2006-09-01 / Columnists

Notes from the High C's

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel


If you remember, last week I was complaining about how my computer was getting the better of me because the disc would not go into the computer.

Well I had that conquered for last weeks column until I saw it in the paper on Saturday. Somehow there were ==s, @=s, and a few other glitches in the column and the only thing I can imagine is that there were some gremlins someplace between my bringing the disc to The Wave and the column being printed. Don't ask me and don't tell me what went wrong, I probably won't understand it anyway. Let's just hope that this week the words appear in English.

This past Thursday there was a beautiful reception at The Tribute Park on 116 Street that was sponsored by The Friends of Tribute Park, Arverne By The Sea and the RMAC who arranged for the music. Tribute Park is such a serene and beautiful place that it's almost hard to believe that it's in Rockaway.

As you walk around the park you see the flowers and plantings and beautiful sunsets in the evenings, which are so perfect.

A big thanks goes specifically to Nadia Murphy and the garden club for all of that. There are many other people who should be thanked from John Lapore, Joanie Omeste, Dan Mundy, Patrick Clark, Joe Addabbo, The Parks Department and many more.

If I left your name out, I'm sorry, but I don't have everyone's name.

A very special music group performed under the stained glass dome.

The three-piece Jazz Ensemble from The Chamber Players International were just the perfect group for the event. They are known as a Concert Hall without Walls and are supported by The Bank of America. We have to thank our Board Chairman, Barbara Eisenstadt for her perseverance in obtaining this wonderful music.

A buffet dinner with soft drinks was provided with everything from stuffed mushrooms to special pasta dishes, chicken and beef and everything in between.

A representative for Mayor Bloomberg was present and I was able to speak to him about the possibility of the Mayor coming to the Festival in September.

I'm going to follow this to see if the Mayor's schedule will permit him to appear and we'll keep our fingers crossed.

Attendance was by invitation and a donation to the park.

If you would like to buy a brick in the park, which can be in honor or memory of someone, contact the Friends of Tribute Park at 718-989-2453.

Your brick will enhance the park and will help to continue the upkeep of this lovely place.

As I mentioned last week, the RMAC will be having an open Board Meeting on Wednesday, September 6 at 8:00pm, at 104-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, and we hope you will consider attending and signing up to volunteer at our Fall Festival on September 16 and 17 at Jacob Riis Park.

Now to my pet peeve in Rockaway and the new jigsaw puzzle that is our roads.

Have you noticed the new barrier at 94 Street and the Boardwalk? I don't understand why the Department of Transportation doesn't just close all of our streets to vehicular traffic.

It would certainly be better than what we have now with people walking and bike riding and double-parking all over the place.

Oh well, don't let me get started on this because I could go on for paragraphs.

Anyway, have a nice day, and we'll see you around town.........walking.

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