Friday, 18 December 2009 00:00
The Glen Cove Anglers held their annual Christmas celebration. The members threw hook, line and sinker to reel in a trove of new unwrapped toys for distribution to Glen Cove area kids. It is a long tradition that fulfills the giving holiday spirit of the members.
However the Anglers’ enthusiasm was dampened as they learned that the beneficiary of the yearly toy collection, Saint Rocco’s Parish Reverend Father Aaron was overcome by a serious illness a week earlier and wouldn’t be present to collect the donations, nor say a prayer and bless the club as he has done the last couple of years.
“The fishing that the club has enjoyed in that time has been plentiful with large and record size fish being recorded. I suspect it was no fluke that Father Aaron’s blessing played a role the clubs fruitful bounty,” said Mike Mandarino.
In attendance to collect the toys was Nick Randazzo, Father Aaron’s loyal assistant. Nick apprised the group of Father Aaron’s improving condition from his daily visits to the hospital. He assured them that Father Aaron was there in spirit and he personally advised Nick that he would keep the Anglers in his prayers. “Given his condition, it is a gesture that only a true man of God could exhibit,” said Mandarino. “We likewise advised Nick to relay to Father Aaron that he is also in our prayers and we hope for his full and speedy recovery.”
The Anglers’ spirits were lifted when Frank Pena who coordinates many of the Club’s community functions read some of the letters he received from, the Senior Center, the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club and Saint Rocco’s Church. The letters expressed thankfulness for receiving turkeys the GC Anglers distributed over the Thanksgiving holidays.
Once the pageantry and glitter subsided, they stuffed Nick’s SUV sleigh “to the gills” with new toys. “Everyone left with their hearts as well as stomachs full as the food coordinator, Thomas ‘Shep’ O’ Rourke, whose motto, ‘gotta eat’ and propitious appetite, must have prevailed and overcome him as he ordered a plethora of food from Charles’s Deli,” joked Mandarino. “The quality of the food received raves and the quantity of the food; well suffice it to say many members left with doggie bags. Hey Sheppy, not everyone has your appetite. In fact, no one has your appetite! We can only thank God lobsters weren’t on the menu.”
The Glen Cove Anglers Club wishes all in Glen Cove a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.