July 15: As part of a promotion with New York Community Bank, myself and United Veterans Beacon House founder/president Frank Amalfitano were honored as “Heroes of the Night” during the fourth inning of a minor-league baseball game at Bethpage Park in Central Islip. The Long Island Ducks are honoring two military veterans at each home game this season in connection with the bank and the Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency. We were asked to stand and our brief bios. were read by an in-house announcer, eliciting a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 3,000 attending the Ducks’ game against the Somerset Patriots. My mother Dorothy, 94, of Albertson, my wife, Lynn, and two friends from Williston Park, Scott and Linda Fairgrieve, attended, as did several Beacon House staffers. UVBH runs 34 homeless shelters for veterans and others on Long Island. I am the vice president of its Board.
I am a 1966 graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY. I graduated from Nassau Community College in 1968 and Hofstra University in 1970. I was a sports reporter at Newsday from 1966-1999, covering 5 Super Bowls and 9 Stanley Cup Finals. I was a features desk copy editor from 2000 to Dec. 31, 2014, when I retired. I am married to Lynn, a social worker, since April 9, 1978, We have one son, Peter, 33, an air traffic controller in Ohio.