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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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Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. Reception at fotofoto gallery for its Your Best Shot Open Photography push-pin exhibition.

long ago last month, at fotofoto gallery

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
March 31, 2020

putting a pin in it

MY ANSWER:  Fotofoto gallery’s “Your Best Shot” Reception, on February 29, 2020, for its Open Photography Push-Pin Exhibition

QUESTION:  What’s the most recent social gathering of two or more people you’ve attended?

Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. DONNA LYNN STEIN, of Centerport, is at fotofoto gallery reception for its ‘Your Best Shot’ Open Photography push-pin exhibition. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. DONNA LYNN STEIN, of Centerport, is at fotofoto gallery reception for its ‘Your Best Shot’ Open Photography push-pin exhibition. Susan Tiffen, her mother-in-law, was a Best in Show co-winner. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

On Leap Day, I got a chance to see my friends and their photography at the fotofoto gallery push-pin event in Huntington.

Then March came in like a lion that quickly became an invasion of COVID-19 lions. Serious and smart social distancing became a must.

So my above answer will be my answer for the foreseeable future.

Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. Susan Tiffen poses under to her photo ‘Jones Beach Babe,’ a Best in Show co-winner, as her son takes her picture during reception at fotofoto gallery for its ‘Your Best Shot’ Open Photography push-pin exhibition. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. SUSAN TIFFEN, of Roslyn Heights, poses under her photo ‘Jones Beach Babe,’ a Best in Show co-winner, as her son and daughter-in-law take her picture during reception at fotofoto gallery for its ‘Your Best Shot’ Open Photography push-pin exhibition. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. SUSAN K. SILKOWITZ points to her photo during fotofoto gallery reception for its ‘Your Best Shot’ Open Photography push-pin exhibition. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. SUSAN K. SILKOWITZ points to her photo during fotofoto gallery reception for its ‘Your Best Shot’ Open Photography push-pin exhibition. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. Artist C SLOGGATT WOLFF is at fotofoto gallery reception for its ‘Your Best Shot’ Open Photography push-pin exhibition. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. Artist C SLOGGATT WOLFF is at fotofoto gallery reception for its ‘Your Best Shot’ Open Photography push-pin exhibition. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

  • AHMAD HARMON photos (@Ahmadshotya) My favorite photos by an artist I didn’t know about until the fotofoto reception:
Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. Photographs by AHMAD HARMON are among those displayed at fotofoto gallery's 'Your Best Shot' Open Photography exhibition, seen during its Reception. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. Photographs by AHMAD HARMON, of Newport News, Virginia, are among those displayed at fotofoto gallery’s ‘Your Best Shot’ Open Photography exhibition, seen during its Reception. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. Artist LINDA STAALLONE LOUIS and her husband are at fotofoto gallery reception for its ‘Your Best Shot’ Open Photography push-pin exhibition, which includes her photo of her young granddaughter. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. Artist LINDA STALLONE LOUIS and her husband, both of Dix Hills, are at fotofoto gallery reception for its ‘Your Best Shot’ Open Photography push-pin exhibition, which includes her photo of her young granddaughter. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. Seen from a sidewalk sign and fotofoto gallery reception for its 'Your Best Shot' Open Photography push-pin exhibition. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. Seen from sidewalk sign is the fotofoto gallery reception for its ‘Your Best Shot’ Open Photography push-pin exhibition. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. BOB STUHMER waits across the street from the Paramount Theater while his friend captures photos, after they left the nearby fotofoto gallery reception. (© 2020 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Huntington, New York, U.S. February 29, 2020. BOB STUHMER, of Garden City Park, waits across the street from the Paramount Theater while his girlfriend captures photos, during their walk from fotofoto gallery to Ravagh Persian Grill. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

fotofoto finish


FEATURE PHOTO  at top of post  [NOTE: digital isolation of photos] Huntington, NY, U.S. Feb. 29, 2020. Photographs in the fotofoto gallery ‘Your Best Shot’ Open Photography exhibition are attached to walls with push-pins. Below are Facebook links of photographers, when possible:

Photographs, clockwise, starting upper left: VICTORIA JORGLEWICH   @Victoria6868  (wet beach boardwalk)  •  DEBORAH KITTNER  @DeborahKittnerPhotography  (hot air balloons)  •  DEBORAH KITTNER  (tulip)  •  ART LEIBOWITZ (mother child diamond wall)  •  LINDA LOUIS @LindaStalloneLouis  (granddaughter)  •  ART LEIBOWITZ  (hazy beach fencing)  •  ART LEIBOWITZ  (Extremely Loud Incredibly Close, NYC)  •  DEBORAH KITTNER  (sunflowers butterfly)  •  VICTORIA JORGLEWICH  (train tracks sunbeams)


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