2009-12-25 / Columnists

Notes from the High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
By Sharon Gabriel

Well, Thanksgiving is past, Chanukah and Christmas are upon us and the New Year is not far behind. On behalf of the Rockaway Music and Arts Council I want to wish everyone only the best of everything in the New Year - health, happiness and may all your good wishes come true.

I so enjoy this time of year as I drive around the neighborhood and see the Menorah’s lit in the windows and the Christmas lights as well. It gives me a great feeling of togetherness and I wonder why some of us can’t have this feeling throughout the year. It doesn’t take much to be kind and gracious, and a lot less energy than to be mean and nasty. Try a smile, it works.

We at the RMAC have had our annual “wrap party” which is our end of the season celebration when we give ourselves a pat on the back for getting through another year. Our special celebrant at this year’s party was Shirley Golub. Shirley has been with the RMAC almost longer than anyone else on the committee and is our Recording Secretary. Shirley goes back to when Sam Levinson was a large part of the organization and he, through his connections, was able to bring the most wonderful classical entertainment to Rockaway. In any event, Shirley is also part of a choral group and so a part of her gift was a beautiful music clef which she has added to her home. Also included in the gift was a magnifying glass so she can read back her notes at our meetings. Try taking notes and reading it back and having it all make sense. Shirley does it beautifully. Shirley worked together with her late husband Joe who was a wonderful fellow. He and I used to have wonderful discussions about the motion picture industry because at one time he was involved - many years before I was. Shirley and Joe have two daughters, one an actress and the other a very well-know casting director for Broadway and Hollywood. A great family and certainly a credit to Rockaway.

Now we take a little rest and in January we begin discussions regarding our programs for 2010. We are hopeful to be able to continue our concerts and our Fall Festival, but it really depends on discussions with Gateway which, like everything with the government, drags on and on. While the venue for our concerts was changed last year they were very successful, except for the storms which arose, and we would like to again do them outside the bathhouse. So, we will see where our discussions go and will keep you advised.

I was so sorry to read in Rabbi Blaine’s column a few weeks ago that it will no longer appear in The Wave. I’m sorry for that as it is always very thought provoking and interesting. His last column about mammography really got to me because I can’t believe what this Federal Advisory Panel recommended regarding mammograms and how often they should be given. Who is this panel and where do they get their information? While I have never had any problems, all of a sudden a few years ago, the mammography found a little spot that shouldn’t have been there. Thank g-d it was nothing serious but could you just imagine if it hadn’t been found because I couldn’t have an exam every year, what could have been the result. I don’t follow all the political correctness groups, but something so serious should not be open for discussion. I have always said, somewhat tongue in cheek, that if women can’t have an abortion (whether you believe in it or not, it’s the law) or special exams when they need them, men should not be able to have prostate screenings, erectile disfunction pills and anything else to keep their bodies working properly. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, I say. In any event, thank you Rabbi Blaine for your thoughtful columns and I’ll see you in synagogue.

It’s now time to go on to my next project for the day, so have happy and healthy holidays and I’ll see you around the neighborhood if this wind every stops.

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