2001-03-24 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

If you passed by Beach 116 Street this week you were sure to notice the American Flag at half-mast. This was in memory of Leon Locke, publisher of our newspaper, The Wave of Long Island. A small ceremony was held there on Friday and a few remembrances of Leon were spoken by those who attended. While Leon’s spirit will always remain at The Wave, I am sure it will also be on the QE2 cruise ship. He loved it so. I can just imagine him cruising along into eternity on it because it was truly heaven to him. His accomplishments at The Wave are over. Now it is up to all the staff at The Wave and to its readers with their feedback to carry on with the work Leon started and continued so well. Let’s ride the crest of The Wave to the shores of the entire peninsula bringing public and personal issues and information to the all the residents and subscribers. Let us do this with the same passion and determination Leon had to make Rockaway a better place for all.

There is so much in the news today of school shootings that it frightens many of us, especially parents and children. It was back in the 50’s when discipline was thrown out of the schools. I remember it well and was astounded that teachers were no longer allowed to correct children in the classroom. Doing so, they said, harm the self-image of the child and the child must be able to express him or herself. I knew way back then this drastic change in education would be a disaster. Sorry to say, I was right. Look what our nation has on its hands today. Why? Oh! Why, haven’t we adopted the principles of our service academies? How successful they are in molding college age young people into men and women of strength of character. High morality, honesty and integrity. Isn’t this what we want for our children? Isn’t this what will bring about a healthy, happy and peaceful nation? Just think if these results can be obtained with college students what can be brought about if we start with kindergarten age children and up? What we are doing now is not working.

I don’t say we should have a military state, but I do say our children are in desperate need of discipline strong guidance, direction and a healthy respect for guns with a no tolerance attitude toward violence. How about some of our politicians working on this. Let me hear from you. I would like to know your opinions.

George Pierce celebrated a birthday the day after St. Patty’s Day, March 18 with dinner at Kennedy’s with his family. Happy Birthday, George.

Gabriel’s has been around for a few years at West 61 Street, NYC. It is a pretty and very busy French restaurant with divine fare. If you order their sea bass you will do well. It is so fresh and delicately flavored. I devoured it with pleasure. The French Films at Lincoln Center held a celebration lunch at Gabriel’s and invited top press and French stars of the films. A delectable afternoon.

The New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade was better than ever this year. More marchers and more pipe bands with the presence of the people from Ireland themselves who could not march in Ireland on this St. Patty’s Day. The parade there was canceled because of hoof and mouth disease, contagious among the animals in England and Ireland. However, they were ever present here.

That night I attended Patrick McMullan’s special St. Patrick’s Day party at Eugene’s. Patrick is a famous photographer. You can see his celebrity shots in the New York Times and other newspapers and magazines. His work is extremely visible in the new Gotham magazine this month. Even though he is always on the other end of the camera I did manage to get this shot of him. He told me Tina Louise was there so I moved over next to her for this photo.

With the Nasdaq and the Dow losing so much I attended a conference for Merrill Lynch at the Hyatt Hotel. During lunch Motorola claimed strong holdings in wireless internationally and that is still a worthwhile stock to hold on to. Because of its viability it will eventually swing back. Their vibrant accounts will cause the stock to rise back up again. Don’t panic, they said. Though it does not look it, the economy is still good. Well, let’s hope so! Just remember folks. It is only on paper till you sell. When you play the market you have to play the waiting game. If you have a good substantial stock it should be able to ride out the storm. By the time your kids are college age the market may prove its worth again.


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