Congratulations to Monsignor Michael J. Connelly who celebrates his 40 Anniversary in the priesthood. Monsignor Connelly has been an inspiration to the parishioners of St. Thomas More/St. Edmunds in Breezy Point for many years, and the parishioners are most thankful for his pastoral services during that time. They wish him well and pray he will give us many more years of continued spiritual guidance. He is now enjoying a much-needed vacation in Ireland.
Leading media figures and winners’ families and colleagues attended the New York Livingston Awards luncheon at the Yale Club this week to honor outstanding writers under the age of 35. Ten thousand-dollar prizes were conferred in person by judges consisting of leading media personalities such as Mike Wallace, a judge who is the co-editor of CBS’s 60 Minutes, and presenter Frederick de Sam Lazaro, correspondent for PBS’s News Hour with Jim Lehrer.
For local reporting, Sean Patrick Lyons, of Waterbury, Connecticut, won for his piece entitled "System Padded With Patronage," regarding cover-ups of violations of hiring minorities in the Waterbury school system. Ken Ward, jr., of the Charleston Gazette was honored for his national reporting on "Mountaintop Removal," about refuse and debris dumped into streams and rivers burying their ecosystems. Kelvin Heldman of APBnews.com was recognized for his amazing international reporting on the web. In his tremendously moving story "Japanese Prisons: Brutality by Design," Heldman focused on Japanese jails and their inhumane treatment of prisoners.
Indianapolis 500 winner, Juan Montoya, received a check and trophy from Bank One. The 24-year-old auto racer is the sixteenth foreign-born driver to win top rookie honors.
The new flagship store for Sketches opened on West 34 street, offering a host of sneakers and sports shoes in various designs and colors. Young runners and sportsmen were on hand to browse and savor the apple martinis that were offered and devoured with delight. A very refreshing and tasty drink made with Absolute or any good vodka, apple juice, a dash of Sprite, and a thinly sliced apple floating in the center. Try it for a summer cocktail party with, of course, some tasty hors d’oeuvres, because one must never drink on an empty stomach. At any rate, Sketches held a nice grand opening and, from the looks of things, will reap successful rewards.
Bob Zelek, on the Breezy Point ocean, is recuperating nicely after a hip replacement operation, and we can’t wait to see him kick up his heels and kilt once again. Speedy recovery, Bob.
Don Harley form B.P.S.C. is still recovering from a massive stroke. He and his wife, Mary, need your prayers. Please remember the both of them at your religious services and wherever and whenever you pray.
Freddie Hoffman, a well-known and loved bocce player at B.P.S.C., passed on two weeks ago. Condolences to his family and friends.
The sewage situation is back on the agenda again in Breezy Point. Pros and cons are being tabulated, but so far the majority of residents have voted negative. A town meeting is coming up on Wednesday, June 28, and I urge all stockholders to attend. This could mean big bucks out of every homeowner’s pocket. Not so fast. After a brief talk with Eberle, aka, "Chico" Flecher, an alternative solution may be at hand to solve all our problems in a realistic, sensible, economical way. Be there to find out how!
Gateway National Park presents the 2000 Doubles Men and Women Paddle Tennis Competition at Jacob Riis Park on June 17 and 18. Entry fee complimentary. First-place prize is $200. Players must enter by Thursday, June 15 to NYSPTA, Inc., 1767 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11230.
The third annual International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) took place last week at the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue, and I was extremely impressed by the magnificent works of art for the home or elsewhere. The art is mind-blowing as well as mind opening and expanding. There are lecture series on Keys to Collecting, Artists Demonstrations, Designing with Light, and Antique References in Contemporary Glass. You will find a dazzling array of artistic decorative art, fully realized in ceramic, glass, fiber, wood, and metal. These new art forms challenge boundaries by lifting traditional objects to exquisite heights of design and technical sophistication. It is something extraordinary to experience. You had to be there. Make sure you come to this show next year. It is well worth your while.
The Big Red Boat is in town and offering Kids Free family vacations with two paying passengers, combining a cruise and Orlando theme park adventure for seven nights at $999 per adult on Big Red Boat 1 and Universal Escape Package from June 5 to August 11.
Seven-night cruise from New York Newport/Boston/Halifax/ and St. John from $499. June 3 and 10 and July 1 (six nights), June 17 and 24 $599 per person and $699 per person July 7 (eight nights). Give me five couples and I will give you a free cruise.
September 18, four nights Bahamas cruise, Legends of Nascar (race car). Learn all about building a race car to driving one. One $499 per person, double.
Germany air/land for two nights $399. Maximum stay six nights. Daily breakfast and five-day rail pass.
Las Vegas, two nights air/land from $253 per person, double. Newark departure.
St. Thomas, six nights, air/land from $775.
Holland America, seven days Western Caribbean, from $749 per person.
All inclusive Cable Beach Resort in Nassau, Bahamas. Four days air/land form $878; non-inclusive $578 per person, double.
Teens 13 to 17 on Windjammer Cruises. Cadet program features daily supervised shiphandling duties, from $700.
Give me a call and away we go!