2000-07-08 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter

It was a wonderful evening for a moonlit cruise last Friday night, June
30, aboard the River Rose to Manhattan Island and the Statue of Liberty. The occasion was hosted by the A.O.H and the L.A.O.H Divisions 21 and 22. It really adds a different perspective to where we live when one can see the Rockaways from the water. So close to all Manhattan has to offer; yet far enough away from it all!

I very much enjoyed the pleasure of the company of Michael and Betty Keller, Anne Kirby, Michael Hen-egan, the Nees family, Bernadette and Tim Mahoney, Denis and Lauralee Fulton, John and Philip
Mcmanus and their lovely wives. Regina Mcmanus looked radiant although her baby isn't due for a couple of months! And Dr. Peter Galvin and his family did a terrific job as always.

We look forward to this cruise. When we approached the statue of that Lady Liberty in the harbor, and Dr. Peter Galvin, Denis Fulton, and John McManus played their bagpipes, it was a chilling moment with so much feeling! The second half of the nearly five hour cruise was enjoyed as those on board danced the night away beneath the stars. Congratulations once again to the A.O.H for yet another memorable and
successful event!

***I have to agree with Howie Schwach about the effect of this summer's "festival" on the boardwalk. First of all, in answer to the common question, "who is selling out Rockaway?" one need only look toward our "leadership"! My goodness, was there a total lack of sensitivity, or did common sense not prevail in the decision to grant these permits? I decided to take a stroll on "the boards" and visit the "festival" and see for myself whether or not there is indeed a conflict of our interests. To guise this event as a "festival" or a "crafts fair" is a stretch of the imagination. It is,
rather, a compromise of the economic interests of our business community.
Most of the items being sold were inexpensive beach notions such as suntan lotion, t-shirts, sarongs, sandals, costume jewelry...items that can easily be found on 116 street. In my opinion, it's a no-brainer! This "festival" is in direct competition with many of our local businesses who practically pray to the sun gods for good summer weather so that the people come down to the beach. And then our local leadership has the audacity to kick them where it
hurts. It is not a surprise that they did not confer with the business
community on this decision. What baffles the mind is why they did not confer and include the local businesses, the artist community, RMAC, etc. to come up with a truly spectacular and legitimate crafts fair by and for the Rockaway community. This permit should never have been issued, and should be revoked! Pronto!

***Happy July 13 Birthday to Lauren Soper!


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