On August, 15 2010, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Curran conducted Mass for the parish members on Kennedy’s Bay to honor the Virgin Mary, but also to bless 50 wonderful years of the Breezy Point Cooperative’s existence. The choir led by Sr. Mary Beata was most inspiring and you could hear her beautiful voice above them all. Though the sky was overcast and the threat of rain was imminent, it held off till the end of mass when we felt the kiss of a few rain drops on our cheeks as if God said a “Thank you.” It was a nice experience to attend mass outside on the beach along the bay. And, I met so many people I hadn’t seen in many years. Patty Ritter, my cousin was there remembering her late mother Helen’s birthday on Aug. 15. Gladys Crowley, who was the wife of my cousin, Fire Chief “BIG JACK” emeritus, was there. Philip Rawdon of 222nd Street, Christine Dominico, Therese Hyland (The Little Red Wagon), and, lo and behold, I saw Peggy Ansbro after mass at the bar in Kennedy’s.I haven’t seen her in many years. Please email me about your happenings. It was a very pleasant event, indeed.
This was a busy week in NYC covering the Gift Show at the Javit’s Center where I was surrounded by the most exquisite designs in floral arrangements, art work, glass and furniture. The showstopper was the Hi-Dow Massage XP11, a must have for everyone. You can travel with it too. It is a compact battery poweredmasssager. Plug it in and the battery charged pulsations do the work. It is great for a stiff neck, sore muscles, back pain, relieving stress and passive exercise. I tried it and it certainly helps to relax you and relieve pain. Visit their website at: www. Massagexp.com or www.hi-dow.com
Weren’t we happy to have the Breezy Point Surf Shop during this hot, hot summer? You didn’t have to go far to get all your summer needs. It was all so convenient. Owner, Donald Ritter, had the busiest season ever. The Breezy Point Surf Shop was HOT!!! And , it is going to be a hot spot in the fall, for the holidays and all winter. He is open year round. And Donald wants you to take advantage of his sale items before the sales tax increase on October 1. Do your holiday shopping now. He has great tee shirts. sweats shirts and UV hirts and jackets, flip flops and indoor and outdoor slippers, jewelry and, of course, beautiful hats! And, Donald picked one out for me that was just too beautiful for words. I can’t thank him enough. Rockaway residents have access to the store through the security gates.
My accolades to the Security Department. They have done a fine job this summer as well as all year round keeping the residents safe, responding to every emergency and making sure all homes are secure. I am sure all the people in Breezy, Rockaway Point and Roxbury wish to express to each and every member of the Security a big Thank You for a job well done!
Speaking of Security I met Jean O’Day, a Security Officer at Kennedy’s gate. She gave me a big “Hello” and told me she wants everyone to know her mother, Marion O’Day passed away on February 9, 2010. She had seven children with husband, Frank O’Day: Mary, Joey, Jimmy, Diane, Tommy, Patty and baby Jean. They are all swimmers like Mom. Jean is a full fledged Lifeguard and is accredited with saving many lives. Keep up the good work, Jean. Her mother used to watch me on The Jackie Gleason Show every week and Jean just saw me on The New Yorker Show on Ch. 21 where I appear weekly with Host, James Chladek. I will be taping a interview this week with Madame Remadi, Director of Tunisia Cultural Center about the Liberation of Women in Tunisia and the Mosque at Ground Zero.
This week I ran into Ray Shawney in Kennedy’s, who is known for his activities in the Circle Arts Theater, with his friends Ed Popp and Peter Maloney.
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Post Script CORRECTION. In my last column I mentioned Judge Mathew D’Emic, a retired Judge in Queens who handles domestic violence cases and wrote a book on the subject, who was at Kennedy’s bar with his wife. In my haste and noise at the bar I evidently didn’t get the right message. I wrongfully wrote that Judge D’Emic officiated at his daughter’s wedding in Central Park. It was not his daughter’s wedding but his daughter’s friend’s wedding . I deeply apologize to Judge DÉmic’s daughter, Judge D’Emic and his wife for any embarrassment I may have caused them. Please understand that the error was unintentional and that I am deeply sorry.