The new exercise club at Seaside is in construction and should prove to be a welcome site for many. With it have been some changes…Janet’s Salon, which has changed its name to Studio J, has been relocated and is now next to the cleaners, which has also been relocated next to the Columbia Bank. The new salon is just lovely with all new chairs, mirrors and furniture, featuring a fantastic foot massager chair that will lull you off to sleep. I was there Saturday for a color touch-up, a trim and a manicure. Gary won’t allow me to get back to my roots. He keeps me in the 21st Century. Barbara (Busses) Spolin was there and loved it.
Hadn’t seen "Big" John Donovan in ages and he looked great after his hair trim. He has been on crutches for years because of problems with his broken leg. John is still teaching but plans to retire soon. His wife Debbie came to pick him up and looks fantastic, too.
Another birthday celebration was at hand, this time for Rose Garafola, Gary’s wife. She blew out all the candles on her cake and I am sure her wish will come true.
Gladys Crowley is still hopping around on her crutches due to a broken fibia that was caused by a slip on the ice. (Do be careful on snowy days). She should be up and around in three weeks. We wish her speedy recovery.
Peter Danzilo just returned from Peninsula Hospital where he was hospitalized for pneumonia. Get well soon, Peter. We are all praying for you.
Kay Salica is not doing too well. This weather, I am sure, does not help her or anyone for that matter.
Charlie Lyons, I hear, is doing very well and fully recovered after more operations than I have fingers. His brother, Joseph and wife, Anna Mae will be visiting Disney World in the near future. Hope they enjoy!
In my mention of recently deceased Carolyn Bennett last week the number of children she had were nine and they gave her 23 grandchildren. She was such a busy lady who still found time to devote to church duties.
I’m sorry to hear Al McGuire, former N.Y. Knick player, passed away. He was the rage in my younger years and met him only briefly at the peak of his career as a Hall of Fame basketball player. Snug Harbor was formerly a bar and restaurant owned by Al McGuire’s family.
Happy to hear Mayor Giuliani has made two Rockaway sites available for development. We need all the help we can get. Why don’t we run an open house and invite New York’s biggest housing and hotel developers?
The picture last week of Zarela, Martinez, owner of Zarela Restaurant, was taken at her home at a private dinner party for famous architect, Milton Glazer’s launch of his new book.
The fifth annual fundraiser for children was held last week at the Toy Building’s 200-5th Club with an auction and casino night.
Art Dealers Association are presenting The Art Show from February 22 to 26 comprising of 70 of America’s leading art galleries at the Seventh Regiment Armory at 67 street and Park avenue. All proceeds will benefit the Henry Street Settlement. Being shown publicly for the first time is Picasso’s small paintings and sculptures from all periods at Pace Wildenstein, and, of course, many, many more exquisite pieces of art.
Try, as we will, one of the most important tasks of parents is to keep their children safe. I found marvelous strobe lights, one for the spokes on the bicycle called the Globe Strobe; a backpack nightlight that is visible from half a mile; and a safety flasher that clips to a costume or can be worn as a necklace. They are made in China and distributed by Falk Associates "Contact" "CMI" Inc. (www.cmi.befirst.com).
Another great gift for children to keep them busy and happy is a new item called Ideascarves and Music…a clear, plastic box containing six bright, chiffon-like scarves and a music tape. They can move with the scarves to the music, interact with others, dress up stuffed animals, twist and learn how to braid and a million and one things; recommended for ages three to eight. They are put out by IDEAS (www.aeIDEAS.com).
The Toy Fair will be in town next week and I will be writing about the latest in toys for the year 2001.
Continental airlines shuttled about 500 travel agents to attend the launch of their non-stop Newark /Hong Kong flights. The plane is huge. The seats are three in a row with two aisles. No five across seating. Each seat has its own TV, music selection, etc. I looked for the exercise room but there was none to be had. They said they would work on that for the future. They are offering an introductory super saver, five days/ three nights for $979 per person. If you have never been to Hong Kong this may be your chance to go. They give you round trip air, three night accommodations in a deluxe hotel, tax and service charge, daily American breakfast, airport transfers and a Hong Kong Island tour. It was a great party with food stations brimful of oriental delicacies throughout the decorated hangar, and of course ample open bars, live oriental music and a colorful dragon dancing for the Chinese New Year.
February sales...ms Westerdam March 18 and April 8, five day Eastern Caribbean from $529.
Veendam February 23 and March 2 and 9, seven-day South Caribbean from $649.
Maasdam April 1 and 8, seven day Western Caribbean $899.
Twelve days in Europe from $2,189 on the ms Rotterdam Mediterranean in May and June.
Noordam 12 days, TransAtlantic $849, port charges included, book by Friday, February 9.
May specials to Alaska 45 percent off ocean view and 40 percent off inside.
Suite Available on Norway, round trip Miami seven day Eastern Caribbean $949, March 3.
Five-day Caribbean on Westerdam February 25, $449.
March 31, eight days for the price of seven, Westerdam from $799 inside and $999 ocean view.
Save up to $4,035 per couple with $595 air on 20-day North Cape and Russia cruise on the Marco Polo, half-day sightseeing tour of Stockholm and Copenhagen. Champagne gala on the North Cape and captain’s welcome cocktail party.
More specials on WNYX-TV Monday to Friday.
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