2002-10-19 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

As the temperature falls, it's time to get out those beautiful cashmere sweaters and Burberry shawls and mufflers. If you have an insatiable appetite for the "sport" of shopping, then the season is perfect for a scenic drive up to the Woodbury Commons. Located just an hour and a half away in Harriman New York, The Woodbury Commons is an adventure in shopping! Spend the day, or even an entire weekend at one of the quaint local inns or hotels, and you will find much value for your winter wardrobe. Amidst the Catskill mountains, in its campus-like outdoor setting, you can romp from one cottage boutique to another with an array of American and European designers like Gucci, Burberry, Prada, Faragamo, Anne Klein, Ralph Lauren, Escada, St. John, Donna Karan, Boch and Villeroy, and so much more!  So take advantage of the nice weather and treat yourself to a visit to the Woodbury Commons!
   LOCAL PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Our very own writer of the Boyling Points column, Kevin Boyle will be celebrating the much anticipated release of his new book, Braving The Waves, Rockaway Rises and Rises Again. Published by Rising Star Press, Kevin's tribute to Rockaway is a compilation of its history as well as personal stories from many local residents. There is quite a buzz about this book; and I, personally, look forward to its release during the first week of November. In the wake of all we as a community have endured, this book is a must have for anyone who so proudly calls Rockaway home; as well as a thoughtful gift to share for the holidays. Congratulations, Kev!
   Also deserving of many accolades is my friend Dr. Geraldine Chapey who organized, along with Jack King and their committee, such a successful Rally for Peace in Israel. A throng of over three hundred people from both the Catholic and Jewish communities came out for this multi-ethnic demonstration of support for our Democratic ally in the Middle East. I've known Dr. Chapey, both personally and professionally, for over a decade; and I know first-hand her passion and enthusiasm for a cause in which she so much believes. I think that what makes her so remarkable, relevant, and effective is her ability to bring different factions of our community together. I think Monsignor Geraghty articulated it best when he praised Dr. Chapey for galvanizing the Catholic community for this important cause. Geraldine was feted that evening with a rousing ovation at West End Temple. I know that Rabbi Weiss, who dedicated much of his life to the Rockaway Catholic Jewish Council, would have been proud.

Congratulations, Geraldine. You make us all proud by your example!
   She went to the chapel and she got married! Breezy Point Contractor Richard Steffens is proud to announce the marriage of his daughter Tara to Mr. James Comer. The couple will reside in Boston. Best wishes!
   Belle Harbor resident Kenny Huhn takes on! Yes, that man about town is challenging Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer for her seat in the State Assembly. But mind you, the Conservative Republican who is running on the Independence Line hasn't any expectation of winning. So, one might wonder what's his point? Well, Kenny states that that's exactly why he's running! He hopes to demonstrate that unless you're the "party darling" of the "Republicrats", it's impossible for one to run and win; and the district will never be offered a fair choice of candidates. Hmmm!
   Happy Birthday wishes to Owen Baxter! Come celebrate with the Cavan Thrush all weekend long at the "beautiful, respectful, artistic, theatrical, musical" Palm Garden Pub!
   See you...On the Beach!   

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