2000-12-30 / Columnists

Simon Says

During this holiday season I wish all a happy, joyous holiday season and a blessed New Year.

Last Sunday we attended Rockaway Park Estates’ first holiday party. Co-Presidents Henry Jefferson and James Carmen invited all the neighbors who live in the Rockaway Park Estates area. Each brought a favorite dish, so each could enjoy the holiday spirit.

On Tuesday evening we attended the annual Christmas party of the Breezy Point Golden Age Club at St. Thomas More. The tunes were spun by DJ Jimmy Tubridy. It was a major gala event with the hospitality of newly elected President Renee Lacey.

My fiancé Grace McCloskey, president of the Board of Trustees, and I did our a cappela duet, "You Made Me Love You." It was a class act set to perfection.

The various talents of the members who sang and entertained were the hit of the year. It was headed by MC Jo McGonagle who also sang and at one point made a good joke about a senior moment. Matty Curley did the "12 Days of Christmas" with all of us participating. Monsignor Connolly came by to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, which we returned to him.

On Thursday evening we attended the wake of one of Rockaway’s finest, Madeline Manning, who served in various capacities in community organizations. Her active role in the 101 Precinct Council, Harry S. Truman and John Adams Democratic clubs, and as a manager of the Seaview Michael J. Sessa Towers, will be remembered by all involved. She had a heart of gold and was always available for all, but she was a tough lady who took no guff when screening tenants for the model development on Beach 31 and Beach 33 streets and Seagirt boulevard.

She was an active, wonderful, kind lady who will be deeply missed in the Rockaway community. She will serve as a special Christmas angel this year. Madeline, we miss you.

Friday evening we attended the annual Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department party. Everyone had a chance to talk to each other, discuss holiday plans, and their future plans and hopes for building a new firehouse. It was great to be among these great people who give they’re all for their community.

On Christmas we stopped by to look at the home of Joe Mure, which is located on the 200 block of Beach 145 street. The beautiful figurines, statues, and lights were enhanced by a show of live entertainment. Many cars stopped and people came out. We urge all during this holiday season to pay a visit and to make a gracious donation to fight juvenile diabetes.

We wish a wonderful anniversary to Andy and Maureen McGee who give so much to our community. They make themselves available to help all.

Our next trip to Atlantic City will be on Saturday, January 13. The cost is $25 with $16 returned. Eleven people win $10 on the bus. We leave at 5:30 p.m. and return at 8 a.m. Call my office at 112-20 Beach Channel drive now for reservations.

We wish everyone a happy, wonderful and peaceful holiday.


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