2002-03-16 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

To commemorate the six-month anniversary of the WTC attack, a Tribute in Light took place on Monday March 11. It was a clear night here in Rockaway and as I watched in awe the lighting of 88 bulbs, 600,000 watts of light. For the throng who gathered at the Bay Wall on Beach 116 Street, it was an emotional, yet comforting, experience to witness the memorial from across the bay. The beams of light seem to rise up forever reaching the heavens.

The use of two spirals of light was tastefully articulated, a brilliant use of technology and art, rising like a ghost of those two majestic buildings.

Using light is certainly a metaphor for the spirit of all those who perished
in the ashes. Light is also a refreshing statement that this city will rise up and prevail. It is extremely profound to be able to see it from Rockaway, where we lost so many lives. I would love very much to see our own permanent memorial located in a park on the bay at Beach 116 Street.

Six months to the day of the attack, FF Richie Allen was laid to rest. A beautiful Funeral Mass took place at Saint Frances de Sales where hundreds of Firefighters from throughout the city descended on Rockaway to pay tribute and their respect for the youngest FDENY member lost. Richie was with Ladder 15 and was on the job just a short time when he rose that morning to answer the call. My thoughts and prayers are with the Allen family as well as with the entire firefighting community in Rockaway.

***If you plan to go to The Saint Patrick's Day Parade, then why not celebrate all weekend. The Hotel Fitzpatrick is right off the parade route and they offer Irish Breakfast and lovely accommodations. I'm sure there will be many renowned Irish celebrities staying there this weekend for the big day. Try to attend the Mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral; and after the parade, you must dine at Kennedy's on W. 57th Street. They boast a full Irish Menu and festive ambiance. Request to sit by the roaring fire. The last time I was there I remember it being very special.

***Did you know....that the color of Saint Patrick is not green at all. It is a powder blue! The shamrock represents the three entities of the Catholic faith: the father, the son, and the holy spirit. And did you also know that Saint Patrick was not at all an Irishman; but in fact, he was born in England and kidnapped to Ireland when he was a young man. He traveled throughout Europe as a monk; but returned to Ireland to pursue his spiritual mission. Did you know...that the snakes that he drove from Ireland were the pagans, and that he brought Catholicism to Ireland.

***Tiberio Di Mare was the place to dine this past week. It was great, as
always, to join the Sullivans there. The Northern Italian fare is always consistantly divine! Ramon, the owner, will personally prepare anything off the menu that will surely satisfy your taste buds. Tina and Rudy will serve, pamper, and treat you like the family you will surely become. You must try their Fillet Mignon smothered in mushrooms. I happen to love anything from the sea! You must try their Snapper Livornaise; or just close your eyes and pick anything from the menu. You will crave your next return to Tiberio's.
Reservations are highly recommended on weekends.

***My friend Barbara (as in West End Real Estate) Morris will be hosting the Grand opening of her new location East End Realty. The open house fete will take place on March 22 from 1'til 4pm at 1052 Central Avenue (Beach 20 Street). Stop in and wish her well!

***My hometown of Great Neck, Long Island celebrated Gold Medallist Sarah Hughes and rolled out the red carpet with a glorious parade throughout the North Shore Village. Nearly 60,000 people came out to cheer her on as she drove in a Rolls Royce Corniche convertible with her coach and parents by her side. The parade ended at Great Neck North High School where Senators Hillary Clinton, Charles Schumer, and other political icons spoke of her wonderful accomplishment. Congratulations, Sarah on bringing home the gold to the "gold coast"!

***Congratulations and best wishes to Dr. James Henry on the opening of your new Orthopedic practice in Far Rockaway. Many of you may know the talented Dr. Henry from South Island Orthopedic Group in Cedarhurst. He is now located in a brand new facility located across from St. John's Hospital at 347 Beach 19 Street. I came to know and very much admire Dr. Henry when he performed several surgeries on Owen. Several years ago, Owen had fallen nearly forty feet off the roof and onto the concrete pavement below. He sustained complex and serious injuries to his leg, shoulder, and back. His recovery, along with Dr. Henry's surgical talents even amazed and surpassed Dr. Henry's own expectations. In fact, Dr. Henry only expected that Owen would have merely 45 degree range in his shoulder. He has complete 100 degree range thanks to Dr. Henry. During those months when I took care of Owen, I will always be grateful to Dr. Henry for taking my late night, and often frantic, phone calls. Dr. Henry is charming, witty, and can tell a great Irish joke or two! Although it was a painful and traumatic experience, we actually looked forward to our appointments with him. Best wishes, Dr. Henry!
***Celebrating Saint Patrick's Day Birthdays are: Molly Faherty and Robin Durant. Also Happy Birthday wishes to little Katrina Marie Gummerman who turned a feisty six years old on March 14, and to Dennis Hazel and Peter Grassia who are both born on St. Joseph's Day!

***Special thanks to Lenny Kohn of Rockaway Graphics for doing such an
creative job on the two banners, car banners, and arm bands he made for me for parade day. Lenny, you are always able to anticipate what I want...and that isn't always so easy! Thanks, again and again!
   See you....On the Beach!

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