2001-06-02 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

Although the weather could have been better, I do hope your Memorial Day weekend was memorable, and in some private way, recognized all those who gave of their lives so that we can enjoy a freedom and moral standard of living that is incomparable to most places in the world.

Here in our town, many stepped out to march with the Memorial Day Parade. It seems to grow in size and participation each year. Of course, parades and politics go together like the fife and drum; and since this is a mightily contested political season, all those in favor of their own candidacies were out in form.

We certainly have a myriad of names on both sides of the political aisle to consider. Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, who recently bowed out of the Borough Presidency race after much pressure from her colleagues to do so, attended the event.

There was Democratic District Leader, Lew Simon, who paraded confidently down the boulevard as if the race was his for the taking. Lew gave a very moving speech from the podium in honor of our war heroes, as did State Senator Malcolm Smith; however, his speech seemed to have been more obviously punctuated for political bravado.

Also in attendance was Republican State Committeewoman Joann Ariola, who was kind enough to sidle up to me and ask about my recent trip to Australia. She is always very charming, savvy, and oh so poised! Sometimes I think she'd be more than capable of representing a breed such as ours in the city council!

Of the Democratic candidates, there was Chris Jorge who enthusiastically came over to show me a sample of her campaign literature. I like Chris. I feel that her heart is in the right place. She has a record of involvement and accomplishment in her various endeavors; however, although she is seen all over the peninsula, as well as the mainland, I still don't know if she has the name recognition as a Lew Simon or a Joe Addabbo to win a primary or to even get on the ballot. I like her tenacity and I do wish her well.

It was also nice to see former State Assembly candidate Anthony Stasi, whom I expect to see rise on the political horizon in the future.
   You know, for a seaside community, we certainly have a lot of rumors being floated about who is or who is not in this city council race. I was disappointed to recently learn that Democratic District Leader Dr. Geraldine Chapey, while she had never formally announced for the seat, has decided not to enter into this race at this time. I would very much look forward to a Chapey candidacy at some future date.

I've also been told that Alex Lutz, Chief of Staff to Al Stabile, has decided not to run. It kind of reminds me of a game of musical chairs and we just won't know until mid-June when the music stops, they officially file with the Board of Elections, and begin scurrying for the seat.

Although there have been many ads in the Wave stating numerous declarations of candidacies, I did not see any sign of John Macron, whom I was told was recuperating from a bad burn, nor did I see Palmer Doyle, John Baxter, Robert Curran, or Councilman Al Stabile, who has publicly stated his run for the Borough Presidency.

This Memorial Day Parade was a wonderful opportunity for those candidates to march and show their support. To all other potential candidates, come out, come out, wherever you are!
*** Congratulations to newly elected Ancient Order of Hibernians Queens County Board President, Michael Keller. As the first President of the board to ever be elected to the position from Rockaway, I wish Michael and his family a successful term and the best of wishes to a nice man who has made us all very proud! There will be a formal Installation Dinner held at the Harbor Light on Friday evening June 1. You may contact the
Kellers or any member of the A.O.H. to attend.
***They say it's very easy to quit smoking. In fact, Patrick Smith has quit lots of times!

***Happy Birthday Wishes to my friend Greg Angelou!
***It's such a disgrace to live on the ocean and yet not be able to go into the water safely because the beaches are closed! I mean, it actually sounds
like a bizarre joke! I was marching with the Parade Committee during the Memorial Day Parade and I could not believe my ears when a committee member told me that his daughter, who is more than qualified to be a lifeguard and has passed the necessary tests, was actually, along with several of her friends, turned away! What is going on??
I hope to see you...On the Beach!

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