1999-09-25 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

McNerney’s add two more…

Ann Marie and Frank McNerney of Newport avenue, Neponsit, are proud to announce they have two more grandchildren. Their daughter Gloria and husband, Peter Young, now have little Daniel James, born June 14 and their son, William, born August 30. Grandparents McNerney, Young and Rosenthal are delighted.

The annual Utica walk block party took place this past weekend and was a super success as usual. And, why not? It was organized and run by Mr. Tom Mulligan and his wife, Nancy, with the help, of course, of many cooperative neighbors. Tom has been the general manager of the Breezy Point Surf Club for as many years as I can remember, AND MOST CERTAINLY IS A MAN WHO HAS PARTY EXPERTISE. The DJ was marvelous and not so high pitched as to disturb the surrounding neighborhood. Fran Jamine did another fine job as caterer. His roast beef and Chicken Francese were tasty and delicious favorites. No wonder the Utica Walk residents invite their friends from as far as New Jersey and Staten Island: Pat the Murphy with three month old Allison from New Jersey are friends of the McMater’s; Bob Atanasio of Tioga Walk teaches in Staten Island and has two children with wife, Kathy; Jerry Triglia (the Face) came from Avenue R in Brooklyn; Rob and Patsy O’Hara from Belle Harbor; Dan Leary of Utica Walk was on the scene with son, Connor, who wises to leave a message, "Jimmy, we miss you." ("and, so does Mom") Joe Parotta, well known landscape artist, from Tioga Walk, his daughter, Lisa Mastrendrea, son Joe and Melissa Larson and the woman in waiting from Bayside. Lisa Tarttam were was there. Kathy Leonard showed off the cocker spaniel puppies that are being adopted at her daughter, Megan Esposito’s house. Good luck and best wishes. Al Martin managed to get around to meet the crowd. Lots of children and plenty of fun for them. Among everything else, a puppeteer to amuse them. It was a great party for adults as well as kids and all were on the dance floor, even the two year olds. Nancy Bergen celebrated her 29th birthday at the party; Nancy Mulligan celebrates hers on October 5; Chaire Ashton Jasmine, October 9; Shirley Hanrahan, October 9; and close than all of them, is Bob Zelek, born September 29, the same day as one of his grandchildren. Two days before, my grandchild Samantha turns eight n September 27. Congratulations to you all. . .

Dined at Kennedy’s last week with Tom Connors and we both enjoyed the succulent loin of pork dinner. It was so tender, it just fell off the bone. I highly recommend it. It was one of the best pork dinner we have had.

Best Shots - that’s the name of the greatest NFL Photography cocktail book of the century that was launched on Tuesday at a luncheon at the Park avenue Country Club. Joe Nameth signed his signature to the book as well as Y.A. Tittle. Chuck Bernarik, Rod Woodson, Lynn Swann and Gene Washington. Best Shots is a book that captures the best players flying to victory as well as moments of tragedy in the midst of wrenching defeat, specifically highlighting the 80 seasons of National Football League action. A must buy!

When I asked Joe Nameth how he felt about his retirement, he said, "Except for the injuries, I’d go back on the field in a minute." A very natural, down to earth, accommodating man who still looks good for his years. . .in pantyhose or not.

I met Richard Libbey at this luncheon. He is from Atlantic Beach and the son of Bertie Libbey of Salazar Real Estate. Bertie was a runner up in one of my Golden Girl pageants. She is now living in Florida and has 11 grandchildren. Her son, Richard is building 120 apartment buildings units in Rockaway for dwellers with $31.400 yearly income. Maybe we’ll see him at the Chamber of Commerce dinner this Thursday.

In the evening, celebrating 75 years of Giant’s football at the Supper Club, Frank Gifford, of Giants football fame, introduced a new video that captures football’s greatest players in action on the field for 75 years of Giant’s football. A terrific video every football fan should own. I am sure the Rockaway video stores will have it available to you soon.

Ordinarily this should be a piece for Kevin Boyle’s Boyle-ing Points. . .I am not trying to steal Kevin’s thunder. No one could do that. He is a very talented writer with a very special sense of humor and will be sorely missed. I do wish him well in his new endeavors.

Hats! Hats! Hats! Were seen at the B. Smith luncheon on Eighth avenue, New York City. Casey Bush, founder of Headwear Foundation, conducted the show. While we enjoyed the informal fashion show of hats, I have to admit, I was very, very impressed by the marvelous food. You know I have dined all over the world, but this restaurant is definitely one of the top ten. Check it out when you are in the city. You won’t go wrong. And, the hats that were modeled were seen on WNYX-TV last week. Maybe some of you caught the interview.

George Angle, of Bedford avenue, is having a problem with vandalism. It has been going on for more than six months from children 14 to 17. He is offering a $200 reward to anyone who has information regarding these children and who can come forward and name them. They have gone as far as throwing bricks through their windows.

TRAVEL: The Breezy group weathered the storm and sailed off on the MS Triumph last week and they all, according to my best reports, had a fabulous time in spite of the lack of special courtesies they felt should have been offered them especially since they were brave enough to travel to the ship during the Floyd hurricane and sailed into rough waters. Perhaps they will make it up to them.

Ski Italy from $759 air/land, seven nights, with a group of six, one free on selected resorts and dates.

Mountains of Fun Austria from $654 plus ski lift pass.

Paris, from New York $398, eight days, seven nights, with hotel $589.

Warsaw, Poland and beyond $429.

American Express offers two free days rental of Hertz car equipped with Neverlost cars. Offers expires January 31.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios during October. One night Spooktacular. $65 per adult.

Give me a call and away we go!


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