hard to believe that the summer has come to an end. It was a busy
time for so many of us and there’s a lot of news to report,
so here goes!
By now you’ve all heard (or just read about) the good tidings
from the Rectory. Congratulations to Sally and Fr.
Clarke on the anticipated arrival of their first
child some time in January. What a wonderful way for all of us
to begin the New Year.
And speaking of children, there’s much to report on the
activities of our younger members. Thomas Liu ,
the talented young man who is our pianist at the Family Service
on Sunday mornings was the recipient of this year’s Christ
Church College Scholarship. Tom will be attending Vassar College
in the fall, and while Tom is away at college, his equally talented
sister, Katherine , will be taking his
spot at the piano.
Our Warden, Beth McLean reports
that her four sons – Charlie , Brian , Kenny and Sean – have
been quite busy these days. Charlie has been substitute teaching
at Curtis, was on the ski patrol at Hunter mountain this past winter,
and was a Federal lifeguard at Riis Park this summer; Brian graduated
from the University of Delaware in May with a degree in Exercise
Physiology, and also worked as a Federal lifeguard at Riis Park
during the summer months; Kenny will be entering into his junior
year at SUNY Oneonta and life guarded this summer at Midland Beach.
And last, but surely not least, son Kenny will be a senior at Curtis
this year; and like his brothers, spent his summer life guarding.
Let us not forget their dad, Chip McLean,
who also has been busy with the Ancient Order of Hibernians. In
July he was elected State Secretary for the Order, a very prestigious
Janet Schneide r
was also kind enough to provide us with an update on her three
children: Andrew , Kate and Ted .
Many of us were able to share Andrew ’s experiences in China
this past year through his marvelous website, and Janet ’s “A-Mails.” (And
yes, the “A” stands for Andrew !) Andrew recently returned
to the U.S. and is now attending Army Basic Training at Ft. Benning
, Georgia . When he finishes the rigorous 9-week course in October
he’ll continue on to Officer Candidate School , also at Ft.
Benning . Daughter Kate spent the summer working for SONY in Manhattan
and has returned to UCLA to complete her final year towards her
Masters in Business Administration. She has been awarded a fellowship
and will also be a teaching assistant in an undergraduate class
this term. Ted is completing his fourth, but not last, year studying
Electrical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken
. In order for him to earn his Bachelor’s Degree it will
be necessary to complete 176 credits – a bit more than the
standard 130 credits! This summer Ted worked at the college on
a very interesting and challenging robotics project.
Congratulations to our soprano soloist, Ann Sohm ,
who was recently elected President of the St. Cecelia Society.
This marvelous organization continues to bring beautiful music
to the people of Staten Island .
Many of you may have seen the article in the Staten Island
Advance which featured our own Laura Kennedy .
This hard-working mother of four was recently named president
of the Association for the Help of Retarded Children, and she
is the first Staten Islander to be named to this prestigious
post. Laura has been a tireless supporter of this wonderful organization
for many years after her daughter, Julia ,
was born with a mental disability. In fact, when Laura speaks
of her three other daughters – Elizabeth , Lindsay and Claire ,
she tells people that “they (her daughters) all learned
more from Julia than anyone else.” Elizabeth , 27, just
graduated from law school in California and will be working in
a Manhattan law firm; Lindsay , 26, had been teaching in England
and returned to Staten Island in August; Claire , 18, who was
last year’s recipient of the Christ Church Scholarship,
will be starting her second year at Loyola University .
During the month of June – Trinity Sunday to be exact – Stanley and Anne Marie Roesler returned
to Christ Church to mark the 50 th anniversary of their confirmation
on this very day. They spent a great deal of time reminiscing with Trevor
Mills, who was also part of that confirmation class.
Even though it’s September, there are still a few hard
working folks who need to be recognized for their participation
in the very successful May Ham Dinner. Kudos to Sheila
Hewitt and Connie Black who led the young people
of our Sunday School in becoming the final sponsors of the May
Ham Dinner. It was not possible to include their names in the commemorative
booklet because of the printing deadline.
And while we’re on the subject of kudos, let us not forget
to mention our successful Spring Fair and the dedication and hard
work of chairpersons Anne Devlin and Beth McLean.
Not to mention all of the Christ Church parishioners who volunteered
to chair the different tables and booths, cook and serve pounds
of hamburgers and hot dogs and lead visitors on tours of our magnificent
church. Thanks to their efforts, and all of the Christ Church parishioners
and friends who came out to support this event, we were able to
raise over $4000!
Connie and Jack Ricciardi ’s granddaughter, Jessica Jude Logan ,
a Biology pre-med graduate of the College of Holy Cross in Massachusetts
, is now attending Drexel University College of Medicine in Drexel
, Pennsylvania , much to the delight of her entire family.
Many of you may remember Beth Johanning ,
an alumnus of the Christ Church choir and a featured performer
in our Serenade Concert Series. Beth, the mother of a
very active three-year old son named John,
was recently spotted in Silver Lake Park “in training” for
the New York City Marathon which takes place in November.
Best wishes to Regina Simpson, a faithful
member of Christ Church , who moved back to her native Barbados
at the end of August to be closer to her family. Her warmth and
gracious presence – and most especially, her beautiful smile
- will be missed on Sunday mornings.
Though it has been a very active time in the life of our parish,
there have been times of sadness as well over the past few months.
In June we marked the passing of Richard Sigman,
head of the Finance Committee, our "interim” Treasurer
on several occasions, a former Warden and a devoted and hard-working
member of our parish family; and on July 4 thAndre
Black entered into eternal life after a lifelong
battle with Sickle Cell Anemia. Despite his medical problems, Andre
continued to be an active member of the choir, was always on hand
to participate in our Spring Fairs, and will be fondly remembered
by this editor for the wonderful lamb dinners that he and his family
would prepare for parishioners in the Christ Church kitchen on
Maundy Thursday. We shall miss these two wonderful men, but their
presence at Christ Church will remain with us for many years to
That’s all for now, but more than likely, not all of the news
that’s out there. If there is anything we’ve missed,
or news and information that you’d like to share, please drop
a note in the Tower Chimes mail slot in the parish office.