2000-06-17 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne……

Is it a waste of time to approach the city to partially fund installation of city sewerage to eliminate "waste" from the Rockaway Point/Breezy Point area? From information gathered by me from a very informed source regarding this vital and pressing issue, it seems to me that the sewer committee is putting the cart before the horse.

To begin with, a change in sewer drainage on this residential piece of land has never been broached, pressured, or even questioned by the City of New York or the Federal Government. Stockholders of Rockaway Point have never expressed problems with the current, efficient means of eliminating waste. Since the septic tank/cesspool containers are built in water on gravel and run through sand (one of the best water purifiers you can find), there should be no way these systems are contaminating the Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Why then should the city be brought into this matter at all? Some argue they will eventually. Who is to say?

Why hasn’t the sewer committee hired professionals in this field to investigate whether the current system, which has given no problems other than a cleaning at the cost of $100 or $200 every two or three years, is causing pollution in the surrounding areas? If it is causing pollution, why then is Jamaica Bay cleaner than it has ever been in centuries? Why are the fish caught in Jamaica Bay now edible and safe for consumption? I am sure if these waters were polluted the environmentalists would be on their backs to change to city sewerage immediately. "If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it," as one stockholder put it.

What the sewer committee is doing now is a waste of time and money and will stir things up and bring about more problems, financially and otherwise, to the cooperative members.

First, see if city sewers are really necessary and really needed before taking any steps to bring the city into private property that should be handled within the community, whether to upgrade the current system or find a more suitable economical alternative means that will satisfy the City and Federal Government that will not become a worrisome, financial burden on the stockholders, if it ever becomes a forced issue.

Come to the Town Hall Meeting, on Wednesday, June 28 and feel free to discuss your pros and cons on the subject. You may also become better informed to make a more intelligent decision, if and when the stockholders get a chance to vote on the matter.

Sugar Bowl owner, George Timmons, threw a blast of a graduation party for his son, John, who recently graduated from Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he earned a degree in business. Cousin Sheila who just graduated from Font Bonne Hall was also included in the celebration. Congratulations! Tim and Laura Donohar and their two children, Mary Kate, three months old, and Kelly, two years old, drove in from Rumson, New Jersey, to attend the soiree. Jim Henren, bartender from Charles on Flatbush avenue (formerly Nana Daly’s) was there. There was plenty of food and drinks, and everyone had a great time. Mr. Glib was in evidence on the other side of the bar. He told me of his days working at the Stork Club and meeting all the rich and famous. They were great times!

Joseph Brissel and Kathleen Hickey were married at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2000, at St. Edmund’s Church. The reception was held at the Silver Gull Beach Club. Wishes for a long and very happy life together. They plan to honeymoon in Hawaii.

Condolences to Shirley Hanrahan who lost her father this past weekend. This has been a tough year for her. His death followed that of her husband, Paul. We pray God gives you the strength you need now to carry on. Shirley, I am sure He will.

After completing sixteen years of Catholic education when I first ventured onto the New York City scene to pursue a career in modeling and television, I checked into the safest, most exclusive hotel in Manhattan, The Barbizon Hotel for Women, where strict rules and propriety applied. (Male guests were not allowed above the mezzanine floor.) This fine hotel for women with tiny single rooms that housed such notables as Grace Kelly, Joan Crawford, Candice Bergen, and Liza Minelli has been through a 40-million-dollar renovation and now has beautifully expanded rooms and large suites decorated in soothing soft blues and pinks. Quite a few suites have terraces with views of the city, as see in one of this week’s photos.

The well-equipped Equinox Fitness Club and Spa occupies four floors of the hotel with every spa service imaginable, including a hair salon. The Barbizon Hotel is located on East 63 street and Lexington avenue, steps away from Bloomingdales. No longer women only, the hotel’s suite accommodations are an excellent value for honeymoon couples and families. They do have a lovely breakfast room and plans for an in-house restaurant. In the meantime, however, very fine restaurants are close by, such as the 212 Restaurant at East 65 street, where we dined elegantly. The pan-seared yellowfin tuna salad with asparagus and tomato in lime vinegrette was the best I have had. You can accompany the meal with a choice of vodkas from all over the world. The salad was followed by Hereford filet mignon, grilled with Fois Gras and served with truffle-flavored mashed potatoes. Everything was excellent! Especially with French Pinot Noir. What better choice for a finale than chocolate mouse cake. It was unbelievable! Chef Nestor Yumiguano did a superb job. 212 is open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays until 5 p.m.

A gala twentieth anniversary advertising campaign party was held in the Vanderbilt Hall of Grand Central Station for Absolute Vodka, marking its great success in the USA with an exhibit of leading artists and designers and vodka advertising campaigns. Those who attended the exhibit were invited across the street to Cipriani where a huge gala celebration took place. Famous rock stars and their music, food stations, and open bars filled all with glee.

Universal Studios is coming to Japan in the beautiful city of Osaka that is filled with festivals, cultural entertainment, the best shopping, and now a fun-filled theme park. Universal Studios, the number one motion picture and television attraction, should be completed by the year 2001.

Bella Italia Mia in collaboration with the Maspeth Public Library will present "Life Is Beautiful" on Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m. Free admission at the library.

The magnificent Mark Hotel, a Mandarin Oriental Hotel that hosts many celebrities and where I videotaped many of my television shows, held a cocktail/dinner reception for the general managers of the Mandarin Oriental Hotels all over the world last week. General Manager of the Mark Hotel, Mr. Bickerson, gave me a warm welcome. I was happy to see him and meet the other representatives of the various Mandarin Hotels which are all exclusively beautiful and managed with perfection. You may have seen the San Francisco Mandarin Hotel in my show on San Jose in California.

Travel:

Round-trip airfare $358 on Delta Airlines from Boston to Los Angeles.

New York/Rochester on JetBlue Airways, $49 one-way.

EuroCruises air/land/sea Newark to Amsterdam, June to September, 17-day $1,499.

Radisson Seven Sea offers three-night hotel stay in Tahiti or free round-trip air if booking a seven-night cruise.

Five-night packages to France from JFK or LA $599.

Ireland packages $389 per person starting October through April.

South Africa 10-day tour visiting Cape Town, round-trip air/land, some meals included, breakfast daily, etc. $1,995 per person, double.

Las Vegas, two nights air/land $183 per person.

Jamaica Grande Renaissance, four days $259.

2000 Norway Jazz Theme Cruises, special October 14. Jazz 1: October 21 Jazz 11; October 28. Smooth Jazz $799 includes port charges.

Cancun, four days air/land $498. Seniors 20 percent off.

More travel specials on WNYX-TV, UHF Channels 27 and 35, 1:25 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Give me a call and away we go!


Dorothy Dunne with Mike Wallace at the New York Livingston Media Awards Luncheon.
Photo by Joe Ballaris
Dorothy Dunne with Mike Wallace at the New York Livingston Media Awards Luncheon. Photo by Joe Ballaris

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