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Around The Park
Volume 48, Issue 10
August 27 - September 9, 2004
By Joyce Peters

SIGHTINGS—Ritchie Polatchek came back to the beach just in time to sight dolphins off shore. Grabbing his kayak he dashed into the ocean and kayaked with dolphins… The awesome giant sunflowers on Ocean Bay Blvd and Midway in the Trebling's garden … Florrie Swinski’s latest addition – a mammoth arch that will find new life as the entrance to “Florries’s Fantasy”…
GOURMET FAIR REVISITED —Overcast but no rain. “They came, They stayed, They bought.” Even with the abundance of food from OBP kitchens, Love and Quiches, Citarella and Winnie Grant, unexpectedly by three o’clock the tables were bare, the wine Shoppe’s shelves empty and the truck room boutique bare. Lillian pulled the 50/50 ticket – Paulette Mannes was instantly richer and the winners of the 63 Silent Auction prizes were announced. Winning this year were Mort Swinski (bike), Sharon Gerson (wagon). Ed Eschmann (dumpster) outbidding Fran Gray, Alice Kotzen (signed Yankee 2001 pitchers ball), Gerry Breglia, Loretta and Eric Snyder, Bonnie Errico, Paul Silverstein, Pete Cronin, et al won dinners, and theater/sports tickets. The liveliest auction was for the Beatles photo and memorabilia, a contest between Denise Anderson, Tim Bascom and Joe Gurrera – won by Denise. The success of the Fair is a tribute to Lillian and Alan who once again gave us “A Fair to Remember”…

CANDLES TO—Frank Thieroff (8/28), Eddie Micallef & Vinnie Ficara (8/29), Bailey Kaufman (8/30), Eileen Slobotkin (8/31), Janis Hirsch & Richard Annicharico (9/2), Nonda Rubinstein (9/4), Louis Solish (9/8), Harry Falowski (9/11), Lisa Kaufman (9/16), and Wally Butler (9/24)…

SPECIAL THANKS TO SPECIAL PEOPLE—who make OBP better—Lillian Laikind and Alan Schankweiler – Gourmet Fair, Mary Anne Wolling – OBP Directory, Mary Mc Cullough – Ontario beach stairs, Winnie Grant – almost single handed changing the face of Cayuga. To:, OBPA officers: President Neil Andon, Treasurer Pat Loesch and Secretary Karen Kee. To: Bernie Weil for signage and graphics, Scotty Reilly and Bernie for their work on the 2004 Homeowners map and, OBPA Community Manager Bartley Horton. To Barbara Placilla the energy and driving force behind the Fire Dept Auxiliary, AND to the women and men of the OBP Fire Dept who train on beautiful Saturdays while we loll and then are available 24/7 to protect our homes. Last but not least to my better half George Greenberger for always being there for OBP and me.

LAST HURRAHS—The Errico’s house and deck was filled to capacity as oldtimers (many with 40 plus years in OBP) and newcomers gathered at Betty and Bob’s to enjoy a bountiful buffet, powerful libations and the sunset … “Our fabulous Florrie” had yet another Sunday Night Soiree – This time including Ocean Beach/Seaview friends with her OBP family for an amazing array of food (shrimp, salmon, chicken) and champagne - the latter served in fab silver stemmed flutes…
TonyMangino escaped off-island for his big birthday, but friends outsmarted him with a giant birthday cake Friday night at the Inn-Between announcing to the world that Tony has joined the over 50 crowd… Charlie Reuther treated friends to dinner at Flynn’s to celebrate the 35th anniversary of his 35th birthday… They were dressed with someplace to go on the 55 ferry going off island to Danielle and Mark’s engagement party at Maureen and Angelo Paladino’s. And what a grand party it was – over 200 guests, a double tent with a dance floor, music, delicious food and whatever to drink… “Watch That Basket” delivered yet another eating orgy with Ed Gans BBQ-ing and Ellen, Adrian, Ellie, Vivian, Aggie, Billy, Diane, Paul and Vera as sous-chefs and servers .A great crew. Nobody Does It Better … Aside to all the purple people – “Start thinking Purple”

STILL TO COME —The 11 a.m. Saturday Labor Day challenges - The Volley Ball Tournament on the Beach at H and the Seaview/ Ocean Bay Park Homeowners Game. Ocean Bay Park with OBP hoping to repeat last year’s win of 19-10…The OBP Association fall meeting, Saturday September 11th at 4 o’clock. “That’s all folks.” Enjoy the “little season”—see you in 2005…