Last week I attended “Women’s Day” (a celebration of Liberation and Freedom for the Tunisian women) at the Tunisia Cultural and Information Center and I had a chance to meet and mingle with the Tunisia women and few men who were there.
The Muslim women are self sacrificing, good, caring and loving, religious individuals. By no means are they terrorists. They have been suppressed for years but they have able to abolish polygamy and now have a right for life choice. They say the Muslim women are bossy. Maybe they are, but perhaps they had to be to change the laws so radically. However, they are against violence and they are not terrorist. It is safe to go to Tunisia and they say it is beautiful.
But, how about building a Mosque near the World Trade Center site in NYC? I am not for it.
Rachael Raza, a Muslim from Canada and author of a new book called “ Inte Jadad,“ agrees with me that it would be most insensitive and a mockery. What do you think? I would like to hear from you.
Some local news at Kennedy’s by the Bay. I ran into Tom Cody, former bartender, and we reminisced about the corner bachelors, (as I called them). Bobby Killbride is gone and a plaque on the bar with his name on it is in front of his former seat. Bobby Keiley comes in during the week and Bob O’Brien just on holidays and anniversaries.
Pat and Bill Neilson love Kennedy’s and they were there to enjoy Kennedy’s roast pork. And, I met Rosemary and Matt D’Emic, formerly of Newport Walk, now in Rockaway, who like to visit Kennedy’s every week. It turns out that Matt is formerly a Domestic Violence Judge in Queens.
Since I was a victim of domestic violence I was most interested. He mentioned the courts are setting up new custody and visitations rights for these cases. He has written a book on this subject. I would like more information. Judge D’Emic officiated at his daughter’s wedding in Central Park over the weekend. Rosemary and Matt have three children: Drew , Matt and Kate, who is recently married and whom Dad says is the top teacher in Special ED. Drew is a Fire Lieutenant and Matt is an Assistant District Attorney. I want to thank Celeste Piderit Murphy from Garden City who comes to visit her ailing mother who is living on Tioga Walk, for my lift to Kennedy’s.
God bless your mother and all of her 12 children. I hope she is getting better.
Still having trouble with Chase Bank. Now they want to discontinue my automatic credit card payments because I disputed money taken out of my account by Easy Pay. (If you read my column last month I had another dispute where the bank took out $900 from a check I wrote out for $400 and said the company scanned for that amount.
This time they made five payments to Easy Pay (my metro card for the bus) and Metro Card denies having received the payments. Where did my money go??? How in the world can your bank allow companies to take money out of your account without your authorization??? I think we need more Federal laws to secure personal funds that are entrusted to our banks. Maybe I should I approach my Congresswoman, Carolyn Maloney, to help pass a bill which would deny the practice of companies or anyone extracting funds from your bank account when they have your credit card information but without proper authorization to extract money from your account.
I met Carolyn last night at the annual “Night Out Against Crime” event at Dag Hammarskjold Park on East 47t Street between 1st and 2nd Ave for the 17 Precinct Community Council and it was lovely. It was a FREE event with food by Texas Outback (delicious steak, succulent chicken and tasty salad with a whole wheat raisin roll and bottles of water). Bill Turner and his Band were all great. Everyone was dancing. Even a man on crutches was up there strutting his stuff to the sounds and rhythms of the music. There was a Proclamation by Mayor Bloomberg that crime in the city has dropped.
Carolyn Maloney said New York has the lowest crime rate of any big city on the nation. We owe it all to New York’s Finest. Rockaway had its “Night Out Against Crime” and I hope you attended.
By the way, that EECP machine that I call “HUGS TO THE HEART” works. I used to cover a show at the Javit’s Center and in an hour I was wiped out. Now I covered three shows and the Met Pavillion and was raring to go to my evening event. What a difference! I feel almost like myself again. If you have fatigue, body pains, suffer from angina of the heart, as I have or other heart ailments or fibromyalgia, check it out. The machine is a body wraparound the ankles, calves and hips and pumps and pulsates to the rhythm of your heart to increase circulation to the heart and brain. Since I suffered brain damage and loss of memory due to three mini strokes, it has lifted the fog I felt and increased my alertness and brought me back to myself again. It definitely works!
Travel: MSC …$499 7 days out of NYC to Canada. Kids go FREE!
And……………………….AWAY WE GO!!!!