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As the twinkling stars sparkled brightly in the darkness of blacked out New York, people were offering to help neighbors up a stairwell, sharing radio news, food and water, and, surprisingly, there was no looting so to speak. Hope for humanity was restored on those days. Their actions were indeed a blessing for all of us and a realization of how much we rely on one another. We are all thankful it is over, but it has left us with a deep appreciation for the things we take for granted. I say, "Thank you fellow New Yorkers." You proved once again the strength of character you have in a crisis. And some of you Rockawayites just don’t give up. In the lobby of my television studio (NYCFD Exc. Offices), the first morning, I met Anne Knox who works for the UFA and Joan McKnight, an employee at Bellview Hospital, both from 129 Street who took the morning express bus in to go to work. These gals are diehards, but, then again, the electric power could have been back any moment. They really were brave because subways and all forms of mass transit were disabled. But, isn’t that what hubbies are for…….to rescue their wives in an emergency? Anne did tell me her daughter, 6-year-old Emma Knox, attended the RAA camp this summer and just loved it.
It is so enjoyable to take the N. Y. Waterway Ferry from 34 Street or the South Street Seaport directly to Riis Landing in Rockaway. It runs every weekend (weather permitting) Sat. and Sun. There I was enjoying the water view munching on a sandwich totally unaware each bite was being recorded. Seems a freelance writer, Mary Norris, who grew up in Rockaway, was on board to visit her parents. She was looking for a story. Who would have thought her story would be me? Mary, it turns out, is an excellent writer and researcher, as well. I had very few words with Mary, but she must have read my columns from years and years ago to come up with the quotes found in the Talk of the Town, Making Waves article in this week’s issue of the New Yorker. It is a bit tongue in cheek, but, believe me, folks, she could have done a lot worse to me. Thank you, Mary, I really am flattered. You put it all together very well. Since you know so much about me I must keep you in mind when I write my book.
I was on my way to a luncheon at the Harvard Club when I ran into Coleen Barnes (one of Maryellen’s daughter’s) who is the Buff Bride on a new reality show and has cameramen following her and her groom all around. The whole TV crew will be present at her wedding at St. Thomas More Church on Sept. 4. Not to be missed! It was Coleen who broke the news to me that she just read the Dunne article in the Aug 18-25 issue of the New Yorker. Of course, I did not wait to go to the dentist or doctor to find the New Yorker in their waiting rooms. I actually went out and bought a copy. Many of you, I learned, do subscribe to the New Yorker. It is one of our best magazines still alive today. An old favorite! If you happen to read the article send me your comments. I would like to know what you think.
This past weekend on the Ferry were Marge and Kevin Mulhany and Sally Bonner visiting Kevin’s brother in Breezy; Catherine Gill visiting brother, Larry and sister in-law Megan who were at Megan’s parents, the Cullitin’s home in Breezy. When I disembarked from the boat Arlene Dunbar, a registered nutritionist with two children, Andrew 7 and Peter 5, was kind enough to offer me a ride into the Point.
Mary Laffan is in Belle Harbor for the summer and she and Bill enjoyed the two-week stay with their grandchildren, Kiera Marie and Connor Patrick with their parents, Coleen and Brian Brandan.
Lilly and John Regina had a blast of a dinner party at their home on Graham Place with servings of food that never stopped. John has his own outside pizza oven and was the one to know during the blackout. When the power went out he cooked pizzas for all his neighbors. He just loves to cook and the courses kept coming and coming. His greatest pleasure is seeing friends enjoy his cooking. Helen Walden and hubby, who wonderfully hosted Helga’s birthday party the week before, were on board, along with Jim Schneidaer, Helga’s husband; Gail (angel) Gabriel and John Moloy; Michele and Brian Levori and umpteen others. Host/Chef, John is a tile specialist and assisted in the installation of the fountains in the UN. Each stone is of a different color and from many parts of the world. His daughter Lucretia manages his tile store in Brooklyn and his son Anthony Regina is a firefighter. Good food, nice people and music and dancing. What more could you ask? It was a bountiful evening.
It started to sprinkle when I was headed for the N.Y. Waterway Ferry back to New York. The Ferry was canceled. Thankfully Paul Metzger (a New Yorker subscriber) drove me with his daughter, Olivia, 4, to the Sheepshead Bay subway station. He told me his wife, Lillian, recently delivered their baby boy, David, and of his stepdaughter, Bianca, 14, who all live on 214 Street.
On the Bocci Court at BPSC, Ann Verderosa and Kathy Buell, (Ed Stackpole’s daughter), are the winners in Women’s Doubles. Jim Brady made the semi-finals in Men’s Doubles, Singles, and Guys and Dolls. Maybe he’ll win all three!
Many thanks to Peter Danzilo for printing my comments on "The Incident" at Breezy Pt. Peter sure knows how to make his duplicate bridge column bounce off the page. A dull subject to most, but Peter’s talents make it shine.
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