2002-05-11 / Community

Former Wave Scribe Ties Knot

By Rona Barrett

By Rona Barrett

In a lavish affair attended by several hundred peninsula celebrities, former Jamaica Bay Softball reporter Brian Dickesheid wed local beauty Kathy Hillis on Friday, March 15. Following a beautiful ceremony at St. Camillus, revelers invaded Howard Beach to fete the happy couple in a rollicking celebration at Russo's on the Bay.

DJ Teddy Rauertt emceed with his customary panache but seemed to lose steam while introducing a seemingly endless wedding party. As the crowd roared its approval, the newly minted Mr. & Mrs. Dickesheid entered the proceedings to the accompaniment of a pyrotechnics display that evoked comparisons to a 1980's Def Leppard concert. During numerous, spirited dance numbers, the high-stepping groom displayed a surprisingly remarkable talent for showmanship. Nattily clad in a top hat, cane, and two-tone shoes, Dickesheid bore striking resemblance to a figment of Damon Runyan's imagination.

During the disco fever of the late 1970's, former Studio 54 gatekeeper Mark Benecke gained a measure of notoriety for his exclusionary admissions standards. In trying to achieve the perfect mixture of Studio personalities, he coined the phrase "…tossing the salad." Clearly, this social mantra was not lost on the bride and groom. In devising their guest list, the Dickesheid's managed to assemble a staggering hybrid of Rockaway's glitterati. The result was a momentous occasion that history won't soon forget. Where else could one observe "Zoo Frogs" mingling with members of "The Monday Crew" and the "R.I.B.S.?!?"

The Rockaways have been profoundly affected by the events of September 11, 2001. A tragic plane crash on November 12 served to only exacerbate the pain. This unprecedented level of suffering has seemed oddly uncharacteristic in a community noted for its festive lifestyle. For the first time in several months, Rockaway seemed to celebrate as a community. A hearty congratulations and gratitude to the bride, groom, their families, and the institution of marriage for creating such a special evening….much needed and long overdue.

For better or worse…..

1) Legendary hoopster/club impresario Diamond Frank Walker performed admirably in his duties as Best man. His toast served as a glowing testimonial to the merits friendship, loyalty, and brotherly love…

2) Far from the comfort of his perch at the Irish Circle door, fabled lady-killer Kenny "Dutch" Green proved a capable "…road team." He was observed squiring numerous hotties to the dance floor. No reports as of yet about indiscriminate necking in the Russo's parking lot.

3) The bridesmaids were all treated to the "follicular stylings" of local artists Ritchie O'Connor. His hard work did not go unnoticed as DJ Teddy indulged him with a rendering of "The Grease Megamix."


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