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.
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, 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. NYS LegislatorSTEVE 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.
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 theNew 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.
During the Reading of Names of the 348 Nassau County residents who died as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on September 11, 2002, each speaker ended by sharing about the loved one lost. Greg Hoffman was one of those readers (from above video):
“For my identical twin brother, Stephen Gerard Hoffman: It’s been 19 years, Steve, when you took Madeline to kindergarten. She’s a teacher now. She’s 24, and she’s beautiful. You’d be so proud of her
“One thing special about, unique about, September 11 is that the day of terror doesn’t end.
This January we buried a young man, Jim Bass. He was NYPD.
Age 30 he went onto the pile
Age 49 he died of the cancer
“May they all rest in peace.
“May God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change
Courage to change the things we can
And the wisdom to know the difference.”
FEATURE PHOTO at top of post : Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY. Sept. 10, 2020. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran is wearing a face mask with an American Flag design at the county’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, ALL PRESENT wore face masks if they couldn’t social distance.