As most people
who speak English know, in the United Kingdom, an elevator is called
a lift. But did you know that the incredible machine which Jim
Angone uses to sheet rock our Guild Room Ceiling is called a Panel
Lift? If our languages were consistent he’d call it a panel
elevator. “I’ve had the machine for twenty years and
there’s no way I could sheet rock a ceiling without it,” says
Jim proudly as the renovated room in which we drink coffee on a
Sunday morning, takes on a startlingly new and professional look.
Jim had help from his future son-in-law Kevin Rosa who will soon
be marrying Melissa Angone.
Nancy Beveridge, Sally Carp, Helen Martin, and Carol Shea will
all be helping to sell the sea food, the subject of recent appeals
for to benefit a couple of food pantries. At the same time they’ll
be helping Colin sell boxes of stationery and all kinds of other
items for the benefit of Christ Church. All of this will take place
at the Holiday Fair of the Noble Maritime Collection on 3, 4 and
Colin Reed has added to his various roles at Christ Church and
on a recent Sunday helped Olisha James to supervise the nursery
school. Gregory Brown and Claire
James delighted him no end.
Some parishioners will remember the year when although the organizers
of the ice-cream social offered parishioners a free choice of thirty
or so toppings in addition to five or six fruits, someone complained, “What
no coconut? Although Serendipity’s recent Soup and Sandwich
luncheon was a great success with two gourmet soups (Minestrone
and Butternut Squash) and seven different varieties of sandwiches
and an elaborate desserts including a Bundt cake made by Paul
Smith, there was a remarkable complaint “too many cucumber sandwiches” and “no
mustard or mayonnaise.” At least he didn’t want coconut
on his ham and cheese
Colin and Esther Reed are planning to spend Christmas with their
family, which is gathering in Boston. As usual they’ll do
things the old-fashioned way and take the train.
Laddie and Jack Kruiten are in town for Jeannette’s and Joe’s baptism of daughter Jillian Alice
Schneider. Judy Davis recently visited England to celebrate her mother’s 95th birthday. Joan and Kit Kell joined them for a birthday luncheon.
Linda Razzano comes into the Church Office for three days a week
and does her best to stay on top of the myriad telephone calls
mostly from parishioners who want a variety of needs satisfied
post haste. Fortunately Thanksgiving will give her a well-earned
rest as her son David Sheehy cooks the family’s Thanksgiving
Dinner and together with her son Joseph and fiancée Carmen
will enjoy their time together. Linda is brave to work in an Episcopal
office and perhaps it’s just as well that she’s a member
of the Divine Healing Center and helps pray with the lady in charge
who was healed from tuberculosis many years ago. Our church can
do with some divine healing.
Many Staten Islanders who use Franklin Avenue as a route to Richmond
Terrace have watched the amazing historic transformation and exterior
renovation of the marvelous house of our Rector Emeritus, John
Walsted, and the home of Jerry and
his mother Martha, at 1 Pendelton
that has now been finished.
Margaret Harris and John Watson continue to be kept busy at the
Richmond Senior Services on Jewett Avenue. John says that they
have promises of 36 turkeys to be distributed among needy elderly
families for Thanksgiving.
Do you remember the day in January (or perhaps February) of this
year when you were packing away all of your Christmas decorations
and thinking to yourself that it would be a while since you saw
them again. Well guess what? Christmas is coming!!!
Many of us got a head start on our holiday shopping and Christmas
cheer at the St. Nick’s Holiday Fair last month. Thanks to
the efforts of our own St. Nick ( Nick Lettiere, that is) and his
hard-working crew of parishioners both old and young alike, it
was a great day for all who attended. In fact, it was also a time
to see some familiar faces and old friends. Many of us were delighted
to see Tryphena Fahnbulleh, who came in from Maryland just to drop
off a terrific selection of her home made goodies for the cake
table. What a wonderful (and tasty) surprise!
Congratulations to Daniel Lettiere, son of Nancy and Nick Lettiere,
on receiving the Richard Kabalkin Scholastic Memorial Award from
the Staten Island Alzheimer’s Association. Daniel also holds
the distinction of being inducted into the National Honor Society
for the third year in a row. Daniel currently attends Xaverian
High School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and plays trombone with the
Xaverian Band. They will be traveling to Japan in April to play
at the World’s Fair. It seems that the mayor of one of the
towns in Japan an Italian-American who graduated from Xaverian
and put in a special request to have the band play at the Fair.
Another young man in our parish, Lié Black, has also been
quite busy with the Tottenville High School Band. Lié, the
son of Connie and Buster Black, and grandson of Shirley and Willie Black, plays the bass drum and is the section leader for the bass
drum section. During a recent competition last month, the Band
took first place in the New York State USSBA Championships and
came in 6th out of 14 in the All States USSBA Championships. Lié also
gave his family a wonderful surprise last month when he took to
the podium during the Tottenville High School “Sing” to
conduct one of the scenes. Bravo!
Many of you may remember Leslie Sullivan, a former Christ Church
parishioner who moved to Michigan with her partner Anne
their two children, Grace and Harry, last year. Leslie has been
working on a film project for several years and her dream finally
came to fruition last month when her independent film, “A
Touch of Greatness” was shown at the Margaret Mead Auditorium
in the Museum of Natural History.
Babies are Us - at least it was last month when our supply priest, Mother Polly Kasey, had the pleasure of baptizing four lovely young
babies: Jillian Alice Schneider, (the granddaughter
of Laddie and
Jack Kruiten); Jalen Eugene Hazelwood;
Destiny and Alyssa Shelton Richard Jackson (grandson
and twin granddaughters of Iris Colbourne.)
Speaking of babies - Tina and Tony Colucci are waiting expectantly
for the stork to bring them their second child, due sometime in
the month of April. Their lovely young daughter, Angelina, is quite
excited about having a new baby brother or sister to play with
Get well wishes to Gytha Bellaby who underwent mitrovalve replacement
surgery last month. Gytha is on the mend, although a bit slowly,
and we hope to see her back very soon.
And a sad note: condolences to Richard Sigman on the passing
of his mother, Frances Sigman. She was a well-known figure in the
Staten Island community and quite active in her home parish, St.
Mary’s Episcopal Church here on Staten Island.
And finally, just a few lines to wish all of our readers, fellow
parishioners and their families, a Merry Christmas and a Happy and
Peaceful New Year!