NEK Alumni Notes is a feature about you



by Bethany M Dunbar, June 11, 2011

It’s summer time and the living is, well, hectic.  There’s something about the early sunrise and long gorgeous evenings that drives us to try to get even more done each day.

Although it’s not technically summer yet, it’s feeling a lot like it with close to 90 degree temperatures, wild hail and thunderstorms and lots of green leaves, bird songs, and fireflies at night.  My gosh things happen fast around here.

My vegetables garden is up.  I’ve planted lots of jalapeño pepper plants for my boyfriend Jim’s son Rob who built the terraces for us.  My daughter is all graduated from college and headed to San Francisco to research raptors.

It doesn’t seem very long ago that I was digging my mailbox out of what seemed an impossibly huge snowbank.

If you’re here you know what I’m talking about — the incredible speed at which spring has sprung and the world seems to be just bursting with life.  If you’re not, why not?  This is the time of year to come home or visit.

Whether you are here or not, I’m hoping you will take a look at a new feature on the Chronicle’s web site called NEK Alumni Notes.  It’s an idea I had some time ago and have just now put into place — a section of the site devoted to news and notes from all over by people who used to live here or visit often.  We already have posted a bunch and my hope is that it will do nothing but grow.

Where are you now?  What are you up to?  Do you have a good Kingdom story about your time here?  Are you looking for someone or wondering what ever happened to someone you knew here?  We can post notes from people just trying to reconnect too.  Post a note in the comment box on the site:, or post it here, or e-mail your note to me:

You don’t have to graduate from anything, it’s just for fun.  For those who have sent me something already, thank you!  Some of it appeared in the newspaper this week.  The rest is on the site and I have a few others promised to me, coming soon.

Also on the site this week is an article about a new museum in town:  The Museum of Everyday Life.  Clare Dolan has started a museum in her barn in Glover.  Tena Starr wrote about it.  The first featured exhibit is matches, including a banjo made out of matches and glue, stained with coffee.  It’s completely amazing.

Joseph Gresser has started taking videos sometimes when he’s out covering the news.  He posted a video on the site this week of the North Country Union High School Pops Concert.  A row of boys singing in harmony about organic vegetables.  Priceless.

Take a look, let us know what you think.

Thanks again for all your contributions and feedback.


One response to “NEK Alumni Notes is a feature about you

  1. Daniel J. Shea

    For the last nine years I’ve worked as an Administrative Investigator for the State of New York out of offices in the State Supreme Court Building in Brooklyn Heights. I am a consulting member of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Barrier Free Justice Initiative and an active member of the District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Task Force. At times I work in partnership with patrol officers and detectives from the New York City Police Department and CSIs from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City. It is a supreme pleasure to work with seasoned professionals in law enforcement at the very top of their game in a city where the challenges never sleep.

    Technology in Manhattan. I studied make-up artistry at FIT with Lindsay Ebbins
    of Elizabeth Arden and I’m pursuing the Haute Couture Sewing Certificate so that I

    can open a couture atelier in Westchester County. I’m a Fellow of the New York
    Philharmonic Orchestra and spend a good deal of time at Avery Fisher Hall in
    Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. My day job has brought me into contact with
    NYPD detectives and patrol officers as well as CSIs from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City. In the evenings and on weekends I spend my time sewing, designing dresses and outfits, practicing make-up artistry at fashion shows, attending concerts, dining out and shopping with my women friends on Fifth and Madison Avenues or searching for vintage fashion items at out-of-the way boutiques on the Lower East and West Side and at the Hell’s Kitchen Outdoor Market. It’s a very full and very rich life here in the city that never sleeps. I’ve become a hard-core lover of New York City!

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