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Sharon and I received an invitation for Fran Amorosa’s surprise retirement party. Fran was always there for the Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC) as well as for Seth Low IS 96, where she had worked and her three children were schooled. Her retirement means we all lost her valuable tireless services she gave for over three decades!

The successful ruse to get Fran to her surprise party was that she was attending the retirement party of another Fran, a co−worker at Seth Low. The sign downstairs to the party room of the Marco Polo Restaurant welcomed everyone to Fran Spatola’s retirement party. Everyone knows how hard it is to give a surprise party. It is extremely stressful, nerve−wracking and most of the time someone slips up somewhere before the party. For instance, Edie was giving her husband, Herb, a surprise 40th birthday party at a very exclusive Chinese restaurant. Edie took all kind of precautions: a separate engraved dummy invitation, phone numbers of their daughters to RSVP to. Everything was hush−hush and when their friends picked them up to go out, Herb didn’t suspect a thing. That is, until the hat−check girl asked, “Are you here for the Herb Cannon surprise party? Well, if looks could kill, that hat−check girl would have been long dead by now. Herb was hysterical laughing. Edie was still fuming when they entered the room to the almost surprise party.

The wonderful part of attending a retirement party is you get to see friends again that you haven’t seen since your children went to school together. After the kids graduated, the PTA moms went to work for the district. Look at Fran: Until John Mancini, retired Principal of Seth Low and a Vice President of BWECC, gave a wonderful biographical speech of Fran’s career, I never knew she was a PTA Mom when her three kids attended Seth Low. In 1964 she was its PTA President, and in 1986 she became a SAPIS Worker (Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention Program). I don’t know how she ever found the time, but in 1999 she got her master’s degree to become a teacher. Two years later she was the guidance counselor and was now retiring! Fran was presented a BWECC Award from me with tears in my eyes, because I learned that night what “busy” really meant. No one could have been busier than Fran −− raising her family, doing BWECC Community work on call and she never said no. She could cater a party for 400 on a moment’s notice or send out a 500−piece mailing within a day. All at the same time going to college to become a teacher, while rising a family. And what a family she has to enjoy her retirement with: Hubby Charlie, son Charles and Delia with their two children, Juliana 2 12 and Matteo 7 months, son Donny and Denise with their three children Christian 5, Alex 3 12 and 4 month old sister Brooke, daughter Rose and Sophia the oldest grandchild, 6, guarantees her a very busy and happy life with the grandchildren she adores, and family she and Charlie raised.

The ambience, decorations and food at Marco Polo were absolutely perfect, not to forget mentioning the very happy crowd. Kudos to daughter Rose who orchestrated the party with her father, brothers and sisters−in−laws, and of course the grandchildren who made the party.

Screech at you next week!

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