2002-08-10 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter ...And What A Night It Was!

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter
...And What A Night It Was!

It seems that all of Rockaway, and points beyond, came out to celebrate and support The 100 Precinct Community Council's annual Night Out Against Crime. To me, this kind of event is what living in Rockaway is all about! The evening commenced with a special Hometown Heroes Parade honoring our U.S. Armed Forces, NYPD, FDNY, EMS, and Volies. They marched with pride down Beach 116 Street to the Beach Club where the festivities were held. As I walked toward the beach, I could literally feel the magnetic enthusiasm and spirit that was in the air! I remember last year's Fireworks display and how special it was; but this year's was perhaps much more poignant because of all we have collectively endured as a community due to the World Trade Center attack and all of the local lives lost. Mayor Bloomberg, who attended as promised, presented 100 Precinct Community Council President John McLoughlin with a Proclamation and praised the 100 Precinct's achievements in keeping crime down. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly genuinely stated his personal sentiments for Rockaway and noted how many people from his department were lost in the attack. Among the other dignitaries were Borough President Hellen Marshall, Congressman Anthony Weiner, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, and Councilman Joseph Addabbo, along with many top brass from the NYPD. After the speeches were given in the Ocean Room at the Beach Club, and under a beautiful moonlit sky, Rockaway celebrated with all its verve! The council had an information booth staffed by dedicated community-minded people like Nancy Woods, Sandee and Jate Doremus, Joanne Greenberg, and Harold and Bernadette Rochelle. Families were provided with free photos and fingerprinting of their children through Allstate Insurance's Safewise Kids program. The entire theme of the evening was our sense of family and community. For the young and young at heart, there was so much to do and be part of!

The Rockaway Theatre Company, with its wonderful Artistic Director John Gilleece, performed sensational tap choreography to Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and the Cadawan Marshall Arts troupe performed as well. And then there was the adorable curly haired little girl who stole the show as well as everybody's hearts!  It was great to see people like Marilyn and Lenny Kohn, Doug MacLeod with his lovely girlfriend, the McManus family, Joanie George with her handsome son Anthony, Patrick Smith, who did a great job selling neon necklaces for the council, Joe Sulik, who expressed his delight with the community board's decision to dedicate the park on Shorefront Parkway "McGuire Park". Joe is a real avid basketball fan and has fond memories of Al McGuire and playing basketball on Beach 108 Street. I was also speaking with Broad Channel's Eddie O'Hare, who if he has his way, and I believe he will, predicts that Governor Pataki will be offered the #2 spot as V.P IF W is re-elected; but in my estimation, that's a big IF!

Congratulations to the 100 Precinct Council, and also to Steven, Kenny, Fran, Eddie, and the entire Beach Club Staff who acted as wonderful host to this worthwhile event.
***That was indeed Rockaway in that commercial on the Fox News Network the other night! I commend the Chamber of Commerce for its innovative ways in promoting Rockaway!
***I'd like to express my warm welcome to Liz Guarino to The Wave. Liz, who writes the Broad Channel Bits column, has been doing such a great job representing this special part of Rockaway. Broad Channel has not been represented this well in quite a while and I just want to let Liz know how much I, and I'm sure many others, enjoy her column!
***Congratulations to Matthew Safis, of Rockaway Revitalization Inc. on Beach 115 Street, on the birth of his new granddaughter. Best Wishes.   
***See you.... On the Beach!

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