Did you ever have one of those days when everything went wrong? No matter what you attempted it went sour? Well, that’s the kind of day I was having last week when, out of the blue, I got a phone call from Liz (Night Out Against Crime) Sulik who informed me I am to be honored by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce on September 30 at the White Soul in Far Rockaway. Wow! What a surprise that was. Believe me, that sure shook me out of the doldrums. To tell you the truth I did not know what to say. I am just thrilled, of course. It is something that I never in a million years expected. And, why me? (I won’t question that too long). Most certainly, I am looking forward to it and do hope all of you will try to attend. You are all invited. After all, where would I be without my loyal readers? I’ll have more information about the event in future columns. I thank those at the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce for thinking so highly of me and certainly appreciate the honor.
Eighty-five and looking good!
Never think he was celebrating his 85 birthday. Handsome, and debonair, Edward A. Rudolph of Queens Walk in Breezy Point looked the picture of health and happiness as he wished many more healthy, happy birthdays at the home of son, Paul and Jessie Rudolph of Beach 220 street. He was surrounded by "deer" friends and family: other son, Ed and wife Gail Rudolph; John with spouse Joan Rudolph; Maryellen Rudolph; Don and Rosemary Rudolph Munro; Marie and Michael Rudolph; 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild, Julianne, who will be three on August 4. Her mom, Maureen, and dad, Mark Napolitano, are expecting twins. Ed’s brother, John, 87, and sister, Elsie, 84, were there as well as a gazillion nieces and nephews, including Wave deliverer (the largest deliverer in Belle Harbor), Michele Rudolph. (Isn’t it strange among all of them I didn’t find one red nose?) Family came from as far as California, Florida, Albany, and the Hamptons. The Cullen children of Tioga Walk were there to share the day after many, many years in absents. Congratulations and all best wishes.
Welcome to Dennis and Maureen Greily and children, Megan and Tom, who just became new residents on 221 street. Happy future years at the Point.
The second annual Kevin McNamee Memorial Surfing Clinic founded by Bobby Crowley and John McNamee took place this past Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and Sunday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the beach at the end at Beach 222 street. It looks as if it will be a very successful annual event. A sizable amount of children turned out for it, an average of 50. Next year it will be bigger. Don’t forget about it. The pictures tell the story.
International basketball star, Frank Walters jr., took over the Irish Circle and made it into a sports bar and is very successful…I hear. Haven’t been there yet but I must get over there. According to Richard Coyne, who is the top mixologist, they have a live band on Sunday nights from 5 to 9. I am sure they still have that large dance floor that gives you plenty of room to strut your stuff. Continued success, Frankie.
I always thought Stella Maris was a girls school until I read my column last week stating, "Francis Locke, grandson of Cathleen McCormack, graduated from Stella Maris." I do believe the grandson is granddaughter, Frances with an e. Congratulations Frances and lots of luck to you mom. Kathy Cane and husband, Tom, from Broad Channel, are very proud of her.
There was also a printed error on the location of the wedding anniversary party given for Claire and John Hughes by their children at Buckley’s Restaurant in Brooklyn. My column read the Oasis and I don’t even know where or what the Oasis is. I hope this clears up any misunderstandings.
Kay Salica’s daughter, Maryjane Salica, flew in from California to surprise her mom this week for a pre-birthday celebration. She and mom were both born on July 23 and have an extra reason to celebrate their special day. Congratulations to both of you.
I met one of the owners of one of the best produce stores (according to New York Magazine) in Manhattan, John Gottfried, who has been in retail for 21 years and opened the Gourmet Garage in 1993. They now have three stores with a warehouse in So Ho. There are three partners and John was the food and wine editor of the Village Voice, has written a text book on wine and is a member of the New York Restaurant Guild. Andy is the financial banker and Ned Vesser used to manage Maxwell Plumb’s. A great combination that spells success. They are known for their flying fish…Dover Sole, colored peppers and rediccio. You’ll find very special products at the Gourmet Garage uptown East side and downtown in the Village. Take your pick.
Remember "Some Like It Hot" with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon filmed at The Dell Coronado in San Diego, California? Who could forget that movie? That’s when movies were fun. If you did see it and wish you could see it again, or, if you never saw it and want to see it you can do so at the Film Forum at 201 Houston street, NYC from July 30 to August 12. Go and enjoy!
Hawaii…second person flies free…available through August 31 for departure September 7 to December 8. Packages include air and accommodations at Starwood Hotels. Seven nights $1498 double, flying from LA and staying at Princess Kaiulani in Oahu.
Caribbean and Greece on sale.
Seven nights air inclusive to Hawaii with daily breakfast September 7 to December 15. Friends fly free on Hawaiian Air first class if paid with Master Card.
B and Bs in Europe for as little as $60 single and $48 double…30 percent reduction.
Cancun…now through September 2 at Club Carrousel $449 per person air/hotel and tax.
All inclusive…Caribbean Village Cancun (kids fly free), four days-$615.
Dominican Republic at Punta Cana, Dominican Riviera…Punta Cana Beach Resort $659 per person with air from Newark. Allegro Resort and one free round of golf.
Christmas cruise on Royal Caribbean on four nights Nordic Prince-December 23 only $549 per person double.
Costa Rica…San Jose Tailor’s Inn three nights $559 air/land.
Tokyo…$749 five days/four nights round air from LA-four night hotel- Shiba Park Hotel, city tour.
Give me a call and away we go!
More special fares on UHF channels 27/35 at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.