It was October 29th when Sandy ferociously hit our New York shores. I called my cousin, Gladys Crowley and pleaded with her to leave her winter bungalow in Breezy Point. She said she couldn’t leave her cat. “Take the cat with you” I said, but she did not want to hear me. I was worried sick about her. Her daughter, Caryn, with whom she lives, was gone and she was alone in the house. Sure enough, she had to be rescued by the brave Volunteer Fire Department. She knew them well since her late husband, Jack Crowley, my cousin, had been their Chief before he died of lung cancer some years ago. They took her to her son’s home where he, Robert Crowley, his wife Patricia and daughter, Nicole lived in their beautiful two story home on the Bay and she found refuge. She then went to Florida to spend some time with her son John and his family.
When her welcome wore out there, it was back to New York to join her daughter, Caryn, who had fled to Brooklyn. She was jostled back and forth for months and months. I had no word from her until finally, I phoned her old number and she answered. Lo and behold, she was safe back in her own home now. It is not completely repaired but enough to be livable. Thank God, you survived! I was so relieved when she you said hello. Wish you well, Gladys and may you remain safe and sound. This is just one of many Sandy stories around, but thank God they all lived to tell about it.
Small businesses are having deep problems. For example, Donald Ritter who owns the Surf Shop in Breezy lost everything. Not only his shop was flooded but he lost everything in it and had no insurance to cover it. He has set up temporary quarters at the Life Guard shack, just a few feet away from his original store. He has stocked up and is there for your needs. Do support him. He needs all the help he can get and you need a store like his. You can still enjoy your summer days without exiting the premises. Surf boards, flips flops, bathing suits, tee shirts, jewelry, gifts etc. He has a variety of quality merchandise at fair prices. He is by the ballfield and you can drive in from Rockaway and see what he has. Support your local businesses. They are there for you.
Tuesday, August 6th is the annual Coop meeting and the members will vote on $325,000 for a new security barracks and discuss where the $19 million the city has allocated to us by Governor Cuomo will go. Most people I spoke to are opposed to that kind of money being spent on the barracks but you will know the results by the time this issue of the paper comes out. They will also talk about the new dunes along the ocean to protect us from future storms. They are to start erecting them August 15th. Hopefully they will be finished before hurricane season.
Patricia Crowley’s birthday was on July 19th and Beth Matuozzi, daughter of my son, Kevin Matuozzi and wife Julie turned 12 on August 1st. Congratulations!
The annual Sugar Bowl run in memory of George Timmons will take place August 10th, 9 a.m. to raise money for the Volunteer Fire Department.
So much building and rebuilding is going on, but have you thought of solar panels on your homes? As I understand it you can reduce your LIPA bill to $11 a month. Look into it! And trees! There are FREE Trees to be had for the Breezy Point residents.Sign up at the Learning Center. Ask for Christina.
If you are interested in growing inside or outside plants there is a terrific book on just that by Jon Carloftis and it is called Beyond the Windowsill.
This weekend the Rockaway Theatre Company performed the Rockaway Café and they are coming back in September with another show.
If you are looking for a Mexican Restaurant or just a very good restaurant to dine in NYC the Maya is outstanding. I savored Chef Sandoval’s Tequila and Wine Tasting Dinner and it tickled my taste buds. The Guacamole Pacifico that was served with a tequila Margarita was like velvet in your mouth. So, so good. Best I ever had. The beet salad delightfully different and filet mignon you could cut with a fork. Tequila, of course, was served with a heavenly dessert. It was a dining experience I will not soon forget. I spoke to Chef Sandoval and he told me he has 37 restaurants and he is contender for Bravo’s Top Chef Awards and will be seen on Bravo August 29th. Congratulations to him. Check it out. The Maya is on First Avenue between 64th and 65th Street in NYC. The service is excellent and they get a nice crowd.
Travel: Swiss Deluxe Hotels held a diamond cocktail party at the Swiss residence 640 Park Avenue and it was elegant with live piano music, champagne and tasty canapés. We were able to speak to the hoteliers personally: the Kulm Hotel, St Moritz with its nine hole golf course, new spa facilities, children’s club, winter sports arena; Lucern Palace on the shores of Lake Lucern surrounded by idyllic Alpine landscape. The town is only a leisurely walk away. Each hotel offers its own unique amenities and services. The Beau Rivage is nestled in the town of Geneva on the shores of Lake Geneva. They are very deluxe... And, AWAY WE GO!!!