that I knew her and had the opportunity to learn from her how to deal with tragedy and appreciate our blessings at the same time."   Evelyn Mary is another wonderful example of such a blessed event.

Congratulations and welcome to the family Evelyn Mary!

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Dear Family and Friends,

It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news that our Mom (Nanny, Aunt Mary, or Mary) passed away last night.  Our Mom suffered a severe stoke Sunday morning and succumbed to its effects late Sunday evening.  She was resting comfortably and passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family.  As many of you know, Mom was an avid sports fan, so we had the Super Bowl game on the TV.  It was shortly after the game ended (her team won) that she entered into eternal rest.

 The funeral arrangements are as follows:

 Brueggemann Funeral Home

522 Larkfield Road

East Northport, NY 11731

(631) 368-1235

 Visitation:

Wednesday, February 6th

2 PM to 4 PM

7 PM to 9 PM

 Thursday, February 7th

2 PM to 4 PM

7 PM to 9 PM

Directions from Northern State Parkway

  1. Take Northern State Parkway East to Exit 42-N (Northport Route 66).
  2. Pass the Dix Hills Fire Department (flashing yellow light) on the right side and bear right at the divide.
  3. You will now be on East Deer Park Road (route 66).
  4. Go approximately 1 mile and it merges onto Route 25 (Jericho Tpke) heading East.
  5. Travel 1 mile on Jericho and turn left at Larkfield Road traffic light (Sears and Best Buy are on your right.)
  6. You will now be going north.
  7. We are 1½ miles up Larkfield Road on the left side (just 2/10 mile after the road narrows to 1 lane) between Larkfield Commons and Tick Tock Shopping Centers.
  8. Travel time - approximately 1 hour from New York City.

Long Island Expressway From The West

  1. Take the LIE east to Exit 51 North (Deer Park Avenue - Route 231).
  2. Come down ramp and turn left at traffic light onto Route 231 (Deer Park Avenue).
  3. Continue north on this road 1½ miles until you go under Northern State Parkway.
  4. Pass the Dix Hills Fire Department (flashing yellow light) on the right side and bear right at the divide.
  5. You will now be on East Deer Park Road (route 66).
  6. Go approximately 1 mile and it merges onto Route 25 (Jericho Tpke) heading East.
  7. Travel 1 mile on Jericho and turn left at Larkfield Road traffic light (Sears and Best Buy are on your right.)
  8. You will now be going north.
  9. We are 1½ miles up Larkfield Road on the left side (just 2/10 mile after the road narrows to 1 lane) between Larkfield Commons and Tick Tock Shopping Centers.
  10. Travel time - approximately 1 hour from New York City.

 Mass of Christian burial will be on Friday, February 8, 2013, 10:45 AM at

 St. Anthony of Padua RC Church

20 Cheshire Place

East Northport, NY 11731-2591

(631) 261-1077

Directions:

  1. Take Northern Parkway to exit 42-N (Northport) Route 231 (Deer Park Avenue).
  2. Pass Dix Hills Fire Dept. (flashing yellow light) on right side and bear right at the divide.
  3. You will now be on East Deer Park Road (County Rd. 66).
  4. Go approximately 1 mile and it merges onto Route 25 (Jericho Turnpike) heading east.
  5. Travel 1 mile on Jericho - then turn left onto Larkfield Road (there is a double turning lane) - Sears shopping mall is on the right corner.
  6. You will now be going north.
  7. Take Larkfield Road past funeral home (which will be on your left) 3 traffic lights and make a right on Fifth Avenue and a left on to Cheshire Place

Interment following:

Northport Rural Cemetery

23 Sandy Hollow Road

Northport, NY 11768

(631) 261-8422

 Directions:
FROM THE WEST
Take the Long Island Expressway (LIE – Route 495) EAST to Exit 51 North.  Coming down the ramp, turn left onto on Route 231 (Deer Park Avenue).***  After approximately 1 ½ miles you will go under the Northern State Parkway (if taking this road take exit 42North – Route 66-Northport).  Shortly after the parkway the road divides – take the right fork to Route 66.  Route 66 merges directly onto Jericho Turnpike (Route 25).  Turn left at the first traffic light (Shell gas station on left) onto Elwood Road.

Stay on Elwood Road several miles – you will be going over railroad tracks and passing Northport High School on your left.  Make the first left at the traffic light (Laurel Hill Road) after the High School.  Stay with Laurel Hill Road for approximately one mile as it curves to the right, then left and then goes downhill and merges into Sandy Hollow Road – the cemetery is on your right.  Go into the third entrance (north gate) and follow the road up to the office (beige building).

FROM THE EAST
Take the Long Island Expressway (LIE – Route 495) WEST to Exit 51 North.  Coming down the ramp, turn right onto Route 231 (Deer Park Avenue).

Follow the above directions from the ***

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:

St. Anthony of Padua Parish Outreach
1025 Fifth Avenue
East Northport, NY 11731.

bullet 2012-12-25                          A very Merry and Blessed Christmas to one and all (see Photos)

 

bullet 2012-08-04 New Photos - Boating with Terry and Robert Mihailin  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-07-04  We had the most wonderful time when Brayden stayed with us at our home for a few days as his Mom and Dad had some very well deserved "time off".  Grandma and Grandpa couldn't have been happier - Brayden is such a joy and such a loving child.  We were also reminded why God blessed us with children during our younger years.  Brayden sure has a lot of energy but Grandma was there every minute to tend to his every need as well as his every want.  It was a fantastic visit - playing under the water sprinkler, trips to the park, playing ball, cuddling and on and on!  (see Photos)
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Happy Birthday America

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May God Bless America!

From Our Family

to Yours,

A Very

Happy & Safe

4th of July!

bullet 2012-06-23  A great day with Heather, Dave and Brayden at their marina picnic.  The evening ended with a fantastic fireworks show.  The next day we visited the Taste of Guildford festival.  An added bonus for Thea and me was that Erin was also visiting Brayden so we had the pleasure of spending time with her.  A big thank you to Heather, Dave and Brayden for such a wonderful weekend.  You too Erin for making it extra special.  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-06-21 It was very, very HOT but Brayden didn't seem to mind as he played with his water table that Auntie Erin gave him.  Brayden told me he loves his water table, thank you Auntie Erin!  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-06-17  Photos of Brayden the day after his one year old birthday party (Father's Day).  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-06-16 Family and friends gathered with Brayden David (our grandson) and his proud parents (Heather and Dave) to celebrate his first birthday.  The party was fantastic and all had a great time!  Thea and I are truly BLESSED and I must agree “It’s a Wonderful Life”!  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-06-05 Ireland Day 13 Toured Dublin on the Hop on Hop Off Bus - Visited Christ Church Cathedral (second link) and St. Patrick's Cathedral (second link).  Stay in the Donnybrook Hall B&B, Dublin.  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-06-04 Ireland Day 12 Toured Dublin on the Hop on Hop Off Bus - Visited Kilmainham Gaol (Jail).  Stay in the Donnybrook Hall B&B, Dublin.  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-06-03 Ireland Day 11 - Tour Day 9 Blarney & Clontarf Castle Hotel - Drive through County Cork to the Blarney Woollen Mills where quality Irish-made products are gathered under one roof. If you wish, you may climb Blarney Castle independently to kiss the famous stone. Drive north to visit the stately Rock of Cashel, a limestone outcrop containing 12th century church ruins. Continue to Dublin once more and check in to luxurious Clontarf Castle, which traces its origins to 1172. Enjoy a special farewell dinner in the hotel's old-world dining room.  Stay in the  Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin.  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-06-02 Ireland Day 10 - Tour Day 8 Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience - Take a drive around the Ring of Kerry where every bend in 100 miles of road reveals breathtaking views. Meet a local farmer, Brendan Ferris, for a taste of farm life with a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks. At the tip of the peninsula visit the Skellig Experience, which explains the history, flora and fauna on the nearby rocky islands. Return through the attractive village of Sneem and pause at Moll's Gap for panoramic views of Killarney and its lakes.  Stay in the Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney, County Kerry.  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-06-01 Ireland Day 9 - Tour Day 7 Cliffs of Moher & Flying Boat Museum - Travel around Galway Bay to view the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to Bunratty for a brief stop at Durty Nelly's Pub or the Bunratty Woollen Mills before driving through Limerick and along the Shannon Estuary. Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum (also the birthplace of Irish Coffee), which recalls the early days of air travel, during the 1930's and early 1940's. Arrive in Killarney, check in to your hotel and relax before dinner.  Stay in the Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney, County Kerry.  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-05-31 Ireland Day 8 - Tour Day 6 Catamaran Cruise & Kylemore Abbey - Explore the heart of Connemara, passing granite hills and sparkling lakes on the way to Leenane for a short cruise of Killary Harbour, a 9-mile fjord. Enjoy views of hills where traces of pre-Famine “lazy beds” of potato ridges can still be seen. Rejoin your coach and stop for photos at the Kylemore Abbey Visitor Centre. Drive through lovely countryside where sheep graze freely and stop in Clifden, the principal town of the region. In Moycullen visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory, which creates intricate designs in crystal, and return to Galway.  See the show Trad on the Prom show at the Sathill Hotel-The Promenade.   Stay in the Hotel Meyrick, Galway.  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-05-30 Ireland Day 7 - Tour Day 5 Museum of Country Life - Pause at Drumcliffe Churchyard to view the grave of W. B. Yeats, the Nobel prize-winning poet, who based many poems on the delightful countryside around Sligo. Continue through County Mayo to visit Ireland's National Marian Shrine, Knock, County Mayo.  The visit to the Shrine was not originally part of our tour but after talking to our excellent tour guide, John Costello, he was able to accommodate my request. After this visit, on to  to Castlebar to visit the Museum of Country Life. See collections of domestic goods in daily use from 1850 to 1950. Exhibits and a movie explain how rural people made a living from the soil. Drive to Galway and check in to your hotel. Stay in the Hotel Meyrick, Galway.  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-05-29 Ireland Day 6 - Tour Day 4  Slieve League Cliffs & Glengesh Pass & Belleek- Head to the fishing port of Killybegs and on to Teelin to view Slieve League sea cliffs, where the highest point reaches 1,972 feet making them the highest in Europe. Enjoy breathtaking vistas as they drop to the wild Atlantic waves below. Sample home-baked scones with coffee or tea before continuing through the majestic Glengesh Pass (photo). In Ardara visit Triona Design to see demonstrations of spinning, weaving and knitting as Donegal is renowned for wool production. Visit the Belleek Pottery Factory to see how the craftspeople shape and decorate clay, creating the world-famous fine china. Drive to Donegal town for free time before returning to your nearby hotel.   Stay in the Mill Park Hotel, Donegal.  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-05-28 Ireland Day 5 - Tour Day 3 Boyne Valley Neolithic Tombs & Donegal - This morning visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the passage burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, both of which are over 5,000 years old. Visit one of the tombs to see how primitive people managed to align these buildings precisely with the sun or the moon. Drive through the lakeland region of County Cavan and along the scenic shores of Lower Lough Erne to your hotel on the outskirts of Donegal town where you will have time to relax or use the leisure facilities before dinner.  Stay in  the Mill Park Hotel, Donegal.  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-05-27 Ireland Day 4 - Tour Day 2 Glendalough Monastic Site & Merry Ploughboy Irish Night - Drive south from Dublin across the delightful Wicklow Mountains. Visit the Glendalough Visitor Centre to learn about St. Kevin's 6th century monastery and walk through the site to see its round tower, church ruins and Celtic crosses. Return to Dublin where the afternoon is free for you to take an open-top bus tour all around the city. Use your voucher for the Guinness Storehouse and sip a creamy pint of stout or visit the Old Jameson Distillery to see how whiskey is distilled and sample the finished product. In the evening head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for Irish cuisine and a lively session of traditional songs and dance.  During the audience participation segment of the show I was selected by one of the Irish step dancers to to be her partner for one dance.  For a good laugh watch this video of me trying to participate in an Irish step dance.   (see Video)  Stay in the Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin.  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-05-26 Ireland Day 3 - Tour Day 1 Dublin Touring & Book of Kells - Tour the city with a local guide to see elegant Georgian squares, public buildings and monuments such as the Famine Memorial. Visit Trinity College's Old Library to view the priceless 8th century Book of Kells. Enjoy a welcome drink with your tour director and talk about your trip.  Stay in the Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin.  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-05-25 Ireland Day 2 - Toured Dublin with Dr. Christopher Tabone, our nephew.  Visited St. Kevin's Park, the Guinness Storehouse, Book of Kells, The Long Room of Trinity College Library , Chris's lab at Trinity College.  Stay in the Cassidy Hotel, Dublin.  (see Photos)
bullet 2012-05-24 Ireland Day 1 - Toured Dublin with Chris, our nephew.  Visited St. Stephen's Green, Trinity College, Senior Common Room at Trinity College (private club Chris is a member of), Chris's apartment (St. Kevins old church). Stay in the Cassidy Hotel, Dublin.  (see Photos)
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2012-05-23 Thea & I and Diane & Joe left for Ireland this evening.  We arrived in Dublin the following morning.  Thus began our wonderful vacation.  We spent the first two days touring Dublin with Chris, Diane & Joe's son.  What a difference it makes touring the city with a "local". (Dr. Christopher J. Tabone has been in Dublin the last year and a half doing research at Trinity College.)  On Saturday we began our CIE Irish Explorer -10 days/9 Nights Land tour.  Over the next 10 days we traveled approximately 1,250 miles, seeing a great deal of Ireland (see the map below for the route we took).  After our tour we spent an additional two days touring Dublin.  Our trip is outlined above (my attempt at a virtual tour)  and there are many photos of the sites we saw and the  wonderful places we visited.  As you will see, we all had a FANTASTIC time!  Hope you enjoy the photos.

 

bullet 2012-04-28 Family and friends gathered to celebrate our Mom's, Nanny's, Great Nanny, Aunt Mary's and friend's 90th Birthday today.  We are so blessed to have this wonderful, loving and caring woman in our lives.  Mom has taught us the true meaning of FAMILY.  Another important lesson Mom helped us learn is that George Bailey had it right – it truly is a “Wonderful Life”.  Thank you to all those that joined us and helped make this such a special day for such a SPECIAL PERSON! Love you MOM!  (see Photos)
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2012-04-23

Happy 90 th Birthday Mom!!!!

bullet 2012-04-21 Family and friends gathered with Gavin Peter and his proud parents, Staci and Glenn, to celebrate his beautiful Blessing.  The service was very inspiring and the celebration that followed was magnificent.  As the photos reveal, all, especially the children, had a fantastic time.  (see Photos)
bullet 2012- 04-7 & 8 Thea and I had a wonderful Easter weekend celebrating with family and friends the Feast of the Resurrection of Savior Jesus Christ.  A good time was had by all and Grandma and Grandpa had the added bonus of spending the entire weekend with Brayden!  A special thank you to Heather, Dave and Brayden for our Easter and birthday presents - our cruise to Connecticut and a delicious brunch!  (see Photos)
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bullet 2012-03-25  Family, friends, Brother and Sister Elks were in attendance to participate and help celebrate Geoff’s installation as Exalted Ruler of the Cedar Grove Elks Lodge.  The Cedar Grove Elks are very lucky to have such a talented, hardworking and generous individual to lead their Lodge.  I know this Lodge has done many great things in the past and I am sure the future will be no different and that their accomplishments will be second to none.  Congratulations Geoff!  (See Photos)
bullet 2012-03-24  Thea and I had another great weekend visiting Heather, Dave & Brayden.  We also had the pleasure of bringing Brayden to see the Easter Bunny at the Guildford Town Square.  After a very quick visit with the Easter Bunny it was off to the library.  This is one of Brayden's favorite places to visit.  Brayden enjoyed himself (see the Photos) and Grandma and Grandpa had an absolutely wonderful time being with him.  (see Photos)
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2012-03-19

Happy St. Joseph's Day

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2012-03-17

Happy St. Patrick's Day

bullet 2012-03-10 Thea and I had a wonderful weekend visiting Heather, Dave & Brayden.  We babysat our grandson while his parents were visiting friends.  Now that Brayden is crawling brings a whole new dimension to watching him play.   What a GREAT time we had!!!  Thea and I are so blessed.  (see Photos)
bullet 2012- 02-25 to 03-02  See Photos of my UK office and my visit to London, England (visit Photo Gallery)
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bullet 2011-12-25 Thea and I had the most wonderful Christmas with family and friends.  Our celebration began with the arrival of Erin on Thursday followed by Heather, Dave and Brayden on Friday.  Brie and Ryan arrived on Saturday evening.  We attended the 4 PM Mass with the family.  It was very special as the Mass was offered for the deceased members of the Peter J. Norton Family.  In addition, what better way to begin our Christmas celebration than to be at Mass and be reminded what this Blessed Season is all about!  The festivities that followed at Mom's house were great - the food, camaraderie, gifts, and love truly exemplified the true meaning of Christmas.  After that it was back to our home to open presents with our family.  Being able to be a part of Brayden's First Christmas made this celebration even more special.  Ryan and Brie then drove back to Brie's parents to celebrate Christmas morning with them.  After a few hours of sleep the celebration continued with Christmas breakfast.  The Pfrommers then left to visit with Dave's family, and the Nortons were off to visit with the Tabones.  Ryan and Brie drove back to Long Island to join us at this celebration.  We had the opportunity to experience yet again another great family gathering - the food, camaraderie, gifts, and love truly exemplified the true meaning of Christmas.  Spending time with family and friends could not have been more enjoyable, rewarding, or fulfilling - Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night! (see Photos)
bullet 2011-12-25                                      A very Merry and Blessed Christmas to one and all (see Photos)

 

bullet 2011-12-03 What a wonderful time we had being with Brayden during his First visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus!  The Santa visit was followed by a trip to the Christmas Tree Farm.  The Pfrommer family searched near and FAR for that perfect tree for Brayden's First Christmas.  At last it was found and Brayden's Dad cut it down.  The beautiful tree is now a part of Brayden's First Christmas!  The Christmas Spirit is alive and well in the Pfrommer home and Grandma and Grandpa were so happy to be able to be a part of it.  (see Photos)
bullet 2011-12-01                   Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree shared by Joanna Norton


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Rockin' around the Christmas tree is even more fun when you rock with four friends!
You know what they say, the more the merrier!

bullet 2011-11-25 to 27 Thea and I had the extreme pleasure of touring Newport, RI with our family over the Thanksgiving weekend.  How appropriate it was to be spending time with those we are most thankful for!  Needless to say Brayden was the highlight of the weekend!  Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Erin, Uncle Ryan, and Aunt Brie (his mom and dad too) enjoyed every minute of spending time with him.  The only problem was deciding who was going to carry Brayden, who was going to feed him, where was he going to sleep, who was going to push the stroller, etc. etc.  All appeared to have a great time!  We are especially thankful to God for blessing us with such a wonderful family!  (see Photos)
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2011-11-24 A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

 

bullet 2011-11-20 Thea and I were honored and thrilled to attend our dear friends, Kim and Alex, daughter’s Christening.  Alyssa’s baptismal ceremony was beautiful and the party afterwards was GREAT.  Spending time with family and good friends is always a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  It being such a happy occasion makes it even better! (see Photos)
bullet 2011-11-18 to 19 Thea and I had a wonderful weekend visiting Heather, Dave & Brayden.  We babysat our grandson while his parents attended a friend’s wedding.  What a GREAT time we had!!!  Being able to there for Brayden's first trip to Gozzi's Turkey Farm was an added bonus. (see Photos)
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2011-11-11 

EXTREMELY URGENT NEWS

A member of our family is need of our prayers.  Catherine (nee Norton) Collins (Aunt Kate to many of us), Uncle Bill’s wife, is currently in the hospital.  Aunt Kate is suffering from complications relating to some recent surgery she had. Her condition is improving but prayers are still needed. Please keep Aunt Kate and her family in your prayers.

Get well and thinking of you wishes can be sent to:

Mrs William J. Collins
606 Robinson Place Court
Severna Park, MD 21146

 

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2011-11-11 

 Happy Veterans Day!

Veterans Day Random thoughts….

As our nation joins together to honor those who have served our GREAT country, we extend our thanks, appreciation, and gratitude to all these brave men and women who have answered the call and served  - either in years past or presently.

These brave men and women from across our nation are true heroes and, on behalf of our family, we humbly thank them and their families for their service and their sacrifice.

Please have a safe Veterans Day and may God Bless America.

Veterans Day 2011

A day to honor those who have served in our nation's service

History of Veterans Day

Read the detailed history of Veterans Day (click Here)

Raymond Weeks of Birmingham, Alabama, organized a Veterans Day parade for that city on November 11, 1947, to honor all of America's Veterans for their loyal service. Later, U.S. Representative Edward H. Rees of Kansas proposed legislation changing the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all who have served in America’s Armed Forces.

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11th as Veterans Day and called upon Americans everywhere to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace. He issued a Presidential Order directing the head of the Veterans Administration, now the Department of Veterans Affairs, to form a Veterans Day National Committee to organize and oversee the national observance of Veterans Day.

In 1968, Congress moved Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. However, it became apparent that the November 11th date was historically significant to a great many Americans. As a result, Congress formally returned the observance of Veterans Day to its traditional date in 1978.

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. At 11 a.m., a color guard, made up of members from each of the military services, renders honors to America's war dead during a tradition-rich ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

The President or his representative places a wreath at the Tomb and a bugler sounds "Taps." The balance of the ceremony, including a "Parade of Flags" by numerous Veterans service organizations, takes place inside the Memorial Amphitheater, adjacent to the Tomb.

Veteran's Day Quotes

"Freedom is never free." -Author Unknown

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" - Maya Angelou

"When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?" - George Canning

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." -G.K. Chesterton

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." - Elmer Davis

"But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, is their monument today, and for aye." - Thomas Dunn English

"I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot." - Gary Hart

"Lord, bid war's trumpet cease; fold the whole earth in peace." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"The most persistent sound which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums." - Arthur Koestler

"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, 'Mother, what was war?'" - Eve Merriam

"Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul." - Michel de Montaigne

"In war, there are no unwounded soldiers." - Jose Narosky

"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." - Cynthia Ozick

"The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war." - Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

"It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you". - Author Unknown

"They may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!" - William Wallace

"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." - Mark Twain
 

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2011-10-22 Ryan entered his "red sauce" in a cooking contest held by Brie's school district and he WON!!!!  I guess he has been blessed to have received some of Grandma Berti’s, Aunt Lucy’s and Aunt Donna’s genes – what a lucky guy!

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2011-10-10  Barbara and Peter are so very happy to introduce you to the newest member of their family, their grandson, Gavin Peter O’Boyle.  The proud parents, Staci and Glenn, welcomed Gavin into the family at 10:30 am on Monday, October 10th, 2011.  Gavin weighed in at 6 lbs. 4 ozs. Staci, Glenn and Gavin are doing very well.

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2011-10-06  Aunt Anne Remembrance Story
Received the below e-mail from Bill Collins (Aunt Anne's nephew).  I read it at the Funeral Home just prior to heading to Church with Aunt Anne, her family, and friends.  I thought it was the perfect way to say to Aunt Anne - "until we meet again".  Thank you Bill for sharing your thoughts with us.

Subject: Aunt Anne

Michael - thanks for keeping us, especially those of us far removed from NY, informed about the family.

Patty and I were very sad to learn of Aunt Anne's death and regret we are unable to get to NY to pay our respects. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. As you can imagine, my folks are devastated by Anne's passing. She served as the Maid of Honor at their wedding and my Dad knew her from grade school.

I'm sure all in attendance will have an Aunt Anne remembrance story or two. Kind, generous and intelligent Aunt Anne was a powerful force in the lives of the Collins boys. While many knew her as a kindly mature woman, holy in nature and generous in spirit, I was lucky enough to know her as a young woman when she and Uncle John were a dashing sophisticated couple living in Brooklyn enjoying the fullness of life. Always generous, Anne and John were part of the "family support" my Mom and I received after Dad was drafted for WWII.

Aunt Anne was a woman of wide cultural interests, for example, one of my earliest memories is of Anne and Eileen listening to the radio cowboy music show that aired on Saturday morning. I went to my first, and still most memorable, Rodeo with Anne and John (I complained of the smell much to John's amusement). We had a swell time, it was my first nighttime event. Living in Greenpoint was as close to the old country structure as possible - family worked locally, we went to St. Cecilia's or St. Anthony's and lived within a dozen blocks of each other, you could roam the streets and visit your cousins, aunts, uncles at will. But the best part was the family gatherings. Looking back I'd have to say that the adult conversations and debates were more educational than I realized at the time. Aunt Anne and Uncle Pete would often discuss business issues and tax matters. At the time, Aunt Anne served as the right hand of the President of Stoeger Arms in Long Island City. Junior, as the president was known, would often head off on long safaris and leave Aunt Anne in charge, confident that there would be no problems when he returned. If she was born a bit later, Aunt Anne would be the CEO. I occasionally would ride over with Uncle John to pick her up from work in Long Island City - I delighted in these trips for many reasons one of which was riding in their magnificent '48 Chrysler sedan - it was neat and had more chrome than any three other autos of the day.

One big event was Grandpa Norton's return to Ireland. As I recall, Anne escorted Grandpa Norton back to the old country. Utilizing her great talents she orchestrated things and the trip went smoothly. Upon return we learned all about relatives that we only knew thru Nanny's correspondence. Grandpa Norton (Uncle Mike to his family) was sad to see how little Ireland had progressed during his absence and gave me a long lecture on why America was the greatest place in the world.

Anne made a pilgrimage to Canada and visited St. Anne de Beaupre and several other holy sites. I believe she really liked to travel. Her gift of holy water was a prominent item in our Westbury home.

In the late forties/early fifties, I recall visiting Anne and John on Monitor Street in a house that had an alabaster front including the steps. It was simply gorgeous. Arriving with my brother(s) in tow must have seemed like a herd of buffalo but Aunt Anne was unflappable and as always treated us graciously, like little adults (ice cream served in a crystal dish with sugar wafer cookies) - we all seemed to throttle back in her presence.

When the Long Island migration began we often rode past the farms and duck ranches to visit in Northport. Long Island was still country, we were older (late fifties) and Aunt Anne and I shared a passion for Rock and Roll especially Little Richard (which Uncle John did not share). We would dance up a storm in the finished basement. It was a lovely home with crank out windows which for some reason sticks in my memory. We always had great conversations. Her memory for what you rendered up in comments was unfailing. I'll never forget her warmth in welcoming Patty to the family.

Aunt Anne was powerful, intelligent, religious, gracious and kind - if there were a Gaelic title for Fairy Godmother I'm sure it would be bestowed upon her, perhaps it has been now that she is on the other side. Look out Uncle John.

May she rest in peace.
Bill

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2011-10-02 Family and friends gathered in Guildford, CT to celebrate Brayden David's Christening.  Mom, Dad, Godparents, and Grandparents could not have been prouder!  After the Mass and the Baptism, Mom and Dad hosted a magnificent party at their home to celebrate the blessed event.  Seeing family and friends, from near and far, at such a joyous occasion was a wonderful experience. (see Photos)

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2011-10-02 Share your memories, express your condolences and add photos in the Guest Book for Anne C. Timoney.

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2011-10-01  Funeral Arrangements for Aunt Anne
Dear family and friends,
The funeral arrangements for Aunt Anne (Timoney) are as follows:

Nolan & Taylor Howe Funeral Home Inc.
5 Laurel Avenue
Northport, NY 11768-3166

(631) 754-2400

Visitation:
Tuesday, October 4th
          2 PM to 5 PM
          7 PM to 9 PM

Wednesday, October 5th
          2 PM to 5 PM
          7 PM to 9 PM

Directions:
NORTHERN STATE PARKWAY:
EXIT 45 SUNKEN MEADOW PKWY
NORTH *

SOUTHERN STATE PKWY:
EXIT 41A (LEFT FORK GOING EASTBOUND)
SAGTIKOS PKWY NORTH
WHICH CHANGES TO SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARKWAY NORTH. *

LONG ISLAND EXPRESSWAY TO EXIT 53...FOLLOW SIGNS THAT READ,"SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARK" SAGTIKOS PARKWAY NORTH, WHICH TURNS INTO SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARKWAY NORTH.*

* SUNKEN MEADOW PARKWAY NORTH TO LAST EXIT #SM5W NYS ROUTE 25A WEST (NOT 25 WEST). GO FIVE MILES WEST TO THE SEVENTH (7) TRAFFIC LIGHT. DUNKIN DONUTS ON LEFT FOR LANDMARK. TURN RIGHT ON LAUREL AVE. GO TO NEXT TRAFFIC LIGHT, MAIN STREET, FUNERAL HOME IS ON LEFT-HAND CORNER

Funeral Mass:
Thursday, October 6th at 9:45 AM
St. Anthony of Padua
20 Cheshire Place
East Northport, NY 11731
(631) 261-1077

Directions:
TAKE THE NORTHERN STATE PARKWAY (EXIT 42 NORTH) OR THE LONG ISLAND EXPRESSWAY (EXIT 51).  PROCEED NORTH ON ROUTE 231(DEER PARK AVENUE), PAST THE DIX HILLS FIRE DEPARTMENT (ON RIGHT) AND AT THE FORK BEAR RIGHT (COUNTY ROAD 66 - DEER PARK ROAD EAST). THIS WILL MERGE INTO JERICHO TURNPIKE (ROUTE 25) GOING EAST. PROCEED EAST ON JERICHO TURNPIKE ABOUT 1.2 MILES TO LARKFIELD ROAD.  (SEARS AND THE HUNTINGTON SQUARE MALL ARE ON YOUR RIGHT.) TURN LEFT ON LARKFIELD ROAD AND GO NORTH ON LARKFIELD ROAD 2.3 MILES TO FIFTH AVENUE (MARIO'S PIZZA AND A GETTY GAS STATION ARE ON THE CORNER.)  TURN RIGHT ON FIFTH AVENUE AND GO ONE BLOCK TO CHESHIRE PLACE.  TURN LEFT ON CHESHIRE PLACE.  ST. ANTHONY'S CHURCH, PARISH HALL, AND PARKING LOT ARE ON YOUR RIGHT.

Interment following:

Calverton National Cemetery
210 Princeton Boulevard
Calverton, NY 11933-1031
(631) 727-5410

Directions:

TAKE THE LONG ISLAND EXPRESSWAY (495) TO EXIT 68 (WILLIAM FLOYD PARKWAY). THEN TAKE WILLIAM FLOYD PARKWAY, NORTH FOUR MILES TO ROUTE 25. TAKE ROUTE 25 EAST FOR APPROXIMATELY FOUR MILES. THE CEMETERY ENTRANCE IS ON THE LEFT

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:

St. Anthony of Padua Parish Outreach
Parish Outreach Center
1025 Fifth Ave
East Northport, NY 11731
(631) 261-1695

 

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2011-10-01  It is with a very sad heart that I wish to inform you of the death of Aunt Anne.  She passed away peacefully this morning in the company of her loving family.  Arrangements are incomplete at this time.  I will be forwarding the related details to you when they are finalized.  Please keep Aunt Anne and her family in your prayers at this most difficult time.

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2011-09-29

EXTREMELY URGENT NEWS

A member of our family is need of our prayers.  Anne (nee Norton) Timoney (Aunt Anne to many of us), Kathy’s (married to Mike Breen) and Tony’s (married to Susan) mom suffered a severe heart attack last night.  Aunt Anne is in critical condition at the present time.  Please keep Aunt Anne and her family in your prayers.

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2011-09-16,17,18  Spent a GREAT weekend in the Pocono Mountains with Heather, Dave and Brayden.  We hiked through Bushkill Falls Park and saw the "Niagara of Pennsylvania", Bushkill Falls.  We aren't sure what Brayden enjoyed more - his very first hike or snuggling with his Mom and taking a nap as she carried him on the hike throughout the park.  (see Photos)

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2011-09-10 to 11 Babysitting Brayden - Thea and I had a FANTASTIC time watching our Grandson while his Mom and Dad were attending a family wedding.  Life does not get much better than that.  (see Photos)

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2011-09-09  LOVE STORY-70th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Dear Family and Friends,
It is with great pleasure that I share with you the below announcement received from Mike Collins.  Also, a special thank you to Mike for sharing the photo of Aunt Kate and Uncle Bill with us and for also bringing to our attention their upcoming milestone.

A very Happy 70th Wedding Anniversary to
Aunt Kate and Uncle Bill !!!!!

LOVE STORY-70th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

On Wed, September 21, William & Katherine (daughter of Michael & Anne Norton) Collins will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary!

 With gratitude to the good Lord for their faith, their blessed marriage, and their loving family, Mom and Dad, both 90 plus, are still going strong living in their own home in Maryland. 

Mom still cooks and bakes (great cakes, cookies and Irish soda bread), cleans the house, does the finances and rules the roost.  Dad still loves all of Mom's good food, takes care of the house and the lawn and their '99 Buick and rules the roost.

Dad recently hired someone to cut the grass. He's reminds us that, as Grandpa Norton told him, "Tis a poor job that cannot afford a supervisor." A good sense of humor seems to be an essential for a long and happy marriage.

 If you are so inclined, best wishes can be sent to:

Mr & Mrs William J. Collins
606 Robinson Place Court
Severna Park, MD 21146

or

Tel: 410-421-9525

Thanks for your thoughtfulness,

Mike Collins
 

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2011-09-05 New Photos - Boating with Terry and Robert Mihailin  (see Photos)

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2011-09-04 New Photos - Our Grandson Brayden David (see Photos)

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2011-09-04 New Photos - Mikee's Birthday (see Photos)

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2011-09-04 

EXTREMELY URGENT NEWS

A member of our family is need of our prayers.  Quinn Riley Wojno, Terri (nee Nolan) and Bruce’s granddaughter is seriously ill.  Quinn (born August 26th, 2011) is currently in the hospital and having a "difficult time right now".  Please keep Quinn and her family in your prayers.

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2011-08-31 Power is back on after 75 hour outage. Special thank you to the great “tree crew” from Tennessee that cleared the 2 major trees that blocked our driveway, road, and downed several power lines. Also, a special thank you to the “line crew” (better known as the “Boys from St. Louis”) from BBC Electric in Joplin, Missouri. Great job by both crews – thank you very much! 

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2011-08-28 Tropical Storm Irene sure had her way at our home! We lost two major trees (they were on Town property) that caused property damage for us and 2 of our neighbors. They also took down several power lines and a transformer. We thank God no one was hurt. (LIPA estimates we will have power back on early next week.)  (see Photos)

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2011-08-19 to 21 Weekend with Brayden - What a GREAT weekend Thea and I had with our family!  The only thing that dampened the weekend visit was that Brie and Ryan were unable to be there with us.  (see Photos)

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2011-08-15 Our grandson is seven weeks old already!  Doesn't time fly?
    Click here to watch the Brayden & Mom 8-12-11 Video

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2011-08-13 Thea and I are so lucky that even though we do not get to visit Brayden every day (as we would dearly love to), Heather and Dave send us a daily photo of that day's "Brayden moment".  Some days we get a bonus, if Brayden has more than one precious moment, we get more than one photo.  A special thanks to Mom and Dad for thinking of Grandma and Grandpa.  (see Photos)

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2011-08-06 CHELLABRATION -  What a FANTASTIC time was had by one and all as family and friends gathered at the Cedar Grove Elks to celebrate with Donna and Geoff their 25th Wedding Anniversary!!!  Friendship, fellowship, and LOVE were most definitely in the air (and were not dampened by a few raindrops).  Seeing family and friends, from near and far, at such a joyous occasion was a wonderful experience.   Thank you to Donna and Geoff for hosting this GREAT CHELLABRATION!!!  (see Photos - General, Photos 2 - the Photo Booth, Photos 3 - also General)

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2011-07-16 Family and friends gathered to help celebrate Austin's 3rd Birthday!  As you will see a good time was had by all.  Aunt Thea and I extend a special thank you to Cori and Kyle (Austin's Mom and Dad) for including us in this wonderful celebration.  (see Photos)

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2011-07-26 U2 (1080HD) - With Or Without You - Pittsburgh - 2011-07-26 - Heinz Field - 360 Tour - Bono pulls a couple on stage to dance.  Melissa and Matt (our nephew and his wife) while attending their 60th U2 show were the lucky couple.  In Matt's words - "For those of you who don't know yet, Melissa and I flew last minute to U2's Final American 360 show on Tuesday, and Bono celebrated our Love for each other and our Love for U2 by pulling us up to dance on stage during With or Without You, in what was the most intimate moment I have ever had with 60,000 people."  To watch the video click HERE.

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2011-07-25 New Photos - Knights of Columbus Picnic  (see Photos)

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2011-07-12 Photos of Brayden & Uncle Ryan & Aunt Erin  (see Photos)

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2011-07-11 Priceless Photos have been updated  (see Photos)

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2011-07-11 Photos of Brayden's First Boat Trip  (see Photos)

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2011-07-04 To see more photos of Brayden David click on the (July 4, 2012 and July 3, 2012)

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2011-07-04 A very Happy and Safe 4th of July

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2011-06-27  Thea and I are so very happy to introduce you to the newest member of our family, our grandson, Brayden David. The proud parents, Heather & Dave, welcomed Brayden into the family at 12:50 pm on Monday June 27th, 2011. Brayden weighed in at 7 lb 5.5 oz and was 21 inches long. Heather & Dave are doing very well.  (see Photos)

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2011-06-12  Congratulations to our cousin Elizabeth (the beautiful brunette promoting light weight training shoes by Nike and gift cards) on her appearance in the Dick's Sporting Goods commercial.  Click here to view the commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz-28SnkKW8

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2011-06-10  Chris and Joanna’s daughter Jordan’s duet partner, Jess Leprotto, has made it to the “Top 20” on the Fox hit show So You Think You Can Dance. After performing at the NYC audition Jess was invited to compete in Las Vegas. At Las Vegas the competition increased but Jess was certainly up to the challenge. He was selected to be in the “Top 20” and will compete in this season’s show. Hopefully you will support Jess by voting for him during the upcoming Wednesday night broadcasts of So You Think You Can Dance. Thanks for your support. To learn more about Jess and the show visit http://www.fox.com/dance/ If you are on Facebook you can visit Jess’ Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jess-LeProtto/186635867915 and http://www.facebook.com/D8Jess

 

So You Think You Can Dance on FOX - Official Site

The hit dance competition, So You Think You can Dance, will inspire and amaze viewers as dancers skilled in styles ranging from hip-hop to ballroom compete to be named America's Favorite Dancer.

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2011-05-30  Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day Random thoughts….

Memorial Day 2011

A day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service

History of Memorial Day

“Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the American military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.”

Please never forget or take for granted our military men and women who fought to secure our freedoms. Please never forget that while we are enjoying a long weekend, sleeping in, shopping, going to the beach, or barbecuing, there are still military men and women facing uncertainty and risking their very lives so that we may continue to enjoy these endeavors. This Memorial Day, as we take note of the red, white, and blue, let us never forget to remember those who sacrificed their lives in the service of our great country.

Hopefully, we will take time out of our busy schedules and stop and think of what Memorial Day is really about, perhaps we can find the time to pause and remember those who died for our freedom and reflect on those brave individuals of the military who died so we can continue to enjoy the blessings of liberty and live in freedom.

America – Land of the Free, Home of the Brave!

Maybe better said -

America – Land of the Free, BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!

In Flanders Fields

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)

Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses row on row

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

 

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

 

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

“And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free, and I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me and I'll proudly stand next to him to defend her still today, 'cuz there ain't no doubt I love this land, God Bless the USA.” - Memorial Day Quotes by Lee Greenwood

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2011-05-21  A lovely time was had by all at Heather and Dave's "Jack and Jill" celebration for Baby Pfrommer.  (see Photos)

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2011-05-13  Congratulations to Shannon on her graduation from North Carolina State University (NC State) !  Aunt Thea and I are very happy for you.  We also had a great time at your graduation.  The campus tour was very enjoyable - go Wolfpack!  (See Photos)

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2011-05-11&12  See photos of our visit to Charleston, SC  (See Photos)

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2011-05-9&10  See photos of our visit to Savannah, GA  (See Photos)

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2011-05-08  Congratulations to MaryAnn on her graduation from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill !  Aunt Thea and I are very happy for you.  We were very excited to see your campus and attend your graduation - go Tar Heels!  (See Photos)

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2011-05-07  Congratulations to Nicholas on making his First Holy Communion at St. Philip Neri's Church!  Aunt Thea and I were honored to be a part of your very special day.  May God continue to bless you and your family.  (see Photos)

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2011-04-16  Family and friends gathered at Barbara and Pete's for a Passover Seder.  The Seder was very special for all and for some very informative.  It was a most enjoyable experience.  Special thank you to Barbara, Harvey and Arleen for all their efforts.  (see Photos).

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2011-03-27  Family and friends gathered at Staci and Glenn's new home for a wonderful brunch and to attend the Patchogue St. Patrick's Day Parade.  The brunch was magnificent and their new home is very beautiful and charming. The highlight of the afternoon was the group photo that Staci took.  Instead of having the the group say "cheese", Staci announced the wonderful news that she was PREGNANT.  What GREAT NEWS!!!  We are all so happy for the new mom and dad.  (see Photos)

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2011-03-19 Happy St. Joseph's Day
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2011-03-17 Happy St. Patrick's Day
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2011-03-16

Dear family and friends,
It is with a very sad heart that I wish to inform you of the death of Gerald Chellis, brother of Geoff Chellis (Donna) and Brendan (Chiz) Chellis.  Arrangements are detailed below.  Please keep Geoff's and Brendan’s families in your prayers at this most difficult time.
 
Earlier this week Geoff shared the below message on Facebook:
 
“Unfortunately we lost our brother Gerald yesterday (Tuesday). As you know he's had a long struggle for the past several years that he just couldn't pull himself out of. Fortunately he slipped away in his sleep, which is the best we could hope for.
 
We ' ll be having a funeral mass and burial on Saturday. We appreciate all the support you have all shown us over the years and know you ' ll have Gerald in your thoughts and prayers, which is all we ask for during this difficult time.”
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2011-03-08 Thank you to family and friends for supporting me at our annual St. Baldrick's 2011 event .  A special thank you to the two (2) “Anonymous” donors for their support.  Your donations will be helping fight childhood cancer and are very much appreciated.  As of last night our event raised over $210,000.00 for this very worth cause. (see Photos)

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2011-03-07  Hope you enjoy the photos (Thomas Basketball and Nicholas Basketball see link s below)) I took over the weekend.  Some are not so bad for taking them through a glass window.  I think they all capture the fun the boys had playing and the fun I had watching them play!  Next time I think I will try to take the photos from inside the gym.  Thanks again to Thomas and Nicholas for inviting Aunt Thea and me to your games.  Both games were very exciting and we had a lot of fun watching you play.

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2011-03-06  New Photos Nicholas Basketball - all star game (see Photos)

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2011-03-05  New Photos Thomas Basketball - play off game (see Photos)

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2011-03-05

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  Congratulations to Geoff Chellis for the very successful St. Baldrick’s event he chaired for the Cedar Grove Elks.  A few words from Geoff on the event -Thank you to everyone who supported our annual St Baldrick's Day event. So far the shave-a-thon raised $22,500 and our 4 year total is well over $100,000. Photos will come soon but in the meantime see the story & photos featured in Patch.comand “Another great article on our St Baldrick's Day shave-a-thon More than $100K raised for childhood cancer research - NorthJersey.com   www.northjersey.com

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2011-02-20  This was a first for us, Thea and I attended Rachel's Fencing Tournament.  It was very interesting but we had a lot to learn and watch.  Although I had trouble following the scoring, the action was continuous.  Rachel did extremely well (and she has only been fencing for several months).   We plan on attending another of Rachel's High School Fencing competitions next season.  Thanks to Joann and Chris (Jordan too) for their hospitality, and pizza, after the Tournament.  Also, thanks to Pete (and Barbara too) for doing all the driving.  (see Photos)

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2011-02-19  Last Saturday family and friends gathered to celebrate, reminisce, and remember a wonderful Mom, grandmother, aunt and dear friend, Mrs. Peggy (Mams) Chellis.  As special thank you to Bro. Fran (and Irish for her contribution) for the beautiful service he performed at Mrs. Chellis' headstone unveiling.  (see Photos)

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2011-02-14  A special thank you to Mike Collins for sharing the following fantastic news!  "Announcing the birth of William John Higgins, born to Tricia & Chris Higgins this morning in their hometown of Golden, Colorado.  Tricia is the daughter of William and Patricia Collins and granddaughter of William and Katherine (Norton) Collins."

Also, thanks to the proud new Mom and Dad for sharing this photo and this additional information.  "Dear family and friends,   We are thrilled to introduce our son, born today, February 14, 2011.  William John weighed in at 9 lbs. 2 oz, 20 inches long.  We look forward to introducing him to all of you.  He is named for his great-grandfathers, grandfathers, and uncles - fine men all.
Love,
Tricia and Chris"
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2011-02-08

Dear family and friends, The funeral arrangements for Bob Perfect are as follows:
 
1000 Middle Country Rd Ste A
Selden , NY 11784 40.8637 -73.0479
(631) 732-1800
 
Directions:
Long Island Expressway East.
Take exit #62/ NICOLLS   RD (CR-97)/BLUE POINT/STONY BROOK onto EXPRESSWAY DR S - go 0.6 miles
Take ramp onto NICOLLS   RD (CR-97 N) to ward STONY BROOK - go 3.0 miles
Take ramp onto MIDDLE   COUNTRY RD (RT-25) to ward RIVERHEAD - go 1.3 miles
Arrive at 1000 MIDDLE   COUNTRY RD , SELDEN, on the Right
 
Visitation:
Thursday, February 10th
          2 PM to 4 PM
          7 PM to 9:30 PM
 
Friday, February 11th
          2 PM to 4 PM
          7 PM to 9:30 PM
 
Funeral Mass:
Saturday, February 12th at 10:00 AM
 
81College Road
Selden , NY 11784
(631) 732-3131
 
Directions: LIE to Exit 62 North, heading for Stony Brook. Take that to Route 16 East (you ' ll make a left then a right when you come off exit) Go to first traffic light (comes up immediately with racquet ball place on left) and make a left onto College road. Continue up College   Road past Suffolk County Community College. College Road bears to left at double set of traffic lights. Church is just up on the right, past the apartments.
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2011-02-08  Dear family and friends,  It is with a very sad heart that I wish to inform you of the sudden death of Bobby Perfect, son of Kathy (nee Norton, deceased) and Bob Perfect (deceased).  Arrangements are incomplete as of this time.  I will be forwarding the related details to you when they are finalized.  Please keep Bobby’s family in your prayers at this most difficult time.

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2011-01-30  St. Baldrick's 2011 event - You heard it right - I'm shaving my head in solidarity with children who have cancer and typically lose their hair during treatment, while raising critical funds for childhood cancer research!

In the US, more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease. Please make a donation on my behalf to support childhood cancer research so that all children diagnosed with cancer will have a better chance for a cure.


This year holds a special meaning to us all.  Very sadly, on December 30, 2010 a very courageous and special loving 11 year old boy, Aiden Michael Binkley, lost his battle with cancer.  The event at Trinity Bar and Restaurant will be in Aiden’s memory for us to show how much he is loved and missed by us all.  Please join me in supporting to fight this deadly disease.


To make a donation, click on "Make A Donation" or donate by mail or phone. 
Or you can just make out a check payable to "St. Baldrick's Foundation" and send it directly to my home address or to me at Ex-Eltronics Incorporated, 137 Express Street, Plainview, NY 11803-2404.  Please enter my Shavee ID: 421536 in the memo section of your check.

Thank you for your support!
 

For walk down memory lane (and a good laugh) - you may remember my first encounter with the
St. Baldrick's Foundation - 08-08-04 Please enjoy the photos of me fulfilling my St. Baldrick’s Childhood Cancer Fund commitment.  A good time was had by all and the funds raised are certainly going to a very deserving cause.  To learn more about the St. Baldrick’s & CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation please visit their website at www.stbaldricks.org  A special thanks to Donna, Geoff and Fr. John for the special roles they played at the event. (See Photos)

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2011-01-27  Photos of our Home After the Snow Storm (see Photos)

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2011-01-27  Happy Birthday Ryan!

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2011-01-27  Happy Birthday Jordan!

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2011-01-12  Photos of our Home After the Snow Storm (see Photos)

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2011-01-08 Thea and I had a lovely visit with Carmel (Dave and Heather's Nana) on Saturday.  Carmel prepared a most delicious lunch that was enjoyed by all !l!  We also had the opportunity to see her very beautiful Miniatures Collection.  It is very impressive.  Thea and and I send a special Thank You to Carmel for a great afternoon.  (see Photos)

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2011-01-08 Photos of Our Home - Winter Scenes (see Photos)

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2011-01-08 Photos of Winter Scenes (see Photos)

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2010-12-26 Photos of our Home - the Day after Christmas snow storm (see Photos)

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2010-12-25 A very Merry and Blessed Christmas to one and all (see Photos)

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2010-12-24 Thea and I are very happy to share with our family and friends our GREAT NEWS - Heather and Dave are having a baby!!!  The new member of our family is expected to join us on or about June 25th, 2011.  Needless to say, the baby's parents, Aunt, Uncle and Grandparents couldn't be happier!!!

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2010-12-05 We spent a very enjoyable day visiting Deepwell Farms with our dear friends.  (See Photos)

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2010-11-26 We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend with our family.  (See Photos)

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2010-11-25 A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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2010-11-19 Congratulations to the new Moms and Dads, as well as the Grandparents!  May God Bless each of you and your lovely families.

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2010-11-19 More wonderful news from Barbara and Joe via Catherine: "Please say hello to John Denis Dunne, born Monday, November 15, 2010 at 9:58 AM, 8lbs 9ozs, 20 1/2 ". Alison, who had a csect is doing very well. Dad and the baby are also just fine. Barbara and I can't believe how blessed our family has been..........two beautiful grandchildren in a dozen days.
WOW." (sorry I so not have a photo)

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2010-11-19 Received the following wonderful news from Barbara and Joe via Catherine:  "Please say hello to Olivia Dunne Weiner, born Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 4:29 PM. Our beautiful granddaughter is 6 lbs, 14 ounces and is 20" long. Her mom (doing well) and dad are almost as excited and happy as Barbara and I."

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 2010-11-15 Important Information – A family member is in need of our prayers.  Aunt Eileen fell last week and broker her hip.  After surgery she was moved to a rehab facility.  I received the following e-mail from Mary -  “Sorry I did not get back to you sooner things have been a little hectic. Mom is doing ok (the worst part is that her orientation is a little off) and she has had two additional falls in the rehab center due to her trying to get out of bed. We are hopeful that she can get her therapy and come home ASAP.

You are most welcome to put it on the website, prayers would be great during this challenging time and thanks soooo much for calling.

Love,
Mary :)”


Please keep Aunt Eileen in your prayers.  Get Well Wishes can be sent to:
                 Ms. Eileen Catalano
                 259 Amethyst Way
                 Franklin Park NJ 08823-1629

 

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2010-11-15 A message from the proud Grandpa to me.

"Subject: a new Tabone!

I am happy to announce that --Thomas Charles Tabone was born this past Saturday.  He weighed in at 8lbs--21.5inches.  The various family members, on both sides, seem to think that he looks like a Tabone--we'll see!!
Please tell your mom and dad, thanks.

Chuck Tabone, SIOR
Managing Principal
Newmark Knight Frank"

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2010-11-12 A message from the proud Papa to me.  "Don't forget Landon Scott Norton born 10/28/10 he actually just arrived home in Selden.  I have some photos and will take more in the next day or so and will email them to you.  Thanks Uncle Mike have a good night."  Will post the photos when I receive them.

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2010-11-11 To all the men and women who have served and all those who are currently serving in the US armed forces - a sincere THANK YOU for your service.  A special thank you to Mike for sharing the e-mail he received from his brother Joe about Veterans Day. 

"Mike,
Great comment from brother Joe worthy of the Norton family site.
Joe, well said. Hope you don't mind sharing this with the family. It's important.
Best,
Mike

Subject: Veteran's Day Greetings
Bill and Mike, Happy Veteran's day.  Here follows a facebook post of mine, this am:

A special Veteran's Day shoutout to my father, a combat vet of the 76th Infantry Division, who turns 90 this week, and the: 78,000 living veterans who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam; and the 156,000 living vets who served in Korea and WW II; and and the 230,000 who served in Korea and Vietnam; and the 47,000 who served in both Gulf Wars and Vietnam; and 741,000 who served in both Gulf wars; and the too too many thousands who have served multiple tours in the war on terrorism, in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn, the Philippines, or afloat supporting those operations. We have been at war for 22 of the past 60 years. May we have fewer war veterans in the future.


See you all this weekend.  Talked to Mom yesterday and she said Dad was still ailing but a little better.

Joe"

Thank you Joe and Mike - well Said!

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2010-11-06 Family and friends gathered in Cancun, Mexico at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort to celebrate with Staci and Glenn their beautiful wedding.  What a magnificent place to share the love and excitement with the happy couple as they begin the the next chapter of their lives!  The day after photos are of Staci and Glenn visiting the beach and pool, in their wedding attire, to take a “dip”.  (See Photos)

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2010-10-31

Dear Family and Friends,

It is with great pleasure that I forward the below e-mail to you.  A special thank you to Mike Collins for sharing the photo of Aunt Kate and Uncle Bill with us and for also bringing to our attention Uncle Bill’s upcoming milestone.  A very Happy 90th Birthday Uncle Bill !!!!!

 From: Michael P. Collins [mailto:fatherxc@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 8:52 PM
To: Michael G. Norton
Subject: Bill & Katherine Collins

Mike, here is a recent photo of my Mom and Dad at their home in
Maryland--- smiling as usual. Dad will be 90 on November 15th!  Could you mention this milestone on the Norton Family website?
Birthday wishes can be sent to:
William J Collins
606 Robinson Place Court
Severna Park, Maryland 21146

Tel: 410 421 9525

Thanks, Mike

Mike Collins

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2010-10-31

 Halloween Fun Facts

Ghosts don't have shadows and leave no footprints.
Wearing garlic around your neck will keep vampires away!
Shooting a Were Wolf with a silver bullet is supposed to kill it.
If you throw a key at a ghost, the ghost will disappear.
If a candle flame turns blue, it means a ghost is in the house.
Some people believe that cat bones make you invisible

 Pumpkin Trivia

1) How did the pumpkin get its name?
In 1584, after the French explorer Jacques Cartier explored the St. Lawrence region of North America, he reported finding "gros melons".  The name was translated to English as "pompions", which has since evolved into the modern "pumpkin".

2) Are Pumpkins fruits or vegetable?
Pumpkins are fruits. A pumpkin is a type of squash.

 3) How big is the largest pumpkin ever grown?
Dave Stelts of Leetonia, Ohio, in 2000 at a whopping 1,140 pounds.

4) How big is the largest pumpkin pie ever made?
350 pounds and five feet in diameter.

 Corny Jokes

Q: Why didn't the skeleton cross the road?
A: He didn't have the guts

Q: Where does dracula water ski?
A: On Lake Erie

Q: What do you call a ghost with a broken leg?
A: A hobblin goblin

Q: What kind of boat pulls Dracula when he water skis?
A: A blood vessel

Q: What do you get when you divide the diameter of a jack-o-lantern by it's circumference?
A: Pumpkin Pi

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2010-10-23 Our National Anthem - No pop stars, no vocal show offs, just the Star Spangled Banner, the cadets, and the US Army Herald Trumpet Corps.  Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

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2010-10-16 Thea and I went on a bike trip adventure through the Lehigh Gorge in PA with our good friends Lillian and Clem.  After the bike ride we visited the town of Jim Thorpe, PA for the Fall Foliage Festival. We all had a very enjoyable weekend and are looking forward to our next biking adventure.  (See Photos)

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2010-10-11 Thea and I just got home from visiting Mikee at the University at Buffalo (UB to those in the know).  Our visit was GREAT - campus tours provided by Mikee and a visit to Niagara Falls were some of the highlights (see Photos).  But the best part of the weekend was being able to spend time with Mikee and hearing all about his college experiences.   I think it is safe to say "all had a very good time!"  (See Photos)

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2010-10-03 A very Happy 80th Birthday to Aunt Sylvia and may God Bless!!!  Family and dear friends gathered at Claudio's in Greenport to celebrate with Aunt Sylvia (Mom, Grandma or Sylvia) her 80th Birthday.  As the photos show - a good time was had by all!  (See Photos)

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2010-09-21

Dear family and friends,
The funeral arrangements for Aunt Molly (Norton) are as follows:

Moloney's Lake Funeral Home
132 Ronkonkoma Avenue
Lake Ronkonkoma, New York 11779
(631) 588-1515

Directions:
Long Island Expressway East.
Take exit 60 toward Ronkonkoma Ave/Lake Ronkonkoma/Sayville.
Merge onto Expy Drive S/Lie South Service Rd.
Turn left at County Rd 29/Ronkonkoma Ave.
Destination will be on the left. 

Visitation:
 Wednesday, September 22nd
2 PM to 4 PM
7 PM to 9 PM

Thursday, September 23rd
2 PM to 4 PM
7 PM to 9 PM

 Funeral Mass:
 Friday, September 24th at 10:45 am
 St. Margaret of Scotland
81College Road
Selden, NY 11784
(631) 732-3131

Directions: LIE to Exit 62 North, heading for Stony Brook. Take that to Route 16 East (you'll make a left then a right when you come off exit) Go to first traffic light (comes up immediately with racquet ball place on left) and make a left onto College road. Continue up College Road past Suffolk County Community College. College Road bears to left at double set of traffic lights. Church is just up on the right, past the apartments.

Interment following - Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, NY 

I would like to share this note I received from Bill and Pat Collins about Aunt Molly – “Mike - an extra special woman of great character, charm and wit. I'll always remember her reading the tea leaves (she had the gift) at family get togethers but most especially I remember her generosity in taking cousin Eddie, I and some others to a professional ball game (Giants I think) - one of the great days of my youth. And now we have another friend on the other side to put in a good word for us. Our prayers are with the family, she was a treasure. 

Thank you,

Bill and Pat Collins”

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2010-09-21 It is with a very sad heart that I wish to inform you of the death of Aunt Mollie.  She passed away peacefully this morning in the company of her loving family.  Arrangements are incomplete at this time.  I will be forwarding the related details to you when they are finalized.  Please keep Aunt Mollie and her family in your prayers at this most difficult time.

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2010-08-11 to 22 Our Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Adventure - Ryan, Geoff, Jack and I spent 8 nights and 9 days camping and hiking, as well as whitewater rafting on the Colorado River,  through the lower half of the Grand Canyon.  To say this was a fantastic adventure would be an understatement - it was AWESOME!  To see what I mean, review the photos. I hope you enjoy them.  Special thanks to Geoff for organizing this GREAT TRIP. (See Photos)

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2010-08-07 Congratulations to Christine and Jacob on their beautiful wedding that took place on August 7, 2010.  The ceremony and celebration were simply wonderful.  Please enjoy the  photos of this beautiful event.  (See Photos)

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2010-07-31 Congratulations to Natasha and Christopher on their beautiful wedding that took place on July 31, 2010.  The ceremony and celebration were simply wonderful.  Please enjoy the  photos of this beautiful event.  (See Photos)

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2010-07-18 Fr. Thomas A. Judge Council - Knights of Columbus Picnic (Includes Photos)

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2010-07-09 Received the following from Cousin Laura - "I think Valerie is having a little too much fun in her old age..." Check this out - it is amazing - Valerie's first tandem at skydive pepperell !!!!!!! (see YouTube)

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2010-07-04

Happy Birthday America!!!

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2010-06-27 Congratulations Mikee on his graduation from Northport High School.  We are all so very proud of him and his accomplishments.  Good luck at the University of Buffalo - Go Bulls! (see Photos)

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2010-06-25 Mike and his beautiful date, Kayla, had a wonderful time at the Northport High School Senior Prom. (see Photos)

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2010-06-20 As reported in Newsday - Long Island's 'Great grads'.  Congratulations MIkee!

Graduation season has arrived - and with it, Newsday's annual recognition of a collection of seniors who have made a mark during their high school years.

In the spring Newsday asked Long Island's high schools to nominate extraordinary members of the graduating class. The students featured today were chosen from nominations submitted by school principals and guidance counselors from the Nassau-Queens border to the East End.

The students are known for a range of remarkable achievements: books and plays they have written, music they have composed and performed . . . persistence in the face of adversity and tragedy . . . volunteer efforts that benefit the needy locally and around the world . . . ingenuity and resourcefulness . . . scholastic achievement and awards . . . and more.   Michael G. Norton (from another view)

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2010-06-19 Erin, very successfully, delivered the Keynote Address today at  Dominion High School's sixth annual Commencement Exercises.  The Graduation was reported on by Leesburg Today and LoudounTimes.

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2010-06-18 A very Happy Birthday to Dad, Pop's, Grandpa, Uncle Tom, or Tom.  (Thea's Dad)

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2010-06-16 Congratulations to Mikee (Lisa and Bob’s son) on receiving the Principal's Achievement Award at the Northport High School Twenty-Seventh Annual Scholastic Awards Breakfast.  An honor that is well deserved (and earned).

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2010-06-15 John J. Staines

October 29, 1936 – June 14, 2010

John J. Staines died Monday, June 14, 2010, at his home in Cherry Hill, NJ.  He was 73. Born October 29, 1936 to the late Albert and Della Armstrong Staines; he is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years Catherine E. (nee Dunne) Staines.  Loving father of John D. Staines (Heather) of Trumbull, CT and Kathleen Staines of Maple Shade, NJ.  Devoted grandfather of Liam and Ethan.  Dear brother of Albert Staines (Sally) of Marietta, GA; Catherine "Kitty" Hurlock (Allan) of Drexel Hill, PA; Esther Staines of Hollywood, SC and many loving nieces, nephews and in-laws.  Visitation Friday evening 7 to 9 PM and Saturday morning 10 to 11 AM in the Schetter Funeral Home, 304 W. Rt. 70, Cherry Hill, NJ.  Funeral service Saturday 11 AM.  Interment Colestown Cemetery, Cherry Hill, NJ.

In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to:

Samaritan Hospice

5 Eves Drive, Suite 300

Marlton, NJ 08053

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2010-06-14 It is with a very sad heart that I wish to inform you of the death of John Staines, Catherine’s (nee Dunne) husband.  Please keep Catherine and her family in your prayers at this most difficult time.

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2010-06-03 Congratulations to Mikee (Lisa and Bob’s son) on receiving numerous scholarships at the Northport High School Thirty-Eighth Annual Senior Awards Ceremony.  We are all very proud of his many accomplishments.  (see Photos)

Our National Anthem

No pop stars, no vocal show offs, just the Star Spangled Banner, the cadets, and the US Army Herald Trumpet Corps.

God Bless the USA

Thank you to all those that make this the Greatest Nation in the world.  A very special thank you to all those who continue to protect and defend this Great Nation!  Enjoy the video.

The Gratitude Campaign

Have you ever seen one of our military walking past you and wanted to convey to them your thanks, but weren't sure how or it felt awkward?  Recently, a gentleman from Seattle created a gesture which could be used and has started a massive movement to get the word out.  Please take just a moment to watch.... The Gratitude Campaign and then tell your friends!

http://www.gratitudecampaign.org/shortmovie.php

You can send a message to the troops that will be printed out on a post card and given to somebody stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan.  You can be sure they would much rather be home for the holidays.  But since they can't, take a minute to let them know we haven't forgotten about them and we appreciate all they are doing for us.

Click on the link below and thank the brave men and women who are serving our great Country!

http://www.letssaythanks.com/Home1024.html

In God We Still Trust

In March, 2005, this song was performed at a Diamond Rio concert.  They received an immediate standing ovation, and continue to do so every time they perform it!  Sadly, major radio stations wouldn't play it because it was considered politically incorrect.  Consequently, the song was never released to the public.  If this song speaks to your heart and you want to share it with friends and loved ones, please do.  Then let us cease being the silent majority and join together - not as a particular political party, but as Proud Americans!      Diamond Rio - In God We Still Trust

 

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