Sal Giuffre of Ridge tells how he met his wife, Peggy, through Newsday's singles column.I was divorced and a single parent for many years. In 2001, with my children all happily married, I decided it was time to find that special someone to share my life.

As most single people are aware, this is not an easy task. Fortunately at the time, Newsday was running a singles column and personal ads. After reading several ads, I decided to put my own ad in. It was a little difficult: I didn't want to come off as too modest, yet the ad would have to be interesting enough to attract the reader. After much thought I decided my ad would say this: "Blue-eyed Italian, seeking slim attractive female with good sense of humor who enjoys dancing, travel, romance, is spiritual and family-oriented." Anyone interested would have to call a Newsday number and leave a message describing herself and her phone number.

I received a great response. I met many lovely and interesting ladies, but I was looking for that "extra special lady" to share my life. Two months later, my dream was answered.

This beautiful woman called, and we talked on the phone for hours. Her name was Peggy. She was originally from Buffalo, had been on Long Island for 30 years and was living in Manorville. I lived in Lindenhurst.

I was fascinated listening to her Buffalo accent and couldn't wait to meet her. We made arrangements to meet for lunch, and when I met her she not only met all my expectations, she exceeded them. Peggy was everything I described in my ad and more: blonde, beautiful, loving and fun to be with. She had retired from Verizon as a sales manager and was working as a communications consultant. I had retired in 1996 from LILCO, where I had worked as a gas customer serviceman.

We started dating, dining, dancing and traveling together. We met each other's families and got a thumbs-up from everyone. We share the love of both our families, including my (our) four children, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

On July 23, 2005, we were married by our dear friend, the Rev. John McGratty, at Saints Peter & Paul RC Church in Manorville, where Peggy was working as parish secretary and lector. Our reception was at Country Gardens at East Wind in Wading River, with more than 125 of our family and friends. We honeymooned in romantic Italy.

We live at Leisure Glen, where we enjoy many activities with our dear friends and neighbors and our Maltese, Buttons.

We feel truly blessed and thank God every day. So I guess you can say our story has a happy ending - or better still, a new beginning.

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