My Corner, Your Corner: Whether you like it or not, winter’s coming

My Corner, - Your Corner - Tony Callaio

As I sit at my desk pondering what to write this week, I can’t help but think we’re in a transition period.

We’re going from baseball to football season, long sunny days to shorter days and longer shadows, active community playgrounds to filled school playgrounds.

Even though we’re experiencing some hot summer-like days, the nights are going to cool off and, soon enough, you’ll need a sweater or sweat jacket to take the chill away.

The frequent rainstorms week after week will fade and you’ll only need to cut the grass one a week.

The sunsets from now until winter are spectacular. I really enjoy being at home when that bright, orange glow fills my windows.

The professional tennis world invades New York City for the last Grand Slam of the year — the U.S. Open. The Open splits Labor Day weekend and I’ve always said the first week in New York is like walking in a sauna and the second week is more fall like.

Tennis has always been a big part of my life from watching it after high school and cheering on players like Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and others, to learning to play, to competing and later in life, actually working at a world class tournament over the last 12 years each spring.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with some of the biggest names in tennis as I went from watching the Family Circle Cup tournament to working at it.

I had the chance to go to the Open this past week but, because of work and scheduling, didn’t make it. I’ve made a lot of friends on the women’s tour and would have loved to have seen a few friendly faces while on the grounds.

There was one other thing that stopped me. I had season tickets to the Open for 20 years and 20 years of driving to Flushing, NY and back, fighting the traffic and paying the tolls – I’m over it.

There’s a big difference in shooting a pro tennis match while sitting on the court than watching a game from the nosebleed section.

For as much as I love, love, love summer and 90-degree temps, I will always have a special feeling for fall. Maybe it’s because my birthday is in the fall, maybe it’s because of the fall foliage is just so inspiring, or maybe it’s because I like taking a walk on a cool night with fallen leaves at my feet.

I love fall, but just hate what comes after fall. My friend Joe Rubino would definitely disagree because he’s one of the few people I know who loves winter.

Last week I shot football and it looked like football and sounded like football, but the mosquito bites I received that night told me it’s still baseball season.

I read that we are in for a long, snowy cold winter; I’ll be in denial until next March. Whether I love winter or hate it, it’s going to come… I just have to be ready for it… or move to Florida.

For winter lovers — only four more months until Christmas.

Make My Day

The first-ever Make My Day extravaganza took place last week and it’s going to be something in the City of Pittston’s yearly lineup. Organizers feel that, for the first time out of the box, it wasn’t too bad.

With anything new, there’s a learning curve and yes, mistakes were made but, overall, the plan came to a head and it has the bones to be a premiere event, adding another notch in the city’s belt.

The highlight of the day was the renewing of wedding vows for Michael and Erin Berlew. It was held at the Riverfront Park which just 10 days earlier was inundated with river water. The city did a fantastic job of not only cleaning up the sidewalks and cutting the grass, but chopping down a lot of vegetation along the shoreline. The weather gods were looking down on the city for the event.

Gerri’s Bridal and Tuxedo by Sarno did a great job dressing up the wedding party and other models spread out throughout the city.

So many local vendors presented their products or food and Flaxy Morgan, Sweet Pepper & the Long Hots, and Flynn & Smith of Underground Saints provided music at various locations.

If you didn’t get to the event, organizers promise next year’s will be even better.

That’s one thing you can count on with Mayor Mike and gang; they will never rest or settle. They will continue to invent, re-invent, discover and re-discover things that bring the city to the forefront.

Sometimes I’ll be having a conversation with Mayor Lombardo and, all of a sudden, he’s zoning out on me and has a blank stare. It’s not that our conversation is boring, it’s that his mind is moving a million miles an hour and generally he’s thinking of something he has to do or some idea that popped in his head.

If you know Mike, he’s never satisfied; he’s never resting and he’s always thinking of the city’s next move. He really believes there’s so much more to do and he’s just scratching the surface.

Quote of the week

“The great question (about power) is who should have it.” – John Locke, English philosopher

Thought of the week

“The time has come for all good men to rise above principle.” – Huey Long, US senator

Bumper sticker

“Love forbids you not to love.” – Umberto Giodano, Italian composer

My Corner,

Your Corner

Tony Callaio

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