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Wantagh, New York, U.S. April 22, 2020. Two fishermen fish at Mill Pond Park as dusk approaches on Earth Day. (© 2020 Ann Parry, FromLongIsland.com)

Earth Day 2020: PAUSE & Webbed Feet

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
April 28, 2020

 How I spent Earth Day on Long Island

Months ago, I ordered a box of 20 disposable N-95 masks. By the time they arrived, not long ago, many local first responders were short on Personal Protective Equipment and could use the masks more than I did.

•  EMT ALEX DOOLEY of Bellmore-Merrick EMS:

“Bellmore,

Bellmore, New York, U.S. April 22, 2020. EMT ALEX DOOLEY stands at entrance to Bellmore-Merrick EMS to accept PPE donation to squad. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

After reading L.I. Herald reporter Andrew Garcia’s article on the Bellmore-Merrick EMS and how it needed PPE, I put on my makeshift face mask, grabbed the unopened box of N-95s, and drove to the not-for-profit’s nearby Bellmore HQ.

While dropping off the masks outside the EMS entrance door, I asked EMT ALEX DOOLEY what protective equipment donations the first responders particularly needed, other than masks, and she immediately said “gowns.”

 VIDEO – Mill Pond Park at Dusk 2020: (can view full-screen):

Since dusk wasn’t far off when I left, I decided to capture Earth Day photos at a nearby South Shore park.

Normally I’d head west to Norman J. Levy Park & Preserve in Merrick, but it was closed because its sprawling trails and secluded areas weren’t social-distancing-friendly and Long Island was a major hot spot for the Covid-19 pandemic. So I instead headed east to Mill Pond Park in Wantagh.

The park borders Merrick Road, where I parked, joining two or three other cars already there, and adjusted my face mask after getting out of the car.

•  [digitally colored] Panorama of Mill Pond Park at dusk:

Wantagh, New York, U.S. April 22, 2020. Family feeds swan and geese at Mill Pond Park, as dusk approaches during Earth Day. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Wantagh, New York, U.S. April 22, 2020. Family feeds swan and geese at Mill Pond Park, as dusk approaches during Earth Day. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

My iPhone 11 Pro was the best and only camera I had with me. Its 2X optical zoom helped make it possible to capture photos I otherwise couldn’t have while Governor Cuomo’s executive order “New York State on PAUSE” is in effect, currently from March 22 to May 15, 2020.

New York State on PAUSE “NY State remains on PAUSE through May 15. All non-essential workers are directed to work from home, and everyone is required to wear a face covering and maintain a 6-foot distance from others in public”


FEATURE PHOTO at top of post: Wantagh, New York, U.S.  April 22, 2020. Two fishermen wearing waders fish at Mill Pond Park on Earth Day as dusk approaches.


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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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