1999-10-09 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Debbie Dennis, former waitress at Kennedy’s Restaurant now a stewardess for Continental Airlines, is engaged to Eddy Ruoff’s son Jim Ruoff, who is captain of an oil tanker. They both reside in Ft. Lauderdale and are in the Rockaways for Jim Ruoff’s 10 year reunion as a graduate of Kings Point Coast Guard Academy. Their wishes are to marry in the millennium and sail away on Jim’s boat, The Debonair. All the luck in the world to both of you. How debonair can you get?

People celebrating birthdays in their nineties—Claire Ashton Jasmine, October 19, and Tess Crowley of Utica Walk, October 23. Congratulations and best wishes for healthier, happier days.

Ferry nice plans look promising for a real life ferry to get underway to give New Yorkers, Brooklynites, Manhattanites, and tourists from JFK a shorter, easier, more accessible way to reach the shores of Rockaway. Cheers to Congressman Weiner, Palmer Doyle, Liz Sulik and Joe Hartigan for their efforts to make this wish a reality. Good luck and keep up the good work.

Whoopi Goldberg autographed "LeapPads," a brand-new interactive phonic-based reading tool for children, at FAO Schwartz this week. These "books" which feature Whoopi’s voice were donated by the company to the local New York City Head Start program. Goldberg’s love of reading can be attributed in great part to her mother, who was a Head Start teacher.

The LeapPad Learning Center is designed for children ages four and up and features a portable laptop design. The 32 book starter gives lessons on geography, music, science, math and foreign languages. Look for it in the toy stores. A great item for your child’s Christmas. It revolutionizes the way children learn to read. Look also for my interview with founder and president, Michael Wood on WNYX-TV Monday to Friday at 8:40 a.m.—tail end of news.

Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station celebrated their one year renovation anniversary with a fabulous reception sponsored by the most outstanding caterers in New York City. Attractive Autumn-colored flowers and decorations framed the multiple food stations around the room that offered luscious tastings from Abigail Kirsh Culinary Productions, Great Performances, Glorious Foods and Mathew Kenney Catering and Events. The Vanderbilt Hall is open to public functions and private parties. Give them a call at Grand Central Terminal.

Almost next door at the Roosevelt Hotel "Concern World Wide" held a dinner dance honoring Tom Brokaw for his contributions to the "Seeds of Hope." James Earl Jones was the Master of Ceremonies. The Young Peoples Chorus of New York City performed impressively, lead by musical director Francesco Nunez. Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, spoke of the never ending need in Kosovo, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Honduras, the United States and wherever disaster strikes. She has done great work in these parts of the world. The highlight of the evening was Tom Brokaw’s acceptance speech in which he stated the good works done and work that still needs to be done. He ended with, "It is not good enough to wire the world if we short circuit our soul."

John Scanlon co-chaired the dinner and stated in the journal, "In every sense of the word, the work of the Concern volunteers is saintly. They give real help to real people."

A Rockaway resident, Marty Keating from Belle Harbor, was on the dinner committee and came over and introduced himself. I am sure he will be able to give you more information on this wonderful organization that does so much good around the world. Ridgewood Bank was also a sponsor. Show your concern for our fellow human beings in trouble around the world and volunteer or help Concern Worldwide in any way you can.

Tundra, a new men’s boutique located in the Peninsula Hotel on Fifth avenue near 54 street, was launched at a reception on the roof of the Peninsula Hotel. They have exquisite men’s knit sweaters that you simply must see to appreciate.

Rona Jaffe, award-winning author of "The Best of Everything," "Class Reunion," and "The Road Taken" (to be published in the Spring of 2000), founded the Writer’s Award Foundation. She held a cocktail reception at the Rainbow Room this week to honor the 1999 women writers of unusual talent in the early stages of their career. Each of the five honorees received a small grant to enable her to continue her writing in fiction, poetry, documentation or her special field. It was an elegant, interesting affair, and Rona Jaffe is a most charming woman.

"All That Jazz" at Lincoln Center on October 21 to October 23. "Duke in Small Doses" concert series runs through May 23. Tickets are $45.

TRAVEL:

Orlando/Bahamas: seven days on Premier Cruises from $399 per adult/$99 per child with Universal Studio admission.

France: five nights round-trip airfare, hotel, tax and daily breakfast $429 per person October 16 to January 31; excluding December 12 to January 9.

Maupintour offers 1999 prices for the year 2000 if booked by October 31.

Mastercard Companion Travel offer: if $400 ticket is purchased with a Mastercard the second person gets 50 percent off their ticket price; travel must be completed by February 17. With Virgin Atlantic Air purchase economy ticket and receive free companion ticket; travel must be completed by February 28.

America West sale: Ft. Lauderdale to Reno $99. Baltimore to San Diego $99. Las Vegas to Los Angeles $29.

Save 65 percent on Panama Canal cruise ms Maasdam January 2 (2 for 1) $1289.

Tune in Monday to Friday on WNYX-TV Broadcast, channels 35 and 27 at 8:50 a.m.

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