Last week the growing Throggs Neck Merchants Association held its first-annual dinner dance and it was quite successful. Along with Throgs Neck icon Jim McQuade and the Penny Pincher's own Barbara Perrone, I was honored to be recognized by this great organization.

I must take this opportunity to urge all our residents, especially during these rough economic times, to patronize their local merchants. Do not bring your business outside the community because our local merchants are there when our community needs help or organizations such as schools, churches or senior groups reach out. They deserve your support.