2000-06-10 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter

These are just some of the things that make me want to go "hmmmmm!" It's a feeling that starts as I drive over the bridge from the mainland. The temperature in the car reads 95 degrees until you cross over the Howard Beach bridge. Then the temperature starts to go down and down. It's wonderland as you drive through the nature preserve in Broad Channel. I pull over and take my car top down. Afterall, that's what a convertible is for! And as I drive over the Cross Bay bridge into Rockaway, the sea wind blowing in
my hair, I see the sun going down in the bay, to my right, and the blue sea
that just goes on forever, before me. I take a deep breath and hope to never
tire of how lucky we are.

With the impeccable weather this past weekend, one could not help but get out there to take it in and take it on. This is why many of us live here!
Even my sister, who has a lovely home on the North Shore of Long Island with a swimming pool and tennis court, decided that rather than journey out to summer in the Hamptons this season, she and her family would take a place by the ocean in Atlantic Beach! Well, that's a hop, skip, and a jump; or in my case, a rollerblade away! I'm delighted! So there we were, Owen and I, me on
my rollerblades, he on his bike. We had the most glorious day riding along the most beautiful beach that goes on and on for miles. We had a little difficulty maneuvering the Atlantic Beach bridge as it's under construction; but all and all it was such a great workout! I mean, where on earth can one start their day dining al fresco with an oceanside brunch at The Beach Club, and then ride along some of the most beautiful ocean trails from Atlantic Beach to Breezy Point!

Sunday night brought us out to a very special fundraiser for Ann Keane, the young girl who was hit by a car while crossing Beach Channel drive. Ann is related to a well renowned Rockaway/Broad Channel family. She is the daughter of Joe Keane and the niece of many uncles who reside here. The Keanes are a big clan and they've felt their share of tragedies. This horrible tragedy touched the many in the community who came out to support the Keane family.

There's a lot happening and being planned for this summer season. Whether it is the plays scheduled at the Post Theater at Fort Tilden, the Rockaway Artist Alliance annual party, the outdoor summer series of concerts sponsored by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council, the 100 Precinct Council's community cruise, or the fireworks on the boardwalk, there are many reasons this season to make you want to go "Hmmmmm!"

See you On The Beach...and
don't forget, wear protection in the sun!


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