What an exciting week this has been-my husband Charles and I actually had a date night! While mom babysat Julia, we went to the movies to see “Midnight in Paris.” Oui, I highly recommend it. Done in typical Woody Allen (who wrote and directed the movie) style, it takes the viewer on a great trip to through the streets of Paris and the palace at Versailles. The story is an ingenious mix of reality and pure imagination. Typical of a Woody Allen movie, there was talk of sex but never any actual rawness going on; no profanity, no nudity-just entertaining and a story that leaves you pondering for days.

If that fun evening wasn’t enough, it was followed a few days later by one of those rare occasions when neither of us had any meetings, deadlines, follow-ups or assignments to attend to-wow, imagine that! No sooner had we whisked Julia off to day camp and made arrangements for the sitter to pick her at the end of day than we jumped in the car and headed straight for the ferry to Fire Island for a day trip. Neither of us had been there in years, but it was still as quaint as our vivid imaginations remembered it to be. Parking for the day was only $8, as there are no cars allowed on this pollution-free island.

Nicky’s Clam Bar is strategically located right across from the ferry dock, so we loaded up with a lobster roll, chicken fries and Snapple iced tea. It was the best lobster roll I’ve tasted in a long, long time. Nicky’s lobster rolls are possibly better than those at the church located in Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard, which sells them every Friday night-and the line wasn’t half as long. Nicky’s is definitely better than Sam’s in East Hampton, although Sam’s does give you a platter with all of the fixings.

The ferry ride over to the island is delightful-not too long but long enough to set you in the right mood. Little cottages, no cars, lush foliage, flowers and then, voil, the beach.

We found the perfect spot to spread our beach sheet, laid on the suntan lotion, took a few deep breaths of the ocean air and out like a light we went into the best middle of the day nap. Once thoroughly baked, it was into the ocean, where the water was warm and the waves were high. Surrounded by well-behaved teenagers, little children laughing and quiet adults, it was a beautiful day. We stayed until the very last minute and made it back just in time before the rains came pouring down. A day to remember.

Also being remembered was Bill Freeman, who was awarded the National Technical Assistance Clinic Lifetime Achievement Award at the fourth annual NTAC Dinner Gala. Accepting the award on behalf of their late father were Ashley and Chase, who recanted how much Bill had loved New York City and how humbled, appreciative and honored he would have been by the recognition, “He would have wanted all of us to continue to live life to the fullest and to embrace all that New York City has to offer.” So true.

Condolences to the family of Monica Brown, whose aunt, Marie Wilson, and mother, Miriam Reid, have both recently passed away.

Monica was among those who came out to support Franc Perry as the accolades continue to pour in for him. Perry, the former head of Community Board 10, has a reputation of being a long distance runner-not on the track but out in the trenches as he has just the right combo of tenacity and sensitivity to understand the needs of the people. Franc’s friends know him to have the “fire in the belly” and as Councilmember Inez Dickens stated, a “desire to represent the people.” As you know, he has been nominated to become a civil court judge, the inevitable next step for him as he began raising money for AIDS awareness and education early in the game. Don’t forget to vote.

Happy birthday to you, Estelle Hicks, who celebrated at the first annual Block Party/Cookout hosted by the 141st Street Block Association. Her son, DJ Kev Nice, provided the entertainment.

Please note: The Ruth Hassell-Thompson Annual Golf Outing Cocktail and Dinner Reception will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 16th. Should you need more information, contact the office of Clinton Young, mayor of the city of Mount Vernon.

Among the many who are heading up to Martha’s Vineyard for the remainder of the summer are the members of the Jamal Jackson Dance Company. JJDC will partner with The Cottagers Inc. to present workshops for the youth of Martha’s Vineyard. To learn more about the workshop, performance and classes held here in the city, email asha@jamaljacksondancecompany.org.

The list of available scholarships-not only for high school students entering college but for adults returning to school as well-has arrived. Offered are an array of financial aid opportunities for a variety of studies and participants. Some of the scholarships include the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund, for low-income women who have a vision of how their education will benefit themselves and their community; the Joe Francis Hair Care Scholarship, for cosmetology and barber school students who can demonstrate a financial need; the KFC Colonel’s Scholars Program, for college-bound students who can demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of at least 2.75; and the Lincoln Forum Scholarship Essay Contest, a writing contest pertaining to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. Anyone interested in obtaining the entire list should email me at montana2us@yahoo.com. I will be happy to forward you a copy.

Until next week…kisses.