2001-03-03 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Dorothy Dunne

The Wave staff, as well as the many Rockaway readers and residents, mourn the passing of dearly loved Leon Locke, publisher of The Wave of Long Island. His closest and dearest friends and family filled the Parkside Chapel for his memorial services.

It was over 25 years ago when Leon Locke took over The Wave as its publisher. Within two years I came aboard after being summoned by him when another local Rockaway newspaper I wrote for folded, as did most at that time. Leon was looking for coverage for Breezy Point, Neponsit, and Belle Harbor. My column was, at that time, called Surf The Point, which more or less covered those areas. Though I did not know Leon that well at the time, I learned through the years how fair and compassionate a man he was. There was a letter to the readers from a resident who complained about an advertiser in The Wave. I asked Leon why he published that letter because he could lose that advertiser over it. He said, "I believe in freedom of the press, and at that every citizen should have right to express his opinion regardless of the consequences of The Wave." I thought that was very commendable, and until this day your letters of complaints are published regardless of any damage to the paper.

Leon was a sweet man, extremely loyal and a very hard worker, so dedicated to his community and to the only REAL local newspaper that not only has survived as the third oldest newspaper in New York City and largest in Queens, but has grown to be the fattest and most informative paper on the peninsula. People from all over the United States and the world subscribe to The Wave to keep up with local happenings.

Once or twice a year, in the past few years, Leon would take a break from his work and sail off with his wife, Susan, on a cruise, which I would book for him. Oh, how he loved his cruises and especially the QE2. Nothing could compare with the QE2. He and Susan were repeat passengers on the QE2 at least 12 times and that was still not enough for Leon. I do believe Leon’s last wishes was to be buried at sea because of his many medical problems he used to say to Susan, "If anything happens just bury me at sea." I am sure the captain of the QE2 would be very willing to spread his ashes on the ocean from the QE2 if asked. He is spreading the news on another journey now and I hope he is happy as when he was sailing on the Qe2. You ran a tight ship at The Wave, Leon, while you were at the helm. You kept the Rockawayites well aware of personal happenings as well as the needs and political issues concerning the community. My condolences to Susan and may God give you the strength you need at this time. Condolences to Leon’s parents, siblings and all family members. May Leon have a happy and peaceful sailing on his last journey. We’ll miss you Leon, Bon Voyage!

IslamiQ launched their online financial supermarket to attract a bigger pool of Islamic investment funds dedicated to Islamic product at a luncheon at the Katona Hotel last week. According to Islamic law, the Islam’s are not allowed to profit by commissions. However, IslamiQ website portal is now available to them in accordance with Islamic principles. The Islamic sector is moving away from traditional deposit-based savings to investment-based savings. IslamiQ currently offers both access to and analysis of 18 different funds and more funds are expected to join the site during the current quarter. Appropriately named, Mr. Webb, CEO of the company, spoke favorably about the benefits of this financial venture. Americans are welcome to join and to invest with them.

Got a chance to have dinner at Snug Harbor with dear friend Tom Connors. I was going to order fish but when they mentioned the prime rib, I couldn’t resist. I am so glad I did. The prime rib is always super. Francine Schector was there with her grandchildren.

Gladys Crowley is still hopping around on crutches after breaking her fibia. Her leg has been in a cast for many weeks now. She expects to be up and around by the end of this week.

Birthday greetings to Tom Fitzgerald on his 50th birthday. Kathy Judge celebrated her birthday with coworkers at Studio J (Janet’s Salon), which recently moved closer to the Columbia Bank at Surfside.

The bicycle show was in town at the Javits and nearby on 11th Avenue a brand new motorcycle store opened its door. John Bloor is president/CEO of Triumph Motorcycles, originally started in England and now here in America. This store not only houses beautiful motorcycles but all the attractive gear you need or wish to have.

It was an Italian Festival celebrated before Mardi Gras at the Nicola Paone restaurant on East 34th Street off of 3rd Avenue. A black-tie affair, gowns, costumes, and masks abounded music and dancing, and of course a fabulous Italian feast from the Trapany of Sicily.

Sandomenico Restaurant hosted another food tasting luncheon from the Italian restaurant Quattra Passi in the region of Campanis near Naples. Their owner, Chef Tonino Mellino, prepared the delicious seven course luncheon that comprised of unparalleled treats like scampi, seppi (cuttlefish) and calamaretti from the Adriati accompanied by Feudi Di San Gregorio wines from their vineyard in Campania. And, what is a meal without music? Guitar player Carmelo entertained us throughout. This week only patrons will be able to enjoy a three-course luncheon for only $20.

Travel:

Newark to Paris, air/land for five nights...breakfast daily, champagne and museums.

Super Clubs in Jamaica all-inclusive seven nights only $719 per person, double.

London through the end of March $499.

Hawaii seven nights air/land non-stop from JFK $679 plus dinner.

Three Bahamas roundtrip on Norwegian Sea $349 per person, March 2.

Suite rate on Norway seven-day Eastern Caribbean till March 3, $9,049.

Low outside rates roundtrip Miami, March 3, seven day $779; inside $729.

Best Oceanview cabin $399 on March 9 sailing.

Aeromexico has started first non-stop flight to New York City-Monterey-continuing to Guadalajara flight with an authentic Mexican celebration. It is the fastest to Guadalajara, Aeromexico will honor frequent flyer program until March 9.

Check WNYX-TV (UHF channels 35 and 26) for more specials. E-mail me at www.dorothydunne@yahoo .com.

Give me a call and away we go!


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