2001-04-21 / Columnists



After many weekends of rain and dreary weather we were fortunate to have a beautiful day for Easter. Hope you enjoyed the holidays. Tess Crowley enjoyed her 99th Easter with the family: Gladys Crowley, daughter-in-law; grandchild, Caryn and her hubby, Joe Fata; grandson, Bobby Crowley, who will add another year on May 4th, his wife, Patty, and their daughter, Nicole, who just celebrated her 15th birthday March 31 and Tess’s niece, your columnist. Just a block away the Easter Bunny arrived at the Pink Palace, home of Helene and Peter Danzilo. Peter is looking better and better each day as he battles the dreaded disease, lymphoma. Their daughter, Maria, and her spouse, Richard Lehv, both attorneys, and their adorable, talented three year old, Hollis, who unabashedly sang "I’m a Little Teapot" for us; Richard’s nephew, Spencer, another attorney and wife June Lehv, an orthodontist, along with friends and entertainers, Lynn and Ernie Barry. A full and beautiful day.

And, I must add, the most luscious lasagna I ever tasted was served with other tasty dishes. Now that Peter has been ill, Helene is wearing the Chef’s hat……and it is getting taller and taller each day…(under Peter’s supervision). They did a great job and everything was superb.

Congratulations to Barbara and Billy Genoese who just became grandparents again by their daughter, Bobby Dee and hubby, Gary Anderson. Their baby boy James Richard Anderson bounced into the world at 9 pounds. That should give him a good start in life.

Are we really getting Ferry service from New York to the Rockaways? How grand a thought that is. Now if we can only convince Gateway Park and Giuliani to subsidize it. How about a petition for all to sign? It could be printed in the WAVE, filled out and sent in to those in authority. A copy, of course, should be sent to our politicians. If the public can ride the Staten Island Ferry at NO CHARGE, why not a ferry between New York and the Rockaways? Are they discriminating against the residents of Rockaway? We could always raise more money through some fundraisers throughout the year. Rockaway needs to be "Blessed by an Angel". There’s gotta be a way!

At the fifth anniversary of the Bubble Lounge, the hottest Champagne Café in New York City, I met Mario Rinaldi, exclusive agent for the Lionel Hampton Champagne which in reality is Champagne Paul George. If you are a lover of champagne this is where you find the best champagnes in town.

Harley Davidson was the site of a fundraiser for The Foundation Fighting Blindness where I found the Stanley Cup on display for the evening. Michael Shapiro, legally blind, is the VP Public Awareness Volunteer. He also is the co-host along with Victor Fusco of a radio show called "Disability Forum". If you wish to attend one of their events or volunteer your services or donate to their cause call The Foundation Fighting Blindness. Members and former members of the Rangers Hockey team, such as Roger Beah were on hand for autographs.

The latest and hottest Girl Quartet, the sensation of London, definitely in competition with the Spice Girls, entertained the press at the launching of the brand new Jaguar X at the Auto Show at the Jacob Javit’s Convention Center. They are called the "BOND" girls, and they are sweeping the nation singing classical music to rock and roll tempo.

The Auto Show this year is really sensational, especially with all the new innovative hi-tech advances. The cars practically drive themselves. They now have radar systems that keep a safe distance from the car in front and behind to avoid accidents. The new windshield wipers are timed to go on and off according to the speed of the rain. Interactive voice controls and automatic direction systems. More, more, more. Go and see all the beautiful new models and new improvements before the show closes on April 22.

The customers at FAO Schwarz were jumping and singing along with Frankie Avalon at their beach party blast to introduce Furby’s new friend, Shelby. Shelby is an adorable clam that talks Furbish, Shelbish and English. He burps and snores and makes all kinds of noises. He is a child’s best friend and he never shuts up. While carrying him to the TV Studio to show to my TV viewers, he talked the whole way. As I walked along the street, people gave me odd looks and wondered where the sound was coming from. After Shelby’s first television appearance he talked through my whole segment. Shelby is a great companion and a must toy for your three year old and up child. It is $30 at FAO Schwarz. Five time World Volleyball Champion Sinjin Smith and 2000 Gold Medallist, Eric Fonoimoana were on hand offering Volleyball tips. Guinness World Record Holder Ted Siebert created a giant Shelby outside the door of the store and the creator of Furby and Shelby, Dave Hampton was on hand. Look through your papers for notices of these events. They are great for the kids. FAO Schwarz even gave out FREE franks and popcorn.

American Museum of Natural History has announced the results of a nationwide survey on Genomics. Public awareness: 92% of Americans reject cloning of a favorite person and 86% even cloning their favorite pet. Eight out of ten respondents said their greatest hope for genomics is that it will improve the quality and length of life or that it will improve the detection and treatment of disease. In regard to genetically modified food 40% never heard of it and 70% never have eaten it. Fifty percent of Americans feel comfortable eating it but almost as many, 46%, do not feel comfortable eating genetically modified food. The Genomic Revolution opens May 26 at the Natural History Museum. You may want to learn more about it.

You only have until April 29 to see the preliminary designs for the new Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry who won worldwide acclaim for his design for the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain. You will also see the first major presentation of Slovenian artist, Marjetica Potre, who received the Hugo Boss Prize given to an artist whose career exemplifies a significant development in contemporary art with international reverberations. All at the Guggenheim Museum at 1071 Fifth Avenue.


Hurry! An Irish Road Trip leaves May 29 from JFK RT Aer Lingus/hearty Irish breakfast daily/ Doyle’s dinner and café’/ Medieval Banquet at an Irish castle/ boat trip to Garnish Island/ 5 dinners -table d’hote/Pub lunch in Kilarney City /baggage handling/service charges and taxes /pvt. Motorchoach. All four star hotels accommodations in the key destinations of Ireland..… $1950p.p. dbl.

London on British Airways $149@way; Amsterdam $179; Paris $179; Rome $194/Barcelona $199; Geneva $179

Norwegian Sea, April 23 4 day Bahamas RT Miami $479 Ocean view Staterooms.

Antigua 8 days $899 RT Air/Transfs. 7 nts. Accommodations at Rex Halcon with $100 food credit taxes, services and more. Jolly Beach all inclusive $1098

California’s New Year’s Celebration 6 days RT Air; 7 meals, 3 dinners featuring Tournament of Roses ; Mann’s Chinese theatre; Crystal Cathedral; San Diego Zoo; New Year’s Eve Party; Victory park ; Stars of Lawrence Welk .with 2 nt. Las Vegas post extension. Departs Dec. 28, 2001.

Cancun 8 days $648 RT Air; 7 nts. Hotel at Solymar Beach #4; El Pueblito, all inclusive 8 days $798

Scandinavia & Russia Cruise RT Air $199 July 7 and July 19 11 days from $1,745

Family Vacations in Dominican Republic starting at $880 per family. 8 days hotel, all meals (choice of a la carte restaurants; unlimited drinks; transfers, taxes and more.

Ms Norwegian majesty San Juan/St. Thomas and St. George $999 April 29 includes Cruise air and Port Charges.

Rome to Athens, Greece April 28 $2,432 Wind Song 40% saving. Lisbon, Portugal to Monaco 7 day voyage May 11 $2,617

Greek Isle and Mediterranean Cruises FREE RT AIR 12 days Med. $1,885; May 20; Greek Isles & Italy 13 days $1,885 May 7; Aegean and Med. 17 days May 7 for $2595

Orlando 7 nts. Combine Royal Caribbean Cruise with bonus packed trip to Florida Universal Orlando. $858p.p. cruise only…book now an receive FREE 3rd day at Universal park and FREE Party Pass.

More travel specials on WNYX- TV (UHF Chs 26 and 35 )

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