2003-06-27 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter
On The Beach With Beverly Baxter

and finally…..summer! (??)

It was just yesterday that we were complaining about all the rain and the unseasonably cold temperatures. Well, what a difference a day makes! With temperatures hovering at 90 degrees with oppressive humidity, the talk on the street is that it’s too hot! Will we ever be happy?! Well now that summer has arrived, it sure would be nice to take a dip in the ocean and ride the waves after a hot day on the mainland! I never imagined that living here on the beach would have so many restrictions. I hope to see you all at the protest rally next week organized by "Mr. bullhorn" himself, Lew Simon. Contact Councilman Joe Addabbo’s office and state that you want these restrictions lifted.

We attended the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 21 dinner and raffle at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club last Friday night. The Division President, Patrick Russell, did a wonderful job as Master of Ceremonies. It was great to see the Russell’s, the Keller’s, the Nee’s, the McManus clan, the Galvin’s, Leslie Mahoney and Rosie, and all the others who came out on such a wet night to attend. Among the prizes raffled was an all-expenses paid trip to Ireland or $4000. cash from the 50/50. The winner of this prize was Dick Dickersheid, a Bartender at the Knights of Columbus. Another lucky winner was Joe McKeon who won a TV. Congratulations! Of course, Ludwig Caterers, as always, did a splendid job catering the event. The Hibernians are planning their golf outing for September. Watch for details in The Wave. Congratulations to Division 21 President Patrick Russell who was also recently elected President of The Rotary Club of the Rockaways. Although as Administrator of the Park Nursing Home and in addition to all his activities on behalf of the community, he has much "on his plate"; however, I’m sure he will also lead the Rotarians with the same grace and wit that he adds to everything he does. Congrats, Patrick!

I was having my nails done by Kim at Pine Nails when to my left was Peggy Page of the Rockaway Theatre Company. I’m always interested in hearing about what is going on creatively in our town...and Peggy is so enthusiastic about this theatrical season. She received rave reviews for her directorial rendition of the production, Send Me No Flowers. We spoke about other plays, which they will be mounting for the fall. She also told me about all of the much needed construction work that is still necessary to complete the theater. I immediately thought of the Graybeards! The Graybeards were recently featured as New York 1’s New Yorkers Of The Week for the volunteer work they did in transforming the Claddagh Inn. They now have a new office on Beach 129 Street and will receive endowments from such organizations as The Robin Hood Foundation, a favorite charitable organization of John F. Kennedy’s. Perhaps they may help our local non-profit theatre. It would seem like a very nice match of talent and passion for our community. Maybe Kevin Boyle could write a play with an all-Graybeard cast!

Congratulations to Joan Waters on the birth of her second granddaughter, Joanna Marie!

I am delighted that Broad Channel residents P.O. Joseph Locurto, and FFs: Jonathan Walters and Robert Steiner won in Federal court in their case against the city. You may remember that Mayor Giuliani fired the three for their participation in the 1998 Labor Day Parade. Civil Liberties Attorneys for the three mounted a "full court press" based on the First Amendment; and although incident was the height of such bad taste, it should be comforting to know that their rights prevailed and that they were exonerated.

Happy Birthday wishes to Peter Coen!

See you...On The Beach!

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