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Big Jack In Memoriam
The month of March jogs my memory back to my beloved cousin, Jack Crowley, whose birthday was March 11. Jack was a telephone man married to Gladys Crowley, an adoring wife, who bore him three children: Johnny, who lives in Florida with his wife, Shelah and three children, Michael, Frank and John; Bobby, here in Breezy Point, married to wife, Patty with one daughter, Nicole, born on March 31 (Happy Birthday, Nicole); and Caryn Fata Crowley studying to be a nurse. Jack was a good man. He was honest, ethical, reliable and brave………..so brave he was elected Fire Chief of the Breezy Point Volunteer Fire Department. He was there to save your life and home in case of fire. He worked hard as a Volunteer Fireman and in the long run gave his own life to save ours. Jack succumbed to cancer of the lungs from all of the smoke he inhaled as a firefighter. He was so well loved, admired and respected, that in 1967 the Volunteer Fire Department named their new fire truck "BIG JACK." He will always be remembered for his bravery, honesty and big heart. Thank you, Jack, for the greatest sacrifice you made for all of us. Most surely, you are resting in peace.
Beijing, China put on the party of the year to welcome New Yorkers to Beijing for the First Olympic Games to be held there. They are frantically building new accommodations for the expected crowd from all over the world. The evening at Cipriani's in NYC was spectacular! We were greeted with bellinis at the door, delicious pass-arounds, an elegant sit down dinner of huge, huge shrimps, filet mignon, sea bass, gorgeous desserts and fruits and on and on with magnificent entertainment. A colorful fashion show display of Chinese costumes was outstanding. It was the "Party of the Year" no doubt. By all means go to Beijing for the Olympics. It will be a thrill of a lifetime
A SIGHT FOR YOUR EYES
At the Magical Winter Wonderland in the Marriott Marquee Ballroom for the Lighthouse Foundation for the vision impaired. We had the pleasure to hear a children's choir perform so beautifully. The evening included Beethoven's music and John Field's Nocturnes with acclaimed pianist, John O'Connor. The musical pieces were to perfection and the danceable music as well. Tara. A. Cortez, PHD. RN and CEO/President of the Lighthouse, is seen in the picture next to me, taken at the Meet the Artist reception where I met Sylvia Miles, still a woman of great bravado, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 1949. Chuck Scarborough was the emcee. Arlene Dahl accepted Carol Channing's Award and Clive Davis accepted his award with quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to be honest and make a difference that you lived well." Lighthouse has enabled researchers to make great strides in procedures for the vision impaired. You too can make a difference by attending such an elegant and enjoyable affair. Be sure to make it next year.
Another night Japan had a tasteful tasting of their delicacies, washing them down by the Sake Well.
The Mayor of Vienna at a Four Seasons luncheon spoke of the Stock Exchange there and the opportunities for investments, especially in real estate.
At an African Tradeshow a native of Africa described the life of a young boy.
The International Beauty Show was in town at the Javit's Center with new products on anti-aging, hair straightening and hair enhancing on display and demonstrated. The IMAX HAIRMAX: LASER COMB for baldness that stimulated hair growth was launched there.
I have to stop now to comment on Dr. Geraldine Chapey. Last week she walked in to Janet's, Salon "J." I tell you I did not know her when she walked out. She looked like a Princess after Lena coiffed her hair and Janet applied made up her face. If you are going to a special event go to Lena for your hair and Janet for your face. You will be amazed at the transformation. I am sure some of their products were introduced at the Beauty Show. And, by the way, I owe a heartfelt thanks to Janet and Eugene Pasternak and wife, Dr. Geraldine Chapey, who were so kind to take me in when Access A Ride was inaccessible. I thank you all and hope I did not inconvenience you with my difficulty.
A beautiful Cocktail Party was thrown at Upper East Side. Bruno Jamais Restaurant (which was aired on the Dorothy Dunne Show on Manhattan Cable several months ago) and it is an outstanding restaurant...it was a sensational party.
I attended the Irish Heritage Culture event at City Hall where I heard, for the first time, the National Anthem sung in Gaelic and English. It was very good. Congressman Joseph Crowley presented the Thomas Manton, Irish Leader of the Year Award, to actor Gabriel Byrne; Executive Director, Kelly Fincham; and Council General of Ireland, Timothy O'Connor. The program included Irish dancers and bag pipers.
A new Japanese Restaurant called Natsumi had a fabulous opening, at 226 West 50 Street. This has to be a winner. Food, atmosphere and décor are top rated.
The Explorer's Club, 40 East 70 Street, had an open house St. Pat's Sunday. Frank Abbracciamento is the chief caterer and partner. His sister Alda told me she and husband Bob Spino are celebrating their 29th Anniversary. Congratulations! In this day and age tell me your secret! Most people know their mother, Frances, who lives in Breezy Point.
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