I am referring to the Sandy Ground Project, the angels play organization that builds children’s parks in coastal communities hard hit by Sandy. It was completed in one day and paid for, in part by a Super Bowl Host Committee Grant. It is dedicated to Mary Sherlack, the teacher who was shot while trying to shield the children from the gunman who shot and killed 26 children and teachers at the Sandy Hook school in Connecticut.
New Jersey’s Bill Lavin and the New Jersey Firefighters Association founded this project. Hundreds of Breezy Pointers came out to witness the celebration. Of course, Mary’s husband Bill and her children Maura and Katy were there. Bill said, “It is so appropriate because Mary loved water and children so much.” Also present were the Breezy Point Pipe Band, local Girl Scouts from Sunset Park, members of the New York Fire Department and fireboat firefighters. They installed a bell to remember…….When the bell rings angels get wings…..
And speaking of Roxbury, I ran into a former resident, Christine Stier. She was raised in Roxbury by her parents, Marion and Jim Clifford. And, lucky for me I did. I lost my social security and identification cards. To replace them I had to go to the Motor Vehicle Office. I chose the one at Herald Square. I had to wait three hours along with everything else. Thank God they had seats. When I was finally called I learned without a Social Security card I could not get my ID. Lo and behold! Christine Stier presented herself, looked at me and the picture of my passbook and said, “I know you. Don’t you write for The Wave?” I said “Yes.”
Well, I tell you, she went to great lengths to find my info in the records. A big thank you Christine. Christine sends all her love to the people of Roxbury. We discussed the length of time everyone has to wait to be helped. The reason is “They don’t have enough cameras,” she said. This is totally unacceptable. She told me it is up to Governor Cuomo and Barbara Fisha to have more cameras installed. We have to call them and complain. Please, give them a call. Maybe you already have your ID or auto insurance, but please call for those to follow.
Did you all have a happy Christmas holiday? Hopefully, you did. It should have been better than last year. Maybe, 2014 will surprise you in nice ways. It is an “even” year, so maybe we can get even. Hang in there. There are better days coming and before you know it, with all the rebuilding, Rockaway will be the best place to live so close to NYC. With the subways expanding, the traffic should ease and let’s keep the ferries moving. It is such a beautiful way to get to NYC. You can relax and take in the view.
My wish to all of you, my fans and my faithful readers is good health. And, if you have good health you can find happiness. I wish you no financial problems, caring friends and an abundance of love and kindness. May you enjoy every day and be grateful you are alive and still able to be productive if only to give a smile.
My condolences to those we lost but won’t be forgotten. A belated condolence to Robert Kane on the loss of his wife, Cathy. They raised eight children and have 13 grandchildren. Well, that is a productive life!
A Very Happy 2014!!!
And, special blessings for a fruitful and bountiful new year for all staff members and contributors of The Wave. They have all done a masterful job in informing us of all the top news of the area under impossible circumstances. Praise for your Special Editions, too. It’s a WAVE of information and gets bigger and better each year.
Travel: If you are into cruising there is no better cruise line than Norwegian. People from Rockaway should feel right at home on their new ship, the Breakaway. It has not only ambience and good food from general and specialty restaurants, cozy and roomy cabins, entertainment galore for kids to adults, and if you stroll through the upper decks you will find paintings of Rockaway onthewalls.February2ndtheyhavea7daycruisetotheBahamas.Ifyou are an AARP member you can get an inside cabin for $654 and a Balcony for $974…Check your local travel agent ... And, AWAY WE GO!