On The Beach
Happy Holidays And Cheers For The New Year
With Beverly Baxter
Happy Holidays And Cheers For The New Year
As we say goodbye to 2003 and enter the new year, I want to wish all my readers a joyous, healthy, and peaceful holiday season.
As many of you know, the street-naming for James Conway Sullivan has been postponed due to the blizzard conditions we had that weekend. The decision to cancel was indeed, to say the least, a frenetic one that was made right up until the last minute. I felt so sorry for the Sullivan family who had been wearily watching the weather reports and hopefully waiting for a change in forecast.
Speaking with them several times a day for a different interpretation of the word "blizzard" brought to mind what I can only imagine Jimmy went through for twenty-five years during the week and days before each parade. And in all those twenty-five years, he never cancelled a single parade. As Barbara Morris stated, "We’ve marched through everything. The Irish are a strong group of people. We can weather anything!" However, I think that even Jimmy would have agreed that the blizzard conditions were a bit too much! The street will be dedicated in a ceremony to be held on Saturday February 28; appropriately, the week before the parade which will be held on Saturday, March 6th.
On behalf of The James Conway Sullivan Memorial Queens County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and its President Michael A. Benn, I would like to extend our gratitude to all those who attended our annual Fall Dinner Dance at The Beach Club where our honorees made their debut; and who continue to support the parade and the fundraising endeavors that necessitate the mounting of such a glorious production. Kudos to President Mike and Christine Benn and to Dance Chairwoman Peggy Neville for ensuring a successful evening. Congratulations to our 2004 honorees: Male Grand Marshal Morris, Hon. Grand Marshal Larry Sullivan, Hon. Female Grand Marshal Sr. Patricia Chelius, and Gael of the Year Chief Michael Collins; Deputy Grand Marshals: John Heslin, A.J. Smith, Joe Mure, Barbara Brennan-Friedman, Gary Falconer, Jerry Devine, Frank Walker, Virginia Carson-Smith, Bryan Bernath, and Rev. Vincent O’Connell. We will honor as our Female Grand Marshal Angela Reilly, Treasurer of the Armagh Society and owner of The Colliseum Restaurant in NYC, as well as The Towerview Ballroom and The Molly-Wee Pub.
The year could not end on a better note for our President, our Armed Forces, and most of all, for the Iraqi people with the capture of Saddam Hussein. It was captivating to curl up in bed on that snowy Sunday afternoon and watch the remarkable events unfold....And no matter how loudly he tells you he deserves all the credit for the capture, it was not Lew Simon! But a job well done by American Forces! It is rather ironic that Saddam Hussein was caught like a vagabond. Now that he is in civilized American custody, he can be treated like a king again!
***AROUND TOWN....It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on Beach 116 Street thanks to the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Tree and the many festive window displays like West End Realty, George’s Florist, The Gift is Love, etc....They all do so much to enhance the holiday spirit. And if you are still shopping, you must visit The Rockaway Perfume Store located on Rockaway Beach Blvd. at B.115 Street. With their myriad selection of fine women’s fragrances and Men’s cologne, you will surely find something for someone on your list. The store also features home and linen products, bath and body luxuries, customized gift baskets, candles, and many unique gift ideas. They also feature Artwork by local Artists like Maureen McGuire and autographed copies of Kevin Boyle’s book, Braving The Waves. The Rockaway Perfumerie offers free gift wrapping and they are open late to accomodate all your needs. So...rise to the occasion of the season and shop Rockaway!
***Kennedy’s in Breezy Point is always a great place to dine. Wonderful food, wonderful company, who can ask for anything more!
***Happy Birthday wishes today to Joann Waters and belated Birthday wishes to D. Brian Heffernan who, along with his fiance Carmel Costello, will be spending the holidays in some romantic destination. Hmmmm!
***The Rockaway Home Owners and Residents, along with The Belle Harbor and Neponsit Property Associations, held its annual Holiday Dinner Dance recently at The Beach Club. Among the Honorees honored by each association was the very stoic and humble Bernard Heeran whom I need not espouse to you how well-deserving he is of this honor. Congratulations, Bernie for all you do for sooo many of us.
***The year cannot end without the acknowledgement of and the condolences to the families of those whom we have lost. Although he lived more than ninety bountiful years, we still thought and expected his life would just go on.....and that we would have him forever. I was truly saddened by the passing of Mr. James P. Supple. What can I say, he was EVERYBODY’S Grandfather, into everybody’s pots! All you had to do to exasperate him was dare to call his KerryBlue, "CavanBlue"! And he’d throw his arms up in disgust! and walk away with that robust gait and steely verve. In the final hour of his life, he was honored by the parade committee as our Gael of the Year, of which he was soooo proud. My condolences to Mary and the entire Supple family. May he rest in peace after a long life...well done.
***Condolences to the Maroney family on the passing of John Maroney. We will very much miss seeing John and Anne by his side strolling the streets of the town he loved so well.
***I think I’ve heard it all! Madonna’s rendition of the original Eartha Kitt song, "Santa Baby"! Somehow I’m not surprised! It’s not the original; but adorable just the same!
***Have a wonderful holiday season. May it be filled with love, hope, and peace.
***See you...On the Beach!