Saturday was the 26th Annual Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade. I am proud to be part of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, which runs the parade.
This year the weather was absolutely wonderful. We know all our St. Patrick’s Day parades will be wonderful because of our guardian angel in Heaven, Leon Locke. Leon always painted the green line down the parade route. A huge supporter of the Rockaway parade, Leon would have been proud of his editor, John McLoughlin, one of the deputy grand marshals. John made us all proud!
This year the grand marshal was Mike McGuire, a great union leader of the Mason Tenders District Council. Female Grand Marshal Catherine Mitchell Miceli serves as recording secretary of the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade and is involved with a number of other activities.
Honorary Grand Marshal Barbara Morris, owner of West End Realty, is a Rockaway native who is involved in everything that goes on in this community. Honorary Grand Marshal Robert Spata, born and raised in Arverne, served as principal of MS 180.
Deputy Grand Marshal Father Anthony Casey, from St. Rose of Lima Church, is one of the kindest men you can find. He is always pleasant, happy and smiling. Deputy Grand Marshal Mary Dever is a fine lady who spent her adult career in education. Mary has given her all to education and community activities. She is a lady of class and stature.
Deputy Grand Marshal Ellen Connolly, owner of Connolly Dance Studios, is a sexy blonde, charming and beautiful dance teacher who gives of her time teaching, free of charge, underprivileged kids to dance. Mike Shea, a veteran Transit Police officer, is a deputy grand marshal who is active on the Board of Directors of the Broad Channel Athletic Club. He makes a major commitment to the youth of the community.
Liz Sulik, president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, is a deputy grand marshal who is a class act. Whatever project she touches turns to gold. This brilliant, sincere individual is a breath of fresh air in the Rockaways. Another Deputy Grand Marshal, Hector Tello, the 100 Precinct community affairs officer, is always available, striving for great police and civilian community relations.
Sean Kirby is another Rockaway native who manages the Roosevelt Island Aerial Tramway. In his spare time he coaches the Rockaway Rockies and is proprietor of the Hole in the Wall Pub.
Mary Alice Lane is an active member of the parade committee; a great lady, wonderful personality and a great worker. Roselle Sampol, owner of Dance Dimensions, is a great lady with a wonderful personality.
Last of the deputy grand marshals, but not least, is a lady who thinks she’s my mother. She is constantly putting me in my place. She is a tireless community activist who believes in the Rockaways. She is none other than "Mother" Mary Ann Rooney. We love you Mary.
Special thanks to John Kearney, who drove us in his refurbished beautiful white Cadillac.
Happy 39th anniversary to a great loving couple, Mick and Maura Foley. May you have many, many more.
There are a few seats left for our trip to Atlantic City on Saturday, March 10. We leave at 5:30 p.m. Call my office now.
On Sunday afternoon we attended the 30th annual dinner dance of the St. Camillus Parish, honoring their wonderful priest, Father James Dunn.
Father Dunn is a very fine, giving individual who is always there to help his parishioners, as well as anyone in the community in need. His generosity and wonderful smile make him worthy of being honored.
Joe Featherston of the Special Olympics presented Father Dunn with a special gift.
Joe is trying to raise money to take the children of the Special Olympics to Ireland this summer to participate in a Special Olympics program. We hope you will be kind and send your contribution: St. Camillus Special Olympics, 99-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693.