It’s a "ferry" good idea and everyone agrees about having ferry service in the Rockaways. It’s about time! As far as the Coast Guard location in Fort Tilden to dock the ferries makes sense to many, even though some Rockawayites would prefer it closer to them. To begin with, there is plenty of available parking at Riis Park which has not been filled to capacity in years. A shuttle bus to bring passengers to Fort Tilden to meet the boat makes it an ideal spot. Also the city bus runs as far as Far Rockaway and can bring passengers to and from that area. Let’s move on this as soon as possible. The summer will be here in no time and the construction is still going on at the Marine Park Bridge. This will make summer access to the Rockaways a traffic nightmare.
The Breezy Point Firehouse was filled to capacity this past Sunday for their monthly raffle. As I looked around all I saw were mostly women. Hey, guys, come on out and support your volunteer firehouse. For only $100 you are welcome to the last Sunday of every month for an open bar and free buffet and a chance to win $1,000 or $150. This month’s winners were J. Seckendorf ($1,000) and C. Schiripa ($150). What a deal! Free drinks, food, and a chance to win money and, more than that, you help our volunteer fire fighters. The firehouse kitchen is being renovated and this money has helped them to do it.
A millennium celebration for the Nursing Sisters Home Care 95 anniversary will be held at a luncheon at the Silver Gull Beach Club on Wednesday, May 17 at 12 noon. The donation is $30. For reservations call the Silver Gull or Helen Gillespie or Chairlady Geraldine Skelly Maher. Regina Kelly was the former chairlady of this event and devoted many successful years to it. She is now a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. Kindly remember her in your prayers.
Kennedy’s Mr. "Glib" is not getting the results, nor does he have the vim or vigor my colorist and hair stylist Gary has since his heart pacemaker transplant (not heart by-pass as was earlier reported). Mr. "Glib" wants a "brief" relocation of his pacemaker to make him feel up to snuff. Have a "short" pacemaker conversation with your doctor, Paul. It may do wonders for you.
Thought some of the Rockaway relatives would like to see the picture of Caitlin Dunne that was taken St. Patrick’s Day at Pershing Square. She is pictured in the column.
Also pictured in this week’s column is famous Irish actor Gabriel Byrne who recently appeared on the Rosie O’Donnell Show is starring in "The Moon for the Misbegotten" on Broadway. He has starred in other Broadway shows and has made many movies and TV appearances as well.
You may be interested in purchasing the limited edition cocktail book of Treasured Vestments from the Archdiocese of New York that documents the history and theology contained in a unique set of vestments which movingly depict the Passion of Christ. Proceeds go the His Eminence, John Cardinal O’Connor’s charitable funds. I am pictured at the signing standing by Father Allen Duston, International Director of Patron’s of the Vatican Museum and His Excellency, Archbishop Renato Martino who represents the Holy Father at the United Nations and Marily Kenny.
The Restaurant Show was at the Javits Center and I came across the best frozen soups I have tasted that you just pop into the microwave and eat. They are made fresh without preservatives and are yummy good to taste. They are also good for you. The company is "Kettle Cuisine" and can be found, for now, at the new Farmer’s Market under the 59 street bridge. It is worth your while to come into the city to buy them for yourself and for your neighbors. They are wonderful if you are sick and live alone. Just heat and eat. Buffalo meat was also offered and is healthier for you than beef and tastes similar. Lots of new finds at the show, including no fat or calories whipped cream that tastes like the real thing. Then there are the cholesterol free and fat free cheese pizzas.
Girls Inc. Luncheon was held at the Hilton. Jane Fonda was the Mistress of Ceremonies and the "Girls, Strong, Smart and Bold" stole the show. This organization helps girls of all ages and walks of life to develop a good self image, build character, and to have the courage to speak up for their principles.
The young eight-year-old art genius I wrote about in my last column is George Pocheptsov and he started painting at the age of 16 months. His paintings are full of color and are filled with love and happiness, with angels and monsters, birds, animals, and fish, and, of course, Pokemon games which Georgie loves to play. He has six limited editions, signed and numbered images available. Some of which I saw at the Art Expo. He is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, born of Ukrainian parents.
Orient Lines announces new Glatt Kosher gourmet dining at sea on eight sailings in June, July and August on both the Marco Polo and the Crown Odyssey.
Panama Canal Cruises on Rotterdam. Free air from Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale or New York, April 11.
Greek Isle June 17 and July 1, 2000 from $3,651 round-trip air $199 from 10 day Mediterranean Sea on Norwegian Dream. September 25, October 5, 25 $1,599, November 14 $1,299.
Scandinavian Capitals from $1,999 cruise only 14 days from May 2 through July 27.
Check my travel specials on WNYXTV UHF Channels 27 and 35, Monday through Friday, now at 1:25 p.m. while testing is being done on early morning news time.
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