Wha’s Happ’nin’ by Sis Frank

Steve Simon gives a huge smile to the camera during his 60th birthday bash at The Beach Bar on Sunday, October 8.

There really is no place like home — after a summer in New York City, the soft air, the glorious views of the sea and seeing old friends reminded me that St. John is a very special place on this crazy planet.

Of course there are changes that none of us like, but the same things seem to be happening everywhere. A friend who thought she had escaped to the wilds of Montana now faces a four-lane highway. Morocco, untouched by the tourist trade, now is caught up in Disney World-type crowds — so it goes.

Steve Simon Turns 60!
Steve Simon’s 60th birthday party at the Beach Bar on Sunday was a blast. A huge cake, champagne for everyone and the marvelous music that only the Jazz Islanders can play made it a very special celebration for “Mr. Hollywood.” A video show of the life and times of Steve showed eight different hair styles, a skinny Steve, a chubby Steve, strange-looking styles of clothing — my, how we can reinvent ourselves over 60 years.

If you haven’t heard the Jazz Islanders play, be sure to spend a few hours of relaxation at the Beach Bar, Wharfside Village, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. every Sunday. Thanks to Helen and Steve for a wonderful party last Sunday. It was madness.

Community Contributors Honored
Congratulations to Bonny Corbeil, Lisa Penn, Mario Francis and Lenyse Shomo for their Rotary service awards, and to Leon Plaskett, Noel and Bernice Boynes, Jose Penn, Alice Krall and Lenyse Shomo (again) for their contributions to the community of St. John, given by the FCCLA, JESS Chapter. Each honoree cares about St. John and has shown their devotion in so many ways over the years.

Our number one senior citizen, author, historian, retired Department of Education official, Mr. Guy Benjamin, will celebrate his birthday next week. Our very best wishes to this super-St. Johnian.