• Bill Hawley began life in Beckley, West Virginia in 1920. His happy childhood includes memories of aunts, uncles and a grandmother, who all lived next door. [Continue Reading...]

  • Juan Santiago and Carmen Nizzi began life in different parts of the world, only to end up as man and wife and traveling to exotic destinations, courtesy of their Uncle Sam. Overseas assignments found them living in Hawaii, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Germany and Italy, in addition to continental U.S. duty stations. [Continue Reading...]

  • Despite the heavy crime books she writes, I found Anna Flowers o be a very happy person who is content with her life or writing and making music with her friends here at IRCC. She and he husband, David Brotemarkle, both originally from the eastern shore of Maryland, moved to Ironsides Avenun six years ago. [Continue Reading...]

  • Colony Voice Spotlight this month shines on a special couple, John and Kathie Vogt of Independence Avenue. They were married long before the era the term soulmate was invented, or even mattered, but that’s what they are, soulmates, defined as a “couple who share a feeling of deep and natural affinity, friendship, love, intimacy, and/or compatibility.” [Continue Reading...]

  • Anyone who has attended a Newcomers’ Reception in recent years will recognize the resident on whom July’s Colony Voice Spotlight shines. Looking like he could easily step into the role and play the Artful Dodger himself, Derek Stannard has been closing the newcomers’ receptions by leading residents in a rousing rendition of a homespun version of “Consider Yourself [At Home]”, the hit song from the musical “Oliver”. [Continue Reading...]

  • This month’s Colony Voice Spotlight is on the affable and active Bud and June O’Connor of Ironsides Avenue. June and Bud have lived at IRCC since 1988 and 1992, respectively. The dates are different because June moved to Pilgrim Avenue with her husband of 40 years, John Jones, who passed away in 1991, and Bud moved to Independence Avenue as a snowbird bachelor. His wife of 36 years, Rita, had passed away 11 years earlier. [Continue Reading...]

  • In 95 years of life one can accomplish quite a lot, and that’s certainly what Leonard McNutt of Freedom Avenue has done. To use popular TV show settings as a metaphor, he went from Mayberry to Miami Vice, with a long stop in between with Hogan’s Heroes. His Mayberry was rural community Allen Chapel in Throckmorton County, Texas, where he was born on a cotton farm on Christmas Day, 1913. [Continue Reading...]

  • My favorite adage says “if you want something done, ask a busy person.” This month’s spotlight is on a very busy person, Bill Brandon. Bill was recently elected President of the Cape Canaveral Chapter of MOAA, the organization’s second largest chapter, with over 1500 members. Plus, he has taken leadership roles in numerous other groups both in IRCC and the outside community. [Continue Reading...]

  • God, Family, Country: those three words perfectly the person on whom the spotlight shines this month, Marlene Walters. The words 'sanctity of life' come to mind too, to those who know Marlene. Oh yes, we should add one more defining term: Ohio State Buckeyes. The story begins at an Ohio State fraternity sorority mixer where Marlene, playing the piano, caught Tom's eye and he invited her to the Ohio State Michigan game. [Continue Reading...]

  • The Colony Voice February is focued on John and Marge Bowley, our affable neighbors at IRCC for the past fifteen years. Thei extraordinariness of their story lies in the details. On Januaray 10th, John and Marge celebrated 65 years of marriage. Anyone that knows them sees that they still show signs of a teenage crush, and they remain active, optimistic, and pleasant as ever into their golden years. [Continue Reading...]

  • 15 Mr. Joe Cittadini was born in Montreal Canada in 1916. His father, a Medical Doctor moved the family to a dairy farm in New York State in 1927, and then to Brooklyn, where Joe attended Brooklyn Technical High School. After school, during the hard times of the 1930’s, Joe worked as a patterns worker, and then as a bartender in some of New York City’s restaurants. Prior to his time in the service, in 1940, Joe married Florence Michalski, to whom he remained married for 50 years, until her passing in 1990. [Continue Reading...]

  • Captain Jeffrey was born in Lemonister, Massachussets and attended school in St. Albans, Vermont. He received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935 and graduated with the Class of 1939. He served on the faculty at the Naval War College for three years, after complet - ing the senior course. Richard Jeffrey holds a Master of Business Administration degree. [Continue Reading...]