2001-07-14 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Dorothy Dunne

Hope you all had a happy Fourth of July. Though the rain stopped before the fireworks got under way, the clouds remained to cover many of the pyrotechnic displays. However, there was still enough to enjoy.

The main thing was being surrounded by family and friends. Those are the happy moments. And, I must say I certainly enjoyed my son, Jimmy Matuozzi’s party for his little girl (my granddaughter) Erika, who turned four on Independence Day. Her Mommy, Bettyann and Jimmy threw a great celebration for her with kids of the family and friends. All enjoyed the pool, fabulous food and libation. Thank God the sun stayed out long enough for that.

The previous week, Jimmy grilled for "Mom", (your columnist), for our side of the family and friends. Helene and Peter Danzilo were on hand and we learned that Peter celebrated a birthday on June 29 at his daughter, Maria Lehv’s Breezy Point home with hubby, and granddaughter, Hollis.

The other guests were: Gladys Crowley, daughter, Caryn Fata (her spouse, Joe was ill), and the matriarch of the family, Tess Crowley, who will turn 100 years old on October 23, 2001. She was thrilled to see her young great niece and nephew, Erika and Michael Matuozzi, and still talks about them.

Also, on hand were the delightful Patty and Bobby Crowley, who, by the way, is one of the coaches for the surf board lessons that are held annually on a weekend in July now on the Breezy Point Beach in memorial for Adrian Foley and Kevin McNamee; two young Breezyites who left this world long before their time.

It is just beautiful to see our accomplished surfers teaching the little ones. Their Tee Shirts sold out and a new rain date was set up for this coming Sunday when the raffle winner of a new surf board will be announced. More details in next week’s column.

Just an afterthought. When entertaining, the Breezy Point Stores do cater and they do deliver even those last minute items you always forget or those that are too heavy to cart such as beer and ice. They sure came through for me.

Kennedy’s is in full swing for the season with live music Saturday and Sunday nights. Phyllis and Sal Jetto, former members at of the B.P.S.C. from Bay Ridge, joined their son, Stephen and wife, Lenore and children, Bryan (9), and Mathew, (6) for a very pleasant brunch at Kennedy’s on the Bay.

Shirley Hanrahan is back at the B.P.S.C. now for the season. She took a quick hop down to Florida to finish decorating her new condo there.

How wonderful! I was just so thrilled to see that Sandy Bernstein is the new President of the Rotary Club. They couldn’t have picked a better person. He fits all the ideals of the Rotary Club. With his strength of character, his organizational talents, computer skills and his loving, off- beat witticism, the Rotary Club should flourish as it never has before.

I wish him great success during his Presidency. He is one of my favorites at The Wave and he is the cog in the wheel that keeps it spinning week after week. Good luck, Sandy. My best wishes are with you.

And. what is this? Barbara Morris won the Rotary Club’s most distinguished Paul Harris award? Couldn’t happen to a nicer gal. Barbara, owner of West End Realty on 116th Street, is a giving for living kind of person and has given much through the years in helping others. She was there to offer the memorial flag to Leon, and she was there to give the Fourth of July Flags for 116 St. These are just minor contributions.

Barbara has been Past President of 100 Precinct Community Council; Past President of the Rotary; Past Treasurer of Cladagh Inn; Sectional Vice President of Chamber of Commerce; holds a seat on the community board; Past President of Columbiettes; and Usherette at St. Francis de sales Church.

She and her hubby, Dennis will be sailing off on Holland America’s Volendam this August in celebration of their wedding anniversary, August 7. She may have looked like a breathtaking bride years ago, but wait until they see some of those breathtaking views in Alaska. A great way to share an anniversary. Take it all in and have as much fun as you can.

Second opinion always! When your doctor recommends an operation, don’t just take his word for it , unless he has been your family physician since birth or for many, many years and you truly trust him. I have lost doctors, dentists, etc. through retirement and then I have to rely on someone who hardly knows me. And, sad to say, there are many doctors, even though they are connected with a prestigious hospital, who see only dollar signs when they examine you.

Recently, after an operation several months ago, I was told I needed another operation because my doctor failed to take enough samples for a biopsy (when, in fact, he took two vials of samples). Instead of telling me I needed another biopsy, he told me I needed an operation. Immediately I requested the pathology reports (which I requested twice before ) to be faxed to me.

As soon as I got them, I found another doctor for a second opinion. And, what did she find? She found that I did not need another operation at all. She did another biopsy and reinstated my old hormone formula, which has been working fine for me for years. The other doctor had changed that formula and, as a result, caused excess bleeding. I have no bleeding now and feel so relieved I found a doctor I can trust. She is Christine Ban at the Gyn/Obs Center on East 32nd St, NYC and she is with Beth Israel Hospital. So, do be careful! Too many doctors are so greed conscious they do not care what they put a patient through as long as that almighty dollar comes through for them.

Don’t get me wrong. Not all doctors are this way, and we have wonderful, good doctors right here on the peninsula. Just be aware! Get a second opinion. You may be doing yourself a great favor. And, you may be saving your life.

Do we live in a Fantasy Land? Rockaway is so full of potentials: Arverne Renewal. What happened to that? Ferry Service to New York. What is happening with that? And, now do we sink or swim in this new pool proposal in Riis Park? Evidently we are not getting the right people with the right amount of clout or influence to make Rockaway what it should be.

This is a viable community, only 35 minutes from New York by car; 22 minutes to Wall Street by ferry, ideal for quick getaways from city life. We are surrounded by water on both sides. However, instead of becoming a thriving summer resort we are slowly being swallowed up by the waves. Glub! Glub! Glub! Help! Help! Help! We need someone or all of us together to save this peninsula. What are your suggestions? I’d like to hear from you.

Years ago I suggested a video of Rockaway. It could be produced for a minimal amount of money and aired on both cable and broadcast channels. If nothing else it most certainly could make our surrounding boroughs aware that we are here and are welcoming visitors. We have the Gateway National Park, we have the beaches, live theatre, art galleries, festivals and concerts.

A hotel would be nice. A movie theatre would be nice, a book store, too. The restaurants could hold price- fixed dinners or lunches for a week promotion. There could be a food and wine festival fundraiser. I am sure there are many more things you could think of to improve the quality of living.

When I was on Carnival’s Victory two weeks ago for lunch, I met two guys from the Long Island Retirees Coalition in East Northport, L.I. They are trying to remove taxes from Social Security. One was named Bob Benson. His e-mail address is ebenso@suffolk.lib.ny.us. Get in touch with him if you would like to help.

Last week’s picture with Mike Bloomberg at the Museum of Natural History was taken by well known professional photographer, Beryle Sokoloff. Because my usual photographer Joe Ballaris was unable to make that event, Beryle took pictures for me as a favor. I was mortified he did not receive the photo credit I requested for that shot. His name was on the back of each picture. My apologies to Beryle, and a thank you.

TRAVEL:

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NCL cruises from New York to New England and Canada from $799

More travel specials on WNYX-TV Mon. thru Fri. UHF Ch’s 26 & 35

Please feel free to email me anytime at: Dorothydunne@yahoo.com

Or, give me a call and away we go!


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