North Merrick, New York, USA. December 19, 2020. North Merrick Fire Department has its annual Santa Claus ride in red sleigh pulled by NMFD fire truck that goes through the streets of North Merrick community. (© 2020 Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

North Merrick Fire Department Santa + Holiday Walk

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 31, 2020

Outdoor Holiday Fun

The North Merrick Fire Department escorted Santa in his sleigh throughout our community the night of December 19. It’s a tradition our family looks forward to each year, and the snow lined streets made it particularly festive.

After Santa and his firefighter helpers visited our street, I drove across town to the Community Holiday Tree and Lumiere Walk.

“North Merrick, NY, U.S. Dec. 19, 2020. L-R, JOSH MACK, JESSICA MACK, and daughter CALLEIGH MACK, 10, are posing at their Candy Cane Lane candy stand in front of their home during Community Holiday Tree Walk. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

North Merrick, NY, U.S. Dec. 19, 2020. L-R, JOSH MACK, JESSICA MACK, and daughter CALLEIGH MACK, 10, are posing at their Candy Cane Lane candy stand in front of their home during Community Holiday Tree Walk. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Twenty-nine North Merrick homes had their front yards decorated, each in a different theme, for the Community Holiday Tree and Lumiere Walk the night of December 19, 2020.

Two of the many themes my family enjoyed were:  “A Very Murray Christmas” starring a festive photo of actor Bill Murray, and “Candy Cane Lane” featuring a candy cane stand and metal pit fire.

“North Merrick, NY, U.S. Dec. 19, 2020. At center, L-R, JESSICA MACK and JOSH MACK stand with 2 neighbors around fire pit during Community Holiday Tree Walk. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

North Merrick, NY, U.S. Dec. 19, 2020. At center, L-R, JESSICA MACK and JOSH MACK stand with 2 neighbors around fire pit during Community Holiday Tree Walk. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

What a creative and fun way to celebrate the holiday season while also staying outside and observing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic!


FEATURE PHOTO at top of post: North Merrick, NY, USA. December 19, 2020. North Merrick Fire Department has its annual Santa Claus ride in red sleigh pulled by NMFD fire truck going throughout the community. (© 2020 Ann Parry, ann-parry.com).


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North Merrick, New York, U.S. October 18, 2020. NMR North Merrick Runners club members have practice run with staggered starting times for social distancing safety during COVID-19 pandemic. © 2020 Ann Parry, FromLongIsland.com

North Merrick Runners Do It with Social Distancing

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
October 25, 2020

North Merrick Runners – safety comes first

The North Merrick Runners club used staggered start times during its practice run October 18th to ensure social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Looking forward to cheering on my daughter Sue and her fellow NMR members, I began looking near Park Avenue School for runners about 3:20 PM, optimistically soon after the 3:00 scheduled start time.

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I looked up the sidewalks and road for a while. Then I told my neighbor, who was working in his front yard, that runners in the North Merrick Runners club would be passing by soon, which they did.

After cheering and videoing each runner, and hearing my neighbor also cheer before he left, I stayed on the lookout until at least ten minutes, but no runners, passed by.

20201018 NMR 5K PR route strava

20201018 NMR 5K PR route strava

Enjoy the run!


  • FEATURE PHOTO   North Merrick, New York, U.S. Oct. 18, 2020. NMR North Merrick Runners club member makes “V for Victory” hand sign during practice run with staggered starting times for social distancing safety during COVID-19 pandemic. (© 2020 Ann Parry)

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