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By Barbara Gaby Placilla Wow, July 4th! Can you believe it? Why it that the older we get the faster time seems to go? Steve and I “got out of Dodge” for a week so that I could celebrate a really big birthday and quietly sulk that I was getting older but still waiting for the “getting better” part, if … Full Story

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla I got up early on Saturday so I could catch the kids’ softball game and found only the coaches, Huron Street’s Chas Kingsley and Crescent Street’s Jim Aug, discussing the upcoming season. Where was everyone? At first I thought I was late, and asked them what time the game started since I obviously hadn’t “read the … Full Story

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla Finally, June is busting out all over! The month of May was one of the wettest in recent memory with some rain on 20 of the 31 days. This was either good for the garden or not, depending upon what, when or if you plant. Unlike past years, when it has invariably rained (which never stopped … Full Story

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla No matter how long it’s been since the last column, it’s easy to pick up where we left off in Ocean Bay Park. Labor Day, the end of summer 2018 has come and gone. The day that all the locals wait for, Tumbleweed Tuesday, is the beginning of the off-season for us. Those of us who … Full Story

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla Please don’t shoot  the messenger; I hate to be the bearer of bad news. Labor Day is here already and you know what that means. The days have started getting shorter, the three words we all hated when we were kids, “back to school,” are a reality and the ferry schedule is changing. But look on … Full Story

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla August is marching towards Labor Day, and on the way to that often dreaded date, we’ve been treated to pods of dolphins, the purple of the vitex and the return of the Monarch butterflies. There has been a frenzy of activity as residents, visitors and business owners try to pack in as much summer as they … Full Story

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla While some people like it hot and others don’t, there was no denying that the summer of 2018 was in full swing. The weather was hot and sunny and all of a sudden it seemed like everyone I knew was hosting family guests. It’s a family affair – that’s what the past two weeks have been, … Full Story

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla The old adage, “be careful what you wish for…” is so true. Some weeks I have to scrounge for news and then all of a sudden, there is so much to report it’s hard to fit it all in one column. So here’s a brief recap of how summer really started to ramp up and what’s … Full Story

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla There is always ] one issue that I call my “potpourri” column because it’s basically a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Usually it occurs in mid-summer, during the dog days when I’ve run out of news or have just been too busy or lazy to hunt it down. You know the … Full Story

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla Hamlet said, “To be, or not to be: that is the question.” And that is exactly how I felt about the past month. Spring was a non-event, the town seemed deserted and what about summer? When would the pace pick up and the excitement begin? I am pleased to announce that summer has finally arrived in … Full Story