You are all invited…
Please come to the White Shul at 728 Empire avenue, Far Rockaway, on Thursday, September 23 for the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce 72nd annual dinner dance. The Chamber will be honoring me along with other outstanding community members: Lenny Kohn, Aldean J. Norre, Harold Moorer, and Dr. Perla B. Tate. It should be a beautiful evening filled with awards, music and entertainment and I look forward to seeing you there.
A triumphant return on the ms Triumph… Eleanor and John McNamee and Ann and Bob Poskitt spent five days on the brand new ms Triumph to Halifax and St. John’s, New Brunswick, Canada, and raved about the good times and belly laughs they had. Many accolades for the ship’s social director, Tom Heard, and fantastic entertainment. They enjoyed the ship and the service and will forever have a wonderful memory to look back on.
No sooner did they disembark on Sunday, neighbors and friends gathered together on Monday, the following day, for a farewell luncheon at Kennedy’s for Ann and Bob Poskitt who sold their home and will be taking up residency in Spring Hill, Florida, 50 miles north of Tampa. Twenty-eight attended the luncheon: Margaret and Larry Resnev; Margurite and Charlie Hughes; Dorothy Ryan; Helen Dukes; Ronnie McCarthy; Midge Strack; Jessica and Paul Rudolph, proud grandparents of twins Christopher Marc and Lauren Jessie; Barbara and Don Bruder; Nancy and Jerry Heffernan; Vickie Byrne; Frances Fahee; Agnes Dengia; Cathy and Bob Kane; Mike Boccio; Dorothea and Kevin Connelly; Desmond Smyth; and yours truly.
Bob Kane addressed the group and thanked Eleanor and John McNamee for organizing the get-together and commenting how Ann and Bob were friends to all and made all of us feel better-Ann, as the gracious host and her exercising classes-Bob with his gift with tools and as an expert elevator repairman (we all feel a lot better knowing we don’t have to walk up 32 flights of stairs when the elevator breaks down). "A friend is a gift you give yourself" and we are all happier to have Ann and Bob as good friends as well as neighbors. Bob Kane concluded with a quote, "No one knows thee but to love thee to take they name in praise." A pleasant luncheon with the pleasant people of 220 street and Breezy Point.
October 3, following the 11:30 a.m. mass at St. Thomas More Church, the Altar Rosary Society will hold their annual communion breakfast at the Silver Gull. The price is $15.
Cathy and Rickie Coyne of B.P.S.C. attended the wedding of her cabanamate Maureen Hewitt’s daughter Laurie to Eddy Russmusson. They couldn’t stop raving about the food and the music at the Embassy on avenue 4.
Shirley Hanrahan is bocce queen again. She came in first in ladies singles. Claire Hughes and Paul Hanrahan made third in Guys and Dolls; Freddie Hoffman took first in men’s singles; Jean Brady and Ed Stackpole, first place in Guys and Dolls; Eileen McHall came in second in ladies singles; third place was Julie Hoffman; Mary McGinney and Nancy Tierney bowled to the top in ladies doubles; Maureen Godwin and Bill Killip were placed second in Guys and Dolls; Winnie Killip and Denise Regan took second place in women’s doubles.
It’s love…especially if its tennis at the B.P.S.C.
The wrap-up party for the season, celebrating 20 years of tennis, was chaired by Ellie Connelly. Commissioner Ron Gunther passed next years commission to Noreen Fitzpatrick. Praises were given to Cathy O’Neill and Carl-for their outstanding work as well as Joanie Debo’s contributions. Awards went to: Pail Crockett and Jean Ann Long for shadows; Maryann Elder and Doris Monohan for mystery doubles, second place; first place doubles went to Nancy Dunther and Tom Cuselle; Harold topped all with first place; Doris Materi, second place; Eleanor Cunningham; third; Hurricane Davies, fourth; Kathy O’Neil, fifth; Andy, sixth; John Goke, seventh; Rod Hunter, eighth; Noney, ninth. This will be Ronnie Corbett’s 21 year. They had a great season and all look forward to next year.
Condolences to Bob O’Connell, who lost his wife, Claire, over the summer season.
Russo’s in Howard Beach was the site for a gala dinner trade show Monday night held by one of the top tour operators, Friendly Holidays. It was absolutely fabulous! We all thought it was a New Years Eve party…with music, dancing, balloons, sit down dining and so much more. Great time where the travel trade learned all about the many Friendly Holiday specials for the year now that it is global. They will appear in this column from time to time.
Special…seven day eastern Caribbean ms Westerdam October 15, 23 and 30 from $599 inside and $699 outside including port charges. Western Caribbean ms Ryndam $699 inside and $799 outside cabins, October 23 and 30.
NCL offering a four day sailing out of Miami-December 18 includes port charges from $489 inside, $559 outside. Attractive third and fourth guest rates.
Save 65 percent on 10 day Panama Canal on ms Maasdam January 2 from $1299.
Trinidad…introductory fare on BWIA $399.
Christmas in the Caribbean…save 50 percent-$250, January 9. New Amsterdam December 10 from $899 western Caribbean.
Hawaii…all islands…November 11 from $2999 Holland America cruise.
European cruises…gems of the Baltic Sea…$1589 seven days ms Maasdam.
Premier’s Kembrandt…seven night cruise from Port Canaveral from $639 per person.
South America on the Norwegian Crown December 5-14 days from Buernos Aires, exciting eight ports to Santiago, Chile $299 air promotion.
Athens, Greece…$255 on Tower Air.
Puerto Rico…$299 Tower Air.
Give me a call and away we go!
Check other travel specials on WNYX-TV, 9 a.m., Monday through Friday, broadcast channels 35/27.