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Photo Illustration: Cammanns Pond in Merrick, New York, USA, © Ann Parry, FromLongIsland.com

Cammanns Pond: Or, New Year’s Eve in Space

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 31, 2018

Cammanns Pond

Tonight, ten days after the shortest day of the year, and hours before the stormy last hurrah of 2018 became the dawn of 2019, I stopped at Cammanns Pond on my way home.

Struggling through the downpour, the light from the street lamp behind me surrendered before reaching water’s edge.

Merrick, NY, USA. Dec. 31, 2018. A raft of ducks sleeps hidden at Cammanns Pond during rainy New Year's Eve. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, NY, USA. Dec. 31, 2018. A raft of ducks sleeps hidden at Cammanns Pond during rainy New Year’s Eve. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Rain coated my windshield in seconds after each sweep of the wipers, and dashboard lights bounced on the glass and water, so all I saw was a vast black pond with a few ribbons of light reflected from distant buildings.

But, after years of visits, I felt waterfowl was surely near. Once my eyes adjusted to the darkness, and I covered the instrument lights with a big scarf, I saw hints of a silent, nearly still raft of ducks midway between shores.

Aiming my iPhone from the space between the steering wheel and windshield, I captured rain smeared photos of two bare trees standing sentinel in front of the pond.

Going outside, I stood behind one tree trunk then the other, to avoid throwing a shadow, and leaned out to take photos of the ducks, pond, shores and beyond.

Then I sat silent and still in my car as ducks slept at the Merrick pond… on the south shore of Long Island… on the northeast coast of the United States in North America… on Earth as it orbited the Sun… in a spiral arm of the Milky Way in the Local Group… in the Virgo Supercluster… as we made our way in the universe this New Year’s Eve.

No home is an island


• NASA: Global Climate Change Resources
• Bloomberg: Climate Changed
• National Geographic: Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye
• United Nations: Climate Change


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What’s the correct spelling of the name of the Nassau County passive park on the south side of Merrick Road between Lindenmere Drive and Babylon Road? Several versions appear, including on government sites. 

The park’s named after the Cammann family. In 1890 Hermann Cammann bought the Carmen farm house property on the north side of Merrick Road, across from where the park is now located, and he rebuilt a larger version of the house.

So – despite its glaring absence of a possessive apostrophe next to the “s”  –  I stand with “Cammanns Pond.


Cammanns Pond: MY GALLERY

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Garden City, New York, USA. November 6, 2018. Nassau County Democrats watch Election Day results at Garden City Hotel, Long Island. LIUBA GRECHEN SHIRLEY, candidate for New York Congressional District 2, speaks to supporters after incumbent King is declared winner. CHRISTOPHER SHIRLEY, her husband, joined her onstage. © 2018 Ann Parry, FromLongIsland.com

Purple Reign Day for Long Island Voters

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 12, 2018

Perhaps more media outlets than usual covered the Nassau County Democratic Election Results Watch this Nov. 6th because one of the most hotly contested Congressional races nationally was NY District 2, and the Democratic candidate, Liuba Grechen Shirley, was on site there at the Garden City Hotel.

Garden City, New York, USA. November 6, 2018. Nassau County Democrats watch Election Day results at Garden City Hotel, Long Island. KEVIN THOMAS was elected New York State Senator for 6th District. His wife RINCY is standing next to him. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Garden City, New York, USA. November 6, 2018. Nassau County Democrats watch Election Day results at Garden City Hotel, Long Island. KEVIN THOMAS was elected New York State Senator for 6th District. His wife RINCY is standing next to him. (© 2018 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

A surprise victor at the event was Kevin Thomas, who, despite modest campaign funds and name recognition, strategically defeated Republican 29-year incumbent Senator Kemp Hannon. Chase, who was five when his opponent started in office, will become the first Indian American NYS senator.

Though there wasn’t a similar upset outcome for the race between Republican 26-year incumbent Pete King and blue wave, pink wave, first time candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley, it was a significantly close contest.

Each candidate was in the lead at some point, making for a long night of emotional crests and troughs for Grechen Shirley and her supporters, many of them wearing Liuba campaign t-shirts and buttons.

  • PHOTO VIDEO – 2018 Nassau County Democratic Committee, Election Night: 

  • Democratic candidates & elected officials at event (almost all are in above photo video) included:

Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, NY05
Congressman Tom Suozzi, NY03
Liuba Grechen Shirley, Congressional candidate NY02

NYS Senator John Brooks, District 5

NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, District 35, Senate Minority Leader
NYS Senator-Elect  James Gaughran, District 8
NYS Senator Todd Kaminsky, District 9
NYS Senator-Elect Anna Kaplan, District 7
NYS Senator-Elect Kevin Thomas, District 6

NYS Assemblywoman-Elect Judy Griffin, District 21
Mike Reid, NYS Assembly candidate, District 14
NYS Assemblywoman-Elect Taylor Raynor, District 18

Joanne Curran Perrucci, candidate for Nassau County District Court judge, District 4

Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Supervisor
Laura Gillen
, Hempstead Town Supervisor


2018 Election Night, Garden City:  GALLERY

“2018 Election Night, Garden City”: PHOTO VIDEO

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