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Friends old and new

Friends old and new

I have basically two groups of friends and another group I will call acquaintances. The first group is made up of men my age. The other is a group of men in their 30’s and 40’s with whom I play a lot of golf. The conversations within these groups are quite different, as are the personalities

September 23, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

47 years ago…

47 years ago…

It is September of 1964, and I am teaching sixth grade at Parmadale Orphanage in Cleveland, Ohio. Serendipity had brought me to this place. I had grown up in a home with parents who were kind, loving and emotionally grounded. They accepted the task of being a parent as one of life’s sacred duties. I was not remotely prepared for the experience of teaching in an orphanage

August 19, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

60 years ago…

60 years ago…

In 1951, neighborhoods were the center of life for many people. Families generally had a single automobile. It was used by the father for work and the occasional ride in the country on weekends. Bicycles were the family’s auxiliary form of transportation. Mothers stayed home and tended the house and kids

July 15, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

37 years ago…

37 years ago…

I met Hugh playing golf. It seems I meet many of my ongoing friends playing golf. Playing 18 holes of golf with a man will tell you all you need to know about whether that person can be your friend. I knew we would become friends after a single round of golf

June 23, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

55 years ago…

55 years ago…

My cousin Vernon is taking me to a Notre Dame football game. Vernon is my second cousin, whose father works for my dad’s company as its accountant. The families are friends, and Vernon is “the man” to me. He goes to Notre Dame, drives a car and has a smile on his face as he takes his younger cousin to a Notre Dame football game on a fall Saturday

May 20, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

54 years ago…

54 years ago…

My father would check for any last-minute changes in scheduling before he dropped me off for work at the Van Aken job. He would then go on to the other job sites the company had, but he would return often to the Van Aken job throughout the day, as this was the largest and most complex job the company had. At the end of the workday, he would be there to pick me up

March 31, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

You know the drill, Doctor

You know the drill, Doctor

Longboat Key’s Dentist, Dr. Larry Kassouf, is quickly learning a different drill — the difficulties of getting a sign for his medical practice on Gulf of Mexico Drive. Except instead of a cute hygienist and some Novocain, Kassouf has been met with what he says amounts to a steely arms-crossed response from the town

March 11, 2011 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Revised sign code adopted

Revised sign code adopted

The Longboat Key Town Commission adopted an amended sign code at a special meeting held Thursday, Nov. 18. The new code was adopted by a unanimous vote.

November 19, 2010 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

New dental office opens on Longboat Key

New dental office opens on Longboat Key

Longboat Key residents will not have to leave the island to get state-of-the-art dental care. At least that’s what Dr. Lawrence Kassouf is banking on. Kassouf will open Longboat Key Dental Aug. 1, 2010. The new full-time dental practice, in the Mediterranean Plaza, 595 Bay Isles Road, Suite 110, just east of Publix and CVS, […]

July 16, 2010 | Posted in Business, Key Life | Read More »