2001-10-13 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

The terrorist attack of September 11th is still hanging over us. Many are still grieving and now, with retaliation in Afghanistan we fear we are still under attack. It is frightening for all of us. Wherever we go we wonder where will this evil enemy strike next? How do we cope? How did we cope with the tragic deaths of our loved ones, our firemen and policemen and rescue workers? Some of us have been seriously traumatized. If you have or are now having difficulty handling the stress, are overwhelmed or overcome by grief for too long a period of time, feel guilt because your life was spared while a loved one, friend or co-worker was taken; if you are still struggling to overcome the fear; trying hard to acknowledge the pain, having difficulty resuming a sense of normalcy; trying to combat racism and in need to address the concerns of your children; you lack sleep, lost your appetite, are grappling with agoraphobia, addiction, hatred, rage and so forth, there is a source of help for you. Three hundred and fifty volunteers set up a wellness center at Pier 94, NYC and give 400 treatments a day from 9AM to 9PM. It was organized by Dr. Rona Allen, Claire Haaga and Karen Brow from the Olive Leaf Wholeness Center at 145 East 23rd St., NYC between Lex. And 3rd Avenue. All of these issues are addressed and treated. Talks and sessions are held on Tuesdays. Oct. 16, 23 and 30 at the Olive Leaf. They are led by Dr. Rudy Ballentine, Psychiatrist and Medical Advisor at Olive Leaf Wholeness Center as well as other practitioners. Seating is limited. You can call for a reservation or e-mail to: olwcny@aol.com. If you feel you need help go and get it. ASAP!!

Though the crowds have diminished in New York City, I do believe the city is safer now than ever before. There is a cop on every corner and they remind me of Ferrets, those animals that constantly turn their heads from side to side searching and searching their immediate area for the unusual, strange or threatening. The presence of the police alone gives us a sense of security. Department stores are empty. (A great time to shop), the buses whiz along with little traffic to detain them. People are kinder, more courteous, more thoughtful and anxious to help. It is far more pleasant to get around this city now so don’t be afraid to come to the Big Town. Your business will keep New York in business. The City needs you.

A beautiful brunch was held for the Altar Rosary Society this past Sunday at the Silver Gull. It was chaired by Ronnie McCarthy. President, Dorothy Ryan greeted the group and said the blessing. Pastor of St. Thomas More, Msgr. Michael J. Connelly was in attendance. I sat at the liveliest table, next to vibrant, bubbly, Renee Lacey, her sister Eileen, Catherine Hibbits, Kay Kinane, Marie McGuigan, Marie Moreale, and more. We missed Midge Steinert who cancelled late but made room for me. (thanks, Midge). Father Mantonti was the guest speaker who gave us a message in melody with his rendition of "The Rose". A very nice affair. Don’t miss it next time. Besides that, we each received a finger rosary and laminated prayer and a travel sewing booklet from which we were asked to donate the two tiny pearl buttons it contained. If you have any tiny pearl buttons please give them to Ronnie McCarthy, She, in turn, gives them to an arts and craft group to make pearl necklaces.

Thank you for comments on my short hair. I, in turn, thank Gary at Janets for coifing a "do" to do whatever I wanted it to on adventuresome journeys to Costa Rica and Panama. Through river-rafting, flying through the forest, boating etc. it behaved very well. And, Gary gets the credit.

Helene and Peter Danzilo are at their home in Las Vegas for two weeks. Hope they are having fun and return safely on October 22.

Bruce Angle has no fears about flying to Curacao. He is off to that unique Caribbean Island very soon.

Renee’ Lacey is President of the St. Thomas More Golden Age and wants to invite all Golden Ager’s (55 and older) to join the Line Dancing at the Parish Hall given every Monday and Wednesday, 1-2pm for $2 a session; non-impact aerobics on Fridays 1-2 pm and Wed. 10:15 -11:15 am except 3rd Wed. While we are at it, Renee, why not get a bus load of Golden Ager’s to come to New York City….to see a B’way Show; a FREE TV Show, museums or exhibits. I am sure at this time you can get special prices for lunch. Help our BIG CITY NEIGHBOR by your support.

Union Square City Harvest was a big success to benefit NYC fireman and police last week. This is one function you should not miss especially if you love good food. All the best restaurants in and around Union Square offer samplings of their best dishes to the guests. It is truly a food festival with the best wines and champagnes to accompany these delights. Don’t miss it next year.

Well, we finally did get FERRY service, but only to Sheepshead Bay. When you get to Sheepshead Bay you then have to hop on a subway to get to New York. This service is fine for Brooklynites and especially for those who wish to visit us or are members of the Surf Clubs, but it still does not solve a speedier means of transportation from the Rockaways and New York City for residents and tourists. This service to Brooklyn is $10 RT and $6 @ way. We are anxiously awaiting subsidized Ferry service fare direct to New York City from Rockaway and back. What politician will guarantee this? We’ll vote for him or her.

Learned about the interesting destinations of Tobago and Santo Domingo this morning. Tobago is a beautiful Island with great scuba diving and surfing.; home of the oldest rain forest, 430 species of beautiful birds and 620 butterflies. Colorful costumed festivals and it is the place for romance, weddings and honeymooners.

Santo Domingo is the second largest Island in the Caribbean. You get 60 Dominican pesos to one US dollar. Whale watching is best in October and March. May to September is the rainy season when the prices are the lowest. Don’t let the weather keep you away. It only rains five to seven minutes during that season.

First European Cruises is sailing to these ports and will christen their brand new ship (on par with Celebrity cruises) in December.

TRAVEL SPECIALS

EXPIRES OCT. 22 ………10 DAY PANAMA CANAL FT. LAUDERDALE TO PUERTO CALDERA, COSTA RICA ( OR REVERSE) ms. MS AMSTERDAM, NOV. 13,23; DEC. 2, 13 FROM $799

TOBAGO….Tropikist Beach Hotel 7 nts. include. Air from JFK transfs $889

33% Early Savings Holland America Alaska 2002 Cruise tour from $1,799 OR 25% saving + Free and Reduced Air from $1,999

Dec. 2 /01 ms Volumdam Mariner (past passenger offers from $1099, 10 day So. Carib Dec. 12 $999

MS. Zaandam Dec. 10/01 10 So. Carib. From $999

So. Africa & the East Orient Lines Nov. 21…SECOND PERSON 50% OFF; FREE SHIPBOARD GRATUITIES($299P.P. VALUE) + $150 P.P.SHIPBOARD CREDIT.$5,096’2ND person $2,348

European Cruises RT Dominican Republic thru Carib.8 days/7 nts. Dec. 14 $799 …Jan. 6-22 $699

GIVE ME A CALL AND AWAY WE GO!!

More travel specials on WNYX-TV Mon. -Fri. WNYX-TV Chs. 26/35 (also Home Shopping Channel) and C. 39. E-mail d.t.dunne@att.net


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