2002-06-08 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Parishioners of St. Thomas More and St. Edmund's Churches in Breezy and Rockaway Point are saddened dearly loved and admired Father Hugh Byrnes is retiring after 40 years of service as a devoted and dedicated priest. His most interesting and educational homilies, especially those on the history of the Catholic Church, will be greatly missed. He was known to make you think and think differently about yourself, the church and the role you play in the scheme of things. He explained how gifted we all are in our unique ways and how we must share our gifts to make our world a better place. Though there has been a blot on our clergy in the most recent months, there was never any shadow of doubt that Father Hugh Brynes was one who lived an exemplary life with deep compassion and concern to heal the troubled souls with whom he came in contact. We need more men of his stature and caliber to carry on the works of the Catholic Church. We wish you well, Father Byrne and may you continue your good works in a different capacity while enjoying the fruits of your labor. Good luck and peaceful days in your retirement. Please come back anytime and as many times as you wish. Our arms are forever open to welcome you and greet you with love and appreciation for all you have done for your parishioners wherever you have served.

Former coach of NBA, Michael Donlevy from Neponsit was at Kennedy's with a group of friends and associates. His son is All American at Duke University. Kenny Obermuller was brunching with his mother, Silvia, who just celebrated her 89th birthday on May 1. Another 89th year celebrant was Matriarch Cassano surrounded by family, daughters Joan Cassano and Coleen, sons Bob, Mike and Dick, grandchildren and great, great grandchild, Sophia. Lisa Coleaginile graduated from St. John's University and grandma, Grace, was celebrating her 79th birthday at Kennedy's while Pat O'Sullivan marked his 70th birthday with his family and nephew, Paul Bernert who flew in from Dallas to join them for brunch and to honor his uncle. Congratulations to all.

Good luck to Lauren Raphael, waitress at Kennedy's, who is now interning at the Wave.

Grace McClosky hosted a party, with a Bag Piper and all, for her cousins, Maureen and son Craig who received the trip for his 18th birthday. They flew over from Domfries (home of Robert Burns, who lived next door). Bob Zelek was one of the big greeters with nephew and Bag Piper, James Murphy McCarthy along with Grace's mom, Teresa, Peter Lynskey from Roxbury, Mabel Reid, Anna Moriarty, Pat Devine, Ann Hesline who was in good voice as usual and suggested we all read Donald Cozzen's new book, "Changing Face of the Priesthood."

Grace announced July 7 at 6 p.m. at Fort Tilden an extravaganza of an evening will take place featuring Donegolan Dancers (4) from Riverdance and Cherish The Ladies. There will be plenty of singing dancing and fun, fun fun. Bring a picnic basket, a beach chair and refreshments and have a ball! It is FREE! Barbara Eisenstadt is working with Grace to make this event a big success.

At "Janets" salon I saw there was Dr. Geraldine Chapey, professor at CUNY, who has been so helpful in raising funds and grants for the seniors in Breezy Point and all of the Rockaways. She told me her husband Eugene has recovered nicely from his heart surgery. Eugene now works with Geraldine at the Democratic Club while Geraldine is busy, busy sending senior groups all over for lunches and entertainment. Give her a call and join her next venture. I am sure you will have fun. Just being around Geraldine is a barrel of laughs.

Don't miss the American Arts and Crafts Museum at the Seventh Regiment Armory, NYC this week. It focuses on Contemporary art and is absolutely marvelous. You will be awe struck when you see some of the great creations. I attended the preview reception and I highly recommend it.

It was a beautiful evening and a heavenly setting at the Wildlife Conservatory Fund raiser held in the open air at the Central Park Zoo. All THE elite were there in their gorgeous gowns and tuxes. The beautiful people of High Society went all out to aid this important charity at the "Penguins and Pearls" Gala. If you are interested in attending next year do give Wildlife Conservatory a call.

Simply Beautiful has the most beautiful musical jewelry boxes and miniature size dressers to hold your gems that will be seen on WNYX-TV this week Mon. to Fri. Also you will see the stunning cruise-ship handbag to buy. Timmy Weeds of Beverly Hills, Ca. that created raves when I wore it aboard the brand newly refurbished ms Princemdam Holland America Ship, which I will tell you more about next week.


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