2009-08-21 / Letters

Music For Rockaway

Dear Editor,

During the recent week, I went to the gorgeous beach and found everyone well behaved. I walked up to Beach 116 Street and the beach was filled with teenagers, black and Hispanics, that had come from Brooklyn. I spoke to them and they were all friendly. It was around 7 p.m. I do believe in this great city of New York, that the beaches of 116, 115, 114, and 113 Streets should remain open until 8 p.m. with lifeguards. This does exist in communities in south New Jersey. It would involve paying two hours overtime for three lifeguards which is very little money to bring summer enjoyment to the teenagers in New York. This should be done on a day when the temperature is over 90 degrees.

I also saw a young girl of 21 dancing on the boardwalk. She was doing some beautiful steps so I danced with her. She then danced a Flamingo dance number especially for me. She had dancing feet and legs. Her talent did impress me. She loved Riverdance and so do I.

I thought of the days my dad and his friends would dance on the boardwalk.

Letters I do think they should do dance contests - Spanish, American, Irish American, African, and the Irish Polka. Coney Island has fun things, rides and the mermaid costume parade, and the upcoming great Irish Festival.

Whoever wins the election for City Council should improve Rockaway. Music should be allowed on the trains and the ferry should go into NYC and around the Statue of Liberty for a party cruise on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Rockaway is flying this summer. It has become the finest seaside resort town on the Eastern side of the USA.

In previous letters the name of the great lawyer from Ireland is Frank Durkan. Another letter involved the Catholic Church after the brave men of 1916 fought for Irish freedom. It was wrong on the part of the Catholic Church to excommunicate the leader. Why did the Catholic Church do this terrible thing? Msgr. Michael Hill acknowledged this failing within the Catholic Church. Msgr. Michael Hill is the most learned Catholic theologian in the Catholic Church as he served as a professor at Dunwoody Seminary in Yonkers, New York.

If you break the rules of the Catholic Church you are excommunicated. My sister went to a protestant Anglican Church of England to arrange the marriage of her beautiful daughter, Margie, my niece and godchild. Margie married a lovely British man and became Anglican. Father Fitzgerald, the Irish prelate in New York became very angry when I told him there was no Irish music at the wedding and told me correctly about the status of my sister and her daughterfallen away Catholics. I will in the fall of 2009 take her to Msgr. Fitzgerald and straighten them out.

With fondest wishes for everyone to have a great summer, I remain an advocate for improving Rockaway I think the Neponsit Health Center would be a great center for Irish music just as the Tropicana does. I hope Donald Trump is reading this. Rockaway will rival Monte Carlo!

PEGGY MCMAHON

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