Breezy Point Community devastated over the loss of Louis Ritter, a retired fireman who never missed a day's work. He was a WW II and Korean War Veteran who earned many, many medals and was very active in the Veterans of Foreign War. He was married to the late Helen Ritter and sired eight children: Maureen Ritter, owner of former Digs II in Atlantic Beach; Clare Timmons, owner of Breezy Super Market with brother Donald Ritter, who also owns the Surf Shop and resided with his father up until his hospitalization; Patricia Crowley, with whom he stayed overnight many times, Louis Ritter, who flew in from Las Vegas with his wife, Debbie; Ellen Pintaura; Caryn Ritter and Sheila McCarthy, carrying his 17th grandchild ..all at his side at his demise. He left 16 grandchildren with one on the way and was dearly loved by all, especially Nicole Crowley who was nearby.
You had to know him to love him. Not only did he have movie star looks, but he was such a gentle, kind and good living man who raised beautiful children with his wife, Helen. They were a model of good family living in the community and their children follow suit. He will be deeply missed by all of them. He was not only a father, but also a friend and each and every child was the apple of his eye. Farewell, Louis Ritter. It was a pleasure and privilege to know you. We may not see you around anymore but you will not be gone you will live on in the life and good works of your beloved children. A beautiful legacy to leave to our world.
William Thompson, our new City Comptroller appeared before members of The City Club at a luncheon at the National Arts Club to speak on the problems facing the city and how he is going to tackle them. He will do his best, he said, to handle the city budget without taking away the needs of our educational system especially improving and building new schools. He will award good teachers and dismiss the bad ones and raise teacher's salary and pension without raising taxes. Lower Manhattan will be rebuilt with office buildings, housing, museums, nightclubs, hotels and, of course, a memorial will be built on the WTC site.
When questioned about gambling in New York City, he said, "I am not fully in agreement of New York City gambling, but one of the best sites for gambling is the Rockaways". It will, of course, take a few years to completely establish gambling casinos there. He is taking a long look at these possibilities. From what I could gather it seems this project has a good chance of going through. Thompson is a product of the Public School system and is very committed to upgrading books and technical equipment as well as awarding good teachers and dismissing bad ones. He definitely is not in favor of turning the school system over to the city and is working on the best solution. Former Mayor Dinkins was among the many guests.
As mentioned above regarding rebuilding lower Manhattan, Mayor Bloomberg and former Mayor Giuliani appeared at the Ribbon Cutting for the brand new, Battery Park Ritz Carlton Hotel that opened on Tuesday of this week. It was a gala, gala affair that started at noon and ran through into the evening with music and non-stop glorious food. The hotel is magnificent with spectacular views of the Hudson River and Battery Park. In each room is a telescope for finer viewing of the water and the fully clothed Statue of Liberty that is all they can see. There is a huge beautiful terrace on an upper floor that is perfect for corporate receptions wedding receptions or receptions of any kind that overlooks the city and river. The guest rooms are spacious and elegant with oversized marble bathrooms and all the amenities you could possibly need. You simply must see this outstanding hotel gem in downtown New York that will really give this part of the city the boost it needs. Well-known artist Peter Max (see photo) said he gave the hotel some of his paintings for display.
At a Cocktail Party and Auction at the Rockefeller Center Sophora to raise funds for the first Fragrance Museum in America, the Annette Green Museum at 145 East 32nd St. where you will find the history of perfume, a smelling center, aroma-chology, sculptures, packaging and more. Arlene Dahl who is still as gorgeous as ever as you can see from the photo was there with husband, Marc Rosen, who is a famous perfume bottle designer. Arlene Dahl was one of the celebrities there to lend support.
Lalique introduced their new Lalique fragrance, a heavenly scent, at their Madison Avenue Shop, and I was stunned by their selections of limited editions perfumes in their exquisite design bottles as well as their sparkling colorful crystal earrings, necklaces and bracelets and their handsome, high quality handbags. A pleasurable way to browse and fantasize a part of your day.
Michael Jordan's Restaurant in Grand Central Station was the site of the Air Jordan XVII basketball Nike sneaker promotion. Spike Lee showed up but couldn't get close enough to take a photo of him. However, I was able to engage Ian Smith, the Doctor on the NBC Health segment, in conversation for a few minutes. (See photo).
John Crowley, formerly of Breezy Point, now of Florida is proud to announce the wedding of his son, Francis, to the love of his life Laura, this weekend in Florida. The reception will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Key Largo. Congratulations and happiness!
George Angle and Howard Gorlitz will be embarking soon on a 7-day Caribbean NCL Cruise out of Miami. They will give us a report on their return.
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Dorothy Dunne with Arlene Dahl at Sophora Rockefeller Center.
Dorothy with Dr. Ian Smith at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse.
Dorothy with Peter Max at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park.
Photos by Joe Ballaris