2002-09-14 / Columnists

Boyle-ing Points

By Kevin Boyle

A Great Community

Because of the 24/7 omnipresent media coverage of the 9-11 anniversary I'd like to sidestep the topic but it's nearly impossible. Regular readers know that this space is often reserved for irreverence and humor that sometimes misses its mark by a galaxy or more, but this week...well, it's hard to have any thoughts at all unrelated to last year's attack.

Rockaway, once again, did itself proud at Tuesday night's Interfaith ceremony held at the St. Francis De Sales schoolyard. I don't know how many people were there but the 600 seats set up ahead of time didn't come close to holding the overflow crowd. It was somber and moving yet tinged with hope. As candles burned in a thickening fog, I thought, what a country, what a community. A salute to all who organized and to all who attended---you helped remind us that we mourn with reason and have reason to look forward.

*** For those of you who missed it, Tommy Carroll was among a small handful of firefighters who were invited onto the field as part of the pre-game ceremony at the NY Giants home opener. It looked like he could handle a few downs for the hometown favorites. He was thrilled because it was the first time an usher didn't order him back to the cheap seats.

*** It's this Sunday. The Graybeards will hold their Inaugural Blood Drive on Sunday, September 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the St. Francis de Sales school gym on Beach 129 Street. All Rockaway residents are encouraged to participate to help collect blood that is in short supply, especially at this time of year. To register or find out how you can help, please call 318-3890.

***Marty Feeney's not the only one who continually bops me over the head about Broad Channel's sporting glories. A little birdie (no relation to those at the sanctuary) tells me that the Broad Channel B-ball team was runner-up in the Men's St. Francis de
Sales Summer Classic. The buzz throughout the schoolyard was about the stellar play of Whoopie Larkin, Marty Feeney jr., and Michael Louis --- who, of course, were greatly assisted by a number of BC paragons, the Tubridys. Kudos to the Palmese twins, coach Pat and player Jack, who help hoops thrive in the Channel.

***Okay, some airlines are charging fat people for two seats. I hope they're charging Calista Flockhart and Lara Flynn Boyle half price when they fly together.

***Ok, even if the US is going to go after Saddam, maybe we shouldn't give him such a heads up. He might hide as well as Osama Bin Laden or even worse, Enron's Ken Lay. Whatever happened to that guy?

***Kevin McCormack issued a Mark Twain---the reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated. Apparently, the legendary athlete hasn't come close to reaching his prime (and he still has a few years of eligibility left). Seems some rivals planted that canard about him being finished----start the investigation.

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