Hope you all had as wonderful a Mother’s Day as I had. My son, Kevin Matuozzi, flew in from California, and my son, James Matuozzi, rode in from Island Park to take me to lunch at Kennedy’s. We had a table right in the bar area next to the screen door looking out onto the beach and across to the New York skyline. Kevin tried Gerard’s favorite Chicken in Puff Pastry, and Jimmy had the broiled salmon. I enjoyed the huge Prime Rib. It was such fun to be with them again. We had a giggling good time. Thanks, boys. Thanks, too, for my favorite "Peace" plant. Being good to Mom should reap many rewards.
Eileen and Bill Lavin’s grandchild, Brendan Sawyer, just turned one year old. Congratulations! My grandson, Michael James Matuozzi, son of James and Bettyann, will be one year old this Sunday, May 21. And, of course, congratulations to him.
Former students of St. Francis de Sales class of 1950 are looking for Willy Mallane to join them for their reunion mass in June. They are also missing Wally Young. Contact Tony Hayden in Belle Harbor. They want you there.
Twin girls Amy and Elaine Cooper made their First Holy Communion at St. Francis Caprini in Brooklyn and were celebrating with family and friends at Kennedy’s this weekend, as were Eddy Savino with his mom and dad and family and friends. My own grandchild, Samantha Matuozzi, and daughter-in-law, Julie Matuozzi, made their First Holy Communion in San Diego, California. Congratulations to all, and I wish all the new communicants the peace and happiness that comes when you embrace Jesus Christ into your life.
Amman Bernard O’Connor is the name given to the son of Christine O’Brien-O’Connor and her husband Bernie O’Connor. He is the grandson of Bob O’Brien.
Congratulations to Bobby Crowley on his May 4 birthday. Sorry this is belated. Also a belated happy birthday to Richie Coyne on April 3.
It took a stolen car for me to realize Janet’s Salon provides free car service to and from her beauty salon. I was very happy to take advantage of it this past week. You can, too. No need to let your nails grow unsightly or think you can’t get back to the hair roots. If you have no ways or means to get to the salon, they will come and get you.
The Sugar Bowl will open this Friday, May 19. The well-known and popular Senior Happy Hour will be in full force. Grab your canes and crutches and get over there and start the season off in a rip-roaring way. To keep things stirred up, Mr. Glib will be pouring out sweet nothings to you. I’m sure Jim Brennan will be serving his famous pork sandwiches.
Live at Kennedy’s Memorial Day weekend will be The Traveling Man, Back Street, and The Nashville Attitude. And if this gorgeous weather keeps up we will all have a great summer.
It was a beautiful evening at the Gala Reception/Dinner at the Pierre Hotel to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and to celebrate the presentation of the Humanitarian Award to Tony Bennett. Tony’s daughter, Angelina Beneditto, dedicated a few songs to her dad, and Rosemary Clooney belted her heart out for him. Rosemary Clooney still has it, even at her age. Though a little breathy, she was sensational. As you can see by the photos, outstanding celebs showed up for the occasion. In attendance were Regis and Joy Philbin, Donald Trump, Frank Gifford, Helen Gurley Brown, Tony Danza, and our own Belle Harbor neighbor who works so hard for the American Cancer Society and is a committee member for these events.
The Amarone wines from Italy hosted a luncheon at the Marriott Marquis, and, I must admit, their wines are so smooth and really the best. They will enhance any meal.
Nasdaq opened its doors on Broadway as a tourist attraction and an educational experience in the Stock Market for the general public. Everyone’s welcome, and you may find it fascinating.
The Newspaper Association of America (NAA) convention was in town and hosted the press at a reception at the New York Historical Society where I saw the new Earth and Space Show at the Hayden Planetarium. It is a must see. Tom Hanks narrates it, and it is truly enthralling. All in all it was an interesting evening, though after you look at trillions of stars and galaxies you sure do feel minute. We are just a grain of sand in this vast universe.
At Le Cirque for a wine and scrumptious food tasting, I met Angela Chang who is an author, cooking instructor, and culinary consultant. She is a very charming, interesting, well-educated, and intelligent woman who has written a book on Chinese home entertaining. You can meet her this Sunday between 4 and 5 p.m. and taste some of her delicious Chinese recipes at the World Travel Book Store, 138-19 38 avenue, near Main Street, close to Northern boulevard and the municipal parking lot in Flushing, Queens. This is your chance to learn about entertaining, food, and the Chinese way of doing it.
Orient Lines is offering half price companion fares on the June 10 and July 14 sailings on Norwegian Fjords cruises at the price of $2,995. Book regular fare by June 16 and receive half price companion fare on both cruise and air fare to Hawaii. Rates including air $3,043.
US Air inclusive to New Orleans, San Francisco, and New York at $339 to $435 per person, double.
Ixtapa, Mexico seven days from $507.74, air inclusive.
Puerto Vallarta, $474 per person, double.
Paris six nights air/hotel from $749.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel June 25, June 16 and August 13. Adult $1,399. Child being Bar/Bat Mitxvahed is free.
St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands from $775 six days/five nights.
Senior Special (55 and older) to Western Caribbean on Norwegian Sea out of Houston only $899 June/July.
Paris . . . air/hotel seven days from $669 air/land. Breakfast, taxes, and more.
Holland America’s newest ship, Zaandam seven day Caribbean $799.
Greek Isles . . . $599 per person three days Athens with breakfast, three-day cruise to Mykonos/Rhodes/Patmos and Kusadasi, taxes and transfers.
More travel specials Monday to Friday 1:25 p.m. on UHF 35 (which is coming in as clear as a bell now that it is transmitting form City Corp building in Long Island City) and UHF 27.
Give me a call and away we go!