I have eaten my
words. In the last edition of the Tower Chimes I wrote “This
is it. No more slaving over the typewriter or deadlines!”
Well, there wasn’t exactly a queue of volunteers to take it
over, so here we are.
We have gained some new people at the Sunday service and they
are very friendly -- just look around at the exchange of the peace.
Our summer “Tea Under the Trees” has been quite delightful.
Thank you, Margaret Harris, for organizing the volunteers, and thanks
to the volunteers for providing “elevenses” as we say
in Merrie Olde England.
At the Hymn Sing this summer, Tom Sarff chose hymns that we all
knew, so there was a glad sound. Solo anthems were sung by choir
members Ann Sohm, Jay Spadaro, Willie Black, Jr., Nancy Scromo and
In August we bid a fond farewell to longtime parishioner Anne
Kehoe, who has moved to Connecticut to be with her daughter and
grandchildren. Anne will be fondly remembered for her enthusiasm,
her good works, coat drives, food for our Pantry, taxiing parishioners
to and from church, appointments,- and so much more. Hopefully she’ll
be back for a visit from time to time to keep us posted on her comings
and goings in the new digs!
Victor Stanwick and wife, Susan, went to a conference in Florida.
Victor told that it was just like New York, but rainier. I picked
up the Staten Island Advance the other day and their picture was
in it with a huge write up about them eating fungus. However, it
didn’t go down very well at all..... And to add to things,
Victor recently underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery.That’s
enough for now, Victor!
Alyson Reed has been appointed Exec.Director of the Maryland State
Commission for Women, an advisory body to the Governor and legislature
on women’s issues. Her sister Annie, a Boston architect, is
busily preparing for the birth of her second baby “around
There was a birthday celebration for John Watson at Adobe Blues
recently. He was very surprised when he walked in, and I don’t
think he had to buy a drink the whole evening! John spent a very
busy summer traveling to many exciting places, and he’s written
an article about his adventures that will appear in next month’s
Judy Davis had a nice long visit with her mum in northern England.
She missed the Ice Cream Social after church - it was really yummy
and a perfect day to sample the delicious flavours provided by Serendipity.
Lou Ranieri, our new Youth Director, has had a wonderful response
to the summer clinics that were held at Christ Church. About 20
kids attended each clinic on a regular basis. Lou has many terrific
ideas to draw in more young people and we should be seeing more
exciting new programs this Fall.
Beth and Chip McLean are bursting with pride. Their youngest son,
Sean, will be attending Curtis High School in the Fall; son Kenny
has been chosen Captain of the Curtis swim team: son Brian, a sophomore
at the University of Delaware, is now their Mascot (the Blue Hen)
and will be performing at football games and basketball games. And
their oldest son Charlie, now in his junior year at SUNY Oneonta,
has been chosen as Captain of the swim team, and recently joined
the North Shore Rescue Squad here on Staten Island.
Dorothy Rapp reports that her son, Peter, will be inducted into
the Wagner College Hall of Fame on September 21 during their Homecoming
festivities. His late father, Dr. Michael Rapp, was also a Wagner
alumnus. Peter is Athletic Director for the Staten Island Academy,
runs their summer camp, and also coaches soccer and baseball. Peter’s
daughter, Terri Lynne, is a third-generation OB/GYN in the Rapp
family and practices in Lancaster, PA.
That’s it for now. But with a busy Fall season ahead I expect
that there will much more good news to share in future columns.
Don’t forget to keep me posted!