Breezy Point Surf Club members moan the passing of one of their Board of Governors, Don Harley, who held the position of New York City Marshall for many years. He was a well-respected member of his community in Stuyvesant Town as a longtime resident. Don, a handsome man, was loved by all. I personally remember him fondly as an outstanding contestant in my "Male Man of the Year" Contest. Don and his beautiful, devoted wife, Mary, were a picture on the dance floor. They were ever present for the parties on "A" Court and as participants of the many activities offered by the club. We’ll miss you, Don, and we’ll remember you and Mary in our prayers. I know you don’t need a key to enter the Pearly Gates. You didn’t need a key to unlock any door. Most of all, you held the key to our hearts. Farewell and final peace. And, Mary, God give you strength. Your friends are there for you. Just ask.
The kickoff of the season at the Surf Club got off to a great start with their opening cocktail party. From the reports, it was better than ever. After a winter away, the members look forward to being back with old friends again. The Lenny Wunders; Wilkensons, Hughes, Bellards, Jim Bradys were just a few out of many who attended. Shirley Hanrahan and Bob O’Connell absented themselves and were missed. Hopefully they will make the closing.
Jim O’Day and Bob O’Connell have a golf tournament coming up with Lenny Wunder and John Hughes.
Mary and Bill Laffan are back with us again. They just returned from their winter spree in their condo in Florida and sound just great! They are looking forward to a month’s visit from July 2 to August 4 with their daughter, Coleen, and her husband, Brian Brendan, and their little son (Mary and Bill’s first grandson), Connor Patrick, who will be celebrating his second birthday. The Brendans presently reside in Florida.
Jimmy Doyle of B.P.S.C. celebrated his "55 and Holding" birthday on June 26. July 1 is the Honorable Bill Bellard’s birthday. I always remember Harry Aston, deceased, who had an annual week-long birthday around the Fourth of July which is the day my grandchild, Erika, was born. She will be three this year and my Aunt Tessie, who will be 99 years old in October, recalled her age to me the other day. Remarkable she remembered Erika will be three. Did we forget? A belated June birthday for Bob O’Brien. And, Cathy McCormack marks another year in early July. If you are having a birthday and wish to be mentioned in this column, please leave your name and date on my machine.
Laurie and Ed Voehl organized a Memorial Benefit at Ft. Tilden, "That’s What Friends Are For," for greatly admired and well-loved Gene Buano of "C" Court last week. The music was provided by DJ Drew Palmer, and there was great food and refreshments. Everyone had a fantastic time for a most wonderful and giving man. He must have been special. They all loved him so.
Stopped into Kennedy’s On the Bay for a bite with a friend and had the most delicious mussels in marinara sauce. I highly recommended you try them. Gerard said the mussels in butter sauce are just as good. I’ll have to try them next time. You know the season is in full swing when Irish Night is back on every Wednesday with the best Irish Music Gerard can find. It is always a fun evening. Al Martin of Utica Walk is in Cabrini Hospital if you would like to drop him a line or visit him. It certainly would cheer him up.
St. Thomas More Hall is holding an Arts and Crafts sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, organized by Ronnie McCarthy. Beautiful hand-made articles will be there for you to snatch up for a song.
Looking to adopt? Well, I don’t mean a baby, but did you know you could "Adopt A Cop"? Don’t you think that is neat? And, boy, do the cops need someone to care for them! Our police force is facing big problems, and now you can pray for your own adopted cop. This is one of the programs at Stella Maris Convent’s Elizabeth’s House, where you will be given a name of a cop and he will be yours to pray for. More information about this program will appear in the column in September. Or call Ronnie McCarthy.
Though I couldn’t make the annual show at St. Thomas More parish hall this year, I got reports and rave reviews. Ed Deacy and Al Lavoi again brought down the house. The dancing, the songs, the skits, and costumes were a delight to the audience. Maryellen, director and choreographer, did an outstanding job, as usual. And I heard the children stole the show including Maryellen’s grandchildren. Try not to miss it next year.
Hotel Matinez in Cannes held a very special, intimate, beautiful press luncheon at Daniels, one of New York’s finest restaurants. Executive chef, Christian Willer, was flown in from the Martinez Hotel in Cannes to prepare the delicious and beautifully presented courses. Tattinger Champagne was served with very tasty and artfully made hors d’oeuvres. Rose Clair de Noirs 1998 accompanied the lobster appetizer; Blanc de Blanc. The 1998 was served with the sea bass entrée, and Comtes de Pariovence for dessert of Candied Apricots stuffed with Mediterranean flavors.
Cannes is famous for the International Cannes Film Festival, and one of the best and most elegant hotels to spend your stay is the Martinez Hotel/Resort which becomes, at that time, a rendezvous for film stars all over the world. The Martinez overlooks the sea on the famous Croisette. Built by Martinez in 1927 and opened in 1929 in the Roaring Twenties style, it is part of the Louvre Co. and Concord Hotels. The guest list consists of such notables as Archbishop Josef Franz of Vienna, Peter Ustinov, Christopher Reeve, Charlton Heston, Richard Widmark, Ray Charles, and many more. Their highly rated La Palme d’Or Restaurant where Christian Willer is head chef, has walls adorned with portraits of Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Groucho Marks and on and on with other candid shots of movie notables. This is the place to be for the Cannes Film Festival or anytime. Go and stay there, if you can, just for the experience.
A Seafood Symposium at one of New York’s best seafood restaurants, the Oceana, was not only informative and revealing, in so far as the need to restrict our orders for certain endangered fish as well as the problems and solutions the fish industry is facing. It was also a delectable afternoon of elegantly prepared fish tasting of several varieties of fish such as Pan Roasted Artic Char, Seared Wild Striped Bass, and Over Roasted Bluefish. Each course was preceded by a short history, preparation account, and future prognosis of the particular fish.
Master Chef, Rick Moonen, has learned the art of cooking fish in a superlative way. He has received three stars from The New York Times, three stars from Forbes when Oceana was named 1998 All-Star Eateries in New York. His Greek cuisine received three stars from The New York Times at his restaurant Molyvos. He has appeared many times on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Food Network. We, the public, are still asked to hold back on ordering swordfish until our seas are replenished. Watch the reports on fish before ordering your favorites. They may be on the endangered list.
Special kids fares $49 round-trip on American Airlines from June 27 to September 8. Book immediately anywhere within the USA and Canada. 40 percent off Caribbean destinations midweek; add 20 percent on weekends.
Windstar Cruises 50 percent discount December 17 on Wind Spirit and December 17 and 27 on Wind Surf. Rates $3,073.
Hong Kong summer specials, five nights air/hotel from $998.
Cancun $475 air/hotel.
Cottages on the beach in Belize $698.
Egypt two-week hotels and Nile cruise Trans-Atlantic $1,695.
Bangkok, China, Silk Tour $740.
Brand new American Cruise Line’s American Eagle sailing from Haddam, Connecticut July 1 to West Point and various ports to New York Harbor for the Parade of Tall Ships and the Fourth of July Festivities with Mayor Guiliani. This vessel with a capacity of only 49 passengers will be sailing inland waterways through New England coast and Halifax for seven days sailings. All children stay, play, and eat free at Renaissance Jamaica Grande Resort when booking a superior or deluxe room. (They also take children from zip up.) Complete program with Nannies all-inclusive. Also teenager youth program.
Check travel specials at new time, 1 p.m., on UHF Channels 35 and 27 WNYX-TV.
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