Our Family Circle: Out and About with EmilyAnn Late Spring-Early Summer 2018

Greetings to all my family and friends here at WordPress and in real time.  The posting schedule has slowed down because of my pending relocation.  Yes, I am leaving Brooklyn!  I never thought I would move out of state.  It is necessary, though, to be closer to my job, to be onsite more often and reduce the time I spend commuting.  The office where I work is located in Pennington, New Jersey.  The current commute door-to-door one way is 2 to 2 1/2 hours on a good day.  When the New York City subway is having a bad day, so do I:  the one way trip can go to 3 hours.

In July I am moving to a beautiful one bedroom apartment in Linden, New Jersey.  It is a small apartment but very pretty all the same.  It is located 10 minutes from the station and Wood Avenue where I can shop for everything I need.  I have visited Linden several times since I first saw my new apartment and feel transported back to a small town in America way before gentrification and upscaling ever came into the public consciousness.  Not that these two developments are necessarily negative but they do drive rent up and working families out of traditionally residential and family focused communities.  I see this happening in Brooklyn and have my doubts about the proliferation of high end coffee bars, craft beer stores and bars dispensing hard liquor and attracting a more nocturnal crowd into the neighborhood.

I look forward to getting to know my new town as the summer progresses.  Once I have settled in and completely unpacked all my belongings postings here at the blog will be more regular.

Today, June 10, 2018, I attended the birthday celebration for the daughters of one of my co-workers.  One of the reasons why I have done so well at my job the past 9 years is due to the co-operative spirit amongst management and employees at the company.  We are like a family.   So it is with much enjoyment that I watch the younger employee’s children as they grow up.  Mani and Purani hosted a birthday party for their daughters Mridula (3 years old) and Amirtha (7 years old) at Tumbles in Princeton, New Jersey.  The kids engaged in fitness related activity followed by a pizza party.  The adults enjoyed a delicious buffet made up of food from an Indian restaurant and home-cooked dishes by Purani.

Here are some photos from my walks in Linden, New Jersey.  They are followed by photos of today’s birthday celebration.  If you have time, give me an update on your latest family related events in the comment section to this posting.

Linden, New Jersey-April 2018

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Linden Train Station.

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Wood Avenue.

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Many side streets have well-kept frame houses.

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More colorful frame houses.

Mridula and Amirtha’s Birthday Celebrations, Sunday, June 10th, 2018

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Left to right:  Purani with Amirtha, Mani, Mridula (seated).

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Amirtha and Mridula during one of the activities.

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Amirtha celebrated her 7th birthday today.

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Amirtha’s birthday cake.

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Mridula is three years old.

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Mridula’s birthday cake.

Our Family Circle: Michael’s vacation, EmilyAnn’s coursework

Introduction

This posting debuts a new feature at Through the Byzantine Gate.  It is called “Our Family Circle” and will feature very brief updates on what is going on in the family.  This will include birthday celebrations, vacation photos, notices of achievements and other general events our family and friends will enjoy learning about.  I have updated the previous posting about Jake’s birthday to include the name or our new feature.

Michael Muro

Michael got away from the cold, snowy, and rainy weather that has been with us since before Groundhog Day.  This vacation took Michael to the West Coast where he’s visiting his brother Nick’s family.

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Michael in Ojai, California.

Michael also had time to visit old friends in Ojai in California.  He said the temps were in the 80s when this photo was taken.  Michael returns to the East Coast this week.

EmilyAnn Frances May

I’ve been a bit scarce here at WordPress due to many positive and challenging developments in my personal life.  The client I work for is growing and I am focused on expanding my knowledge base so I will be more conversant in the nature of one of our clients’ business.  To better understand the terms used in boating and navigation, I took a one day course on Boating Safety taught by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA).  The class was given at Pier 40 in Manhattan.

This was a big step forward for me since I never operated a boat or understood all the terminology and intricacies of navigating waterways.  The course raised my awareness a great deal and helped give me more depth in understanding some aspects of boating I am somewhat familiar with because of our work with the client.

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Andy, me and Drew after the presentation of the USCGA Certificate of Accomplishment for the Boating Safety course.

The instructors, Drew and Andy, are volunteers of the USCGA.  They were patient and thorough in their presentation.  At the end of the course an exam was given.  We all aced the test.  I was elated with my grade:  98%.  I plan to devote more time to studying the course manual so I can reinforce what I learned.

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Pier 40 on Saturday evening, February 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

It was a very misty day with very light rainfall.  Pier 40 looked like the setting for a detective or mystery story set in the 1940s or 1950s when I left the class and headed back to my apartment.  I hope to come back to Pier 40 in the future to take other classes once the USCGA schedules them.

I invite all members of the immediate and extended Muro, Serrapede, Aiello and Marasco branch families to contact me with any news or photos they want to share.  I will feature them in future “Our Family Circle” postings.