Oh, could the rain come down any heavier? We certainly thought not Monday morning. All those teardrops from heaven couldn’t drown out the pangs of sorrow in the hearts of all the Breezy Pointers who filled the church to attend the memorial mass offered up for the 29 firemen, policemen and civilians who lost their lives in the 9-11 WTC tragedy. We prayed not only for the 29 but for all our unsung heroes of the past wars, they preserved the freedom we share in our beloved USA. Monsignor Connelly spoke out and said, Memorial Day is not a glorification of war but a remembrance of all wars. Fr. Brian Jordan expressed the fact that rain is a sign of purification and hope. It is not a time for revenge against for a group of Muslims. Don’t condemn Islam. Praise the people who fought in wars as far back as WW I. Remember the good works of the firemen and ambulance volunteers and show compassion for the firemen and children and parents who lost loved ones The Breezy Point community is outstanding in their kind and generous support of one another. Memorial Services were held immediately following mass in St. Edmunds instead of at the outside memorial because of the downpour. The National Anthem, sung so beautifully by a little girl named Loren Katen, began the Memorial Services.
Cooperative General Manager, Arthur Lighthall spoke of the wonderful people of Breezy Point and of those who sacrificed their lives. Guitarist Kevin Donaher and accompany guitarist played and sang "No Man is an Island," and "May the Road Rise to Greet You," as well as the song of the day, "Come to the Water". Since this ceremony was held in conjunction with the Cooperative WTC Committee, members of the Board of Directors told of the dedication of the committee and how all in the community, builders and businesses built the memorial. We now have a place for ………remembering.
I was so drenched and so glad to meet Bill and Megan and son, 3 year old Billy, on the road who were kind enough to take me to the train to New York. Tom Concannon is building a new home on Tioga Walk and will be ready to move in soon. Ann Dufficy’s brother, Tim Dufficy just became a Civil Court Judge in Queens. Congratulations. Peggy Ansbro seemed to be beaming with joy to be back in Breezy after the winter Florida sun. As all of us she expressed disappointment in the weather.
Have you heard of the Mt. Vernon Hotel/ Museum? It is a charming old private house built under the 59th St. bridge that has been turned into a museum. This was the site of the NYCLI (New York Child Learning Institute), Champagne Veuvre Clicque cocktail party Co-Chaired by Katie Couric, Chappy Morris, Lauren Thierry and Jim Watkins. Honoree Mario Buatta Design Chair, Barbar Ostrom benefit for autism that affect children from two years and up. Very little has been done for these children until organizations such as this have raised funds, needed funds for research and they are finally making progress helping these children to speak and perform daily functions they could not perform before. Many announcers and TV anchor people were there to offer their support: Jim Watkins, Ch. 11, News at Ten, welcomed all and spoke of the NYCLI needs for funds and for the beneficial results from research. Included was an auction called, " Pillar Talk," created for the event by F. Schumacher & Co. fabrics and trim. Chuck Scarbough and Mary Murphy along with other TV anchors were spotted. A great look-a-like of Bette Midler and Rod Stuart and kind generous people everywhere. A fun party. You can make the next event. Call NYCLI.
It was a Whale of a Gala at the American Museum of Natural History Mikstein Family Hall of Ocean Life to celebrate the body uplift into anatomically correct Blue Whale replete with belly button and all. An eye job to correct his bulging eyes, soften them and narrow them. Not only the whale but the Ocean Life room was done over in a superb way on the Gallery Mezzanine with moving photos of fish in action and stunning pictures of the ocean floor, different species and special attributes of each. New background paintings and new models have been added to illustrate themes of ocean life. Fiber optics light up caves and crevices in certain habitat groupings, while shimmering lights stimulate the play of sunlight on water and bring movement to several dioramas. Well worth a trip into the city to see. An especially great treat for the children.
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