2002-01-19 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

Photography is one of my favorite art forms and there is a wonderful exhibit on display in the Vanderbilt Hall in the Grand Central Terminal building. This special exhibit depicts eighty-seven life-size photographs of World Trade Center survivors, relatives of victims, and emergency workers by former Life Magazine Photographer Joe McNally. The camera, itself, is most interesting. McNally uses a camera, designed by Dr. Edwin H. Land, founder of Polaroid, which produces 40-inch by 80-inch photographs! The free exhibit, "Faces of Ground Zero" captures the real life-size expressions of despair as
depicted in the face of a young burly firefighter dwarfed by the enormity of his immense task or the bone-tired rescue-worker pausing for a moment and then pushing himself to move on. The exhibit, sponsored by Time Magazine and Morgan Stanley, will travel to Boston, London, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. It beautifully memorializes the most horrific moment in our time.
  It was so nice to dine at La Nora with the pleasure of the Sullivan's company. Mrs. Rosemary Sullivan, her daughter Rosemary Sullivan Murphy and husband John Murphy took Owen and myself to La Nora in Howard Beach where we shared our wonderful memories of James Conway. I love seeing the Sullivans beacause they just remind me so much of my dear friend; and it is through their presence in my life that he continues to exist. They are such a wonderful family and Jimmy was so proud of them. As for our evening, we
dined on the best Northern Italian cuisine. The Porterhouse Steak that John and Rosemary had was enormous, the Baby Rack of Lamb looked very tasteful. I had my favorite Snapper Livornaise with capers, black olives, and onions...with fresh basil leaves on top. La Nora is perhaps one of the best four-star restaurants in our area. The decor is elegant, the lighting is very subtle, and the tables are big, round, and spacious. I prefer a lot of room between tables so you can be fully engaged in conversation without distraction. I thank the Sullivans for a lovely evening of warm friendship.
  Well, we're in the midst of that time of year again as our fundraising for our parade season is well under way. This Sunday, January 20, The James Conway Sullivan Memorial Queens County Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee will host its annual and very popular Hearts and Shamrocks Dance. As always, it will be held at Saint Camillus from 4 til 8pm. Music will be performed by the exciting Martin Quinn and his band. Tickets are $25, and may be obtained at the Blackwater Pub, R.B.I's, Kerry Hills, The Beach Club, or from any parade committee member. I look foward to seeing you all there!
  Many people have asked how or in what way they could continue the legacy of James Conway Sullivan. Well, you can continue to enjoy and frequent our benefits and of course the parade of which he was so proud. However, there have been many esteemed individuals and organizations like the Ancient Order of Hibernians, of which Jimmy had been a member, that have inquired as to how they could in some way do something on behalf of his memory. The family asks that donations be made to the parade committee so that a scholarship of some kind could be established. Donations have already been sent on behalf of the FDNY and Ronald McDonald House.

Mary McGuiness of McGuiness' Irish Imports in Brooklyn has been selected to march with the honor as our Female Grand Marshal. Congratulations also to Joseph Trainor on his selection as Deputy Grand Marshal! Slainte to all the honorees! Come celebrate them this Sunday at the Hearts and Shamrocks Dance!
  Barbara Morris has announced that tickets for our "100 Club" may be obtained from her at West End Realty. This exciting fifty/fifty raffle will have only a hundred $100 tickets sold. The lucky winner of five thousand dollars will be announced after the parade at the Awards Reception at Saint Rose of Lima Church. Barbara has also set aside certain ticket numbers that may be favored by those who had a particular number last year. Go see my friend Barbara and tell her how great she looks in her new custom Mahogany Jay and Jay Fur. She does!
  The Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 21 will host its annual Saint

Patrick's Day Dinner Dance on Saint Patrick's Day Sunday March 17! Tickets are $30 and includes a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner, beer, and set-ups. You will also be delightfully treated to the fabulous Band Brode Walsh from County Mayo!

Remember! Saint Patrick's Day 2002 falls on a Sunday; therefore, the big parade up fifth will be held on Saturday, March 16 because the parade is never held on a Sunday. Our parade, which is second in size and distinction to the Fifth Avenue parade, will be held on Saturday March 2nd.

This has surely been a week of prayers and condolences. It just never
seems to end. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the following families: Jimmy Healy and the Healy family of Beach 90 Street on the loss of their father George Healy. To Carolyn McCormack on the loss of her mother. To Loretta Buehler on the tragic loss of her young daughter Valerie.

Very special prayers to some people who are very dear to me: To Eugene Pasternak, who is thankfully recovering from open-heart surgery at Saint
Frances Hospital in Roslyn, Long Island. Eugene is the wonderful husband of my good friend Geraldine Chapey. Eugene is a valued parade committee and Community Planning Board 14 member. We wish you a successful and speedy recovery, as your wife, who is so accomplished in every area of her life, is so utterly lost without you!

I extend my sincere thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Maura Foley who has
endured two very painful surgeries on her spine. I've always been so very
fond of Mrs. Foley. She's a lovely lady. I've enjoyed our conversations on everything from family to clothes. She is such a special lady who exemplifies the lady-like look. My prayers for her and for her very nice husband Mike who is also a valued member of our parade committee.

Jack O'Gara, of Rockaway's O'Gara family fame, is out of the hospital and recovering in his home in Valley Stream from heart surgery. All your friends from Rockaway wish you and your wife, Jeanette Sullivan O'Gara, Godspeed.

Prayers for our parade committee Chairman Mike Benn's brother Richard Benn. Yet, "to everything, turn, turn, turn. There is a season...." The Benn family is also celebrating the recent engagement of son Michael to his fiancé, Kim. Best wishes to the Benn family.
   A special thank you to the greatest Chiropractor in the world! Dr. Morton Nussbaum! I was flat on my back for days and I couldn't get out of bed...Thanks to Dr. Nussbaum I feel so much better. Whatever he did, he cured my back of so much pain. I could ski, roller blade, dance, and do anything I want. I hope you never endure that kind of back pain; but if you do, PLEASE! go see Dr. Nussbaum. He'll fix you right up!
   See you.... On the Beach!

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