2009-02-06 / Columnists

Notes from the High C's

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

Once again, in a little more than a year's time, I am writing about an RMAC member who has left us. Beverly Baxter was a member of the Board of the RMAC for several years. She was brought in by Barbara Eisenstadt to work with us and she became part to the Literary Festival to work with Stuart Mirsky. Last year as the second Literary Festival was being put together, Beverly took quite ill and was not able to help and Stuart was left to gather all the ends together.

Beverly has left us much too early in life. I had known her before she became an RMAC member from reading her column in The Wave and had also met her at several community meetings.

Always a lady, always charming and always classy. She and Barbara had much in common as community leaders, a go-to person and someone who could always get things done and both ladies left us much too early because of that terrible "C" word.

I can remember a particular evening when Beverly and her husband Owen, I and some other friends met for dinner at the Belle Harbor Steak House approximately a year ago.

I knew at that time that Beverly was not well, but she never said a word or looked ill and we all had a wonderful time.

Beverly had a calming factor to her personality. I remember being quite upset about a problem we were having at the RMAC that involved one of our major events and saying I couldn't even speak to the person involved because I was so upset, and Beverly, quite calmly, took the floor and basically said she would try to solve the problem and went ahead and interviewed that person for her column.

It didn't solve our problem, but showed that Beverly always had a way of calming a situation.

To her husband Owen and to her family, we at RMAC extend our deepest sympathies.

Owen has lost a wife, her family has lost a daughter and we have lost a good friend.

Our RMAC Board meeting is this week and hopefully by next week I will be able to tell you how several of our projects are progressing. We know you will be interested to hear about them. One is our upcoming Museum Trip, another is about a special Art Show being planned for the spring and the possibility of a children's concert. I am hopeful that they all move ahead successfully.

If you have been reading this column over the past several months you know of my ongoing saga with our local cable company.

Now for Chapter IV … if you remember, the last time I wrote, my cable had gone out for a week. Well, the technician finally came … when the cable company said he would, surprise surprise … and the only thing wrong was the fact that I was using the wrong button to turn the set on. I was told to use one button by the first technician who installed the cable, but the new tech suggested I use the other turn-on button and that would turn on everything, the TV, DVD, VCR, Cable and maybe the dishwasher in my kitchen. (What do I know?) Final result is that the TV is working fine and I've learned which button to push to get hi-definition, so I am improving and slowly moving into the 21st century … but very slowly. The End.

Don't forget to attend the special forum at the West End Temple on Monday evening, February 9 at 7 p.m., when we can meet those who will be running to represent Rockaway in the City Council. I think it is important that we try to have someone from Rockaway on the council, so that our voices are heard in City Hall.

See you around when the weather gets warmer.

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