2000-07-15 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Big turnout for the Memorial Surfing Camp for Kevin McNamee and Adrian Foley this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the Breezy Point beach. Accolades for all the coaches as well as the young surfers. Some of the coaches included Bobby Crowley, John McNamee, and Dennis Farrell. One little girl, Miranda Harding, six and a half, came gliding through those waves like a pro. Children ages six and up were taught various surfing techniques. Everyone did a great job. Eight-year-old T.J. Hyland was the proud winner of a free surfboard that was raffled off, complimentary, for the efforts of the participants. Put this event on your calendar for next year. They may still have a few T-shirts and shorts available for purchase.

While on the subject of T-shirts, a photo was taken of a man in Vietnam wearing a Kennedy’s on the Bay T-shirt. Kennedy’s is now known internationally. They send out a batch of T-shirts to be distributed among the Vietnamese people.

Oh those McNamees! Who can surpass them? All eighteen grandchildren showed up at their door with their parents to celebrate little Annie Harte Murphy’s third birthday on Saturday, July 8. And what a great party it was! There were hors d’oeuvres and a barbeque that included butterfly steak that was delicious. Not only that, but there was entertainment by very good step dancers, George Delgrasso and Kathleen Klein. If you don’t think that is enough, it was obvious another grandchild is due this coming week, to be delivered by pretty Eileen McNamee. The dad, Brian McNamee, is the strength and nutrition coach for the New York Yankees as well as their bullpen catcher. Happy, healthy baby, folks. Let us know if the baby is a boy or a girl.

On August 12, Eleanor and John McNamee will celebrate their 50 wedding anniversary by taking all nineteen grandchildren and their sons, sons-in-law, daughters and daughters-in-law, who all get along so well, to Woodlock Pines in Pennsylvania. A beautiful time is planned for a beautiful family.

Cathleen McCormack’s birthday was July 6, and she was so thrilled to receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers from her granddaughter, Frances Locke, who is in her second year at Stella Maris. It seems Frances spent her entire first paycheck on her grandma. How nice.

Cathy’s son-in-law, Tom Keane, turns 40 on July 27. Her daughter, Kathleen Locke, is finishing her internship at NYU working for the Dean of Arts and Science at the graduate school. Cathy’s father, Barney Flanagan, will celebrate his 88 birthday in August. Her other grandchildren, Caitlin and Virginia, are learning how to sail in Maine. And Cathy’s dear friend, Richard Coyne, is finally retiring from the Transit Authority. Anything else, Cathy?

What a deal this is. The Sweet Adelines, a fantastic female singing group, will perform at your functions, free of charge, in exchange for use of a hall or place for rehearsal—someplace accessible to mass transit. Give Midge Steinert a call in Breezy Point.

Did you visit the tall ships docked in New York Harbor this past week? I was fortunate to attend a reception for the Jeannie Johnson Project hosted by Commodore J.J. Kavanagh and Commander James Robinson DSM of the Irish Navy on board the Irish Naval Flagship. L.E. Eithne. The Jeannie Johnson, a replica of a 19 Century Irish emigrant ship which is currently nearing completion at Fenit, County Derry, will make a farewell tour of Ireland prior to its planned North American voyage. She plans to set sail from Tralee for America in the spring of 2001 and will visit over 20 US and Canadian cities over a period of nine months. She has spacious accommodations for passengers. For particulars, apply at the office of the owners, John Donovan and Sons, Tralee.

While on board I met some distinguished people: Daniel J. Fitzgerald of the US Coast Guard, a Rockawayite who is the Chief Inspection Officer of Ships visiting the port of New York, Elizabeth Hunter of Stuyvesant Town, and Jeffrey D. Cleary, President of the ICCUSA (Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the United States of America).

Highlights from the Morris Museum: a collection of elaborately decorated and ancestral figures and decorative arts from the 19 and 20 Centuries are on exhibit at the Paine Webber gallery, located on 54 street and Avenue of the Americas, until September 6, 2000.


Fly to Europe for only $99 with a 12-day Greek Isles and Mediterranean Cruise on the Orient Line’s Crown Odyssey, September 23 to October 4.

Holland America has special rates for Panama Canal sailings from October to December 9.

New Year’s cruise to Cancun, Cozumel, and Playa del Carmen, Mexico, December 29 from $399 with margarita madness every day from 4 to 6 p.m., margaritas and draft beer free.

Kids sail free and two-category upgrade on seven-day Christmas cruise to Merida, Cozumel, and Costa Maya, December 23 to December 29 from $599. Must book by August 31.

Five-night cruise to New England and Canada, July, August, and September, $399 per person plus free margaritas and beer daily. Full payment at time of booking.

Regal Cruises also offers 10-night Panama Canal cruise January 22, February 8, March 22, and April 16 from $899 per person. Seven-day cruise December 23, March and April. $499 includes port charges, service, and handling. Sails from Port Manatee, Tampa, Florida. Special seven-day President’s Day Cruise on Regal Empress to Mexico and the Mayan Riviera, February 18 to 24 from $529, port charges, etc., included.

Back to back, 12 nights from $884 (five-night Western Caribbean, with seven-night Eastern Caribbean) cruising Italian style on the Costa Victoria December 11 and December 16 from Ft. Lauderdale.

One departure only, September 24 free air from JFK with Orient Lines award-winning Marco Polo on 10-day Venetian voyage—Venice, Rome, Florence—from $1,899. Guaranteed upgrade if available.

Big promotion for past cruisers on Holland American Line on the brand-new ms. Amsterdam for it’s inaugural season from October 30 to January 28, as much as $700 off tariff price. Must be booked by July 30.

Check WNYX TV (UHF Channels 35 and 27) Monday to Friday at 1 p.m. for more travel specials.

Give me a call and away we go.

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