2001-12-29 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

As we close out and say goodbye to what has been a most horrendous year, I want to acknowledge and express my personal gratitude to those who have in some way touched my life.

First and foremost, on the grand scale, would have to be Mayor Giuliani for carrying the scepter of hope in the face our city's and nation's greatest adversity. Time Magazine could not have chosen anyone else for its Person Of The Year Award. It is my personal hope that Giuliani returns for another term in the future. He's simply the greatest and has made us all so very proud to be New Yorkers as well as Americans.
  Locally, I would have to express my gratitude to Monsignor Martin Geraghty for his strength, faith, and relentless dedication as our spiritual leader. He rose to such a horrendous task of comforting so many thousands of people during the past several months.

Personally, I have my own list of those to whom I want to express my gratitude. They deserve special recognition for either how they have enhanced my life, or for simply being who they are, or for enhancing the lives of so many people around me. They are: Owen Baxter, Geraldine Chapey and Eugene Pasternak, Mary Bright, Steven and Kenny Good, Liz Sulik, Carl Alviado, Michael Reilly, Greg Angelos, Mary Alice Lane, Joann Waters, Father Peter Gillen, The Knights of Columbus and Tavern Owners Association, Susan Locke, Dorothy Dunne, Gary Toms, Howie Schwach, Joanie George, Local NYPD, FDNY, EMS, and NYC Sanitation workers, all our local civic groups, and of course the local artists who continue to inspire us. I'm sure I've left out quite a few; but the list can go on and on.....

And, In memory of those whom we've lost, I celebrate the gift of their friendship and their enduring impact on my life and the lives of the so many whom they've touched. They are: James Conway Sullivan, Rabbi Joseph Weiss, Leon S. Locke, Eugene Trainor, Arlene Slattery, Ellen Slattery Milmore, Dr. Burton Satlpeter, and the so many who were lost in the WTC and American Airline Tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of all who have suffered such immeasurable loss.
  A warm Cead Mile Failte to Father Devine as he returns to Saint Rose of Lima Parish for weekly Mass.

I feel that if there is any sort of consolation or lesson of this past year it would have to be that we need to celebrate, feel, and worship life and strive with every breath toward its perfection. Now....on to 2002!
  See you...On the Beach!      

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