Still Some Pep Left In This Crowd
This is one of those Liz Smith-Bev Baxter-Victoria Gotti-Dorothy Dunne columns. I get to tell you about some great party and list the celebrities I rubbed elbows with. The Graybeards, that local group pitching in to help when and where they can, held their annual dinner dance this past Saturday night at the Knight of Columbus on Beach 90 street (thanks, Richie Knott). It became a hot ticket once word got out that The Graybeards were honoring Joe Featherston who's got more friends and fans than your average bear; more friends and fans than, well, just about anybody around here.
Joe, honored because of his tireless efforts with the Rockaway Special Olympics (he's also run the Rockaway Family Fun Run, coached teams, run camps, organized bus trips---all with vigor, all modestly). The Graybeards, I bet, didn't know they were honoring such a gifted public speaker, too. Joe brought down the house with several lines aimed at either himself or some Graybeard(s) who are always in need of a good needle.
Steve Stathis, was the Master of Ceremonies and ran the affair with aplomb. There's nothing that can elicit a louder groan than Steve grabbing a microphone but he was unusually reserved and brief. A couple of times you'd swear he was being interviewed by Barbara Walters as he fought back tears as he (rightly and proudly) listed the accomplishments of the organization he heads. Brian King and Jack Weber were the co-chairs of the event and deserve kudos for overseeing this flat-out good time.
Although there was no sign of J-LO and Ben Affleck, the paparazzi lining 90 Street went gaga when Suntan Dan Edwards and lovely bride Maureen pulled up in their Hummer-Limo. The rush to photograph Dan and Maureen allowed Plumber-to-the-stars Joe Kenel, in work clothes, to slip in unnoticed.
James Tubridy, a new father (lost in the hubbub were details about boy or girl and other essentials), was the DeeJay for the evening and thanks to his turntable expertise the dance floor was jumping. Thanks to James, Sunday was reserved for feet soaking and multiple Advils.
Contact Steve Stathis about next year's gig. Word is, the Graybeards are going to honor Joe Featherston again.
Boyle-ing Over: When he's not cruising the social circuit, the aforementioned Mr. Edwards is busy working the sidelines at CYO basketball games. Insiders tell me his girls novice crew is poised to spring some upsets---and just might bring home the Queens crown. His patented close-your-eyes, throw the ball at the hoop, and cross-your-fingers offense is the talk of the league.
**Every time a politician says we should cut taxes, he's really saying we'll kill you with fees. Watch your water bill, parking tickets, passport fees. A dollar here and a dollar there---they just kill ya. Of course, not everyone is complaining. With Bloomberg raising money through parking tickets, I figure there's a good chance a local officer might soon become commissioner.
**Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting more than 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. The disease causes the body to produce an abnormally thick, sticky mucus which can obstruct the pancreas, preventing enzymes from reaching the intestines to help break down and digest food.
Great progress is being made in research and treatment. More help is needed. You can help by supporting the local fundraiser taking place Saturday, Feb 8. The third annual "Take The Plunge" kicks off at 1:30 Saturday afternoon at the Tap and Grill on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 98 street where registration for the plunge takes place. The plunge itself runs from 2:30 to 2:31 pm ---that's right, you jump in the ocean and get the hell out! Or you don't jump in at all but you cheer on others who do. At 3 pm there's a big bash at the Tap and Grill. Do what you can to support this worthy (and fun) event.
**Audrey, Audrey, Audrey. Tsk, tsk, tsk. What did you say in 1999? Don't worry, I'll remind you. When you voted to repeal the commuter tax you told us that we can always get it back. So, why don't ya?
The city has lost $360 million a year---that's more than a billion bucks--- since Audrey and others voted to do the suburbs (and their non-constituents) --- and that includes people from New Jersey and Connecticut--- such a favor. Ok, Audrey, let's hear you tell Pataki that you'd like the commuter tax back. I know, I know. We'll get it back when they do something with the court house....when they do something with the Neponsit Healthcare Facility....when they finish paving Cronston Avenue.
**Hey People! Say it ain't so. The G-Man is leaving The Wave for what I'm sure will be greener pastures. During his tenure the paper prospered and readers certainly responded to him. I really don't think you could pigeonhole his point of view or accuse him of being predictable. I know he'll be missed by friends and yes, foes.
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