I wish to publicly thank the many individuals and businesses who have helped me over the past six months, as I have completed the arduous process of gathering and assembling materials for my upcoming book, “Images of America: Rockaway Beach,” scheduled for publication by Arcadia in the first week of June 2012. This is a community of truly generous individuals and I could not have done this without all of you!
Bill Keating, Chris Miles and RSC Restaurant (Rockaway Seafood) graciously hosted my women’s history month program in March. All of my guests were so pleased, as the food and beverages served were impeccable, and the wait staff was very courteous, as usual.
Robert and Metta Kaskel also welcomed me and my group for a History Happy Hour at Thai Rock in 2011, which was also very well received.
Thanks to Noreen Ellis and the Rockaway Civic Association, Joe Hartigan, Dr. Janet Pittman, Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society, Rebekkah Rodriguez-Thompson, Danny and Linda Ruscillo of the 100 Precinct Community Council, Sean Sheridan of Bayhouse Restaurant, Ed Shevlin and Sophia Skeans. Lisa at JKS Printing copied my manuscript on short notice, and The Wave provided key news coverage and promotional support throughout the process. Most importantly, during the cold days of December when I thought I might not be able to complete the book due to extenuating circumstances, members of the Graybeards performed a kind and compassionate act that got everything back on track.
You are all magnificent friends and neighbors!
A final thank you to those who contributed photos for the book, including Eddie Bacalles, Lorelee Bedell, Sharon Gabriel, Dean Georges, Ed Gloeggler, Maureen Hennigan, Dotsy Kearns, Len Kohn, Betsy Lograno, Emil Lucev, Sr., Steve Stathis of Boarders Surf Shop, Ed and Dorothy Sullivan, Rosemary Tighe, Marie Velardi, the Rockaway Knights of Columbus, The Wave, and The First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach. I am sure you will all be pleased with the finished product that arrives in June.
I will be leading two free walking tours of Rockaway Beach on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, starting at 1 p.m. at the Doughboy Memorial (Beach 94 and Rockaway Beach Blvd.) For more details, visit the website of the Municipal Art Society of New York, www.mas.org, and click on “Jane’s Walk.” These tours are an annual tribute to the late civic activist Jane Jacobs.
VIVIAN RATTAY CARTER