Debbie Gibson with her service dogs, Madigan and Lily, at Montauk Point during their last visit to East Hampton. Jim Gibson
Among the correspondence in The Star's letters to the editor this week is a message from a man in Ohio who hopes to make an annual visit to East Hampton later this month particularly special for his ailing wife, and he is hoping for suggestions from those who know the area best.
Jim Gibson wrote that their next visit may be their last chance to travel here. His wife, Debbie, suffers from scleroderma and is facing complications.
In his letter, Mr. Gibson said, "My wife, Debbie, loves the restaurants, farmers markets, the beaches, everything about the South Fork. My hope is that the locals can give me some pointers, other ideas, and places the locals congregate — she would love this."
To send in an idea, readers can send letters to The Star at P.O. Box 5002, East Hampton, 11937, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Debbie Gibson" in the subject line. Registered readers can also leave suggestions in the comments section here.
Below is Mr. Gibson's letter as it appeared in The Star on Aug. 7:
It May Be Our Last
July 30, 2014
I am hoping that the locals reading this paper will help me make a memorable trip this year for my wife. Some of you we probably have met the past couple summers when we visited East Hampton, with my wife’s two service dogs in tow. The entire town has always been so gracious and accommodating to all of us, and this year I would like our annual visit to my wife’s physician in New York City and then our visit to East Hampton to be extraordinarily special, because it may be our last.
As many of you have seen us and commented on our service dogs, you know my wife has scleroderma and has battled it for several years. Unfortunately, she is now facing another diagnosis, and has been referred to neurologists to rule out several nerve diseases (A.L.S., Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, etc.). Since I am not sure how these new symptoms will impact her already complicated history with scleroderma, I really want to make this a spectacular trip.
My wife, Debbie, loves the restaurants, farmers markets, the beaches, everything about the South Fork. My hope is that the locals can give me some pointers, other ideas, and places the locals congregate — she would love this.
If letters could be posted to The East Hampton Star, I would really appreciate all your valuable insights. We are planning on a week at the end of August.