Andrea Berman’s Beach City Buzz

Greetings, friends, and welcome to the Beach City BUZZ.   This week, we’re celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first time we saw 007 James Bond on the big screen, and the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show.  Baby Boomers, let us stroll down Memory Lane with a new list of old:  Raise your hand if you remember:   Covering school books in brown paper bags, candy cigarettes, waiting five long minutes for the TV to warm up, baseball cards in bicycle spokes, metal ice cube trays, your mother wearing nylons rolled down around her ankles, eating Kool-Aid out of the package, sitting on your father’s lap while he was driving the car (and he was smoking at the same time), wearing white gloves to go to Boston, stopping at the gas station and having an attendant wash your window and pump gas, Otay Buckwheat, baby oil and iodine to improve a tan, pole lamps, the Sears and Roebuck Catalog, telephone numbers that started with a word: ATlantic, CHelsea, DAvenport, Betsy McCall cut outs, carbon paper, cork pop guns, metal dollhouses, Weekly Readers, locking diaries, “Good night, David, good night Chet”, shorthand, Patty Duke, Fun With Dick And Jane, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Prell Shampoo, burning leaves in rusty metal barrels, Archie and Veronica, Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It’s Flavor, Tiddly Winks, mercurochrome, Little LuLu, Lavoris Mouth Wash, going steady, getting “pinned”, and something called a one-eyed-one-horned-flying purple people eater.  But just when I was thinking that I really missed the simpler life, “back in the day”, I realized that we didn’t have stretch jeans then, so I guess life really is better now…Here’s the old BUZZ:  On Sunday, October 14, the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk takes place at the DCR Hatch Shell in Boston.  Registration and rolling start 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Once again, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo will provide transportation for anyone who would like to take part in the Breast Cancer Walk. Buses leave Michael’s Mall in Winthrop at 7:45 a.m. and will also leave the Beachmont School at 8:00 a.m. Contact Anita Flintoff at 617-722-2500 for information or to reserve a seat on the bus. If you are unable to attend the walk, your donation is always welcome.  Visitwww.cancer.org, and ladies, get those mammos grammed!…Ran-dumb thoughts:  True story ~ the other day I was driving directly behind a septic tank pumping truck. (Lucky me!) I couldn’t help but smile when I read the big sign on the back of the vehicle:  “Warning, this truck contains political promises.”  I’ve yet to be intimidated by a fancy wine list thanks to my vast knowledge of fine wines and my eeny, meeny, miny, moe system;  Am I the only one who counts my dollars at the ATM  after I make a withdrawal, hoping that, maybe someday, the machine will spit out an extra bill or two? It is very important that everyone gets a flu shot this year so I don’t have to…Revere Beach Partnership’s Annual Pumpkin Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (no rain date).  Head to the Beach, across from Kelly’s Roast Beef where you’ll find free pumpkins (for children under 12, while supplies last), music, face painting, a farmers market and tons of fun.  It’s sponsored by the Revere Beach Partnership, Kelly’s Roast Beef, and the D.C.R…October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and if you’re looking for somebody who will love you always, be your best friend, and not care if you haven’t had time to put on make up, change your underwear, or brush your teeth, check out some of the wonderful pups (and kitties too!) who are looking for a forever home at the animal shelter.  When we adopted our little girl, Georgia, back in April, she had been sent to the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem after someone had dumped her by the side of the road down south.  She was only 2 weeks old when she was tossed out to fend for herself.   So hard to understand how anyone could do such a thing.  When found, she was on death’s doorstep, full of parasites and starving.   She is now a happy, healthy, 10 month old bundle of joy, and not a day goes by when I don’t think about how lucky we are to have found each other.  And Georgia would like us to remind everyone that it’s past September 30, so dogs are once again allowed on Revere Beach.  Please be considerate, and clean up after your pup…That’s it for the BUZZ, BUZZers.  Do whatever makes your heart sing, and remember: (with thanks to Suzanne Dufresne):  A good friend knows when to pour a glass of wine and talk it out.  A great friend knows when to shut up and hand over the bottle…This week’s SMILEMAKERS:  John O’Neil, Nicholas Alexander, Nancy Polonsky, Barbara Spagnuolo, Sarah Conway, Harry Kanter, Caroline Corrado, Chris Hartery, Gerald Charles, Steve Coppola, Tony Roma, Miriam Shultz, Anthony Sabatino, Elizabeth Jones, James Furlong, Jose Rosa, Louis Cohen, Ryan Burke, Pat Manzo, Erica Anderson, Connor McCarthy, Steve Hopkins, Michael Giarla, Margo Johnson, Dave Callahan, David Belcher, Rachel Christopher, and Esther Wegman…NEWS FLASH (submitted by several reliable sources, most recently, Allison Biggio):  BOSTON:  A 7 year old boy was at the center of a Boston courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. Sadly, the boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible. The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him. After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him. After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Boston Red Sox, whom the boy firmly believes is not capable of beating anyone...Got news?  Announcements? Jokes? Suggestions?  Is your group having a meeting or fundraiser? Know someone’s who celebrating a birthday, divorce, new baby or anniversary? Are you having a yard sale?  October 14 is National Dessert Day!  It’s as easy as pie to send us your BUZZ bits!  Email AndreaRevere@aol.com, snailmail PO Box 101, Revere, MA 02151, and read it in the REVERE ADVOCATE!