2002-04-20 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

   There has been such a wave of enthusiasm in response to my piece last week on Arverne-By-The-Sea. It's nice to know that my column is so well read! Indeed there are many aspects to the development that will be addressed; and I will attempt to inform, include, and engage you as the project advances; but what I most hope to convey is that for those of us who feel blessed to live here, we are truly living on the cusp of some very exciting times ahead. The writer Gertrude Stein once wrote in her description of Los Angeles, "there's no "there" there!". In many ways, and for much too long, Arverne has been this indefinable place, without an identity. In a few years time, it will realize its own potential as a beautiful seascape. Stay tuned!
   I hope you have been taking advantage of this beautiful summer-like weather we've been having! I ventured out and got on my rollerblades for the first time this season. I love any kind of sport that has motion and speed! It's just so freeing, with the sea breeze in your hair! But do "save the face" and wear plenty of sunscreen!
   As for this nonsense about there being a ban on all "personal water sports" in Gateway National Park areas, I have to respectfully disagree with Howie Schwach, my confrere at The Wave! It seems absolutely ludicrous to be surrounded by water and not be able to use the waters for personal recreation. The ocean and the bay are our greatest assets; and rather than there being a ban on these kinds of sports, we should be promoting our waters and attracting water recreation businesses! We complain about Rockaway being the forgotten jewel of the city. We complain that we have nothing to attract people to come here; and then while we should be boasting our greatest asset, we implement new rules and silly laws that prohibit any kind of progress. If you go to any water resort in the world, you will always find water sports! What would Key West be like if there wasn't jet-skiing? We should be attracting businesses that offer sports like parasailing, windsurfing, and jet-skiing! We should have a marina and a pier with lovely shops...Mon Dieu! we have a boardwalk that goes on for miles; yet there isn't a single business that offers bicycle rentals! We have wonderful trails up at Fort Tilden, yet we haven't a single stable where one could ride horses! It's been quite a while since I tried it, but I love jet-skiing! It's thrilling, exciting, and FUN! I hope to be able to do it again this summer. After all, we are soooo lucky to be able to live in a place where you could come home in the summer after work and go jet-skiing around the bay. I know that this ban is a law first proposed by the Clinton Administration and it's always the liberals who impede any kind of progress.

As for the distraction it imposes upon those who like peace and quiet while dining al fresco on the bay, Howie, a little noise is great once in a while. It means we're having fun!
   I can just hear the moaning liberals now when the developers of Arverne-By-The-Sea begin to break ground. I have a vision of a bulldozer (progress) up against a piping plover with a stop sign!

***Congratulations to the Sullivan family on the birth of James Reynolds Sullivan! He was born on April 7 at Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut weighing 7lbs. 4oz.. Proud parents Danny and Wendy Sullivan, along with his new brothers Gregory and Jake, Grandmother Rosemary Sullivan and Aunt and Uncle John and Rosemary Sullivan Murphy are all overjoyed. James Reynolds Sullivan is named for his late and much beloved uncle James Conway Sullivan, as well as for his grandmother Rosemary Reynolds Sullivan. He is destined to be a special person in this world! Welcome to our world, James Reynolds Sullivan!

***Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Featherston on the Christening of your son, Joseph Gerard! The Featherston's celebrated the occasion with family and friends at the Yacht Club in Belle Harbor.

***It was nice to see Mrs. Nancy Vardakis recently at Tiberio's. Nancy, who is always radiant and an inspiration, has, along with her late husband Charles, been generous benefactors to many worthwhile causes involving Peninsula Hospital. Among her many successful endeavors is the fabulous Angels On The Bay Unit at the hospital. Vardakis is currently involved with the renovation plans for the new Oncology Unit. I hope to do a story about it as it progresses. It's always nice to see you, Nancy.

***Condolences to the family of Hugo Rogers who was a very nice man who will be missed.

***The Broad Channel Athletic Club will be hosting its 8th Annual Opening Day Parade on Saturday April 27th…and you're all invited! The parade will step off promptly at 10am from Broad Channel Park on Cross Bay Boulevard at 16th Road. Since the parade has poignant meaning this year in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11, it will honor our "Home Town Heroes". The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department will be the Grand Marshal's. Participating in the festivities will be members of the Fire Department, Police Department, EMS, and construction workers who rose to the call that tragic day. 100 Precinct Captain Talamo will lead the NYPD and 47 Battalion Chief will lead Engine 266. It is so important that the children understand and share in what promises to be a most patriot experience. There will be a celebration following the parade at Memorial Field located on Cross Bay Boulevard at 1st Road. Come out and join the Little League as we celebrate our hometown heroes. Contact BCAC President Martin Feeney or Parade Chairwoman Jan Minihane for more details.

***"Oh not another one!" Happy Birthday wishes to Anne McKeon and Mary Bright (your wonderful Mike has a big surprise for you!). Also celebrating birthdays are brother and sister Peter and Kelly O'Keane! While some families seem flat, the Keane family must be bubbling over with excitement these days as the nuptials near for the marriage of Kelly O'Keane and Mike Tremblay. Best wishes!

***See you…On the Beach!   

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