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Around The Park
Volume 49, Issue 9
By Joyce Peters

THE CHALLENGE—“Four aging athletes,” Ken Hirsch, George Greenberger, Jeff Lewis and Bob Farley took to the field Friday to determine who could hit the ball the farthest. Young at heart, if not body, they hit, pitched and fielded with enthusiasm. At the end of the hour Bob was presented the bat and $5000, and George and Ken were on the DL list postponing the planned rematch…

THE BLACKOUT—“Where were you when the lights went out” became the topic of the day. Fire islanders took this setback in stride, most opting to sit it out with candles and a little something cooked on the BBQ... The OBP market shelves sold out. The OBP Fire Department dispensed a portable generator to the light the dock and the Inn-Between generator was up and running (after a few hiccups, Tony being off island) and, presto, we had lights and Jake had an up-and-running kitchen... Dinner was delicious…

THE BRIT INVASION—Londoners Amy (nee Pollack), Matthew, Arabella and David Kemp with Matt’s brother “Uncle Sam,” visiting with Mandy Pollack, David Mastny and Iris. Their matriarch Jeannine Pollack sleeping around with friends spent happy hours babysitting and at the ball field with her grandchildren… Jillian King returned to the colonies to pursue a career as a fashion stylist after being abroad for many years, as a Parisian fashion model and as a yoga instructor and upscale caterer in London…

A PRE–PARTY PARTY— was given by Norma and Bernie Weil for the pirates to show off costumes, parrots and regalia before invading Ocean Beach’s Treasure Island...

THE SECOND ANNUAL OVER/UNDER CLASSIC—A Peter Knobler concept was held on Newman Field Saturday. The classic is a tribute to Doug Gurian and Doug Gardner, two great guys who spent happy years growing up on Fire Island. This year over 40 athletes took to the field. So many wanted to participate they played 22 on a side and rotated fielding and hitting. Highlights included: Ben Mandel’s three run homer, Robert Longo’s hitting (proving he’s as good with a bat as with a brush), the designated running of Tyler Gurian, Theo & Bella Papapetros (running for an injured Eddie Micallef playing with a torn hamstring and other Overs) and Tim Bascom’s comment that the day was the saddest in his life because he now is an Over player (the cut off was 45). Prior to the game Brett Notine thanked the players and spectators (the bleachers were filled) for coming and, acknowledged Joel Mandel for donating the tee-shirts and the Gardner and Gurian families for their support. After the game Susan Gurian invited everyone back for lunch. The Unders won by one run, but the Overs contested the results claiming that they were fraught with creative scoring—all in fun of course. It was a lovely, loving tribute…

CANDLES TO—Neil Andon, Gwen Verbeeck & Alexandra Newman 8/13, Jim Sullivan 8/14, Stone Roberts & Alan Schankweiler 8/15, Bill Koenig 8/16, Arlene Jaffe & Joe Harris 8/17, Ben Mandel, Rita Barron, Ginny Horton, Shawn McBride, Mike Greenberger, Al Ehrenclou – all on 8/18, Janice McBride & Elaine Beermann on 8/23…

AND ANNIVERSARY – ING : Robbie Harris & Tom Byrnes 8/18, Rosa & Bill Koenig 8/22, Erin & Wei Liu and my better half, George Greenberger on 8/23 …

AND SPECIAL CANDLES FOR—Josh and Sadie Eliot born Saturday 8/6/05 Mom and dad, Emily (nee Dennis) and Mike Elliot doing fine—the diapers haven’t started …

THE GOURMET FAIR IS SATURDAY August 20 - NOON AT THE FIREHOUSE. Be there early for truck room bargains, and to purchase the best dishes from OBP gourmet kitchens, Citarella and Love & Quiches. Visit Bob Errico’s Wine Shoppe. Get in on the 50/50, make silent auction bids, and lunch on the bay deck...