Townie Tidbits

October 29, 2015
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BY SAL GIARRATANI

GILLEN FAMILY’S MISSIONS FUNDRAISER HUGE SUCESS

   Over 300 folks showed up to help raise needed funds for missionary work in the Philippines at a hospice called San Juan De Dios. There the Brothers of Mercy tend to the needs of the sick especially the mentally ill abandoned by their families.

    The place is supervised by the Brothers of Mercy and Brother George Gillen, 84 years of age who has sacrificed his life to serving God and man. George dropped out of high school at age 17 and joined the Brothers of Mercy and has never looked back. He is doing God’s work and his siblings, Moe, Bob and Irene decided to help him and they did so big time like any Townie would.

  Over 300 showed up at the Knights of Columbus this past Sunday night in expected large numbers to help a fellow Townie do God’s work and theirs too.

   The entertainment was great, with Smokey Cain providing the music and guys like Steve Sweeney and Tony V the yuks. There’s no photo but those there saw Tony V and Steve Sweeney dancing around Smokey doing what appeared to be Swan Lake. You had to see it to believe it. As I was leaving the hall, Sheriff Steve Tompkins was arriving probably to take Steve and Tony over to South Bay for needed treatment, huh?

DAVE FLANAGAN HONORED AT ABCD COMMUNITY HEROES CELEBRATION

   I have known Dave Flanagan since both of us were young community activists back in the 70s and early 80s. He used to be City Councilor Maura Hennigan’s go to see guy at City Hall and back here in town.

  I congratulate him on being honored at the  ABCD’s gala celebration on November 6. honoring 18 outstanding neighborhood volunteers who give back to their communities. Congrats to all the winners ,especially Dave.Flanagan.

DINING WITH THE GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC NOVEMBER 5

  I am a member of the Abraham Lincoln Post 11 of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans post made up mostly of Vietnam era veterans who served in that war over 40 years ago. This year once again, Post 11 will be hosting it annual Pre-Veterans Day Appreciation Dinner up at Green Street Post. It all starts  at 6:30 pm with a social hour followed at 7:30 pm with a dinner gathering.

   If you are a veteran, come share some time with us Your service is always remembered. Stop by that night and meet the rest of us waiting to see you. A small donation would be appreciated but don’t let that stop you from coming. You are welcome here. You earned the right to dine on November 5. Join us at the dinner table..