2000-05-06 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter

As renowned Playwright Edward Albee wrote in his play, The Zoo Story, "Sometimes it takes a long distance out of one's way in order to come back a short distance correctly." I have just returned from a wonderful "retreat" on the west coast. We all have a need inside of us that yearns to be able to just "disappear" for awhile. To turn off our cell phones and turn down our minds. To hear another "happening" that's going on...the rhythm of a vast stillness. When you live in a place like New York, you never really realize
just how intrusive the frenetic pace and pitch is--until you stop, and go
someplace--else. I highly recommend it!

***While I was away, there were a few worthwhile local happenings. I was honored to have been invited to participate and march in the Broad Channel Athletic Club's Jamaica Bay Little League Parade last Saturday, April 29. Nearly 300 children came out and displayed their talent, teamwork, and sportsmanship as they marched through their town. Congratulations to community-spirited people like Joan Minihane who organized this worthwhile endeavor for the kids. I hope to be included again and march along with you next year!

***Another event, which took place, was the Beach Bungalow Preservation Association's fundraiser which was held last Sunday, April 30 at Baxter's Playhouse. I have dedicated several columns to the association’s cause to maintain their easement against development. This "David -v- Golilath" fight is still in the courts. The benefit was held to help defray legal costs. You see, when they, the "powers that be", can't break you on the law, they try to break you financially. However, I believe the organization will win on the law and they will be triumphant on appeal. That is why it is so important that they have the resources to see it through the process. Those who attended the benefit were treated to an original performance of Paki McCracken's Travelling Show. I commend the courage and determination it has
taken for people like Richard George, Steven Cooper, and Janet Rashes.
Remember, if it could happen to them that their easement can be trampled
upon, then it could happen to you.

***Michael Heneghen has brought it to my attention that the Mayo Society of New York along with the A.O.H. and L.A.O.H, Divisions 21 and 22, will host an Irish evening in Rockaway Beach. The event is to honor Hibernians of the year, Ann Kirby and Philip McManus. Proceeds are to benefit The Sacred Heart Hospital and Nursing Home in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland. The event will be
held on Sunday, May 7 from 4 till 8 p.m. at the Saint Rose of Lima Auditorium.

Tickets are $30 per person and may still be obtained by contacting Mike Heneghen, Mike McCarthy, Joe Flannery, or Sean Finn. An exciting evening is planned with music by Richie O'Shea and his Black Velvet Band. There will also be a hot buffet, set ups, and refreshments; as well as a raffle for two round trip tickets to Ireland and to Florida.

***Take a walk on the wild side.....now that spring is in full bloom, it's a great time to take advantage of why many of us feel blessed to live here. One of the best-kept secrets locals have here are the back sandy roads and nature trails through Fort Tilden. Put on your roller blades or get on that bike and feel the rhythm of life!

See you...On the beach!


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