2013-05-31 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Paying Tribute

He was only 22 years old when he graduated from West Point in the class of 1950. Kenneth Arnold Tackus was a tall, handsome, physically fit and a mentally alert young man with a warm and gracious personality. And, he danced divinely, too. We met on the dance floor at one of the hops at West Point while I was attending Ladycliff College nearby. His parents had a beautiful home in Hartford, Connecticut. And he had one older, married brother. We fell in love and married at the West Point Chapel, under the swords after we both graduated; I, in 1949 and he in 1950.

Several months before the wedding I had a heart attack, but that did not faze him. Everyone was so worried about me, but I survived to live a long life. He was not that fortunate. The entire class of 1950 was sent to Korea. The remains of 1st Lt. Kenneth Arnold Tackus returned within a year. I had him buried at West Point where I shall someday join him. A young man’s life snuffed out to preserve the rights and privileges and freedoms we have today. God Bless all who have sacrificed, not just fighting the wars, but being maimed along the way and those who never came home at all. Why or why can’t we love one another and put away our greed, envy, selfishness and hate? They gave us their all. We owe it to them to work harder to preserve peace and kindness, understanding and love for humanity in our world today. We have to work harder at it. In the meantime, give love and honor to those who fought for our freedom and rights. OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE AND A BIG THANK YOU!

BREEZY POINT SURF CLUB OPENS.

I remember so well the days I used to make the Happy Hours and cover the dos and don’ts of the Breezy Point Surf Club members. They were fun times. I made a short visit over the weekend to see how they have recovered from “Sandy” and to see how things were going since Tom August and Tom Mulligan were no longer in charge. Everything seemed intact. The roofs that had blown off have been repaired fully, some new outdoor furniture was evident. The Captain’s Gig was spruced up and filled with members laughing and dancing to the live band and having a merry time. Jessica Rudolph stopped me and told me she only moved back to her home in Breezy Point two weeks ago after her evacuation from Sandy. She and many others are slowly moving back home. It has been a long and tedious process. When I stepped outside in the sun, I met children, Patrick, Kristin and Megan Daly who had been living in Port Washington till they moved back into their home in Breezy Point two weeks ago. Grace and Ryan and Gerry and Maureen Gibson told me they just returned to their home on Market Street in Breezy. Rachael Deodado was among the group. Names from the past: Ellen and Lenny Wunder were mentioned. Their grandson, John Fountaine graduated from Xaiver H.S. and will enter the National Honor Society as Seargent in ROTC. Congratulations!

Breezy Point Surf Shop is open and operating at the Lifeguard Shack just 50 yards away from the original shop, right off the ball field. Donald Ritter is the owner and he lost everything in Sandy. He had no compensation, but he is resourceful, hard-working and full of hope. He is replenishing his stock and taking orders and he is set up temporarily at the lifeguard shack, open 7 days a week. Donald is known for his variety of flip flops, but his whole world “flip flopped” on him. He carries all surf apparel and surfboards as well. In a community such as this, everyone is so grateful to have a shop like his. No tolls, no gas, no hassle. You save money and time and get the best quality for your buck. Support your local businesses.

Kennedy’s on the Bay Restaurant is still in rejuvenation. Slowly, but slowly things are getting back to normal. They will be stronger than ever.

Travel: Kathy Warner and Peter Fontaine from the Surf Club just visited Ecuador recently and she told me she loved it. She stayed two nights in Quito, the capital, and Galapagos Islands and they blew her away. She would go back in a heartbeat. The waterfalls, the birds, the deep sea diving, the wild life ..frogs and penquins so, so beautiful. An exotic destination, indeed. Land as little as $288p.p,. and 4d/3/nts to 8 days/7nts dep. Tues. and Sat. $100.99. Check into it and ... AWAY WE GO!!!

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