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  1. Just a quick update. My daughter is now 8 and the twins will be 7 in December. I still look at a few things here. I did go to Hershey this past October, only for two days! Family comes first, I have been working a lot, so I had to work the weekend of Hershey. I did have dinner with Novaman of this site. I plan to attend Philly again, I am bringing the twins. I am still involved in Autism fund raising www.ddiinfo.org www.yap-cf.org and for the summer camp that Olivia attends for disabled children. Special Summer Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck Children Disability Long Island We all went to Disney World the last full week of August, a difficult thing to do, but Olivia handled it well.
  2. It is good to see some people still remember me. I am going to try to be active here more often.
  3. Hello forum folks. Some of you may remember me. I was active here in the horseless carriage age of this forum and now I am going to try to get back into things a bit. I saw webmaster Peter G in Philly over the weekend and he asked me to get involved again. I was an admin/moderator and I have been off the DF for quite some time. I have 6 yr old twin boys (Jon & Nick) that were born 11 weeks early and a daughter, Olivia who has Autism confirmed about a year later. I can let my old friends know that the boys are now main streamed since 9/2010 and Olivia is making very good progress. If you remember me I would like to here from you.
  4. I decided not to register my trailer in New York this year, the fee went up $30+ to bail out the MTA, and I don't use it much. (The Metropolitan Transportaion Authority, in down state NY got this $30+ on all car reg, including antique, along with a new payroll tax on top of the mortage tax and phone tax, etc. it already had.) A friend said he has his registered in Maine. Is anyone familiar with this and how it is done?:mad:
  5. It was good seeing all of my friends from national, you were one of the few people I saw at Hershey, I was there for two days, but having the knee surgery 6 weeks before was a little difficult to get around. (I didn't want to break my streak of 22 Hershey's in a row and going to Hershey is nornal, so it helped to set a goal to build strenght) I did make it to Macungie, PA. with the twins in August and I am planning to go to Rhinebeck, NY in May and try to get to some of the bigger local shows. I did take them to the Vanderbilt Cup Region indoor flea market on the 14th, this was their third visit and I bought a few $1 toy cars and they were fine. Our trip to Hershey for the holiday lights was good, we also visited the museum and the boys liked the buses. We did have some problems with Olivia, she was upset that we were going to sleep in a hotel and not her room, but the second night was OK because she was now use to it. Children with Autism have difficulty with change. We have a meeting today for the boys to discuss the rest of the school year and fall placement. The boys will be mostly mainstreamed.
  6. For those of you who are old timers on the DF, this is from Christmas 2009, several people at Philly 2010 said I should do an update for the forum folks Another year gone by and time to write another Christmas letter to update everyone on our activities or lack of them. One thing that curbed our activity level this year was an accident Sal incurred doing yard work last Memorial Day. While weeding and trimming bushes, he decided to climb a chain link fence, landed the wrong way, and tore his ACL (ligament) in his left knee incapacitating him for months. Several braces, crutches, and an operation (on 8/27/09) later, Sal is still going to physical therapy several times per week, and can’t lift heavy objects or go up and down stairs numerous times. Hopefully, by spring, he should be close to where he was before Memorial Day 2009. Moral of the story: don’t do any physical labor you’re not used to on your day off without stretching and taking it easy. Sal has spent Memorial Day in the emergency room 2 years in a row! In 2008, he hit his hand with a tool putting up a fence, and required stitches and a tetanus shot. Sal is not allowed to move next Memorial Day! The kids are doing well. The boys are in their last year of preschool at the DDI - Starting Early Program and both are in integrated classes. They are still classified as special ed., but they mostly just have motor issues. Academically, they are doing great and proving to be quite smart. They attend separate 2 ½ hr. classes in the morning, and they get bus service which is great! Nick and Jonathan just celebrated their 5<SUP>th</SUP> birthday on December 10<SUP>th</SUP>. It already looks like Christmas gifts have exploded all over the house! Olivia is in 1<SUP>st</SUP> grade at Idle Hour Elementary School in Oakdale and is 6 years old. She is in a special education class with 7 students, the same group as last year. Olivia is the only girl, but she doesn’t seem to mind. We had a rough start to the school year with her class. The new teacher that was hired was having difficulty managing the class and decided to resign after 2 months. Luckily, they assigned an experienced teacher to replace her that was returning from maternity leave, and things seem to be improving. Change is difficult for Olivia and other kids on the autistic spectrum to deal with though. She still asks for her former teacher. Sal and Doreen still are in volved in Autism charity work. Doreen started selling AVON last spring. Some of you have probably gotten her emails. It has been a slow start, but she is doing O.K. and is able to buy discounted products for gifts and personal use. For those, who don’t live nearby, Doreen has a website, www.youravon.com/dgrenci, from which you can order and get direct delivery straight to any address you wish. You can just use the free shipping code (FSWER), and it will cost you no additional money. Doreen is still active with the Suffolk Mothers’ of Twins Club and received her 5 year badge. She is still coordinating the refreshments and is now also the State Rep. which is the liaison between the local club and the New York State organization. Sal is still active with various antique auto clubs, although he was unable attend any car shows with the Model T Ford. We hosted a picnic in our yard this past August. A lot of members helped with set up and clean up, and one even cut the grass. Our yard is large enough for a crowd, and to park antique cars! Sal will be the Secretary for the Long Island Motor Touring Club this coming year. (He has held every office in the past 21 years.) He still works for the New York State Lottery in the same sales territory for 12 years ( Patchogue to Montauk). Sal’s Mom, Josephine, who is 74, had her left hip replaced in July by the same doctor who did Sal‘s surgery. She is doing well, but it is definitely not easy to recover from an operation. Sal’s Dad, Gabe, is 82 years old and hasn’t slowed down too much. They will probably spend some time at their condo in Stuart, Florida this winter. Since we didn’t have a vacation this year, we were thinking of going to Florida during the Christmas break, but we decided it would be difficult with the three kids. We are going to Hershey, Pa. for a holiday light show and other events. Here’s hoping that 2010 will be a healthier, happier, and altogether easier year at our house and yours! Love and Christmas Joy, Sal, Doreen, Olivia, Jonathan and Nicholas
  7. NEW UPDATE I made it to Magungie with my 4 1/2 year old twin boys on Saturday. I have surgery on the ACL on 8/27/09, doing well enough to go to Hershey, I will drive down Tuesday and be on the fields on Wednesday.
  8. Hello AACA, A lot of you old timers will remember me, some will not. I was very active hear a few years ago. An update on what I have been up to, but first a quick recap. I have a daughter who has Autism and twin boys who were born 11 weeks early. Olivia is now six and doing well in her class. She was receiving home services for a year and then at age 3 went to a school for Autistic kids that uses the ABA method (Applied Behavioral Analysis), she was there for 27 months ending in August 2008. The class is a 6:1:3.5, meaning 6 kids, one special ed teacher and 3.5 aids, but they had 5 aids, more on that later. The school is very demanding on the student, 5 hrs a day and 1.5 hours at home daily. The parents go 2 times a month for 10 months for lectures and workshops and 2 times a month in the classroom, then 2 times a month until they are out. I was involved in fund raising, as VP of fundraising and helped out with our dinner dance this year also. We pay for additional aids and items not paid from the county, state or school district. We raise $250,000 yearly. We moved May 2008 to a bigger house in a district that has better programs for kids with special ed needs. Olivia has been in a full day special ed kindergarten class and started a 3 hr per day, 6 week summer class 7/6/09. The twins, Jonathan and Nicholas are doing well and will be 5 in Dec. They have been in a special ed preschool program at the same school as Olivia, (non Autism) they have one more year to go in pre-K because they were born 12/10 and districts use a 12/1 cut off for kindergarten. All 3 start swim class 7/13 and the boys will be going 7/13 to school 2.5 hrs per day 3 days a week at the same school that we paid for. As for me I have colitis (4 years) and had a flair up in March and on Memorial Day I tore my ACL and MCL in the left knee going over a 4 ft chain link fence in the back yard to pull weeds, I was out of work for 3 weeks and have had 5 weeks of physical theraphy so far, no opteration planned. I have had a custom brace for 2 weeks now. I did make Hershey last year and plan to this year, I hope. The only local show I have been to this year or last year was one I run Armed Forces Day in May a the NY state Vets Home in Stony Brook Long Island. I would like to go to Macungie, Pa. in August, but that will be difficult. I hope to see many of you at Hershey or Philly in Feb. I read in the national magazine that Ron Barnett died, it upsets me just to write this, he was such a great guy. Sal www.ddiinfo.org www.yap-cf.org school web sites www.longislandmotortouringclub.com local non AACA club
  9. Thanks to everyone for the comments, I hope to be back on the DF more frequently. Note to Steve Braverman: I do not remember that turn in the Model A the same way you do, I remember it being a little bit more dangerous! Sal
  10. Hi folks, Some of you will remember me, I was here every day a few years back. A quick update. (Sorry Terry Bond, for the delay) I have been busy of late with my three kids, and charitable work. As some of you may know my daughter, Olivia 4 1/2, has Autism. She has been receiving services for almost 3 years, first through a county, (Suffolk) and New York State program for early intervention for children under 3. We had speech, Special Ed, occupational thearpy (O/T)and physical therapy (P/T) at home. We then got the Autism/PDD NOS results and she has been in a special day school since June 2006. She is doing well, still some behavoir problems and stiming (negitive behavior). She is in a 6:1:3.5, which means 6 kids, 1 teacher, 3.5 aids, but gets 1:1 by our fundraising. I am the VP of fundraising and we have a goal of $250,000 per year. We had a big dance in April w/ 760 people and raised $200,000 and October 13, we did a fund raiser in a bar. (Yes, I know what happened that day, I did not pick the date.) I was in that town in Pa. for one day Wednesday and drove home in Thurs. rain. We raised $25,000 by getting $20 at the door, a 50/50, a chinese auction and a big raffle. In addition to all that, I have almost 3 year old boy twins that were born 11 weeks early because of pre eclampcia (heart rate, blood pres up, lever and kidney activity down, wife in ICU for 3 days) and the boys in a level 4 NICU for 8 weeks. They were 3 lbs 15 oz and 2 lbs 3.5 oz. They have learning delays, not Autism related. We just got them into the same school as Olivia into a 12:1:1 (12 kids, 1 teacher, 1 aid, and O/T and speech.)They had eye, ear problems now resolved and too many other things to list. They are now very healthy, except for pulling a TV on themselves and one broken leg for 6.5 weeks in a cast, doing better now. I did make Philly this past Feb and Macungie, Pa. and saw some of you. I hope to be more active in the future. Tonight we have elections in my local indy club and I am off the board for the first time in 16 yrs. (I was sec, tres, board, pres 4 x's and 5.5 years as newsletter ed, plus sec and newletter in the Vanderbilt Cup Region).
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  12. NEW JERSEY ANKOKAS REGION Thomas McLarney 212 Leon Avenue Delran, NJ 08075 GARDEN STATE HALF CENTURY REGION Eugene P. Tesch 40 Sandra Lane Wayne, NJ 07470 GARDEN STATE MODEL A REGION Richard F. Howey Sr 17 Bancroft Road Marlton, NJ 08053 JERSEY CAPE REGION Dorothy Maxwell 1217 Elmhurst Avenue Pleasantville, NJ 08232 MID-JERSEY REGION George Pywowarin 10 Greenview Drive Chesterfield, NJ 08620 NEW JERSEY REGION Matthew Verzl PO Box 65 East Hanover, NJ 07936 NEW JERSEY REGION WATCHUNG MOUNTAIN CHAPTER Paul F. Kielblock 162 Baskingridge Road Millington, NJ 07946
  13. I use J C Taylor for my 1925 Model T Touring and pay $117 for a value of $11G and coverage for passengers out of state. My independent prewar club on Long Island pays less then $300 for 75 members with Haggerty. Both have been in the business for years.
  14. This was discussed at Philly, there are people trying to do this, but many road blocks. The presentors at the seminar on plates plan to do it again next year.
  15. http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/tenday/17033?from=36hr_fcst10DayLink_business
  16. Well, got mine today on Long Island, always shows ip late. (Yes, I am in the data base correctly for mail.)
  17. No sign of it on Long Island, we always seem to get if all of you guys. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />
  18. What about all the guys using their spaces just for camping or parking their car? You will never catch me using my space for parking my car. (That's because I quickly park and start walking the fields) <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
  19. Model T's are getting better money in recent years, take a look at the $ they are getting on ebay. My '25 touring is worth $11 to $12K, I would call a Model T parts dealer and ask questions, don't use the 800 #, spend your own coin. I have spoken to Lang's and got good info in the past Lang's Old Car Parts, Winchendon, Mass 1-978-297-1919 Gaslight Auto Parts, Urbana, OH 1-937-652-2145 Mac's Lockport, NY 1-716-433-1500 Snyder's Old Car Part, New Springfield, OH ?(has a web site)
  20. Hi friends. Just a quick update, the twins are almost 16 months old and doing well, starting to take first steps. Doctor visits are less and they are growing and sleeping better. I have not been on the site in weeks, time is limited, but things are getting better. Hope to see many of you at Rhinebeck, NY in May and Macungie, Pa in August and Hershey.
  21. I went for the first time. Good event, easy to find 5 miles off the end of the Jersey Turnpike. No admission or parking fee (we part on the sod farm) 150 miles from central Long Island. Six hours in the car, 2 hrs onsite. Not a good show for me, I have two '25 Model T's, but if you are into 60's to 80's a great event. Bought 1 dozen work gloves for $15 bucks. Met Peter J. and Fran Shore (Peter will deliver the raffle car to me when I win) Sold and light rain, but by Hershey standards no big deal. Traffic at 9:30 was heavy, when we left it was crazy.
  22. Wayne, Checked out your pictures, wish I was in Philly. I am waiting for 12 inches of snow Saturday night. So little snow this season, it will be the first use of the Troy Built of the season. Give my regards to all our friends. Sal PS The kids are doing well, 14 months old and getting stronger all the time.
  23. Got my 1999 Taurus inspected a few months back, they now have a new machine that plugs in under the dash and talks to your computer, they put on an old fashion sticker with 12 months and a hole punch. They place needs two machines now. I think the guy said the new machine is 97 and up.
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