1999-10-23 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

100 years in Rockaway…

Steven Schmildt, part owner of Park avenue Country Club, is proud to announce his family goes back one hundred years in Rockaway and that his grandfather was a national basketball player with Al and Dick McGuire, also from Rockaway. they named the islands off Rockaway Schmildt Islands. Steven went to Beach Channel High School and he claims the oysters in Jamaica Bay along Rockaway were world famous in his grandfather’s day and that he started out as a runner for Solomon Brothers. The Park avenue Country club is hosting a party for hometown hero’s this week and since it will be after press time I will have to tell you all about it in next week’s column.

If you visit Peninsula Hospital (hopefully when you are well), you will be delighted to see the prints covering the walls. Some are as large as 20x30 Rockaway seascape lithographs by one of our most prestigious and well known artists, William Foge. Bill was assigned to do these prints by the president/CEO of Peninsula Hospital, Bob Levine. The accolades keep pouring in since they have appeared (don’t go to the public library to find them as previously reported and don’t get yourself sick to see them.) Visit a sick friend or just visit the hospital.

Bill Foge is doing very well with his art work and very well family wise. He is so proud to announce the birth of another grandchild, Molly, who is five months old now and has a sister, Arianna, seven years old, and brother Jeremey, who was 12, October 6. They all live in Kingston, New Hampshire, with mommy and daddy, Susanne and Joe Doccola. Mommy is Bill’s daughter and Bill visits them as frequently as possible.

Four and a half years retired, tug boat captain, Kenny Obermuller, a B.P.S.C. member for years past, is a proud uncle of Daniel, daughter of his sister, Ann, and husband, Robert Esposito. Daniel graduated from Fontboone Hall in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and will continue her studies in college to go on to become a teacher. Kenny still lives with his darling mom, Silvia, in Gerritsen Beach, and continues to work sporadically on a supply ship and a tug.

Jackie and Gene Sullivan celebrated their 50 anniversary at the Catholic Club a week ago with 86 invited guests…among them the KCBs (Kennedy’s Corner Bachelors): Joe Kibride, who impressed all with his peabody steps around the floor; P.J. O’Rourke, and Bob Zelek. It was fun for all.

Ann Verderosa of the Breezy Point Surf Club has been very ill and has just returned home after a stay in the hospital. Give her a call and cheer her up.

Claire Ashton is home recuperating from two broken bones in her leg. She should be able to welcome guests within a month’s time.

With Christmas coming up you’ll be shopping for the best toys. Sit at home and shop on the website www.drtoy.com Receive a complete evaluation of children’s toys before you buy.

Kid’s fashions are in town at the Javits and among some beautiful clothes I found was the whistlewatch. It is a five function digital quartz watch with a flip-top cover and replaceable batteries with 10 safety tips for kids. A wonderful way to keep your children safe. If they need a hug, that’s the time for the Bula Bear that hugs you with ease…www.bulabear.com.

TRAVEL:

Special! $399 per person and $99 per child (two for 1) for a seven day cruise on the Big Red Boat; includes four night cruise, three days in Orlando at Universal Studio Escape…hotel, rental car and much more. Family of four…$999.

Mexico on Continental Airlines…$199; $299 to Costa Rica; New York/Denver on United Frontier $219.

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