2001-03-17 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Though the St. Patrick’s Day parade was a great success this year, we have another reason to celebrate St. Patty’s Day when the New York parade marches on Fifth Avenue. If you choose you can watch it on TV and enjoy the festivities locally. Kennedy’s live Irish music and Irish fare begins at three o’clock with more later on in the evening. Better make reservations or you won’t get in. Call anyway. There will be lots of fanfare around town at different pubs on the "Irish Riviera". Just check them out and have a great time!

Roberta Charnow was at Studio J being choifed by Angela when she told me she just returned from Baynton Beach, Florida. Roberta is a nurse at St. John’s Hospital in Far Rockaway and she lives in Lawrence. Welcome home.

If any of you wish to remember Leon Locke you may send a donation to the Rockaway Museum at its home in The Wave building. You will find it in the rear of The Wave office on the first floor. And, by the way, if you love arts and crafts you may purchase hand made arts and crafts on the third floor of The Wave where you will find fine pottery pieces and hand woven scarves and more.

Frances Callahan of Utica Walk passed away suddenly this past weekend and was laid out at McManases Funeral Home on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. Many of her family, friends and neighbors paid their respects. Frances was a kind woman and would stop in to cheer my 99-year-old Aunt Tess several times a week. Among the neighbors there were: Gladys Crowley, her daughter Caryn and hubby, Joe Fata. Alice Rexer, who looked the picture of health although she claimed otherwise, attended with her son, Bobby.

Frances’ son, Frank, gave me a little background on his mother. She was born in Manhattan in 1915 on the lower East Side and moved to Brooklyn when she met and married Frank Callahan whose father owned a speakeasy. When he died his son Frank took over the business and made it a legitimate bar and restaurant called it Callahan’s. It was located between Avenue J and K. Some of you may remember it.

After the death of her husband, Frances sold the business and moved to Breezy Point. She worked for an insurance company as an underwriter until 1988 when she retired. She had a daughter, Carol, who passed away in 1995 leaving a son-in-law, Daniel Byrnes, and son, Mathew (19) who lives in Stuyvesant Town, NYC.

Her son, Frank, is married to Angela and they have four children: Harry (22), Nora (20), Peter (16), and Rose (13). Frances was a very active woman deeply devoted to her children and always in good spirits. She left behind a beautiful family. Be in peace Frances. You lived a good life.

We may have lost our "Par-Tee" girl last month, but people at the Queens Library wish to inform you that Carolyn Bennett joined the Peninsula Adult Learning Center as a volunteer and quickly became one of its most dedicated and skillful English conversation tutors. According to Daniela Francisco her generous donation of her time and energy helped provide free conversation practice to adult English language students from Latin America, Eastern Europe, Haiti, Yemen and Pakistan living in the Rockaways. Once a week her groups met to discuss politics, history and the arts to the everyday concerns and observations of immigrants learning about life in the United States. Many former students stopped by the Center to express their sorrow and commiserate with others. They talked about her wonderful energy, her sweet smile, her elegance, and the breadth of her interests and talents. And how enriched they feel having had the good fortune to know her.

Sorry to hear that Frank Walker has been ill. Frank was well known as a high school football star and as a star on the handball courts. He was the national salesman for caviar, and only the best Russian caviar. His son, Frankie, an international basketball player, owns the Irish Circle, which has become the hot spot for sports. They still have live music and dancing on weekends. Hope you have a speedy recovery, Frank. You are in our prayers.

Gallagher’s Steak House is having a weeklong celebration for St. Patty’s Day. They announced their special week long luncheon menu offered by general manager, Brian Reidy (from County Mayo), who invited Irish sports greats to meet the press: former heavyweight champion Gerry Cooney; Boxing trainer, Gil Clancy; thoroughbred trainer, Leo O’Brien; and legendary Knicks trainer, Danny Whelan to taste the fare this past Monday. For only $20 you have four choices of appetizers: Claddagh Terrine; Irish smoked salmon; leek potato soup and pheasant egg mayonnaise, followed by entree’s such as: Guinness beef stew; Connemana lamb stew; Fin and Haddie, and, of course, corned beef and cabbage. Bailey’s Irish Cream comes with the chocolate velvet cake or, if you prefer, bread pudding Shawney sauce. A good deal if you are in Manhattan to view the St. Patty’s Day Parade this Saturday. It is Good Friday, too.

Founded in 1999, Major League Lacrosse is slated to begin June 2001. At their media announcement at the Hudson Hotel I met with and spoke to head coach of the Long Island Lizards, John Detomaso, All American World Champion USA Team and assistant principal of Long Island High School; Mike De Simone and George Diffendale, owners; and General Manager, Kevin Fox. Their business sense and love of lacrosse have helped to make this all possible. Fox Sports Net will televise five games nationally. You can see them play on at home court June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at EAB Park, Long Island.

The Chambers Hotel at 12 West 56 Street opened its doors last week with a rip-roaring reception in their Towne Restaurant. Famous architect David Rockwell was there among admirers of his work. He not only did the exquisite architecture of the Chamber Hotel but La Cirque and many others. A brilliant, talented man.

The Irish American Foundation let loose their inhibitions at a wonderful dinner dance at the 200 Club at Fifth Avenue. It was a great Irish evening with marvelous food in many stations in two rooms. Irish music and, of course, open bar. A real fun time! You, too, can be there next year. It was $75 for food, booze, music, dancing and fun. And, the proceeds go to the American Irish Foundation. Make your reservations for next year. Go, and have a blast! Mike O’Neill, from Malverne, New York, is the East Coast regional director and doing a fine job. The American Ireland Fund ensures continued support of hundred of organizations dedicated to peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development.

Pockets of Learning has come out with a collection of hand puppets that are most adorable: lucky dog with a bone attached; three kittens in a basket with a friendly finger puppet mouse; snuggle rabbit who is reaching for a carrot; three pocket puppies escaping their dog house for a bone. Wonderful entertainment for your child. (Daddy will probably get more fun out of it than anyone.) This company has such innovative items for children. Not only do they have fun playing with them, but they learn at the same time.

TRAVEL:

Four-day Bahamas Norwegian Sea to Key West, a private island and Nassau, Bahamas $399 and $449 OV………includes port charges. Sailings March 19 and March 26.

Repositioning Cruise…always less money …Panama Canal 11 days, April 29th Aruba to Los Angeles from $1499 Holland America ‘s Veendam.

London only $99 air only one way with FREE Hertz Car. Book by March 19 for travel till March 31.

Air only $99 round trip if you cruise the Crown Odyssey for the Greek Isles and Mediterranean sailing May 7; 31 and June 24 Sup. Ins. $2,595 port charges. $395….17 days.

Las Vegas…. Two nights and round trip air and MGM Grand stay from JFK…. only $239.

Check UHF channels 35 and 26 for more travel specials.

Give me a call and…. Away we go!


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