2000-12-09 / Columnists


By the time you read this there will be only 14 more shopping days till Christmas. And, because so many of us procrastinate, it is nice to know we have wonderful shops to suit our various needs right at our doorstep. Make life easy for yourself. Patronize our own merchants where they know you and can give you personalized service and you don’t have to buck the crowds. Enjoy the holidays this year without the stress. Have fun yourself.

Lots of fun and happiness to Caryn Crowley Fata, who celebrates another birthday on December 18. Al Martin is a Christmas baby and we certainly wish him a healthy and happy birthday. Get well soon, Al. There are lots of other December babies out there. Please let me know and I will be happy to mention them.

Busy time around town this time of year…The NBC Store had a nice little party for the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting ceremony and show. If you have never been there you should check it out. You can be a weatherman like Al Roker; be interviewed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno; view the history of NBC in their theatre….all for free. Of course lots of memorabilia for you to purchase. It is a fun store for children and adults.

At Windows on the World the Marrow Foundation presented an 80-gun salute to Admiral E.R. Zumwalt, jr. to benefit the Zumwalt Fund for the future. It was a beautiful reception and dinner. Awards were presented to Bank of America; Life Award to Rod and Marilyn Carew; and the Legacy Award to Rosie O’Donnell, presented by Russell and Kate Shelley. Before Rosie’s award a clip from her show was shown whereby she introduced young students Joe Russell and Kate Shelley, who were attempting to raise $80,000 dollars for Kate’s Mom who needed a bone marrow transplant. They had already raised $20,000. Rosie, on air, presented them with a $60,000 check to cover the expenses. Not a dry eye in the room.

Four courageous journalists won the CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists) International Press Freedom Award. NBC anchor Tom Brokaw hosted the awards presented to Zeljko Kopanja, co-founder of Nexavisine Novine, the largest Seth daily in Bosnia; Steven Gan, editor of the provocative online publication Malaysiakini; Marshallah Shamsolvaezin, reformist editor of several now-banned Iranian dailies; and Otis Chandler of the Los Angeles Times received the lifetime of distinguished achievement in the cause of press freedom. All brave, heroic men, some who paid dearly in prisons for the sake of freedom of the press.

Dave Windfield, one of the most dynamic and versatile athletes ever to play ball, -- he made history by becoming the only athlete ever drafted in three professional sports: basketball, football and baseball --received the Mickey Mantle Community Service along with Dennis Vourderis, owner with his brother, Steve, of Demo’s Wonder Wheel, the centerpiece of Coney Island. Dennis serves on the local community board and provides free rides to the children of the area among many other recognized community efforts and successes to keep the great tradition alive in NYC. This award dinner/auction was held at none other than Mickey Mantle’s on CPW in NYC.

The Sono Restaurant celebrated their first anniversary in business and invited special guests to join them. Felicia Taylor of NBC Weekend Today Show was ever present. You see me pictured with Rita Jammett, one of the owners with brother, Steve Jammett.

I was able to catch Charles Gibson of ABC Good Morning America at the fabulous reception/auction at the New York Plaza Hotel. Beautiful Eloise dolls in furs and designer clothes dripping in dazzling Zworofsky Crystals were auctioned with the proceeds various children’s charities. A great event. The British Consulate was the scene for the launching of their new online and on air website biftc.com for news, entertainment and more.

"Only God Can Make A Tree," from Joyce Kilmer’s poem, and that is why we should have reverence for our trees. Carolyn Maloney attended the Save our Trees press event at the Four Seasons Restaurant and she spoke about the beetles that have been destroying our wonderful trees and how we had to kill many of our trees throughout the tri-state area in order to allow other tree to survive. There now is a great need to replenish these marvels of nature because trees release oxygen and remove dust, dirt and pollution from the air. They muffle noise and reduce glare, soften and beautify the looks of our streets and gardens, and they reduce energy costs. Call Trees New York at 51 Chambers street if you wish to contribute to this cause.


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