2001-09-22 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

There's a kind of dinning hush. A vacant daze. In the wake of the terrorist attacks, we seem to be merely going through the motions of our daily lives. Waiting on cues and seated in restaurants, there's little idle chatter. The talk on the street is in measured tones. The spake is with a certain kindness and regard of our mutual grief. Somehow, it doesn't really seem to matter that the Mayor has a girlfriend, or that Lew doesn't have a New York State Teacher's Licence or that Joann Ariola still persists in trying to take the Independence Line from John Baxter. Somehow, I don't think anyone will notice that I didn't go for my usual manicure and pedicure. September 11 has forever changed a page in our lives.
   Images around our town resonate the effects of the tragedy. Our beloved Firehouse on B. 116 Street is adorned with flowers, written prayers, and candles; a vigil to the many in Rockaway who are still among the missing.
All over the world, our flag is raised with dignity and in defiance. We will resurrect and our spirit will prevail.
   Locally, there are many fundraisers being planned as a way to channel our grief. On Sunday, September 23, from 6:30 until 8pm, there will be a community Candlelight Vigil on the Fairgrounds at Fort Tilden. I'm sure that in the weeks and months ahead there will be many necessary fundraisers to benefit the W.T.C. Fund, the Widows and Children's Fund, and the Broad Channel Fire Department, which lost a Fire Truck when it was crushed.
Thankfully, none of the Volies were seriously hurt. You may also call the W.T.C Fund to make an immediate donation. The number is 877-870-4278.
   This "new war" as it has been described by our President, is so much different to World War Two, Vietnam, the Gulf War, or any war or conflict we have ever engaged in. In the words of one survivor, "Today, I woke up and went to work, and somebody tried to kill me." This is the end of our innocence; our hearts are broken; however, they still beat and we will prevail.
   Our tears and prayers go out to the many fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters who are still among the missing.
   The New York Primary will be held on Tuesday September 25. Please remember to come out and VOTE; because, unlike in other parts of the world, in these great United States, WE CAN.
 See you…  on the beach.

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