Eleanor and John McNamee are elated over the birth of their eighteenth grandchild, Devin Murphy, eight pounds 13 ounces, born May 11, 2000, to their daughter, Patricia and her husband Timothy Murphy. Congratulations to all and happiness with the new baby.
To celebrate Eucharistic Jubilee Week, St. Camillus will host the First Supper (pot luck supper) for all the parishes in the Rockaways and Broad Channel on Sunday, June 11 at 3 p.m. Bring enough food for your own group. Sternos will be provided for hot food.
Monday, May 29 is Memorial Day. Remember those who have fallen.
Rehearsals will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays for "Ordinary Miracles" at St. Thomas More Parish Hall. Hurry if you want to share your talents in the show. It is scheduled for presentation June 22 and 23.
Ira Joe Fisher emceed the 200 National Outstanding Fathers of the Year Award Luncheon at the New York Sheraton last week. It was a very entertaining afternoon. Bill Boggs’ son got up to honor his father and said, "There isn’t a man in this room or anywhere who is as self-centered as my Dad, but he is a good dad and I love him."
Smokin Joe Frazier, a former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, has 11 children, two of whom were present at the luncheon. His son spoke reverently about his dad and how he tried to emulate him by winning another boxing championship title, only to be knocked out. He wanted to disappear into the canvas because he felt he disappointed his dad so badly. Then his father entered the ring and picked him up, hugged him, and said, "Win or lose, son, I am always here for you and will love you no matter what."
Actor Gerald McRaney who plays TV dads and is married to Delta Burke said he didn’t bring his children to the event because they told him he is a great Dad on screen but not in reality.
Walt Clyde Frazier, all-star basketball great, flew in from Florida for the occasion.
Chairman and CEO of Liz Claiborne, Paul R. Charron, and Chief of US Naval Operations, Admiral Jay I. Johnson, were also honored as outstanding fathers. The Milton Margolis Humanitarian Award went to former Chairman and CEO of Macy’s West, Michael Steinberg.
At a formal luncheon at 42 street Ciprioni’s and Gala evening at the Rainbow Room, Univision, the all Spanish language network, unveiled the Latino explosion of its innovative programming for the 2000/2001 season. The network will host an exciting game show, an original sitcom, live weekly boxing, expanded soccer coverage, film miniseries, Spanish movies, and more. The top Spanish stars on Univision were present on stage and were each seated at one of the twelve round tables. Pueblo Montera, pictured with me, was seated next to me at the luncheon. Isn’t he cute and handsome? And so young, too.
The Trump Tower lobby was filled with animal lovers and dogs for adoption for the first annual Canine Comedy Animal Fair to benefit The Humane Society of the United States and New York, FIDONYC, Center for Animal Care and Control and Mighty Mutts. There were laughs upon laughs from host, Lady Bunny, who presented such comedians as Judy Gold, Susie Essman, Godfrey, Mario Cantone, Joy Behar, George Wallace, and many more. It was a fun evening to help benefit man’s best friend.
At Sony IMAX in New York City, the California Tourist Board held a media trade show and invited the press to see the most beautiful IMAX film, "Adventures in Wild California." It was fabulous! The shots were absolutely phenomenal. You are sent careening down icy slopes with snowboards, twirling above clouds with sky surfers, swimming through the ocean with baby otters and their surrogate human mothers, excavating the very heart of a 265-foot tall Sequoia with botanists, emerging under the spray of one of the Pacific’s biggest surfable waves, and more. It ultimately reveals how the West’s unique culture and adventuresome spirit are inspired by the beauty and majesty of its many wildernesses. A film that takes your breathe away with its daring feats and striking beauty. I felt privileged to see it and thank the directors of photography, Greg MacGillvray and Brad Ohlund, production manager, Chris Adrei, and coordinator, Scotty Guinn. The film is narrated by actor Jimmy Smits with soundtrack music from Lindsey Buckingham. If you get a chance to see this spectacular film, by all means do.
Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, representing the finest hotels in the world, held a trade show at Maloney and Porcelli on East 54 street. If you love beef, there is no better than at this restaurant. Hotels such as the elegant Mark Hotel that lures many celebrities when they stay in the city, Trump International Hotel and Tower, Brown’s Hotel in London, The Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Raffles Hotel in Singapore, La Samanna in St. Martin were among some of the hotels present. All travel agents can book them for you.
Holland America Ryndam seven-day Western Caribbean $699 November 11; Gems of the Baltic on the Maasdam $899, July 23; July 26 Alaska inside passage $899. Book immediately.
Norwegian Fjord Cruises from $915 seven-night Baltic cruise.
Mistral . . . seven-night Greek Island from Venice, Italy $949. Sweet deal on a suite $1800.
Norwegian Dream, July 3 and 27; 12-day Scandinavian Capital; September 25, 12-day Mediterranean/Black Sea October 5, 15, 25, 12-day Ancient Holyland; November 4 11-day Classic Med; November 14, 12-day transatlantic crossing cruise only all sailings $1,634. Air from $399.
Greek Island cruise $949; seven-night Baltic cruise $915. Kids under 17 free.
Ixtapa . . . seven nights $507.74 per person/double. Air/land; Puerto Vallarta three nights $470.74.
Margarita Island . . . all-inclusive air/land/meals, etc. three nights $585 single or double, five nights. $675 seven nights.
Tahiti . . . four nights air/land $799.
Book by June 1 for El Al summer fare to Israel for $899 for travel July 12 to September 12.
Book by July 30 for travel July 16 to August 31. European air/land packages $989.
More travel specials Monday to Friday on WNYX-TV 1:25 p.m. on UHF Channels 35 and 27.
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