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Bellmore, New York, U.S. September 25, 2021. L-R, NYS Senator JOHN BROOKS and visitor BOB STUHMER, wearing a face mask because of COVID-19, chat at the senator's booth the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.

Twice Around the Bellmore Family Street Festival

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
October 2, 2021

VIDEO  Click bottom right corner for Full Screen – Bellmore Family Street Festival, Sept. 25, 2021:

The first Saturday in autumn, August 25th, Bob and I visited the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival. The food, the smells, the crafts… were tantalizing, and the people were the highlight of the afternoon.

Bellmore, New York, U.S. September 25, 2021. Nassau County Executive LAURA CURRAN visits the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.

Bellmore, NY, U.S. Sept. 25, 2021. Nassau County Executive LAURA CURRAN visits the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival. (© 2021 Ann Parry, annparry.com)

As we walked to the carnival rides at the opposite end of the festival, I ate grilled corn on the cob, chatted at various political booths, and browsed at countless crafts booths, including one where I bought a solar powered blue bird for my front garden. 

Bellmore, New York, U.S. September 25, 2021. At center, JASON ABELOVE, the Democratic candidate for Town of Hempstead Supervisor, visits the South Shore Women's Caucus booth at the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.

Bellmore, NY, U.S. Sept. 25, 2021. At center, JASON ABELOVE, the Democratic candidate for Town of Hempstead Supervisor, visits the South Shore Women’s Caucus booth at the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.

We were about to leave when we ran into my daughter Sue’s family, so the five of us headed off together towards the carnival rides and ices.

Bellmore, NY, U.S. Sept. 25, 2021. New York State Legislator STEVE RHOADS (R-19th District) speaks with a visitor at the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.

Bellmore, NY, U.S. Sept. 25, 2021. NYS Legislator STEVE RHOADS (R-19th District) speaks with a visitor at the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.

After the bonus hour or so of family fun at the festival, Bob and I decided, once again, to leave.

““Merrick,

Bellmore, New York, U.S. September 25, 2021. New York State Legislator TOM MCKEVITT (R-13th District) visits the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Just before we turned off Bedford Ave to head to the car, DAN YNGSTROM — wearing his bright pink Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores VOLUNTEER shirt (as seen early in above video) — said a cheery hi.   

Bellmore, N.Y., U.S. Sept. 25, 2021. Musician at the New York Musician's Center (NYMC, 701 Bedford Ave) sings, while accompanying himself on electric guitar, during the 34th Annual Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.

Bellmore, N.Y., U.S. Sept. 25, 2021. Musician at the New York Musician’s Center (NYMC, 701 Bedford Ave) sings, while accompanying himself on electric guitar, during the 34th Annual Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.


FEATURE PHOTO (at top of post):  Bellmore, NY, U.S. Sept. 25, 2021. L-R, NYS Senator JOHN BROOKS and visitor BOB STUHMER, wearing a face mask because of COVID-19, chat at the senator’s booth at the 34th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.


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Signs of Support on Long Island during Covid-19 Pandemic

isFrom LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
April 7, 2020

Signarama owner Joey Cestare has Signs of Support

 2956 Merrick Rd, Bellmore, NY 11710 • directions  •  site

Merrick, NY, USA. April 5, 2020. JOEY CESTARE, owner of Signarama in Bellmore, holds rainbow HOPE sign he is giving for free to put in windows, during Coronavirus Pandemic, on Long Island. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, NY, USA. April 5, 2020. JOEY CESTARE, owner of Signarama in Bellmore, holds rainbow HOPE sign he is giving for free to put in windows, during Coaronavirus Pandemic, on Long Island. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

When I told my grandchildren their toys that carpeted the living room moved up to the “Tree House,” they quite liked that fanciful new name for the upstairs guest room.

And before long, its entrance sported a cheerful, personalized Tree House sign, thanks to Joey Cestare – the owner of Signarama in Bellmore, and the boyfriend of the Tree House tots’ Aunt Laurie.

And that wasn’t the first or last time I’ve been impressed with Joey’s craftsmanship and thoughtfulness.

Merrick, NY, USA. April 5, 2020. STRONG WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS! sign of hope is from Signarama in Bellmore, during Coronavirus Pandemic, on Long Island. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, NY, USA. April 5, 2020. ‘STRONG WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!’ sign of hope is from Signarama in Bellmore, on front lawn during Coronavirus Pandemic, on Long Island. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

So when the nightmarish Covid-19 Pandemic hit New York, I wasn’t surprised to hear music station Z100’s Erica America announce that community member Joey Cestare was spreading hope – creating yard signs with messages of support for Front Liners, and giving away Hope rainbow window signs…

VIDEO:  Delivering Signarama Signs of Support:

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Using careful social distancing, Joey and Laurie delivered a “Strong – We’ll get through this” sign for my front yard, and a Hope rainbow sign for my front window.

While I told them news I’d been waiting to share for a while, I captured it with my iPhone, using 2X zoom, so I could share the video with the rest of our family. It turns out everyone involved said it was okay to share it here.


We’re all in this together


FEATURE PHOTO at top of post: Merrick, NY, U.S. April 5, 2020. JOE CESTARE, owner of Signarama in Bellmore, holds rainbow HOPE sign he is giving for free, while Long Island is hot spot during COVID-19 Pandemic. LAURIE GRAB is in truck.


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