And the sun shone upon us throughout a glorious Memorial Day weekend. It was heart rendering to see and hear so many tributes this year to our country’s bravest and courageous who gave their lives to preserve our freedom. At St. Edmund’s Church in Breezy Point a beautiful memorial mass was said not only for our country’s war veteran’s but for the past and present members of the Rockaway Point and Breezy Point volunteer fire departments. Sister Beata sang the ever so moving "Fireman’s Song" for our "unsung heroes". There was not a dry eye in the church. (If you have not heard this song you must come to this mass next year at the alternate church, St. Thomas More, to say "Thank You" for the sacrifices made by these noblemen). In the meantime, Sister Beata does have a CD that is available for purchase
Condolences to the family of Eileen Hughes who passed away last week. Eileen was most remembered as a finalist and second contender in the Miss Rockaway Point 1953-54 contest and Catholic Club shows. She organized the girl scout troops at St. Francis de Sales and St. Thomas More parishes for six years. She was a diligent worker for the Gateway Parks Department. But, most of all, she was a wonderful mother to her four daughters: Dixie, Cindy, Lauralee, and Jessica; and her one son Casey and a devoted wife to husband Bill. All children took turns staying with their mother every evening till her death. Eileen graduated from Cathedral High School and her best friend, Carol, took great care of her and was with her till the end.
Ellen T. Zweig, former resident of Belle Harbor, will be married on June 25 to David Phillips of Manhattan. It will take place at the Tamcrest Country Club in Alpine, New Jersey. Ellen is the daughter of deceased Henry Zweig and Annette Zweig, current resident of Belle Harbor. David is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Phillip of Marmaronack, New York. Ellen is the assistant head of the lower school of Bearley. David is a financial analyst at Oppenheimer Capital.
A new baby girl was born to Lorraine and Bob Schaefer named Kay Leigh Elizabeth Schaefer. Congratulations to them and grandparents, Nancy and Bill Murchio of Rockaway Point and Pat and Ray Hayhurst of Nutley, New Jersey.
Paul and Jessie Rudolf of Beach 220 street are thrilled at the expecting twins in September. Their son, Brian, graduated from Farfield University and at the graduation celebration you will fine Paul Rudolf jr. and his wife Annmarie who are the DJs called "Shake It Up". (See ad here in The Wave and call them for your next affair).
Speaking of parties…there was a party thrown by PJ O’Rourke for the opening season two weeks ago with 60 guests. Though the skies opened up and the rain poured on the smoking barbecue, Chef PJ continued to cook under an umbrella until he became feverish and had to take to his bed. In true Breezy Point spirit, the party continued with Tom Crawford, Chris Norton, John O’Hara and Tom Carroll at the grill and Gene Sullivan at the bar while Millie Donnelly and others served. While spirits flowed and songs of the 40’s filled the air, "The Ghost Host", asleep in his cot, was toasted good health and thanked for a grand affair! There is nothing, but nothing that will mar the spirits of the party people of the Point.
BPSC members were down in droves and readying for the season’s bocce tournaments as well as other sports. The children of Claire and John Hughes surprised their parents with a 50 anniversary party at the Oasis last Saturday night. Congratulations John and Claire.
Caitlin Ferguson is all excited about her junior high graduation on Friday, June 11. Her mom is out of the hospital and grandma, Kay Salica, is trying to put herself back together after another fall. However, I am sure everything will go well for Caitlin and congratulations to her and lots of luck for the future.
Must thank Angela Rest for a ride in her golf cart across the course to transport me to the Buckley/Kennedy Memorial Run two weeks ago. That was a big help, Angela.
Pictured with me at the University Club is Arleen Dahl at the new Fable perfume launch. Arlene’s husband, Robbins, designed the bottle. Bergdoff Goodman’s Department Store held a reception and Fable was introduced by the grandson of Evalyn Walsh McLean. He told the story of his grandmother, a young American heiress who purchased a legendary gem believed to have great mystical powers. Its fable grew and, according to legend, was owned by Sultans and Kings. As the heiress sported the gem everywhere, she realized the true value of the fable jewel came from the wondrous faces of those who gazed upon it. Today, the diamond (the Hope Diamond) has been given a permanent home in Washington, D.C. where millions of admirers marvel at its splendor. Thus this new perfume was named Fable. A beautiful scent, indeed.
Four day cruise on the ms. Triumph to Halifax…just a few cabins left for September 16 sailing.
Cruises: Transatlantic and Europe ms Maasdam $799. Big band sounds of Harry James on August 29 for seven days. Mediterranean eight day cruise on the ms Rotterdam only $999 to Italy and overnight in Venice, overnight in Rome with ports of call at Ancona, Italy; Valletta, Malta; La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia and Palermol; Sicily in between. Or, to Canada seven days $999. Including port charges.
Windstar Mediterranean sailing (two for one) $2493 through to October 23.
Special two for one air inclusive Athens to Rome $2143 per person October 16, November 14 $1672 Lisbon to Barbados.
Fourteen days Caribbean round trip from Pampa October, November, and December 5 $15999 to Guadeloupe, Aruba, Bonaire and Margarita.
Belize special from New York $1142 for three nights/four days round trip air/all meals/transfer/tours/guide fees/service charges at Windy Hill Resort and then fly to Ambergis Caye for four nights at Sunbreeze Beach Hotel.
Dive package $1062 seven nights Sunbreeze Beach Hotel. Non divers deduct $250.
Give me a call and away we go!
Get your travel specials on WNYX-TV (UHF channels 27 and 35) Monday through Friday with Dorothy Dunne at 9 a.m.
The firemen especially want Henry Schaberick, their fire commissioner who passed away on November 1998, to be remembered and I wish to add a remembrance for my cousin, Jack Crowley, fire chief for a number of years, who died of lung cancer at age 46 in 1969. All firemen now where oxygen masks.