Family Fun, Festival was a fantastic fun day for all at the Breezy Point Ballfield this past Friday. Beer, burgers, hot dogs, soda, music, a dunking machine at the Spiderman booth. (An accurate shot dunked a child in a dunk tank from a board above). Face painting, magic tricks etc. Chinese auction and raffles, raffles for the 50/50 drawing that they claimed brought in more than $25,000 for the fireman’s 911 memorial monument fund. It was a great success. Terry Williams was at the entrance gate, selling arms length raffle tickets and told me that he and Jimmy Adams formed the first Pipe Band on the Rockaway peninsula. Every Thursday at the Catholic Club, they teach free bagpipe lessons to women and children. They now have 45 members that are 95 percent from Breezy. All are welcome. Call Terry Williams for more info. Donald Ritter was closing up his attractive Surf Shop stocked with bathing suits, wet suits, shoes, shorts dresses, pants etc., and even roller blade wheels. Donald, one of the nicest persons I have ever met is taking an EMT training course that will be completed on Aug. 15. He is learning Life Saving; such as dealing with trauma, heart attacks, strokes and other life threatening emergencies. A volunteer Fireman for over 10 years he tries to live each day to the image of his father who passed away last year. Gals, this guy is one in a million; honest, upstanding, ethical with a backbone of integrity. If we could only clone him, what a great world we would have. What a super, super catch! (Mosey into his shop, pick out a pair of shorts. and maybe you can meet him). Gladys Crowley, Nancy and Tom Mulligan, Maria, Richard Levh and daughter, Hollis and their adorable twins, Clara and Peter, were among the many attendees.
Best of luck and happiness to Carey McNally, (Don McNally’s daughter) became a bride last Saturday. She and maid of honor and brides maids were made beautiful by makeup artist, Janet of Salon "J" and coifed by co-worker Jerry, now of Salon "J". And, I understand, Carey looked gorgeous.
Grace McCloskey badly sprained her ankle as she fell over an object in her home and was bandaged and limping in church last week. Hope you are feeling better, Grace. She wants it to be known she is not engaged to Lew Simon. She only wants to keep him as her boy-toy.
The Breezy Point Golden Age Club in the St. Thomas More Parish Hall will present the Broadway Show, "Fiddler on the Roof" by Plaza Theatrical production, Inc. on Sunday, July 28. Members $25, non members $30, cash bar. Call Renee Lacey.
The Editorial piece in The Wave by Howard Schwach that ran last week disturbed many people who expressed that to me. I feel I must address the reference to the Pledge of Allegiance "Under God" issue. A month or so following the WTC tragedy. I expressed my opinion that prayer should be brought back into school as well as the Pledge of Allegiance. However, these statements never appeared in print in my column. The editorial this past week claimed children could be disturbed about including "God" in the Pledge of Allegiance or to even to say a silent prayer. Our editor found this disturbing as a child and felt that the "God" our nation refers to is Catholic. I do not know how he came to that conclusion? Our forefathers were not Catholic. Our Nation was founded under the guidance of God. On every coin you find, "In God is our Trust". What is wrong with that? It is our tradition. This is what made our nation the strongest nation in the world. We do not refer to a god of one denomination. This is our universal "God" ("A rose by any other name will smell as sweet") And "God" be he in name of Allah, Buddha, Mohammad is still the goodness within us. Without guidance from "God" we have complete Chaos". That is why nations crumble……..because without God, Satan steps in and causes corruption. If a child does not want to say "God" so be it, let him walk out of the room or remain silent, but don’t deprive others of calling on our greatest spiritual force to help us and our nation remain strong and kind and giving. "God" is good. Why should we alleviate the goodness in our lives? There are many, many more religious people in this country than there are those who have no "God" to look up to in their lives. The majority wins and that is the way our country has always been. Our voting system proves that. " God" makes no ruling on our laws. There is no conflict between religion and state. We are only offering freedom of religion….freedom to be able to say "God" in any form in our classrooms. Even President Bush and the Congressmen agree to keep "Under God" in our Pledge of allegiance". Why fight such a thing? Let’s just concentrate on fighting the evil in our lives and call upon "God" to help us do so. To be blessed as this nation is a wonderful thing.
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