2001-10-20 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Bad enough we had to experience the crushing and devastating, horrific event on Sept. 11 at the WTC, and elsewhere. Now, we are threatened by biological outbreaks of Anthrax in parts of the nation. Is this a war of nerves? It sure appears to be. As a child I was taught about God, the angels and the devil. Of course, through life we encounter evil and wicked acts by man, but these acts that we are facing today, so brilliantly executed, appear to me to be more like the works of Satan. Is Satan orchestrating the deeds of the Terrorists? They most certainly are motivated by some super force. Can we say of Osama bin Laden, " The devil makes him do it?"

Prayers have not only been eliminated in our schools, but the mere mention of God, along with the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of National Anthem to open each school day is no longer practiced... Have we neglected God so much that he has allowed the devil’s destruction? It does seem so, doesn’t it? Lets bring back God and prayer in our schools, the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem. Our Nation was founded upon our belief in God and assurance of his protection. On every coin is written "In God We Trust". Our God, the Supreme Being, is our God in any religion. We need God now. We need God desperately.

Bomb we must Afghanistan. And, while doing so, our hearts break for the innocent children and adults caught in the line of fire. No pain, no gain. And though Afghanistan is hurting now, as we are also, the USA will bring forth from all this horror, a happier, more peaceful people and a sense of freedom to the suppressed land of Afghanistan.

Violence, however, is not the answer alone. It never is. We are fighting a Satanical force and the best way to fight the Devil is through prayer. These terrorist and the forces behind them need to be exorcised. Can this be possible? Religious group prayers should be conducted every week by various religious organizations throughout the land to bring God back into our lives and to free these terrorists of the devil’s bondage that forces them to perform such vile and wicked deeds. Let’s not go out and "profile" Americans who live here, as I heard one citizen say. How terribly unjust to pull people out of a crowd, arrest them and shoot them because he or she looks Arabic. This is not the answer. American Arabs are not responsible for terrorist acts to our Nation. These Terrorists are a cult unto themselves. Ferret them out we will, but please God, not at the expense of the innocent Arabs in our country. This will only make us just as barbaric as they. Our intelligence offices are more alert than ever to stop the infiltration of terrorism. They are not going to let things fall through the cracks this time. Let’s put a little faith in them. Most of all, Pray! Pray!, Pray!. All of us need to pray more. It is the most powerful weapon we have. God will hear us and help us. How about those Charismatics praying to fight to end these Satanic attacks and bring peace into our world instead of violence and hatred? Pray for the healing of the Terrorists that they may see the evil they do and surrender into the hands of God rather than the Devil. Let’s leave all our cares in God’s hands…He will take care of us while we go on with our lives with diligence and care.

Congratulations to Tom Caody, the most lovable bartender in Kennedy’s. Such a nice guy! Tom celebrated his 62nd birthday with 14 of his friends at dinner at Kennedy’s and, I am sure he had a great time. Best of luck, Tom and many, many more. You’re now eligible for Social Security.

Another celebrant was Jean Earley, 75 who enjoyed a birthday luncheon party thrown for her by her daughter, Carol Simoneau with hubby Marty Simoneau from Breezy Point and children, Billy and Jaclyn ; Terry Cahill, Bettyann Fitzgerald, Maryann Cahill from Garden City were there among others to share her big day.

It was happy retirement for Rockaway born, James Scanlon from 45 years with the Electrician’s Union. Son Michael, Tommy Cleary, Bob Collins, Bob Walsh, John Murphy, Billy Binbell, John Cosulli, Matt Comerfad, Wayne Wilson were all there to wish him well.

It was a beautiful day Saturday and a beautiful setting with the magnificent stage backdrop donated by one of the Broadway Shows for the RAA. A perfect backdrop for the talented Belly Dancers. They did a terrific job and even offered lessons to those anxious to learn. Poetry reading followed which was most entertaining and, folks, a reception with wine and cheese, veggies and pasta. What more could you want? And, all for FREE. These delightful shows continue through the remaining October weekends. This coming week African Dancing by the Far Rockaway High School students will be featured. And, don’t forget to look at the handsome art works in the two galleries and take a stroll through the sculpture park that leads to the beach.

The RAA is doing great things and, of course, so is the Rockaway Theatre. If you haven’t seen any of their performances you have missed great entertainment. Everyone who attends raves about them and are so happy we can enjoy good LIVE theatre right at our doorstep. Theatre classes are available for children and now they have acting skills workshops for adults 18 and older. It is open to all levels and beginners are welcome and encouraged to register. Go over and register NOW. Mario Marone, director of the theater company’s Neil Simon’s "Rumors" and the musical "Once Upon a Mattress," will teach acting exercises and will conclude with a RTC Scene Nite. Hurry and register. You may never get this opportunity again.

Tim Kearney who builds instruments as well as plays them, especially the guitar, was at the RAA festival. He is the brother of author, Rusty Kearney whom I interviewed on WNYX-TV. They are both sons of Kay Kearney from the Hardware Store.

Renee Lacey, President of the Golden Age at St. Thomas More Church tells me you only have to be 50+ to join the Golden Age Club. So, if you are 49 and holding get ready to move in on them. With Renee at the helm you are sure to have an active and fun time.

Not only is Rockaway getting on with life but New Yorkers are doing a good job, too. Governor Pataki

praised the Columbus Day marchers and the 100,000 spectators who came out to celebrate the occasion at Cipriani’s Italian Heritage event. A woman sat down next too me at the table and she looked so familiar. Where did I know her? Sure enough, it came to me. Celeste Holmes, a native New Yorker and still a resident. She is currently working on a Japanese film.

New restaurants are still opening and at Toda on Park Avenue South and 24th St. I spoke with former Mayor Koch and asked him what he thought about Giuliani running for a third term or just extending his term for three months to break in the next elected Mayor? He was quite abrupt with his answer. He said he had no right to expect another term, let alone an extension of three months and walked away from me. Well, I guess we now know how he feels.

There is a shot of Rocky and me at the opening of his new restaurant Haru, also on Park Avenue but at 48th St.

Rocky owns many New York restaurants including the Benihana chain.

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