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Miss Wantagh Pageant 2012

Miss Wantagh Pageant 2012

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
July 5, 2012

The Miss Wantagh Pageant has been a tradition here on Long Island, New York, since 1956.

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Kelly Garland Miss Wantagh 2010 at Miss Wantagh Pageant ceremony, a long-time Independence Day tradition on Long Island, on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Wantagh School, New York, USA. Hailey Orgass is Miss Wantagh 2012. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Kelly Garland, Miss Wantagh 2010, at Miss Wantagh Pageant ceremony, an Independence Day tradition on Long Island, on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, New York, USA. Hailey Orgass is crowned Miss Wantagh 2012. (© 2012 Ann Parry/ann-parry.com)

Soon after yesterday’s Wantagh July 4th Parade, a large crowd gathered on the front lawn of the Wantagh Elementary School on Beech Street for the Miss Wantagh Pageant winner announcement and Crowning Ceremony.

Miss Wantagh 2011, KARA ARENA, sang two patriotic songs in such a lovely voice it was easy to mistakenly assume artistic talent is one of the qualities contestants are judged on. In fact, the Miss Wantagh Pageant, which is not a beauty pageant, crowns a high school student based mainly on her academic excellence and community service.

Miss Wantagh Pageant 2012 winner Hailey Orgass receives trophy from Eden Held Miss Wantagh 2009 at crowning ceremony, a long-time Independence Day tradition on Long Island, held Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in front of Wantagh School, New York, USA. Since 1956, the Miss Wantagh Pageant, which is not a beauty pageant, has crowned a high school student based mainly on academic excellence and community service. Kara Arena, Miss Wantagh 2011sang two patriotic songs. First runner up was Alyssa Kelly, 2nd runner up was Paulina Renda, and 3rd runner up was Alyson Hopkins. Since 1956, the Miss Wantagh Pageant, which is not a beauty pageant, has crowned a high school student based mainly on academic excellence and community service. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Miss Wantagh Pageant 2012 winner Hailey Orgass receives trophy from Eden Held Miss Wantagh 2009 at crowning ceremony. 1st runner up was Alyssa Kelly, 2nd runner up was Paulina Renda, & 3rd runner up was Alyson Hopkins.. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The new Miss Wantagh:

  • HAILEY ORGASS – Miss Wantagh 2012
  • ALYSSA KELLY – 1st Runner Up
  • PAULINA RENDA – 2nd Runner Up
  • ALYSON HOPKINS – 3rd Runner Up

Other participants in the ceremony included former Miss Wantaghs KELLY GARLAND (2010) and EDEN HELD (2009); ELLA STEVENS, the Coordinator of Miss Wantagh Pageant; Nassau County Legislator DAVE DENENBERG, who announced the 1st Runner Up; and Nassau County Clerk MAUREEN O’CONNELL, who announced Miss Wantagh 2012.

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2011 Singapore Cat Photo Captured with iPhone 4S

Photos Captured with iPhone 4S

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
October 15, 2011

Yesterday, October 14, 2011, at 12:24 PM I signed for my iPhone 4S, my first iPhone ever.

Young boy at Long Island Center of Photography's Family Portrait Day gallery reception at African American Museum, Hempstead, New York, USA, on October 16, 2011. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, New York, USA. October 16, 2011. Family Portrait Day gallery reception at African American Museum. (© 2011 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

iPhone 4S photo: I took the above unretouched photo on Oct. 16, 2011, during Long Island Center of Photography‘s Reception for the Family Portrait Day exhibit at the African American Museum in Hempstead, NY.

When the doorbell rang and I saw the UPS delivery person with the smaller-than-a-brick-size brown box, I smiled, rhetorically asking, “Is that it – the iPhone?” I explained I was happy to see him, since I’d planned to stay home that day until I could sign for the phone, however long it took. He laughed, saying I sure wasn’t the first to tell him that.

After listening one last time to voice messages on the 2+ years old LG Dare and backing up Contacts, I connected the black  iPhone 4S to the Mac via USB, followed easy directions to activate the phone, synched it with my apps, music, books, enabled iCloud and iMessage, downloaded the Verizon Contact Transfer app… in short, I was adding a tiny computer to my network.

The least fun was after I synched apps. I ended up with 11 screens of apps, so – from iTunes on my Mac – I spent about 20 minutes organizing the apps onto 2 screens. Then when I hit “synch” a message asked if I really wanted to delete a particular app, and I wasn’t 100% sure, so I hit “cancel.”  But that didn’t just cancel deleting the app (which it turns out I did want to delete), but I was back to 11 screens of apps! So I had to start all over again.

The second least fun was when I synced Contacts.  I over-synched, using gmail, Calendar apps, iCloud, Microsoft Exchange…,  and ended up with up to 6 duplicates of certain contacts. Less (synching) would have been more (efficient).

photo of Singapura cat taken with iPhone 4S the first day it came out, October 14, 2011. As is straight from camera, unretouched, full-resolution, 3264x2448, sRGB, 72ppi, f/2.8, 1/15, ISO 800, AWB. © 2011 Ann Parry, All rights reserved, Ann-Parry.com (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

October 14, 2011.  Singapura cat photo captured with iPhone 4S the first day it came out. As is straight from camera, unretouched, full-resolution, 3264×2448, sRGB, 72ppi, f/2.8, 1/15, ISO 800, AWB. (© 2011 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

iPhone 4S photo: I captured the above photo the night of October, 14, 2011, in a  corner of room, with lens inches from cat’s face. Auto white balance is great.

Siri seems promising, though I haven’t given it much of a test run yet. When I asked it, “What will tomorrow’s weather be like?” it said “It looks windy” and showed the week’s weather forecast for my town on the screen. The biggest iPhone 4S fun I’m looking forward to is having face time calls with my brother’s family, once their iPhone 4S phones arrive later this month.

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2011 Keeping Up with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Memorial Day

Keeping Up with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Memorial Day

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
June 2, 2011

By mid-morning on Monday, May 30, the rain and lightning stopped, and gray skies slowly turned blue, so it turned out a better day than expected to photograph two New York Memorial Day parades – first in Merrick and then Little Neck.

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MAY 30, 2011 - Little Neck, New York, U.S. - New York Governor ANDREW CUOMO stops to speak and shake hands with MARK KOPPELMAN, a U.S. Army veteran wearing US Press Corp Photographer Pass, of Oakland Gardens, during Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, on Northern Boulevard on May 30, 2011. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Little Neck, New York, USA. May 30, 2011. – NY Governor ANDREW CUOMO speaks with MARK KOPPELMAN, a U.S. Army Press Corp Photographer veteran, of Oakland Gardens, during Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. (© 2011 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Photographing my hometown parade was like a pleasant, festive stroll up Merrick Avenue, with plenty of time and room to go wherever needed along the two-lane street.

However, on that hot and humid afternoon, photographing Governor ANDREW CUOMO and his fellow marchers in the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade felt more like participating in an extreme sport. A brisk walker, Gov. Cuomo frequently went from side to side of vast Northern Boulevard to shake hands or chat with Veterans and other onlookers; plus, I was surrounded by innocent people and banners best not to slam into.

Loved every minute of it.

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