On The Beach
With Beverly Baxter
There are a great many human interest stories about remarkable people in our town who are engaged in doing remarkable things with their lives. However, it is rare that we hear about them, perhaps it is because they are simply too busy doing what they do. Mary Dever Kelly always brings to my attention stories about neighbors who endeavor to do unique things with their lives and who are role models by their example.
Shannon McFadden fits just this profile. Daring and adventurous, she set out to change her career from working as a Health Administrator in the Emergency Room of Parkway Hospital to follow in her father’s footsteps into United States Park Police!
This past April, Shannon graduated from the rigorous four month/ six day a week course, which was held in Georgia. The Graduation Ceremony was held in Washington, D.C. where she was presented with her badge from...her father, Dan McFadden! From the time she was two years old, it seemed that Shannon would eventually, and quite literally, follow in her Dad’s shoes. And at the Graduation Ceremony, her father gave her a blown-up photograph of Shannon taken when she was two years old and wearing her father’s hat and shoes. He inscribed for his daughter on the photo, "Now you can finally fill my shoes!"
The McFadden family resides on Beach 126 Street. Shannon is the oldest of three. She attended P.S. 114, JHS 180, and Midwood High School. She obtained her B.A. from Florida Atlantic University. Her brother John is also venturing to become a Federal Police Officer as he is currently going through the application process. Although Dan is a Canine Officer in the Brooklyn Field Office, which covers Floyd Bennett Field, Riis Park, Fort Tilden, and Jamaica Bay, Shannon has hopes of someday actually working with her Dad. The young Rookie is currently stationed at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Her job entails the patrolling and screening of people who enter to ride the Circle Line to both Islands. Congratulations, Shannon!
Another neighbor who is also expanding her career options is Darlene Diresta. You know Darlene! She is that hyperactive, very friendly, never has a bad day, hairdresser who has been cutting hair on Beach 116 Street for nearly thirty years! After owing her own shop, Shear Headquarters for eighteen years from 1976-1994, Darlene decided she no longer wanted the stress and long hours that come with owning a business; so she packed up her scissors and moved up the street to Rocco’s! "I’ve been cutting hair for so long, I can practically cut with my eyes closed!", laughs Darlene. Since she knows her craft so well, Darlene has decided to go back to school to the College of New Rochelle for her degree to become a Vocational High School Teacher. It will take her awhile, but her kids are grown and she says now, it’s her turn! Congratulations, Darlene!
***Happy Anniversary to Joyce and Rene!
***Happy Birthday to The Wave! And cheers to 110 more!
See you.....On the Beach!