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Seaford, NY, USA. May 22, 2021. Outdoor Baby Shower at Puglia's Italian Steakhouse.

All things seem possible this May

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
May 30, 2021

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.” – Edwin Way Teale  (1899-1980)

Last weekend, I went to an outdoor Baby Shower at Puglia’s Italian Steakhouse in Seaford. It was the first social event I attended since February 2020.

One of the guests I met for the first time was ADA CEA, a registered nurse at North Shore University Hospital, Northwell Health.

Last May, my post Happy Birthday Ada, Thank you for being our hero! shared how JOEY CESTARE – who was then my daughter LAURIE’s boyfriend – helped his close friend Ada celebrate her birthday while she was staying at a hotel to avoid exposing her parents to COVID-19.

Seaford, NY, U.S. May 22, 2021. ADA CEA's a great sport about posing for a photo during Laurie's outdoor Baby Shower at Puglia's Italian Restaurant. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Seaford, NY, U.S. May 22, 2021. ADA CEA’s a great sport about posing for a photo during Laurie’s outdoor Baby Shower at Puglia’s Italian Restaurant. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

That long year ago, while capturing photos of the poster and truck Joey decorated for Ada’s birthday, I hoped to get the chance to take photos of Ada herself some day.

“Hoped” was an unusually strong and scary part of my wish because Long Island was slammed by the COVID-19 pandemic. I took little about the future for granted, and less still about the present seemed safe.

As 2020 crawled into 2021, my daughters and fiancé continued to tell me I was the strictest person they knew about limiting places I went and people I was around.

Seaford, NY, U.S. May 22, 2021. L-R, Joey's grandma and his mom Donna pose for photo during Laurie's outdoor Baby Shower at Puglia's Italian Restaurant. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Seaford, NY, U.S. May 22, 2021. L-R, Joey’s grandma and his mom Donna pose for photo during Laurie’s outdoor Baby Shower at Puglia’s Italian Restaurant. (© 2021 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Then, not suddenly, it was Saturday, May 22, 2021, and friends and family gathered at Puglia’s under its open-sided tent for my daughter Laurie’s Baby Shower.

Virtually every guest who could be vaccinated was vaccinated by then.

Joey’s mom DONNA transformed the venue into something magical, thanks to lots and lots of talent and preparation… plus balloons the color of Laurie’s dress.

And, along with an awesome great-grandma, aunts, uncles, and cousins to be…, Donna and I can’t wait to welcome our grandson with love and hope.


FEATURE PHOTO at top of post:  Seaford, NY, U.S. May 22, 2021. L-R, Ada, Amy, Joey, Laurie, Erica… at Laurie’s outdoor Baby Shower at Sergio’s.


May 2020 2021:  my Photo Gallery

Puglia’s Italian Steakhouse  •  516-809-9922
3943 Merrick Rd, Seaford, NY • directions

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After COVID-19 Vaccination, Bob Feels Fine

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
February 26, 2021

VIDEO: 3 Cheers for COVID-19 Vaccination – Bob Stuhmer gets his 2nd Covid-19 Vaccination, 2/20/2021, Nassau County, New York:

Last weekend, Bob and I had our second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shots at a vaccination site in Nassau County.

Late January, when one of my daughters magically landed on an online vaccination sign-up page that listed available appointments and worked, she scheduled appointments for Bob and me.

There was no blood on Bob’s arm after the shot, so the medical student who administered the Pfizer vaccination said he didn’t need a bandage unless he wanted one. (He didn’t.)

•  SIDE EFFECTS for Bob?  He didn’t have any side effects after the first dose on January 30th, and didn’t have any after the second dose three weeks later.

•  SIDE EFFECTS for me?  Barely worth mentioning. For about a day after each vaccination, my arm felt a bit sore when I touched it. After the second shot, I felt slightly light-headed for a few minutes, which I suspect is because I didn’t eat anything between breakfast and my early afternoon appointment.

Long Island, New York, USA. February 20, 2021. Nurse from Stony Brook University administers 1st shot of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccinations to ANN PARRY, at Nassau County.

Long Island, New York, USA. February 20, 2021. Nurse from Stony Brook University prepares to administer 1st shot of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination to ANN PARRY, at Nassau County.

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NewsdayCOVID-10 vaccines: How to book appointments on Long Island  Erin Serpico’s article has links & info covering Long island and NYC. Because it’s comprehensive, all in one place, and updated as new info becomes available, it’s a very helpful resource:  https://www.newsday.com/news/health/coronavirus/covid-vaccine-appointments-long-island-resources-1.50149215


Some useful info for scheduling COVID vaccinations:

NYS Vaccination Hotline:  1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829)

New York State:  https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

Nassau County:  https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/vaccine

Suffolk County: https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/vaccine


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Bob’s illustration site: BobStuhmer.com

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