The final weekend of the season is upon us and the Breezy Pointers are ready for another great mardi gras which will kick off at noon today, Saturday, September 2. Bag pipe bands, creative and imaginative floats and costumes will parade along Oceanside and along the bay. You will notice a change this year. The participants, I hear, will perform with dignity and proper decorum and in good taste without taking away from the fun and gaiety of the event. Guests and parking are limited.
On Sunday, September 3 there will be a bay to beach celebration, history and entertainment at Beach 116 street with the parade of the Viking ships from noon to 4 p.m. in Jamaica Bay. There will be children’s crafts, the Connelly dancers, world champion Pepper Steppers, the Rockaway Theatre Company, country music, picnic at the Wharf and more, more, more. Nowhere but Rockaway will the season end with such a bang. And there will be plenty of bangs when the fireworks set off at 8:30 p.m. This is a day you should not miss.
Huggy Bear’s softball team in Breezy Point clinched the season for manager Billy Hughes who was taken to the New York Cornell Long Island Medical Center for a triple by-pass this weekend. He is expected home in a few days. What a surprise he will have when he receives the championship banner from the team. They all wish him well and a speedy recovery. Jimmy Carlson won Sportsman of the Year for overcoming a serious illness. No one expected him back on the field and in such good form, according to Dennis Strong.
Happy birthday to Frank Newell who celebrated at a summer party in his home given by his wife, patricia. Audrey Mullins from Brooklyn was one of the guests.
Tom Connor’s daughter, Elizabeth Ann, was another year older August 27 and celebrated a few days earlier over the weekend with her dad, mom, Helen Hart; brother, Christopher; and friend, Brian Miller at an elegant restaurant in Greenwich Village. Congratulations Elizabeth Ann.
On Sunday, after 12:30 Mass, Breezy Point arts awards were presented at the activity center: Best in show went to Janet Dever. Other awardees were: Photos, first place to Kristine Lighthall; Painting, Lee Lindprer, second place; Leslie McCabe took third spot for water color painting; fourth place Kim Licari for her drawings; Sculpture went to Debbie Taphouse for fifth place and Billy Young’s crafts work took sixth place. I really had to marvel at some of the beautiful art. They looked so professional. Good viewing for all of us.
Some new winners of the B.P.S.C. bocci: Anita Wilkinson and Pat Piller grabbed first place in ladies doubles; John Hughes and Billy Dimoulas bowled them over with first place in men’s doubles; Ann and Jim West are "Honeymoon" high after their game with Winnie and Bill Kilipo. More winners were announced at the bocci dinner Friday, September 1 at 7 p.m. at the Surf Club.
Friday, September 8 Pfc. John G. McLaughlin , Post 8540, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Roxbury will hold a fundraising luncheon in Father Hession Hall in Roxbury. Please come, and if you can donate something it will be greatly appreciated.
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The Supper Club filled their rooms full with press for the lunch of their new award winning digital Olympus cameras and audio recorders. They are the world leaders in film and filmless cameras and have announced the new 3.34 megapixel digital camera with sound; the fastest digital camera on the market with speeds up to 15 frames per second, perfect for sports, nature, and action shooting; the first camera P-200 mobile photo printer, battery powered that delivers portability with outstanding image quality. They now have audio recorders that are voice activated that can be hooked up to your PC printed out and edited without any typing at all. We’ll all be able to write books, columns and reports just by talking. How amazing this technology becomes. It will give us all more time to vacation. And, on that note my travel specials….Honolulu, Hawaii, air/land, from $759 departs Sundays and Tuesdays at 10 a.m. from JFK. Arrives Honolulu 3:30 p.m. Leaves Honolulu Saturdays and Mondays at 6 p.m. returning to New York next day at 8 a.m. For bookings made through September for travel in January the price is $639….Roundtrip air to Rio De Janeiro, Monday through Thursday departures $660….Roundtrip Greece with two nights in Athens, three night cruise to Mykonos, Rhodes, Palmos and Kusadasi, $1,372 per person double….Bahia, Brazil will be home of new super club, Breezes Costa De Sauipe on September 29….Ireland October 16 to March 31, Air, car and bed and breakfast from $499; town and country homes $539; first class hotels $559. All with full Irish breakfast every morning. Belfast, Ireland offering modest rates at 5 Star hotel. Malone Lodge which just underwent a restoration of $6.2 million. Visitors can stay there for half the price of a Dublin five star hotel….State Department advisors warned travelers to Israel Gaza and West Bank to increase their vigilance with respect for their personal security. The potential has increased for terrorists attacks in the region….Lauda Air cut fares to Europe from Miami by 50 percent….Book with deposit a Delta Queen steamboat at least six months in advance and receive free roundtrip air, a $250 travel advance or a free two night hotel stay for cruises six nights or longer.
Please tune in for more travel specials and information on WNYX-TV Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. UHF Channels 36 and 27. Give me a call and "away we go."