July 4 celebration (on June 30)
††††††††††††††††††††† †by Bradlee White
photos by Bradlee and Dennis
††††††††††† The parade got off promptly at 11 a.m. under cloudy
skies.† Led by the Flag bearers, some of Kismetís finest post-Sandy squad and
five US Marines, the colorful floats and wagons moved down West Lighthouse to
Maple to Pine and then to the Bay Front.† Sam Wood dedicated the Parade to
Kismetís ďMost DeterminedĒ First Responders, Islip Town Supervisor, Tom Croci,
who is going on active duty with the Navy spoke briefly, Fire Commissioner
Larry Cole raised the flag and Grace Wood again sang the national anthem.†
††††††††††† Parade judges Phyllis Schiller, Patty Lyons, Joanne
Padavano and Mallory Wood awarded the Artie Schiller Most Patriotic award to
the Cole Familyís Marines in World War II, Korea and Viet Nam, float, the Most
Historical Award to Team Arthurís Lewis & Clark & Sacagawea, The Frank
Daniel Most Creative award to Tess & Brooke Lambe, their parents and their
Fair Harbor Aunts and Cousins for† Sandy Sea Monster, the Most Topical to
Elliotís Kismet Strong Thank You card and the Jean Wood Founders Award to the
Rafferty Memorial float.† The float honored Patrick Rafferty of Islip, a New
York City Police Detective, slain in the line of duty in 2004 and recently
honored when the NYPD Harbor Unit named a boat for him.†
††††††††††† The Parade was followed by spectacular BBQ cooked and
served by the Kismet Fire Department.† KFD Tee and Sweatshirts were sold, Ginny
Butler won the Wagon of Cheer and B. Sweeney won $515 in the 50/50 raffle.
††††††††††† Continuing another holiday tradition, Helen Quenzer
and Carole Thomas of the Kismet League for Animal Welfare, sold raffle tickets
for a brand new bicycle.† In a drawing held July 4th, Barbara Winter
and I asked Hannah, a young girl with an ice cream smile, to draw the winning
ticket.† The bike goes to Linda Marie of Lionís Head.
Most Creative award
Most Topical award
Most Patriotic award
Most Historical Award
Jean Wood Founders Award
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Photos by Jeannie
Never too young to trainíem
Carl and money Ė a natural match
Glad thatís over can I get out
Proud Chris. Object of adoration a
Licari kibitzes with the customers
while Charlie works
Talk to the hand!
KFD poster girl
Which one do you like?
Great to see you, Marge
Kismetís kissiní cousins
Can I be in the parade next year?
Our KFD at work!
Xanadu goes patriotic
The royal family
I love this job!
OK Boys - Letís party!