2011-07-08 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

‘Big Jack’ Crowley Honored
News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News • 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

The Breezy Point Volunteer Fire Department named their brand new truck, “Big Jack” in honor of former chief, Jack Crowley, my cousin, with whom I was raised in the same house. As his stature, Jack also had a big and compassionate heart. He was truly a good man in every way. As a child he graduated from military school where he received the discipline and basic foundation for the leadership and moral courage to prepare him and pave the way for the honor bestowed on him for his services as past Chief (1960 to 62) of the volunteer Fire Department. Unfortunately, he died at the age of 41 in 1962 from lung cancer. But he will not be forgotten. Whenever that fire truck rushes to smolder flames to save another life “Big Jack will be there to help out, in spirit. God bless you, Jack, and all the Fire Chiefs and firemen who risk their lives voluntarily to save the lives of others in their community.

The sun shined very brightly on the Breezy Point Ballfield that day as the Catholic Club Pipes and Drums opened the ceremony. Christopher Warren sang the National Anthem, Father Brian Jordan and Rescue Captain James Ruoff gave the invocation, with welcoming remarks by Chief Ingram and Chief Edward Valentine. Christopher

Warren sang the Fireman’s song followed by the Christening of the brand new fire truck, “Big Jack.” His widow, Gladys Crowley and his children, Caryn and John, who flew up from Florida, his brother, “Bobby” Robert Crowley and his wife, Patricia and their daughter, Nicole, myself and my son James Matuozzi were all on hand. All family ladies received flowers. They also dedicated the brand new Rescue 2 Fire Ambulance. New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith was there and spoke on the dedication of the community and received a Breezy Point Firemen’s Hat for the work he did in raising money for the new truck with its streamlined equipment. They could not have done it without his help. As I looked around Grace McCluskey called out to me and reminded me I went of many of her parties, and I spotted Ronnie McCarthy whose daughter, Rita, kept her mother and I and Gladys Crowley amply supplied with FREE hot dogs, beer, soda and hamburgers. Marty Walsh presented portraits of the fire truck and ambulance.

A beautiful day and a beautiful ceremony in which to share proud moments. And, God bless our firemen.

While at the ballfield, only steps away was Donald Ritter’s Surf Shop. I stopped in and was amazed at the variety and the low price of his flip flops and of course the quality of all his items. No need to shop anywhere else. From tee shirts to bathing suits, hats, jewelry and you name it, Donald has it.

Later that day I met Mr. Murray (I hope that’s his name) who drove me to Kennedy’s. He told me he took his children to see “Spiderman” on B’way which just opened after a few mishaps. He and his children had a blast! It is a must see for everyone.

For those of you who are interested in Contemporary Art you may be interested in seeing Lee Ufan, an artist-philosopher, Lee Ufan‘s Marking Infinity is currently at the Guggenheim Museum until September 28. He is an historical figure and contemporary master, pre-eminent sculptor, painter, and writer in Korea, Japan and Europe for the past 40 years. His works are now in the white cube rotunda on all levels. The museum is located on Fifth Avenue between East 88 and 89 Streets.

Isaac Daniel LLC launched Just Sync, a new Social Networking Site at the Times Center, West 43 Street, NYC, at a Tech Fashion Show auction to benefit What Better Looks Like, a charity that benefits victims of Rwanda genocide and abused women in war torn Congo. Members wearing the JUST SYNC ME ( JSM) device can view actual map locations of friends wearing JMS and send messages.

The Marie Hotels, a haven bar previously patronized by gays, opened a new attractive mezzanine cocktail lounge with open bar, two buffet tables with fresh veggies and fruit and desserts. Very pleasurable. It is located on West 43 Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.

The Harvard Club was the site Quebec choose to inform agents about their beautiful St. Lawrence Cruising which takes you to all the featured ports and stops and tours along the St. Lawrence River where you can enjoy the wildlife, hiking, kayaking, and the mid-night sun, the northern lights, polar bears, whales and visit Newfoundland and Greenland. Four to fifteen days charter flights for 50+ with Adventure Canada...And, Away We Go !!!

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