First of all, I wish to congratulate Liz Sulik who is taking over the position of president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce from presiding president Steven Wolf. Though I have known Liz only briefly, her drive and stamina are unsurpassed. Liz is a gal who, once she makes up her mind, will get things done. Our Chamber most certainly needs a person with her abilities. We all look forward to and welcome this new burst of energy we will have at the helm to foster progress and success for our local merchants.
Liz herself had her own dress shop for years in the community and knows the problems hardworking Rockaway business owners face. I am sure she will find a way to lighten their burdens while creating heavier monetary pockets for them. Good luck to you, Liz. Your good fortune is the good fortune of all the members of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce.
Have you ever served on a jury? If you haven’t, by all means do so. Fulfill your duties as a good citizen. As a matter of fact, you no longer have a choice. No one is excused anymore. But you shouldn’t even request to be excused because it is an experience you will long remember. A few years ago, I served as a juror in a civil case and found it enlightening. I learned how all the players (the judge, the prosecutor, and the defense attorney) fulfill their roles, how the jury seeks the truth and deliberates to ensure that justice is served.
At the time I served on my first case, jurors were only paid $12 a day plus carfare. This time each juror received $40 a day and no stipend for carfare. It was a much healthier monetary remuneration, especially since I didn’t even get to try a case. In a way, I was disappointed I wasn’t selected as a juror. All the jurors were treated in a courteous and considerate manner. More often than not, we were let out earlier than expected. After three days, as soon as they were convinced there were no new cases for us to try, we were released.
They say that during the summertime the courts have fewer cases. So if you really want to get out of sitting on a jury, you have a better chance if you are called for summer duty. Another thing most people don’t know is that you can become a professional juror. If you are retired or have the time on your hands, this venture might bring new stimulation to your life. Not to mention your jury pay is almost doubled. It might be something worthwhile to look into. It certainly is fascinating and, I might add, patriotic as well.
Feeling under the weather, I did not get around to gathering as much personal local news as usual. However, I do want to make a correction about Maura "Duffy" Mittnacht who rented a bungalow for the summer with her widowed sister, Kathy Leonard. It was stated in last week’s column that the two women were unattached. That’s not the case for Maura. She has been happily married to Arthur Mittnacht and will soon celebrate her 15 wedding anniversary. Congratulations! They have three children and a brand-new home in Princeton, New Jersey. Don’t beat the doors down for Maura, guys, only for Kathy who has been spending happy times with her grandchildren on Utica Walk.
A blast from the past came along when Tom O’Brien stopped by to remind me how he played along the dunes with my younger son Jimmy when they were kids. Tom’s parents used to vacation on Beach 219 street. Tom is married to a woman named Laura and they have two daughters: Molly, five, and Kelsey, 12. He is presently the principal of Wallakill High in New Paltz. Tom and his family visit his mom every weekend in Belle Harbor. He biked over to say hello and to let me know he is looking forward to seeing my son Jimmy Matuozzi in Breezy. My older son Kevin got a reminiscent hello from a former girlfriend, Kathy (nee Dalton), who briefly stopped by with her husband to inquire about the family. It seemed like old home week.
More special food products have emerged from the Fancy Food Show such as Cranberry Currant Fat Free Marakesh Express Couscous which is a Moroccan pasta. There is also a sesame ginger low-fat couscous. House of Tsang puts out a mandarin marinade that is delicious, and a sweet and sour stir-fry sauce. Pataks’ Original Spicy Tomato and Cadamon Cooking Sauce and the sensational Mas Portell Piquillo Permentos that are wood fire roasted, hand picked, and peeled are great new products. If you like black olives, try Peoponnese naturally brine cured Kalamata pitted olives. You should be able to find all the above products on your grocery shelves.
Holland America is cutting rates from 42 to 63 percent on seven Christmas cruises of seven to 11-day itineraries. Rates start at $899 per person. It’s a very good price for the holidays.
Golf packages at Wyndham resorts in the Caribbean and southeast if you choose three, five, or seven-night stays.
Las Vegas at the Aladdin Resort and Casino $469 for three nights including air, accommodations, tax, transfers, and additional discounts.
Buy three get one free special for two 11-day safaris. Offer represents a savings of $3,500 to $4,000. That’s Africa, folks.
Singles take notice . . . Norwegian Central Voyage is eliminating single supplements for sailings September 16 through April 15, 2001. If you are single, grab it now. These cabins are sure to book up fast!
Third night free for passengers who book LanChile and two-night hotel stay until December 31. You will receive frequent flyer miles as well.
More travel specials on WNYX-TV Monday to Friday at 1 p.m. UHF Channels 35 and 27.
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