2001-06-30 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Has the weather finally turned Let’s hope this weekend will be a dry one, only weatherwise, of course. It should start off with a big blast because Saturday is Family Day in Breezy Point and all the celebrations will close with Grucci Fireworks along the Jamaica Bay in front of Kennedy’s at 9:30 p.m. I saw them last year and they were great! And, since it is Family Day, it is the day to entertain family. It should be fun.

The Kennedy "MOLE" revealed all…..and to a New York Times reporter. Did you see the article in last week’s Times? It mentioned how Breezy Point, according to the MOLE, is an exclusive community in as much as it has kept mostly to its own religious and ethnic groups. Let’s face it, we all tend to be more comfortable with the people with whom we have much in common. Seagate is the same way. The Boy Scouts are the same way. However, the Breezy Pointers are slowly getting away from the Archie Bunkers of the community. (Sorry Carol O’Connor, who created an unsurpassable Archie, passed on. He was such a fine actor). They should not be condemned for this. It is only natural and right for families to hand down their homes to their sons and daughters. This is why it is such a close-knit area and why it is difficult for new faces to appear. Some homes, however, have opened up to outsiders and each year we do find it to be a more colorful neighborhood.

They welcome all and show courtesy to each and every individual who visits. So come and meet the Breezy Pointers. Start off with getting to know them at Kennedy’s On the Bay Restaurant. You’ll be able to speak to the MOLE in person there and he will fill you in on the thoughts and ways of the Breezy Point Cooperative members……..

And, do have lunch or dinner there. Tom Connors and I stopped by last Friday night and found the new dinner menu excellent. They have eliminated the usual small salad that came with the meal (some folks don’t care about salad, anyway). Instead, if you order salad you get a huge bowl that can really be shared by two unless the salad is your main meal. I ordered the sauteed soft shell crabs. Love soft shell crabs, especially when they are sauteed and not fried. They were really delicious. Hadn’t had them in while. They do have to be in season. And, they were prepared very well. Tom enjoyed his prime rib which is also a good choice.

Midge Steinert passed by on her bike and informed me the Sweet Adalines, the famous singing group from Brooklyn, have an engagement to sing at the VFW Post. When? And which one? I don’t know, but I hope she informs me so that you can go and enjoy. You can always give her a call for more info.

This reminds me that the RMAC / GATEWAY PARK FREE Concerts will be starting soon. Watch for the dates and times in this newspaper.

Read the ads in The WAVE. You never know what you may find. I discovered one of the best handymen anyone could find right from the classifieds. He is a wiry Polish man who will work from dawn to dusk till the job is finished. He is so innovative and can fix anything and will do almost anything from painting to repair work to heavy cleaning, trash removal, minor electrical problems. You name it and it is done in no time. His name is Teddy and he is a very busy man now. You may have to wait to get him to do your work, but he is worth it.

That elegant, elegant Plaza Athenee in New York City reopened its new restaurant under the name of Arabelle with a beautiful press reception. They served ultra, ultra gourmet canape’s, each served on its own ceramic or glass plate with a silver fork. Most unusual culinary delights, but very, very tasty. For the young men who wish to impress a young lady or a husband wedded for years to a devoted wife who wishes to express his thanks, a dinner at the Arabelle will certainly be an outstanding experience for her and will keep him in her good graces for a long time.

The Breeder’s Cup Thoroughbred Championships held their annual superb press and breeders and owners luncheon at the 21 Club the other day and unveiled their new marketing programs: The Bessemer Trust Co. is their new sponsor. And, in cooperation with ESPN they will increase the awareness of the "Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships" and boost viewership of ESPN horseracing programming leading up to the Breeder’s Cup. They agreed to an alliance with the Emerites World Series, the international series for older horses, which will air on U.S. television. Their new logo was introduced, and following the Triple Crown rankings and statistics for each of the World Thoroughbred Championships, racing division will begin. I want to know where were Gerard Casey and Jim Brady, our local horse owners? Or, have they given up the sport? There are more of you out there. Make sure you get to this beautiful luncheon next year. On July 1 the Suburban Handicap will take place in Belmont Park and will be broadcast on CBS from 4:30 to 6 p.m. In September and October, Belmont will host more of the Breeders Cup Championship races.

Carnival Cruise Line’s Victory is in New York Port. This is the ship some of you brave sailors sailed off on during the September hurricane last year. And, those of you who did most certainly had a fabulous time. It is a beautiful ship and this week I enjoyed a wonderful lunch aboard. The food was outstanding. (I think they have a new chef). Anyway, it was a pleasant day and I was able to see much more of the ship than I had before. It sails out of New York each week on a round-trip voyage to New England and Montreal. I did a TV Show on that itinerary on another ship and found the ports of call most interesting. There were two men (see photo) seated with us at lunch and are representatives of the Long Island Retirement Association. Along with gathering together groups for cruises their main function is to help retirees. Their most recent project is to eliminate Social Security Taxes. Seems the only fair thing to do. If you wish to hop on their bandwagon give them a call. They need all the volunteers they can get.

TRAVEL:

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British Airways cut fares. Low cost return fares from $128 to $258.

Kemwell car rentals in UK, Germany, Switzerland $17 per day with FREE upgrades. Must be booked by June 30.

Mariott and Renaissance Hotels offering 50% discounts from June 28 to Sept. 2. Must be booked by July 12.

Amtrak is offering a 30% off sale on travel with some restrictions, through the end of Aug. Book by Aug. 24. Also a two for one package on Acela Express weekend service through Sept 23.

Montreal, Canada is luring tourists with their continuous summer festivals.

Cancun….Riviera Maya….Cheap and Cheerful…..3 nts., all inclusive at 3* Yalmakan; Blue Bay Club, 4*; Al Pueblito, 3* for $498. Deluxe Specials JW Marriott, 6* 4 nts. $598 (4-7nts. Receive $100 for food or beverage); Presidente Intercontinental, 6* Camino Real, 6 Golden * and Fiesta Americana Condesa , 6* $498 for 3 nts. These include round-trip air from JFK, Newark or LGA. More and other hotels available.

Rome and Riviera Cruise (Spain/France/Italy) 10 days with FREE RT Air, JFK. Cruise departs Rome to Barcelona. Where you fly home. $1,695 on Orient Lines Oceanview $1,895...all guaranteed.

London/Paris/Rome/Lisbon/Budapest/Amsterdam ..all reduced by $100 In order: $699; $799; $929; $819; $879; $809.

Fall Savers….Jamaica Super Clubs 4 days $599 Super Inclusive AVE up to $1040 per couple, Hedonism !!

5* 4 days all inclusive $759. Grand Cayman at Hyatt Regency (6*) 4 days $739; Turks and Caicos Allegro Resort, all inclusive (4*) from $839 including RT Air Sept. through Oct. Holland America brand new.

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More travel specials on WNYX-TV UHF Chs. 26 & 35 \, Monday through Friday.

E-mail me at www dorothydunne@yahoo.com.

OR Give me a call and…."AWAY WE GO!!!"


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