2004-01-02 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter
...And Finally 2004 Is Here
On The Beach With Beverly Baxter ...And Finally 2004 Is Here

With Beverly Baxter
...And Finally 2004 Is Here

I Wish all my readers and friends a very happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year.

I hope your holidays have been filled with the warmth of love and friendship. Over the holidays I had the chance to visit with the Lenihans of Beach 126 Street and they are always such gracious hosts. Although Mary, Ben, and their son, John are so understated in their ardent commitment to community service, they work so hard and do so much! I thank them for receiving me in their lovely home which was so elegantly decorated for the holidays. Mary Lenihan is always such an example of what a lady is and ought to be.

Other words of appreciation go to the Graybeards, that group of 40-something and over guys who can still shoot "nothing but net"! They have rendered themselves to many worthwhile philanthropic causes throughout the community; among them the clean-up endeavor of the Claddagh Inn. Its President, Steve Stathis, is a Rockaway gem. The Graybeards and RIBS (Rockaway Irish Boys) have really made Herculean efforts on behalf of those in need. Great work, guys!

Many, many thanks to Councilman Joe Addabbo and his staff (Sandy Doremus!) for all their assistance on the street-naming for Jimmy Conway Sullivan; and much appreciation to the Community Planning Board 14 and Ms. Zandra Myers.

If you haven’t yet obtained your copy of Mary Elizabeth Smith’s just published book, "The History of Breezy Point," you can still get a copy at many of our local stores. The book chronicles the history of Breezy Point from the time of the Native American Indians to 1961. It’s a fascinating work and all proceeds from the sale go to the Caffrey-Conroy Learning Center. Ms. Smith is a prolific writer and you will very much enjoy flipping through this book. Mary Elizabeth is also the sister of our Deputy Grand Marshal, A.J. Smith and the daughter of Elaine Smith who is very prominent in "everything Breezy"!

Mrs. Teresa McCloskey of Reid Avenue recently celebrated her 90th Birthday with a fete in her honor hosted by her daughter Grace. Many who came out to attend the celebration at Saint Thomas Moore Parish were treated to a lovely luncheon catered by Levine’s Washington Hotel. It was perhaps the renowned establishment’s last catering endeavor.

Very special Happy Birthday wishes to Teresa Baxter! And to "the twins", Cieanna and Cierra Victoria, turn three on the 4th!

The past year we endured the loss of some very special people. Among those who have left us were: Mr. James P. Supple, Mr. John P. Maroney, Kathleen Mulqueen, Betty Dermody, Gibert Butler, Dr. Doris Moss, William Murphy, John Dolan, Gilbdorf. They all in their own unique way contributed something that makes Rockaway such the great place that it is. They will be missed.

In closing old chapters, I look foward to the anticipation of opening new ones.

This is a very exciting time in our town. I look foward to turning the page...and seeing what comes next! 

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