2001-03-31 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Shirley Hanrahan is keeping busy with a widow’s association and just returned from San Antonio, Texas. She will be taking off for Florida this week to close on a condo. However, Florida will not be her permanent residence. If you go to the bocce court at the B.P.S.C. this summer you will be sure to fine her.

Susan Locke just returned from Florida where she visited her sister for some consolation after the demise of her husband, Leon Locke. Susan has now taken over Leon’s position as publisher of The Wave. That will keep you so busy you won’t have time to think, Susan and that is just what you need right now. Wasn’t that nice of Barbara Morris to donate the flag that was flown half-mast on 116 Street in honor of Leon.

Condolences to Helene Danzilo whose mother, Christine Danzilo, passed on this week. She was waked in Oceanside on Wednesday, March 28 and buried on Thursday.

Nicole Crowley claims the St. Thomas More Volley Ball team is having a winning streak this year. Keep up the good work.

John McLoughlin, editor of The Wave has given notice that he is leaving The Wave for another position. It is shock to hear he is leaving at this time. I thought John did a nice job at The Wave even though he just moved my column from page six which it has been on for over 20 odd years. However, the column does now appear in the Index Box where it should have been all along. My kind readers have been calling me complaining about the relocation. After 20 years of faithful weekly columns and having opened up the Breezy Point area and the surf clubs to The Wave, I feel a grave disappointment that I have been dispossessed from my page six spot for a reason beyond my understanding. John now claims I have to appeal to the new editor. Perhaps if some of you who called me could call The Wave and ask that my column reappear on page six again with inclusion in the Index. This might help to keep the Dorothy Dunne column, where it has been these many, many years. (Someone once mentioned the reason people read my column is because it is in the front of the paper. I really don’t think so). I hope this isn’t the reason it was moved? Regardless, I do wish John success in his new endeavors. No hard feelings.

FAO Schwarz launched the Johnny Rob robot with the photo signing of 13-year-old singing sensation, Aaron Carter, and young Leslie Carter, both with Dreamworks Records, at their store last week. A little theatre demonstration took place to show how ingenious these robot toys are. They move by remote control, talk to you when you feed them a chip in the back of their head, cry when you take away their "food" and explode before your very eyes. Many other tricks are performed as well. They are pint- sized pals for children to play with for hours of entertainment alone or with a group of friends. It is a fun toy for boys and girls. The price range is between $20, $30 to $40 dollars, whichever the three robots you choose: Johnny Apple Bot that dances in perfect time to whatever music you play. He has cybermetic eyebrows and light-up eyes with irises that open and close and more; Little Bot feeds on cyber brain food and grows to respond to play and takes on many personalities such as: Rocket Bot (a rock star in training), Extreme Bot (an extreme sports guru) and so forth. Check them out. They are on display at FAO Schwarz. Your kids will love them.

Travel Tech has come out with some innovating items you will definitely want to have: A tiny radio that weighs less than a pound with stereo sound and personal earphones that fits in your pocket. You can carry it with you anywhere; a talking picture fame grandma would love to have with a picture of her grandchild saying: "I love you, Grandma"; A talking calculator that tells you the numbers as you press the buttons. This way you know for sure you have not pressed the wrong ones. Far more accurate than the silent ones; A swivel retractable mirror you can pack in your bag and place on a desk or vanity or mirror in the bathroom to apply your makeup; and a super bright lantern for disaster times in the home or emergencies on the road or for camping. Travel Tech is in Redondo Beach. California.

Broadway’s musical "42nd Street" opens on 42nd Street at the Ford Center for Performing Arts, May 2. Previews begin April 4.

At a Le Cirque elegant luncheon the press members were informed of the Acquacoltura International 2001 Show in Verona April 26 to April 28. This is the largest agricultural festival on the continent. Expansions and renovations have made exhibiting easy for the participants. Those who attended last year raved about the great time they had and how wonderful it was. This year is expected to be even more spectacular with many more exhibitors. Whether you are interested in agriculture or not this is one fare you should not miss. You will not only taste the flavors of Verona, but of the agricultural industry as well. Bon appetite! And it was Bon Appetite at Le Cirque that day. Of course, Le Cirque is one of the finest restaurants in the city. It was an outstanding lunch! Before we left I got this shot of the Consul General of Italy, Giovanni Montavani of the Verona Fair and Lucio Caputo, head of the Italian Food and Wine Institute, here in New York and organizer of the press luncheon.

Girls Inc. held their annual luncheon at the Hilton this year. Girls Inc. is a fabulous nonprofit organization that encourages young girls to become STRONG, SMART AND BOLD. It is commendable the great strides they have made in helping these girls access their rights through programs and public education. If you have young girls in your life by all means get involved. It encourages our very young women to take risks, to strive freely and to take pride in success, to accept and appreciate their bodies, to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world and to prepare for interesting work and economic independence. Well-known author, Carla Fine, ("No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving a Suicide" and "Married to Medicine: Intimate Portrait of Doctor’s Wives") wrote her first book for Girls Inc. called "Strong, Smart and Bold."

Notice to RAA and other artist enthusiasts, Russian artist Ekatherina Savichenko opened her "Human Factals" solo exhibition, which creates a new understanding of the universe by the integration of the mystical of the east with the concept of the west. It will be at the Gallery Stendhal, 386 West Broadway in Soho till April 7.

HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) hosted a benefit at the Players Club honoring Sarita Monteil, their Latin Elizabeth Taylor, still beautiful at the age of 74 with a great sense of stage presence and wit. Her singing tapes that were shown displayed her beautiful voice and deep emotion.

TRAVEL...

BWIA Spring Special RT $499 Trinidad, OW $349; Barbados $499; Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada and St. Vincent $509; Guyana $499 Tuesday and Thursday $469 other days $579.

Till April 30 N.Y./London $149 OW

2 for 1 on Mexican Airlines till March 31 Newark to Mexico City FREE Manhattan /Newark Shuttle:

  1. Night lodging for $1.00 at the Camino Real or the Marriott
  2. Cruise through Scandinavia with Orien Lines and Fly FREE on the Marco Polo from $1,745 (save $500 per couple).

Europe on Sale...till May 31 Amsterdam $179 one way; Paris $179 one way; Rome $194 one way; Barcelon $199 one way; Geneva $179 one way and LONDON $149 one way.

Till May 31 New York to Barcelona $199 OW.

Take a weekend break to Vegas: Five daily non stop flights from JFK on America West to Las Vegas, two nts...air and hotel MGM Grand $263 Excalibur $238.

Check UHF channels 26 and 35 for more travel specials. E-mail me at dorothydunne@yahoo.com or...

Give me a call and away we go!



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