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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.

VIDEO  (with music; clips not chronological):
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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Tropical Storm Isaias Slams Long Island

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
August 5, 2020

My neighborhood hasn’t had power since early yesterday afternoon, shortly after Tropical Storm Isaias crashed into Long Island, so I used my iPhone 11 Pro to create and publish this post.

My daughters – one in Seaford, one in Merrick – lost power very briefly or not at all, so my family’s experience was typical, since one in three L.I. electricity customers lost power.

A tree in my backyard snapped in two several feet from the ground, with the top toppling over the fence behind it:

North Merrick, New York, U.S. August 4, 2020. Tropical Storm Isaias slams into Long Island, causing widespread tree damage and power outages. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

North Merrick, New York, U.S. August 4, 2020. Tropical Storm Isaias slams into Long Island, causing widespread tree damage and power outages. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

At dusk, I captured the above photo of the tree most severely damaged in my backyard. Just the bottom few feet of the trunk were still on my side of the white fence; the rest of the tree had fallen on the other side.  (You can see my shadow on the left side of image.)

When my daughter Sue’s power returned, I drove to her home a mile away. On my way, I passed a huge tree near the curb toppled down across the front yard onto the roof of the house, which had to be evacuated.

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North Merrick, New York, U.S. August 4, 2020. Tropical Storm Isaias slams into Long Island, causing widespread tree damage and power outages. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

North Merrick, New York, U.S. August 4, 2020. Tropical Storm Isaias slams into Long Island, causing widespread tree damage and power outages. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

That night, while returning to Sue’s home to drop off some cheese and eggs to store in her refrigerator, I slowly navigated a dark maze blocked by trees felled by wind gusts up to 70 mph. All was dark until I reached her street.

Cars and pedestrians made their way by moonlight – and headlights & flashlight – on Camp Avenue in North Merrick, as seen in the below short VIDEO:

Governor Andrew Cuomo, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Town of Hempstead Supervisor Tom Clavin are among the officials calling for an investigation into PSEG power company’s poor to non-existent communication with customers experiencing power outages, downed power lines….


Tropical Storm Isaias:  my PHOTO GALLERY

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