People of the Rockaway Peninsula grieved over the passing of the well loved and admired Cardinal O’Connor who tried to teach us, by his own example, kindness, compassion and love for humankind, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background. He, along with the Pope, apologized for the holocaust of the Jews. He had many close Jewish friends, among them, Mayor Koch.
Cardinal O’Connor left us with a deep appreciation of the diversity of mankind. How then could a person who claims love and admiration for the Cardinal call The Wave office and declare the reason The Wave had no mention of the death of Cardinal O’Connor is because, "It is a Jew paper, and it is run by a Jew"? A very caustic remark, indeed, especially from a Breezy Pointer. Shame on this person who has brought shame on all the members of the Breezy Point Cooperative by this outburst. Is she unaware The Wave is a weekly newspaper that is on the stands every Friday morning? It has a deadline. Columnists, especially, have to have their text written and sent in the beginning of the week. I always say, "You have to die before Thursday to make the next issue of The Wave." For over the twenty years I have been a columnist for The Wave, Leon Locke has tried his best to be impartial to religious coverage. He is not without error, but what human being is? I only recall one foolish decision in judgement, and that was not monumental. But the bigots, however, blew it out of proportion.
I am proud to be working for The Wave. It is an honest paper that believes in freedom of speech. It prints pertinent political issues, stresses the needs of the community, and makes us all aware of the pitfalls. It is completely unbiased and will print any letter sent with a name, regardless of the impact on the advertisers. The Wave does its best to please the readers and give each and every person and group due respect. I think The Wave deserves respect from its readers as well.
Surf Clubers and regulars rallied around the bar at Kennedy’s on the Bay to watch the Kentucky Derby. Claire Hughes was the big winner at her table. Seated at the table with her were her husband John, Jean and Jim Brady, Eileen and Bill Ballard, but no Shirley Hanrahan. You were missed, Shirley. They want you with them at their next meeting.
Bouncing Bob O’Brien is bouncing with joy over the birth of his first bouncing baby grandson, born May 4, 2000. Bob’s daughter Christine is the baby’s proud mother, and his son-in-law Brian O’Connor is the beaming dad.
Kathy Judge, hairstylist at Janet’s Salon, was all spruced up to attend the First Holy Communion of Lauren Judge, daughter of massage therapist/fireman Kevin Judge. The McGorty twins, Sean and Meghan, were also First Communicants, celebrating at the Catholic Club where big brother, Thomas, was DJ.
I felt like a teenager this weekend being driven around in an orange and yellow striped white Camero convertible with the top down. Driver/owner, Dennis Cantwell is one of my video cameramen. He came to my assistance when he heard my car was stolen.
Dennis and I stopped into the Irish Circle for lunch and there was friendly, gracious Richie Coyne who tends bar every Saturday. The Irish Circle has had a big change since Frank Walker, international basketball star, took over ownership. He turned it into a sports bar, but there is still plenty of room for dancing to the live music every weekend. The restaurant has been expanded and the place is ready for the summer season crowd. Stop in and see for yourself. Good luck, Frank!
New York’s Mickey Mantle’s was filled with top sports champions from the past to pay homage to New York Daily News Sports Cartoonist of 41 years, Bill Gallo, who has written a new book called "Drawing a Crowd." He wrote it with Phil Cornell, and it contains the foreword by Pete Hamill. Among the sports greats of the past were: Yogi Berra, Rod Gilbert, Willis Reed, Gill Hodges, Jake La Motta who can quit his day job and become a stand-up comic. I think his great sense of humor is a result of having six wives. Jake is a close friend of Bill’s and says, "Nothing he would do for me and vice versa." One of Jake’s beautiful daughters by one of his six wives was there. Jack Dempsey’s wife was wearing a lovely hat. Opera singer Robert Merrill sang for us. All in all it was a beautiful afternoon and luncheon. "Drawing a Crowd" is a fantastic book filled with hundreds of Gallo Cartoons and memorable sports moments. Pick it up, you’ll love it!
Breezy Pointers get around, and last week I ran into Charlie Hughes, his sister-in-law Joanie Caputo, and Eddy and Gerrie Stansky from Bedford avenue at a fabulous Long Island Wine and Food tasting at Windows on the World. There wasn’t a tasting I didn’t like. Some of the sampling included Warm Oysters with Caviar and champagne sauce from Lutice, Ross’ North Fork Restaurant’s Ross Pumpkin Chardonnay Soup, Sautéed Scallops with Lemon Cream and Haricots Verts, Mango and Avocado a specialty at Polo Grill, Grilled Yellowfin Tuna with Tomato Black Olive Vinaigrette from Tierra Mar, Mirabelle’s Oriental Pork and on and on. Through the years, the Long Island wines have improved immensely. My favorites were, Osprey Dominion Pinot Noir in Peconic, New York and Laurel Lake Vineyards’ Merlot 1998 and 1998 Pinot Blanc Reserve by Leib Cellers of Cutchogue, New York.
Neil Simon’s "Hotel Suite" will be appearing at the Gramacey Theatre Round About Theatre beginning Friday, June 15. It is directed by John Tillinger and features Helen Carey, Randy Graff, Leigh Lawsaon, and Ron Orbach.
Les Celebrite at the Essex House is being turned over to Alain Ducasse, the dynamic French chef renowned for his restaurants Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo and Restaurant Alain Ducasse in Paris. The opening is expected sometime in June.
Reminisce about the New York Stork Club made famous by Sherman Billingsley where the famous and infamous mingled and everyone who was anyone came to have a glamorously good time. The Stork Club exhibition is at the New York Historical Society from now until October 1.
Miami $199 round-trip air from LaGuardia with seven-day eastern Carib on SS Norway Cruise only from $699 for sailings August 26, September 2, 16, 23, 30, October 7, November 4 and 8, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
Alaska/Bermuda . . . Norwegian Wind departing Monday from Vancouver June 5 $599 and $649 June 12 and 19; June 11 on Norwegian Majesty $599 departs from Boston.
Europe seven nights Costareviera from Barcelona to Italy, Tunisia, France, and Spain. $849 save $900 per couple.
Wind Surf November 11, eight-day cruise from Nice to Lisbon from $2,013 per person. Two for one less $250 per person. Save $4,595 per couple.
Las Vegas three nights air/land $305 per person, double, mid-week.
Allegro Resorts Turks and Caicos $1,499.
Paris $498 air, air/hotel $749 for six nights/seven days, Thursday departures.
Check UHF Channels 35 and 27 for more travel specials at 1:25 p.m.
Give me a call and away we go!