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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Aftermath + 24 hours

Bethany remains in the dark. Lay missioners come over to shower.

St. Teresa's has its power back.

Surrounding towns and villages still in the dark.

Cablevision still out, but four places around our building, including the library, have satellite DirectTV.

More of our employees came in to work today, although we remained officially closed. We used disposable plates and cups because the dishwasher didn't come in.

Ambulances cannot get to Phelps hospital (the other rumor is that Phelps has also been evacuated), so emergency cases are taken to Westchester Medical Center.

Fr. Jim Gilligan was relieved to learn his family and house are safe in Breezy Point, Queens, where 100+ homes burned to the ground last night.

On a human and humous note: as per Fr. Jack King's request, after the singing of the Salve Regina to end the graveside (Spellman Room) service, family members led the community on singing his life's theme song: Louie Armstrong's "It's a Wonderful World."

This is not without precedent. Years ago Br. Paul Chamberlain requested "As Time Goes By" be sung at his funeral. And we do play Taps at Maryknoll/military funerals.

So Missioners, now's a good time to consider what show tune you'd like at your send-off. (I am torn between "The Impossible Dream" and "Caberet.")

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