2003-04-26 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter
On The Beach With Beverly Baxter

I hope yours was a joyous Passover and Easter. Although I was unavailable to submit my column last week, I was, like many, quite mesmerized by the war in Iraq. The images of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s statue was certainly a symbollic metaphor for the toppling of his Totalitarian regime. While watching the event unfold, I kept hearing in my mind the Sly and The Family Stone lyric: "There’s a midget standing tall and the giant beside him’s about to fall." Although I often take my nationality for granted, I felt so deeply proud in that moment to be an American. So, now that the Iraqi people are free due to the expeditious work of our forces, do we allow the French, Russians, and Germans to participate in the mounting of a new government and the reconstruction? While it would be nice to share in the price-tag of this campaign with these countries, I feel that the UN has shown that it is tetering on the brink of irrelevancy. I don’t, however, believe that President Bush is entirely off the hook. Unless we find these Weapons of Mass Destruction, our initial reason for entering into this war, we will continue to not be held in good stead in the world. It is absolutely imperative that we find these weapons as well as some shred of proof that Saddam is dead; otherwise, our adversaries will continue to question our motives as being more about Bechtel and Halliburton. And what about the one that President Bush vowed he wanted dead or alive?

Around Our Town...I had the wonderful recent occasion of meeting Richie McDonagh, a Thespian who hails from the auld sod. I sat enthralled to listen while he recalled his days spent performing at The Gaelic Theatre in Galway City. While the Irish are noted for their verbal forms of expression, Richie’s father spoke five languages and was a music teacher in Connemara. Richie was encouraged at an early age to perform. A mellifluous Tenor, he sang in the opera, La Traviatta. It was a delightful pleasure to be in his company.

***As the spring is in full bloom, so is love! Congratulations to Real Estate Broker D. Brian Heffernan on his engagement to the very attractive Carmel Costello. I am also very happy to announce the engagement of Kenny Good, of The Beach Club and Sunset Diner, to the very lovely Jill McManus. He is the son of Fran and Eddie Good and brother of Steven and she is the daughter of Terry McManus. A May 2004 wedding is planned.

***Very special happy birthday wishes to Anne Mckeon and Mary Bright!

***Congratulations to Barbara Morris, Jerry Perich and Frank Walker of The Irish Circle on their selection as honorees of the RDRC. They are in very esteemed company as they join Leslie A. Lerner and Peter Florey of the The Beechwood and Benjamin Organizations, Developers of Arverne-By-The-Sea. They will be feted at a dinner dance in their honor at Russo’s on May 14.

***Best wishes to Arlene and Jacob of A&J Jewelers on their joint venture as co-owners of the Ultimate Headquarters Salon on B.116 Street. ***Prayers and get well wishes are extended to parade committee members Kathleen Mulqueen, Christy O’Connell, and Barbara Morris’ granddaughter Samantha Coban. Condolences to the Slattery, Sweeney, and Torres families.

***I was stunned and sadly shocked to hear about the passing of Trish Waldorf. We shared many occasions on the beach running and laying in the sun. To me, she was the epitome of health and vibrancy. My condolences to her husband Tom.

I will always think of her....on the beach.

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