Freeport, New York, U.S. August 14, 2018. Trio with same birthday take selfie in lobby of Freeport Memorial Public Library, on Long Island.

Heard it’s your & your birthday…

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (
June 26, 2020

…It’s my birthday, too, yeah

I waited almost two years to post this blog.

While playing a game on my iPhone in the Freeport Memorial Library lobby during a scorching mid-August afternoon in 2018, I overheard several teens – two girls and a boy – sitting on a bench near me.

Ages must have come up, and the girls, surprised to find out they had the same birthday, laughed and repeated the June day they shared. When one girl said she was eighteen and the other said she was a couple of years younger, the boy said something along the lines of “No way!”

What caught my attention was the date the girls called out – it was MY birthday.

No way!

Freeport, New York, U.S. August 14, 2018. Trio with same birthday take selfie in lobby of Freeport Memorial Library, on Long Island. (2018 Ann Parry,

Freeport, New York, U.S. August 14, 2018. Trio with same birthday take selfie in lobby of Freeport Memorial Library, on Long Island. (2018 Ann Parry,

I regularly find myself talking with strangers – to ask for info to use in a caption for a news photo I just captured, to chat at a museum or during a Pokemon raid at Eisenhower Park….

But I paused as I imagined the teens’ likely reaction if I simply said, “Talk about coincidences – that’s my birthday, too!” 

So I dug through my bag, took out my driver license, and said something along the lines of, “This is so weird, but…” as I walked over and showed the girls the DOB on my license – well, I covered the mid-twentieth century year with my thumb.

After enthusiastically admiring the stratospheric odds of the three of us not only having the same birthday but realizing it, we took selfies.

They liked my idea of writing a blog post about our coincidence, and I gave them the name of my blog. Because one was a minor, I didn’t ask for names. Unfortunately, it didn’t click until later that day that I shouldn’t post the photo for the same reason, and I felt so bad there would be no post about the birthday trio if they did visit my blog.

So I decided to wait, and wait, until after our June 2020 birthday, and the younger teen turned 18, to share this:

Happy Birthday to you & you!

FEATURE PHOTO at top of post:  Freeport, New York, U.S., August 14, 2018. Birthday trio pose for selfie in lobby of Freeport Memorial Library. Teen closest to camera captured selfie. (Photographer: Name Unknown)

Site:  Freeport Memorial Library

Freeport Memorial Library:  PHOTO GALLERY

Videos of Beatles song:  “Birthday”  •  “Birthday


North Merrick, New York, U.S. June 4, 2020. Black Lives Matter March heads east on Jerusalem Ave and then turns north onto Bellmore Avenue, toward eastbound entrance to Southern State Parkway. Shortly before protestors arrive, Nassau County Police officers park several patrol cars at intersection to stop and divert traffic to make path for peaceful march of largely of young marchers, black and white . Many marchers wore face masks, some masks covering mouth and nose, some masks lowered below mouth as they chanted. Young black man with megaphone led the chant: megaphone man: NO JUSTICE marchers: NO PEACE megaphone man: NO RACIST marchers: POLICE Signs marchers carried included: RIP GEORGE FLOYD - IGNORANCE IS ALWAYS AFRAID OF CHANGE - BLM! - BLACK LIVES MATTER - NO RACIST POLICE

from Merrick, Long Island: Black Lives Matter

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (
June 5, 2020

peaceful march in turbulent June

VIDEO – Black Lives Matter March, N. Merrick, NY, Thursday, June 4, 2020:

Last night, while driving home shortly before 9 PM, I accidentally found myself in the path of a Black Lives Matter March about to turn onto Bellmore Ave from Jerusalem Ave in North Merrick.

When marchers turned, they passed between my car and several Nassau County Police patrol cars parked to block the intersection, so marchers had a safe, clear path.  [google maps]

I held my iPhone out the driver’s window to film the marchers, many spread out for social distancing. Most were young, some black, some white, and most wore masks, either covering their mouths and noses or under their chins.

They carried signs with messages including: RIP George Floyd  –  BLM!  –  Black Lives Matter No Racist PoliceIgnorance is always afraid of change

A man with a megaphone led his fellow marchers in a chant:  No JusticeNo PeaceNo RacistPolice

After they continued north for a few minutes, police cleared a path through the intersection, and neighboring cars and I continued south. 

Later, I learned the marchers were part of a massive, peaceful Merrick march that started earlier that night on Sunrise Highway and ultimately blocked traffic on the Southern State Parkway

  This Tuesday night, June 2, self-proclaimed reporter got over 10,000 views on facebook when he live-streamed his take on about 30 people at Merrick Road, Merrick, protesting against Black Lives Matters supporters who wanted to march east from Trader Joe’s to Massapequa.

The ugly comments that anti-BLM March group made about the protestors were exacerbated by the videographer repeatedly and inaccurately referring to that small group as The People of Merrick, as if they represented the entire community.

As an aside:  One of the anti-BLM protestors commented how someone was wearing a mask (following CDC guidelines during COVID-19 pandemic) and asked, rhetorically, if the person was a coward.

It’s an anti-mask sentiment I suspect not only the chief executive of the United States but also the COVID-19 virus – if sentient – would share.

  48 minutes ago, today, an email from NY State Senator John Brooks (District 8) landed in my inbox:

Last night, we witnessed a second wave of protests over the tragic death of George Floyd. In good part, this second march was the direct result of spiteful remarks gone viral, made by ignorant people flanking the peaceful march the day before. Let’s be clear, in Merrick there exists an overall community of wonderful people who genuinely believe in the fundamental principles upon which this nation was founded. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness combined with the understanding that all are created equal provides the basis of outlook, action, and acceptance of any Merokian I have come to know.

The remarks made by these ignorant few do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of the people of the Merrick community or, for that matter, any community on Long Island. Yesterday, many Merokians walked along in protest, while many others stood on sidewalks providing support, applause, and even bottles of water to the passing marchers. In response to the tragedy of George Floyd, I witnessed members of this community march in support of the most basic of human rights, and I was proud; In response to vile words of thinly veiled hatred by a minority of instigators peddling divisiveness, I witnessed this community come together once again to protest that hatred in a peaceful way, and I was inspired.

Merrick is a community of fairness and understanding, of acceptance and fellowship, and I am proud to represent this community in the NY State Senate.

Sincerely,    John E Brooks

I largely agree with Sen. Brooks’ above statement.

Walk the Walk

Segregation is rampant on Long Island, and – as Newsday’s undercover investigation found – it didn’t happen by accident. [*see links below] 

Yes, we need to Talk the Talk of the truth that Black Lives Matter and deserve equal justice, and to Walk the Walk by supporting/participating in Black Lives Matter protest marches.

Be we also need to take the countless steps needed to have our community, our Long Island communities, be more diverse and reflect the truth that Black Lives Matter and deserve equal justice, housing, health care, education and job opportunities….

*Newsday  – Three-year investigation uncovers widespread unequal treatment by real estate agents on Long Island (2019):

Undercover Investigation:  racial steering by real estate agents

Opinion/EDITORIAL (Updated Nov. 17, 2019): Segregation’s stain on Long Island can be overcome

FEATURE PHOTO at top of post: Merrick, New York, U.S. June 4, 2020. North Merrick, New York, U.S. June 4, 2020. Black Lives Matter March heads north on Bellmore Ave in direction of eastbound entrance to Southern State Parkway.


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