2001-09-01 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Theresa M. Crowley, more affectionately known as "Tessie," of Utica Walk finally, just two months shy of 100 years, succumbed to this world on August 23. She was my aunt, our "energizer bunny," that kept on going and going. But, nothing lasts forever and neither did this old party gal, who grew up in the flapper days, the time of bootleg booze and speakeasies. I was raised for part of my life in her home with my mother, her sister, Lola, a professional violinist and vocalist. All visitors were warmly welcomed and as soon as they came through the door, live music brightened up the house and the party began. Nobody could have depicted her life better than Father Byrne at her celebration of resurrection mass when he brought out his old time records to play "When I Was Young," "This Is My Life," and "Smiling." I know that she enjoyed it as much as all those in the church. Sister Beattaa, professional singing nun with her own CD’s, provided the beautiful alternative live music.

Tessie was highly devoted to her family and they to her and they wish to thank all who attended the wake and the parting mass, especially those who contributed most to her welfare and joy of life, such as Ann Heslin, who on her many visits, lifted her spirits by encouraging her to sing and play the piano, the constant loving care of care-takers, Lucille and Merle, sisters who spent 24 hours a day catering to her needs (we attribute her extended length of life to them). She had a long, full and musically full life. May it continue forher through eternity.

Nicely! Nicely! It was so nicely done by John Gilleece, who not only played the character Nicely- Nicely Johnson in the riveting Rockaway Theatre Production of "Guys and Dolls", but he directed the show and is the on-going Artistic Director of the Rockaway Theatre.

All summer long, I have been trying to see this year’s productions and I am so glad I finally was able to do so. Many people have raved about the shows and I wish to add my rave along with them. Terrific acting, singing, music and dancing. Guys and Dolls was just great! The choreography by Lorraine Lambet was right on target; costumes certainly fitted the era, as were the performances by Peggy Vivino and Janet Brady. The scenic design and set construction was so creative, colorful and easily changeable from scene to scene by April Greene, Jim Cantirino, Joe Canizio, George Hoffer, John Battaglia, Tony Homesy and Richard Gueren. Let’s not forget the sound crew and lights. With the orchestra’s Musical Director, John Battglia and his Assistant, Director, Conductor /Piano Michelle Solomon and their musicians that never missed a beat, they pulled off a Broadway Musical to please anyone.

The acting and singing talent was outstanding. All in the cast were superb. I especially enjoyed Donna Christine Gueren who played "Adelaide" and her renditions of "A poison can develop a cold." Other notable songs included, "When I think of the times I’ve spent" and "Sue Me" with Les Kraft (Nathan Detroit); Sarah Greene and Scott Battaglia, "I’ll know when my love comes along".

Susan Hartenstein, who played General Cartwright and always stands out among the rest with her unique style and personality in every show I have seen her in, and of course, the Guys and Dolls number, "A Guys Only Doing It For Some Gal" with John Gileece, Dean Constantine, Balstar Beckfeld and Ken Coughlin tore the house down. And "Sit Down You’re Rockin The Boat" I just wish I could mention everyone in the cast because they all performed beautifully it made an off, off Broadway live Rockaway musical as enjoyable as a Broadway Show. And, folks, you get all this for only $5. Unbelievable! So be there next weekend for their fundraising USO performance on Saturday night. Actors, crew members and musicians, directors, all crew contribute their time and efforts for the love of theatre and if you love good live theatre be there next Saturday night.

Tom Connors and I thank all of them for a very enjoyable live theatre afternoon. Following the show we dined at the newly renovated Tiberios restaurant (Leon Locke’s favorite). The change is phenomenal. It was always a small restaurant and now it has been expanded slightly into a charming, cozy, attractive spot to dine. Those of you who like Osobucco can find it here and I can attest to the fact that it is done to perfection with the right spices to enhance the flavor of the tender, melt in your mouth, veal shank. Their fish and pasta are excellent, too, according to Tom and they have a nice variety as well. Tina, who practically runs the will help you choose what is best on the menu for the day. Tom will be celebrating with his daughter, Elizabeth Ann next week since she has a birthday this Friday, August 27. Best wishes for many more happy birthdays to come, Elizabeth Ann.

It’s Sale! Sale! Sale! At the Breezy Point Surf Shop behind the Dug Out by the ball field offering end of summer bargains. Have you been there yet? If not, by all means go there. You will love all the colorful trunks bathing suits ($19 for women) casual print shirts and Breezy Point Tee Shirts. All at reduced rates. In fact, Donald Ritter, proprietor, undersells all other surf shops in Rockaway by as much as $39 I challenge you to compare prices, not only on clothes but surf boards and other water equipment. He has reef sandals and wheels for roller blades, all sorts of things. B.P.S.C. members check it out. You don’t have to be a resident to get through the gate to visit his shop. Donald will be happy to see you and, believe me, he is such an honest guy and trying so hard to give his customers the best break he can. Donald also is a strong fundraiser for Juvenile. Diabetes and for one buck you can purchase a paper sneaker towards that cause. He will tell you. 92 cents goes toward research for Juvenile Diabetes. Sunday, Sept. 30 at Corona Park in Queens a five-mile walk will take place to further help the cause. The fee is $10. See Donald for more information.

Kathleen Slevin of Queens Walk was a happy gal last Saturday after her intended bridesmaids and family showered her at the Beach Club with gifts for her up and coming wedding on September 15 at 3PM at St. Thomas More Church with reception to follow at the Silver Gull. Continued joy, Kathleen.

So happy to see Peter Danzilo looking so well. As a guest of Helene’s and Peter’s last week at Danny’s where we enjoyed fine Chinese cuisine and the keyboard music and vocals of Ernie Barry ( he is there every Friday and Saturday night), I marveled at how well Peter ate. He usually picks his food, but that Saturday night he devoured everything in sight. Maybe that says something for the restaurant? Whatever it was, it was good to see Peter coming along so well.

Congratulations to Frances Abbracciamento who received an award from Borough President Howard Golden for her business success as owner of several restaurants, the latest Abbracciamento’s on the Pier at Canarsie Pier which she ran with son Frank. It is presently under new ownership. However, Frank is now the exclusive caterer for the elegant Explorer Club. President Golden also paid recognition to Frances for her tireless work on behalf of children and families. and as a leader in our city. Good luck, Frances and good health.

Kathryn Pierce had a memorable day last Saturday at the reunion of retired Beach Channel High School Guidance Counselors: Riva Teicher, Mary Schilling, Betty Romindi, Marge Onorato, Helen McMullen, Phyliss Chussed, Blanche Rubin and Ruth Farash. All enjoyed seeing one another after years of absence.

Welcome back to Barbara and Dennis Morris from their Holland America Cruise/Tour to Alaska. I also wish to congratulate them on their new granddaughter.

Kathy Sebade from Roxbury drove me into Breezy last week and told me about the wonderful program Gateway National Park runs every summer. It lasts six weeks for three hours one day a week whereby they take children six to eight and nine to twelve with a parent as a chaperon to various parts of the city and sites at Gateway National Park. She and her daughter went to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and Gateway paid for the ferry tickets and tours and gave each persona voucher for lunch. he said that paid for the $25 fee alone. The Children who participated all had a very educational, interesting and fun time. And, so did the adults. Next year enroll your child in this program. The $25 fee is well worth the money.

Discovered at the Fancy Food Show some new healthy food products, all natural, no preservatives, 99% saturated FREE that can go from your freezer to oven, toaster oven of pan. Dr. Paeger’s products are Kosher, good for you and good tasting. You will find them in your supermarket. Look for their tasty veggie burgers and broccoli pancakes and potato pancakes And, if you are still interested in low fat and healthy freezer to skillet or Grill food, Casual Gourmet makes delicious Chicken Burger in four gourmet styles: Pita, Milano, Sicilian and Verde. All quick to prepare, good to taste and healthy.

Sorry that picture of Lisa Marie Presley was not published last issue week. She has been in the headline all this week. And, she is in a new movie.

TRAVEL:

Auto Europe features fall discounts on air fares to Europe if booked by Aug. 31 for travel Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 RT to London $338 from JFK

Brit Rail has nightly rates of $89 at four 4* hotels in London with a FREE Theatre voucher.

Closer to home is a Newport Mansion/Rolls Royce package at $345p.p. for two nights at Haley Mansion ; a chauffeured tour of R.I. and nearby Stonington, Conn in a Rolls Royce and dinner. Good from Sept. 5 to Dec. 5.Family Best Buy. in Punta Cane brand new First Class Beachfront All-Inclusive resort with Kid’s Club. Book now and save 30% off! Kids stay, play and eat FREE Fly for $298, Air /Land 4 days $548; 5 days $598 and 8 days $8484. For $50 p.p. upgrade to a Jr. Suite. September only. Add $50 for Oct., Nov. and Dec.

Cancun Camino Real , kids 12 and under FREE 2 for 1 dinner; Tequila Tasting , 3 children under 12 to a room with 2 adults.

Carnival in Rio...Departures Feb 7 & 8 from USA $1,537 Air/Land 5 nts. at Augusto’s Copacabana 5 nts. transfers; half day Sugar Loaf tour; Taxes & Svc. Chgs World Travel Bag and Daily Brazilian breakfast.

Tickets and costumes to the parade available.

Book before midnight Aug. 30 for Paris till Oct 13 $213 OW with RT purchase Oct. 14 to Dec. 14 $181.

Barcelona $262 and after Oct. 14 to Dec. 15 ; Rome $264 and $214.

More travel specials on WNYX-TV ( Chs. 26 & 35 ) Or e-mail at: dorothydunne@yahoo.com.

Give me a call and AWAY WE GO!!!


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