2001-11-24 / Columnists



Dorothy Dunne


These are the words I heard from Minister William Schuller preaching in his Glass Cathedral on television this past Sunday as I flipped through the channels…and, these are the words I thought applied so greatly to the Rockaway Community. We are tough people and we have to be tough in these tough times. We know how to deal with tragedy, we know how to keep going in the face of tragedy…we are a close knit community who love and care for one another; deeply God fearing and beholden to God for the strength He gives us in times of crisis. Yes, we are strong. Yes, we are tough because we know God will see us through. There will be better times ahead. These tough times will pass and the tough ones will survive. When the going gets tough, the tough KEEP going.

Let’s be thankful this Thanksgivings Day for the blessings we do have. It was edifying to see Mr. And Mrs. Tom Sullivan on TV last week talk about the loss of their son at the WTC and speak about how thankful they are that God saved the lives of their other two sons. There is so much for which to be thankful we can’t count all the reasons. Most of all, we are here and we are alive, and, while we are alive we are capable of making the world a better place in our own way. We have mourned and buried our dead. Now the living must go on with the living. Be thankful we had the time we did have with the loved ones we lost. The Belle Harbor plane crash happened on Veteran’s Day, the day we look back also on our young men and women who lost their lives in past wars and conflicts. They fulfilled their mission in life. God love them and keep them in peace. Our thanks to them. We, on earth still have our work cut out for us. Let’s get on with it!

Whatever you did, wherever you went hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving Day.

Helene and Peter Danzilo, I am sure, said, "Thank You", Thank You". They have a double reason to say thanks. Last weekend their daughter, Maria Levh gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. The babies, bounced in at five and six pounds each, (the girl taking the most weight) and both are thriving well. Maria is doing nicely and, of course, hubby, Richard is filled with joy. Even older sister, four year old, Hollis is looking forward to their homecoming. As of this writing the names of the twins are unknown to me, but you will hear more in next week’s issue. Congratulations to Maria and Richard Levh and grandparents, Helene and Peter Danzilo. I know all of you will have a Happy Thanksgiving.

New York is bustling again. Black tie and beautiful gowns adorned the guests at Cipriani this past week at the Gala American Australian Foundation dinner held in tribute of Australia and New Zealand. It was here I learned America has loyal and steadfast friends in Australia and New Zealand and that they wish to back us all the way. This was said by guest of Honor, Mr. Jeffrey Bible, CEO of In The Near Future. He brought to mind the Battle of Midway and how America came to the aid of Australia and New Zealand, not only then, but on other occasions. They will never forget what we did for them and, in turn, Australia and New Zealand will be there for us. Nice to know we have such good and loyal friends. Rupert Murdoch, CEO and Chairman of News Corp. introduced Jeffrey Bible. Also on board was Benjamin H. Griswald, I, Deutche Banc Alex Brown.

I was seated at a table right by the stage and close to Janet Murphy, Vice President of Projects Plus, Inc. Public Relations, who organized the beautiful affair. Janet loves Rockaway and has spent summers in Belle Harbor and is a dear friend of Miriam Hart (member of that well known Hart family of Real Estate fame). Janet expressed condolences to the crash victims of the WTC and Belle Harbor. Jim Ryan, anchor of Fox Channel Morning Show, did a superb job as emcee, and we were all enthralled with the magnificent voice of Maree Johnson, born in Sidney, now a New Yorker with her chilling and emotional rendition of "God Bless America" and "I Still Call Australia My Home." She brought us all to tears. It was a beautiful evening, indeed.

Toys R Us opened the doors to the largest toy store in the world in Times Square this week showing off a 60-foot indoor Ferris Wheel with 14 theme cabs; Jurassic Park, featuring a 5 ton, 20ft. high and 30 ft. long dinosaur; A 4,000 ft. Barbie Doll House with a walk up staircase and a special appearance of Barbie who stops by to visit; E.T. Shop; "R" Zone filled with electronic toys and games; Babyland General Hospital with a 70 ft. tree house and special adoption center. Marvin’s Magic with magicians to demonstrate tricks and MORE! MORE! MORE! It is unbelievable. You must bring the children to see it.

Steven Martin was at the Marriott Marquis to emcee The National Book Awards. He is the recipient of two People’s Choice Awards (first for Favorite Actor in a Comedy Motion Picture and as a Golden Globe Award nominee for his performance in Father of the Bride.) He is the playwright of Picasso and the Lapin Agile and the author of "Pure Drizel" and "Shopgirl", which hit the Times Best Seller list. He presented the Honoree of the evening, Arthur Miller, who has written more than 40 plays, screenplays, novels and collections of essays over the last seven decades, with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

And… the winners were: Poetry:, Alan Dugan for Poems Seven, new and complete poetry; Jonathan Franzen’s "Corrections" for Fiction. (maybe now Oprah will invite him on the show?) For Non-Fiction, Andrew Solomon took the award for The Noonday Demon: An atlas of Depression and Virginia Euwer Wolfe for True Believer. Bloomberg L/P/ sponsored this award night and will be the Sponsor of the National Book Foundation’s 2002 Gold Medal Tour to be expanded to four cities. On Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. an evening with the winners of the 2001 National Book Award will be held at the New York Public Library’s Celest Bartos Forum and is open FREE to the public, first come, first served.

Asia Society Museum opened it’s doors to it’s newly renovated home on Park Avenue this week and what a spectacle it was! They did a magnificent job. A beautiful Garden Court with exotic trees and hanging hollow lamps housing infant figures with wings inside. Jazz Madhav played in the background. An exquisite glass staircase to descend to the floors below where you could enjoy the Philippine dancers and a film on "Journey to the West and Chinese Medicine Today." Ascend those stairs to the second and third floors and find musicians with flutes from Asia and on the eighth floor musical instruments such as Indian Sitar in the Garden Court. An interesting evening surrounded by Asian Art of all sorts.


Club Med in Cancun, 7 nts. All Inclusive Air/Hotel/ all meals, drinks and sports, transfs. $790, Samdpiper, Florida 3 nts with Air $599, Paradis Island $570; Jazz Festival in Barbados Jam 14 to 20; Nassau, Atlantis Paradis Island 5 days 4 nts. $369 PLUS $50 green fees for 18 holes. Yantaze Cruise $999’ 4 day Austria

Air/Land daily brkfts. $399; Rio, Brazil 7 days $799; costa Rica $499’ Beaches of Costa Rica $699; Panama 6 days $499; Glasgow. Scotland $399 Air/Land. Beijing Special 7nts. 5 days $699; Rome/F;orence and Naples $599; Venice, $699, air/Land Dec 15, Jan 4 and Mar. 10; Ireland 5nts/6days Air, int hotel, 4nts B&B daily full Irish breakfast, Rent A Car for entire stay …all for….$399, Dec. 14, Jan 1 and Feb. 8. Holiday cruises at a special low.

More travel specials on UHF Chs. 26, 35 and 39. E-mail me at: dorothydunne@yahoo.com. GIVE ME A CALL AND "AWAY WE GO!!!"

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