2001-11-24 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter THOUGH MUCH IS TAKEN, MUCH STILL ABIDES...

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter
THOUGH MUCH IS TAKEN, MUCH STILL ABIDES...

  This column is dedicated to the Concannon, Lawler, and Pomponio families...and to the entire Rockaway community.

As the whipping wind of the crisp fall air blew the American and Dominican Flags, the soothing sound of the waves crashing on the beach were

like a lullaby of comfort for the more than four thousand members of the Belle Harbor and Dominican communities who attended the Memorial Service that was held at Riis Park last Sunday November 18. Dignitaries from government such as Governor Pataki, Mayor Giuliani, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer joined our Monsignor Gerraghty and other members of the clergy in a service of prayer and healing. "Tears are not shed in Spanish or Hebrew or any particular language", stated Rabbi Michael Miller of the Jewish Community Relations Council. Tears speak a language of their own, a common and universal speak of a pain we can all understand.
   The Interfaith Memorial Service for all those who perished when Flight 587 crashed on the streets of Belle Harbor was an occasion that provided
spiritual healing and closure. It was a beautiful service under a calm blue sky, a sky we wonder if we'll ever be able to fully trust again. As renowned
Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan sang his mellifluous rendition of Ave Maria and Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears, I could not help but lock my eyes on Monsignor Gerraghty and wonder from where he gets his strength. He said, "Beverly, I have a lot of help." For perhaps there is some divine reason this tragedy fell upon our community. We've all in either some direct or indirect way been affected by the WTC; however, in Rockaway, we perhaps took the biggest hit of all. And for this fated plane to crash here in the heart of our traditional Irish community, a community that has endured so much, seems too much to fathom and bear. A reporter asked if it was comforting for the community to mourn with so many people, I simply stated that the Irish are an inclusive community. We are people of strong faith and a steely verve. We will embrace each other and all who were affected and we will get through this.
***Although the holiday season is upon us, retailers have a more complex task at hand. Window displays, as Art, reflect a more somber mood; yet the common theme is one of hope. Barney's New York, usually noted for its Avant Garde window displays, which reflect its cutting-edge fashions, unveiled its holiday window display depicting Mayor Rudy Giuliani as Rudolph, the most important and courageous Reindeer. Whoever was responsible for creating such a brilliant display is a genius and certainly worthy of a design award. At Bergdorf, the display, as is the Haute Couture image of the store, was more traditional. With its windows filled with 17 Century Antiques, there are candles and doves of hope amidst the more classically elegant fashions. And at Ralph Lauren, the designer who practically single-handedly invented the "American Style", the window display depicts the fashion and mood of our time. After you've romped around the Tony shops of the Upper East Side, and gone skating at the Wollman Rink, you must take your children to the new Toys-R-Us Store at Times Square. It's not just a store; it's a fantasy world for the young and the young at heart. It will surely get your spirits up!
***Great holiday idea! As I was recently rummaging through antiques I have stored away, I came upon several sets of Rosenthal and Wedgewood China given to me by my grandmother. Some of the pieces had been chipped. There is an emerging art form called Picassiette where you take chipped China pieces, with their beautiful colors and intricate patterns; and using a special tile cutter, you cut the China into pieces and glue them onto wood. I've seen pieces of furniture transformed by China pieces that have been broken up. If anyone out there in Waveland is familiar with this art form, please let me know!
***On The Beach...and around our town, there is still so much to be thankful for and hopeful about.  She's going to the chapel and she's going to get married!.…Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Keane of Palm Bay Florida, and of Broad Channel, announce the engagement of their daughter "KellyO Keane to Mike Tremblay. Mr. Tremblay is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Robert Tremblay of College Point. A June 14, 2002 wedding is planned at Saint Virgillius Church in Broad Channel. Monsignor Martin will officiate the Nuptials with a reception to follow at the Coral House in Baldwin Long Island. The outstandingly beautiful Bride-to-be is the youngest and only daughter of Joseph and Ann (nee Cavanaugh). The family has resided in Broad Channel for generations.

"KellyO", as she is so affectionately called, has five brothers: Joseph, Thomas, Michael, Patrick, Peter, and the late Terrence. What a bridal party that will be! The Groom-to-be is a policeman with the 100 Precinct. The couple plans to reside in Howard Beach. My very best wishes to Kelly (may you have as many children as you have pairs of shoes!) and my congratulations to the entire Keane family.
***While some families flat, the Keane family must be bubbling over with excitement these days. Just when you'd think one engagement in a family would be exciting enough, Patrick Keane has announced his engagement to the lovely Lori Nichole Raviache, of West Islip, New York. The couple became engaged on November 11 in a romantic setting on top of Bear Mountain where Pat popped the question with a ring that one would have to take out a second mortgage for! The Bride-to-be is the daughter of Dennis Raviache of Babylon. Pat Keane is the dashing proprietor of Paddy K's Bridge cafe and Tavern. There are many who have wondered just when this handsome self-proclaimed bachelor would fall, and just who would be that special someone to catch him when he did!  A winter 2002 wedding is planned. Hmmmm, let's see, who's next!
***This Sunday, November 25, The Queens County Saint Patrick's Day Parade and Cultural Committee will host its first Benefit of the parade 2002 season at the Beach Club from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Music will be provided by the Martin Quinn Band. This year's parade will be dedicated to the memory of all our local heroes who perished in the attack on the WTC. Due to an overwhelming response to this year's parade, seating for this event is very limited and tickets may be hard to obtain. Please contact Michael Benn or Peggy Neville for information...and I hope to see you there!
***I extend my condolences to the family of Arlene Slattery, a real Rockaway girl who will surely be missed.
***Happy Birthday wishes to my dear friend Geraldine Chapey who also celebrates 25 years of wedded bliss to her wonderful husband Eugene Pasternak!

***Happy Birthday wishes to Mrs. Rita George, Joanie’s mother-in-law.

***Congratulations to Howie and Susan Schwach on the marriage of their daughter to Tom Larkin of Broad Channel who is Captain of the BCVFD. May you have a wonderful life together.
***After 54 years in business as Furrier to the women of Rockaway, Jay and Jay Furs will be closing its doors with a private sale for preferred clients and then a sale for the public through the end of the year. They have a wonderful selection of original designs, and I will always remember how kind it was of Mr. Jay to lend me a beautiful custom green sheared mink to wear in the parade one year!
"...For what's done is done and what's won is won, and what's lost is lost and gone forever. I can only pray for a bright brand new day...for the town I love so well."
   See you...On the Beach!


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