2001-10-27 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

International Breeder’s Cup Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park thus Saturday, October 27 and the New York Racing association will dedicate earnings to families of victims and rescue workers who perished in the terrorist attack on New York. Tom Hammond of NBC Sports-casting emceed the Press Luncheon at Gallaghers where he announced pledges from 1, 5, 10 percent to victims of WTC tragedy. Over three million will be raised by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association for the 15 charities-New York Hero’s Fund. Purse earnings for Goldolphin Stable of Sheikh Mahammed bin Rashid will go to this fund. He previously donated five million to the Red Cross. This year’s thoroughbred championships are dedicated to the citizens of New York 10111. The race should be an exciting one and a challenge to these thoroughbreds who are not yet comfortable running dirt turf. Jockey Richard Migliore will ride Miss Linda and Hook and Ladder in the Sprint. Watch for Johannesburg to be exceptional; Sophisticated to improve; Fantastic and Galileo to compete fiercely; Mere Justice from Ireland and Sakee who could be the favorite. May the best horse win so the big winner can horse around. Here’s to post time.

The dining room of one of New York’s finest restaurants, Le Cirque, was filled with some of the city’s most prominent people for the launching of William O’Shanghnessy’s new book, "IT ALL COMES BACK TO ME NOW", character portraits of the "Golden Apple". It is a book that features O’Shaughnessy’s graceful commentaries, essays, profiles, vignettes, tributes, speeches, and one on one interviews with such outstanding personalities as: George W. Bush, Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Mario Cuomo, Ruby Dee, George Plimpton, Edward Cardinal Egan, Frank Sinatra, John Lindsay and more. O’Shaughnessy has the ability to understand people and elevate the goodness – and sweetness – he sees in humanity… a good read for all of us in these turbulent times. I had a few words with Walter Cronkite and Mario Cuomo pictured here.

The brightest, most well educated women of New York gathered together at the well known and prestigious Le Cote Basque for a beautiful luncheon and symposium to support the training of Scholars in Women’s Health Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, the subject discussed, "Sex Matters; "The Impact of Gender on your Health"."

Elia-Grace Giardina, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Cardiology, Director of the Center for Women’s Health was the moderator. An informative speech was given by Lori Mosca, MD, PHD Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Preventive Cardiology in which she stated more women than men die of heart disease. She emphasized the positive effects of Horomone Replacement Therapy treatment at the onset of Menopause; the great need of calcium for all women, 1000 mg. for those on HRT and the greater need for women not on HRT, 2400. No smoking, a good diet, moderate alcohol and consumption of plenty of sleep should keep a woman in good health. A very informative and interesting symposium in an atmosphere highly conducive to absorbing the facts. The lunch was superb, red snapper entrée, excellent service among well educated, intelligent women in the attractive surroundings of the Le Cote Basque colorful Parisian murals. An elegant and educational afternoon underwritten by Arlene Taub and sponsored by Pfizer, Avon Foundation, Bristol-Myers, Squibb Imaging Merk and Veranda magazine. Proceeds went to support the training of Scholars in Women’s Health Colombia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

Children’s Fashions trade show was at the Javit’s Center, bigger than ever. Rebecca Raggs featured their beautiful reversal togs in among their attractive outfits for toddlers up to tweens. The kids will love Top Trenz, clip on braids in various colors from blonde, brunette to pink & black and shades of green. You can find them in CVS, K-Mart, Wallmart and other stores. A great add on to their Halloween costume. On the South side of the Javits Center the Textile Show displayed their best new materials, many elastic, bright and sparkly that we will be seeing for the new season.

If you haven’t visited the Library at St. Edmund’s, by all means do so. You will be surprised at the array and variety of books, including current editions that are available to you. Praises go to Ann Heslin who is one of the founders along with Frances Sullivan and other staff members who have done a great job. The library is open after the 10 o’clock Mass on Sunday till 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. They welcome all the books you wish to donate and eagerly offer them to the community. However, they do expect those who take out books to return them so that others may enjoy them, too. Some of their books are missing and they don’t have duplicates. From time to time the library invites authors and artists to address the members. Kathleen Conway entertained a group in the midst of the WTC tragedy with a comical poem, not a bit behind of the time, when a laugh was so needed. The library enjoyed the talk recently by several New York City Firefighters, artist and Bill Biesty. If you write poetry, essays or books and would like to read them to the members they will be happy to welcome you. On November 18 poetry readings will be held after mass. And, while I write, I wish to remind you that the Wave has a monthly poetry page. Do send your artistic pieces to us and they will be happy to publish them.

Caryn Crowley Fata of Breezy Point attended the gala celebration of the 50th year since the opening of St. Camillus High School. Caryn, when a student, was a member of the marching band that is conducted and organized by Msgr. Burke who was there and thrilled to see everyone. Those who returned for the reunion enjoyed mass, a buffet dinner and a swing orchestra. A fun time for all.

Brunching at Kennedy’s was Helen Hart, a Breezy resident. She was having a pre-celebration of her 89th birthday on October 23 with her daughter, Mary Sullivan and husband, Terry Sullivan. Helen was born on the same day as my aunt, Tess Crowley who would have been 100 years old. Unfortunately she didn’t make it. She passed from this world August 23, one month short. But, Happy Birthday, Aunt Tess, anyway.

At the Kennedy’s Bar, Pat Sammon announced his 43rd wedding anniversary for him and his wife, Dorothy. They have 17 grandchildren. Congratulations!

Loving and caring Bob Zelek is doing well after his operation and has recuperated nicely. He and Pat Sammon will be leaving for Lady Lake in Central Florida very soon.

Sandra and Howie Gaffney are anxious to announce the marriage of their son, Scott to Philomenia Smyth at St. Thomas More Church on October 12. Many of you may have attended.

Travel: Now is the time to go away! Prices cannot get any lower than this:

Ireland $399… Aer Lingus Rt. Air, 1 nt. Hotel, 5 nts B&B, full Irish Breakfast, rent a car throughout stay. Nov 1, Dec. 14 & Jan 1, Feb 8.

Rt. Air only $219

Holland America five day cruise ms. Westerdam… $299, Nov. 4, 25 & Dec. 16 Guarantee, other dates slightly higher.

Book by Nov. 19… Holiday specials 8 day Carib. $799 ms. Westerdam Dec. 21 and Dec. 29; 7 day Zaandam Dec. 20 $799; Rotterdam Dec. 30 $899. Unbelievable prices for holiday cruises!

Book now… 10 day Panama Canal from $799 Nov. 13, 23; Dec. 3 and 13 on ms Amsterdam.

50 percent off Punta Cana, 3 nts. Air/Land All Inclusive $448, 4 nts. 498, 7 nts. $598 at Bavaro Grand… most luxurious Royal Resort, all inclusive $698, $798 and $1098.

Bejing, China, Special $699 Rt Air/Hotel/taxes and svc. Chrg. 5 ntds/ 7 days.

Australia $999.

More travel specials on UHF Channels 26.35 (HSN) and 39.

Give me a call and away we go!!!

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