By Anessa V. Cohen

It’s been quiet in the Five Towns this week. Easy to find a parking spot on Central Avenue. Short lines at the cashiers in the supermarkets. Even Peninsula Boulevard had less traffic last week, what with all the yeshiva-break vacationers setting off for parts unknown in all directions–whether for fun in the sun, skiing, or quick trips to Israel or Europe.

Well, here it is Sunday, and everyone who went away will be scurrying back today and then running all over town for provisions to store in the house “just in case.” “In case” is where we find ourselves today, waiting to see if we will be having the blizzard of a lifetime (Newsday’s words, not mine) or if it will pass by harmlessly and leave us alone with a house full of food and loads of salt in the garage. By the time this article goes to print, we will have the answer to this question!

For those of you who have come back from the land of “Don’t worry, be happy,” it is time to prepare for any bad weather that may be headed our way for the next month or two until our cold winter season ends.

My objective this afternoon was to stock up on supplies to sustain me through the “blizzard of historic proportions,” making sure we can get through this as long as we have electricity, heat, and food (not sure if in that order). Off to Costco I went, only to discover every corner of Costco’s parking lot jammed with lines of cars waiting to go in and out as if we were in the middle of an evacuation. I realized that Costco was not happening today!

My next stop was Trader Joe’s. I managed to grab a parking spot–and I am not exaggerating when I say “grab”–and a wagon, and went inside to meld into the mobs buying out the store (since there would be no food left if they did not stock up now). I realized that whatever I bought now would be it, since I would not want to come back and deal with these crowds tomorrow, so I ventured down the aisles to buy whatever was needed. Of high importance on my list were waffles and ice cream, so I ran to the ice-cream aisle first to make sure they did not run out of ice cream before I got mine.

I spotted the last mint-chip, which I was sure had my name on it, and had just put my hand on it when another woman came by as I was lifting it out of the freezer and demanded that I hand it over because her need was greater than mine! “How do you figure that?” I asked, knowing there was no way I was handing over this ice cream–because how could I make it through a “blizzard of historic proportions” without ice cream? “Here,” I told the woman, handing her my business card. “Take this instead, and when you need to buy a house or finance a mortgage, I will give you a discount. This is the best I can do because there is no way I am leaving this store without this ice cream.”

I took my ice cream and waffles, and headed for the cashier. Life was good!

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A small reminder for those who have been planning to file a request for reduction of property taxes with Nassau County. The deadline for getting those completed application requests in for evaluation is January 31. After the January 31 deadline, those who have not applied will have to wait an additional year before they can apply and be reassessed for possible property-tax reductions. v

Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker and a licensed N.Y.S. mortgage broker with over 20 years of experience, offering full-service residential and commercial real-estate services (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and mortgaging services (First Meridian Mortgage) in the Five Towns and throughout the tri-state area. She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or via her website, Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to



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