2003-11-21 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter
Parade Honorees Make Debut
On The Beach With Beverly Baxter Parade Honorees Make Debut

With Beverly Baxter
Parade Honorees Make Debut

T’is that time of year again when the James Conway Sullivan Memorial Queens County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee hosts its annual Fall Dinner Dance to benefit our ever-growing and glorious parade. This year’s event will be held at The Beach Club on Sunday November 23 from 5 ‘til 9pm. The Cady Findyalson Band will perform. Tickets are $40 per person. The occasion will introduce and fete our distinguished roster of honorees, as well as set the tone for our fundraising commences our fundraising season. Our honorees this year will be: Grand Marshal Morris Foley, Business Manager Local 18A of the Concrete and Cement Workers Union. Our Female Grand Marshal will be announced upon her confirmation; however I can assure that you will agree with our exciting selection! Our Honorary Grand Marshals will be the much loved Sr. Patricia Chelius and Mr. Larry Sullivan, President, Conserve Electric. We will honor Chief Michael Collins, NYPD Deputy Chief, as our Gael Of The Year. The committee of fifty members has selected to honor as our Deputy Grand Marshals the following accomplished individuals who hail from Civil Service, Community Activism, Private Enterprise, Sports, and Philanthropy; all areas of endeavor in which the Irish are so for noted. They are: John Heslin, Retired NYPD Bomb Squad Officer; A.J. Smith, New York State Chairman Ancient Order of Hibernians and President Breezy Point Coop Board; Joe Mure, President of the Brooklyn-Queens Chapter Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Barbara Brennan-Friedman, of The Rockaway Little League; Gary Falconer, NY Department of Sanitation District Supervisor; Jerry Devine, Local 30 Business Agent; Frank Walker, Proprietor of The Irish Circle; Virginia Carson-Smith, Community Activist; Brian Bernath, President of Brian’s Auto; and Rev. Vincent O’Connell, Chaplain Saint Thomas Moore and The Kerryman’s Association.

"We invite the community to join us as we celebrate another productive year of the parade committee. Please join us at our annual Hearts and Shamrocks Dance at Saint Camillus on January 18th and our Antun’s Gala on February 21," states Parade Committee President Mike Benn. Congratulations to all the honorees as they each wear their honor so well!

It is profoundly meaningful for me to extent on behalf of the Sullivan family the request of your presence at the street re-naming in memory of Parade Founder James Conway Sullivan on Saturday December 6th at 1pm. A portion of the parade route, between B.102 and B.108, on Rockaway Beach Boulevard will be renamed and dedicated as James Conway Sullivan Boulevard.

The ceremony, which will be officiated by the Honorable Councilman Joe Addabbo, will take place on the Blvd. at B.105 Street. I personally extend my sincere gratitude to Ms. Zandra Myers, Jonathon Gaska, Community Planning Board 14, Councilman Joe Addabbo and Sandy Doremus for choosing to memorialize Jimmy in this way and helping to ensure that the legacy of his activism and dedication to the Irish community will continue to march on.....

They say that Councilman Joe works so hard that he never has time to go home. Well, although this may be true, there is now evidence that he actually does go home once in awhile as the Councilman and his wife Dawn are expecting their first child! Congratulations!

See you...On the Beach!    

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