Generally Speaking: Week of November 29

November 28, 2012 Theodore W. General
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Bishop DiMarzio leads Cathedral Club memorial mass

His Excellency Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

During the proceedings, DiMarzio also called for prayers for those who have lost their lives and those without a home, power, heat and other essentials in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. He also spoke about the heartrending, tragic drowning of two brothers on Staten Island: two-year-old Brandon and four year old Connor Moore who were buried in the same casket facing one another.

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The Cathedral Club service was held in the Sacred Heart Chapel at the Visitation Monastery, 8902 Ridge Boulevard, followed by a communion breakfast at the Bay Ridge Manor. Providing an honor guard for the mass were knights and dames of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Hymns were sung by the Ghost Light Choir under the aegis of musical director Jim Like. Biblical readings were done by past Cathedral Club Presidents Craig Eaton and James McHughMaria Heyer. The mass and communion breakfast was coordinated by John HeyerJoseph BovaStephen MarescaLou and Carol Trimboli.


A benefit concert for the victims of Superstorm Sandy, tagged Bands for the Beach

Tickets at the door are $25.00. One hundred percent of the proceeds goes towards Sandy relief efforts in Breezy Point and the Rockaways. Concert organizers include Tommy CasatelliCait McDonaghLinda GallagherSarah Ross and John Rafferty.


Captain Gene Ritter

Ritter also talked about the sunken 500-pound bronze bell he recovered from the ocean bottom near the old Dreamland Amusement Park Pier in Coney Island, now the site of the Brooklyn Aquarium.

The bell had been under water since 1911, when the amusement park was destroyed by fire. Despite being submerged in salt water for over 100 years, the raised bell was in good enough shape to still be rung. One of the first bell ringers at the time was Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger who also attended the BRHS presentation.

Also attending was former Bay Ridge Community Council President Tom Greene who conducts annual clean-ups with local high school students at Denyse Wharf and sandbar in the shadow of the Verrazano Bridge.


The Bay Ridge Inter-agency Council on Aging is holding its annual Christmas/Hanukkah Breakfast on Wednesday, December 5, at 9:30 a.m., at the Bridgeview Diner, 9013 Third Avenue. For reservations at $15 per person, contact council Secretary Phyllis Lawless at 718-921-5949 or by email: [email protected].

Also holding its Yuletide holiday party on December 5 is the Society of Old Brooklynites, at 6:30 p.m., at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street. Civic leader Ralph Perfetto is the current society president.


GOP stalwart Vinnie Bocchinoth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery.


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