2002-12-14 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

Parties! Parties! Parties!

On The Beach... With Beverly Baxter

T'is the season! And it's the most wonderful time of the year! It's all about being with family and friends and being in the spirit of love. That's what this season means to me. Of course there have been so many Holiday parties that it's rather hard to keep up with all the invitations! However, there was one party that I attended recently that was really all about family and the matriarch of that family.

Kathleen Sharkey of Belle Harbor was feted last weekend at a Surprise Party at The Harbor Light given in her honor by her husband Tom and their stunningly handsome five sons: Tommy, Johnny, Patrick, Joseph, and Robert. Each of her sons paid their own personal tribute, which was both witty and heartfelt. Raising five sons was hardly an easy task and her sons reminded her of their gratitude. There is the adage that "behind every great man is a great woman"; however, when you meet the "Sharkey Boys" who are all well accomplished men in their own right, you get a sense of the kind of extraordinary mother who raised them. They are each a wonderful reflection of her and their father Tom, who is always the most gracious gentleman. I always enjoy the occasion of being in their company. Kathleen looked radiant as always; and although one should never ask a woman her age, I would absolutely defy you to guess! Kathleen is also the "matriarch" of the Baxter family. Brothers Owen and John and sister in-law Teresa Baxter, and sisters Bridie McCotter, Molly Faherty, and Anne McKeon were also in attendance, as well as Kathleen's six grandchildren: Jack, Caitlin, Jennifer, Ryan, Diana, and little Alex! Other family members also came out to celebrate this great, great lady! Happy Birthday, "Dr. Sharkey", you wear it so well!

At another party, local author Kevin Boyle surprised everybody there with his presence all night long! His book, Braving the Waves: Rockaway Rises...and Rises Again has been enthusiastically received by the media and all those who have been lucky enough to get a copy. The book is available at fine bookstores, online at Amazon.com, and locally, at The Gift Is Love, The Wave, and Sammy's on B. 129th Street. You may also find Kevin's mother with a backpack of copies standing in front of Waldbaum's! And if Lew Simon takes credit and tells you that he wrote the book, Mrs. Boyle will set him straight!
   Congressman Anthony Weiner purchased 450 copies to give as holiday presents to his colleagues in Congress.

Special Happy Birthday wishes to Kevin's son, Sean Boyle who turned five years old on November 30th!

PARADE NEWS: At a recent meeting of the James Conway Sullivan Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee, a vote was taken to honor as our 2003 Female Grand Marshall renowned Irish and American radio personality Teresse Smyth. Also being honored as a Deputy Grand Marshall will be Mr. John Hennessey, Branch Manager of North Fork Bank. I met John recently at a holiday party and he is most honored to have been selected along with our fine roster of honorees.

The parade committee members are hoping that the roadwork along Newport Avenue, which will become our parade route on March 1st, will be finished in time for the parade. Lew, here's something you can take credit for!!

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 21, will host their annual Irish Christmas Concert featuring Andy Cooney. The concert, which is always a popular event, will take place at Saint Rose on Sunday December 22 at 2pm. Joining Andy Cooney, are Noel V. Ginnity, Emer Hartnett, Pat Marane, Matt Fisher, and Irish Step-Dancers Stuart O'Connor and Catherine Watson. Contact Mike Keller, Pat McGrath, or Mike McCarthy for tickets.

"Holiday Spirit," an original play is currently being performed at Baxter's Playhouse on B116 Street and will run every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm through the end of December. The theatre troupe of local talent, their original work, and the historic setting of the Playhouse, have been featured in the New York Post; and most recently, with photographs of the cast, in Newsday. Other original plays that have been mounted by this talented ensemble include: "Lucky Sal's Last Sale," and "Desire In the Sachem Sun." Their next play will be "A Better You." Tickets are $5 at the door. The shows all present a message and are for all ages. It's a wonderful way to spend a weekend afternoon in our town.

If you are looking for a great restaurant, you need not look much further than Fiorentino's on Avenue U in Brooklyn! Although rarely do I boast restaurants off the peninsula, Fiorentino's is owned for over nineteen years by Belle Harbor residents Anthony Fiorentino and his parents Dominick and Antoinette. At eighty-three years young, Dominick still reigns and presides over the Kitchen. There you will dine on specials like Snapper Livornaise with black olives and capers, or Veal Chop Fantasia with artichokes, mushrooms, peppers, and wine, or Filet Mignon Rollatini. They also boast hot and cold appetizers like Clams Oreganate, Frutta di Mare, and their popular Antipasto di Casa. Getting hungry? Your dinner is served at Fiorentino's Ristorante located at 313 Avenue U. Find out why they're so popular!

See you...On the Beach! 

Surprise! "Dr." Kathleen Sharkey and her professor/husband Tom celebrate during her surprise party at the Harbor Light.

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