2001-12-08 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Cancer is so prevalent in a large percentage of residents in Breezy Point that they fear water contamination or asbestos is to blame. They asked me to bring this to the attention of our fellow Rockawayites and our politicians to arrange to have inspectors research the area. Perhaps someone can see to it that this is done. They would be very grateful.

Thank you all for your responses to the Afghanistan Women’s plight I addressed last week. It seems there are quite a few women in our midst who are living in abusive situations and if I can be an inspiration to you, as you told me, or help you in any way to find a freer and happier life, by all means don’t hesitate to call me. Every woman and every individual deserves to be treated with respect and kindness. Don’t be afraid to expose your problems. Far healthier to come out of the closet, so to speak, than to try to deal with these abuses in private. Sometimes embarrassment alone can bring about a big change. You are living in a miserable situation anyway, what do you have to lose? Most of all get help and insist he get help. Bullies and batterers are psychologically damaged and need professional help. The problem is, most of the time they refuse to get that help. Warning! You cannot deal with them unless they do. And, until that time, do not bring them back into the household. If you do, expect the violence to worsen. I pray for each and every one of you to find the inner strength and courage to make a better life for yourself. You deserve it! A suggestion was made for a "Retreat House". I am all for it and, if we find it necessary I will help, in any way I can, to achieve that goal. In the meantime, let me know about your progress.

Condolences to Cathleen McCormack on the passing of her father, "Barney" Flanagan with whom she was very, very close. "Barney", as most people knew him, raised Cathy since the age of five months. Cathy married and raised a very bright daughter, Cathleen, who has three children. In later years, Cathy brought her father back to live with her to care for him while he struggled with the ravages of cancer that attacked him throughout his body. Unfortunately, Cathy lost track of her mother whom she barely saw throughout the years, and so I’d like to make a correction that was in the obituary that read, "Barney" was survived by his wife". Since she left Barney with all the responsibility, which he took on, I don’t believe it is appropriate to say he was survived by his wife. The news came to me by Cathy, herself, when she stopped into Kennedy’s with her younger friend, Mickey, who never misses an issue of the WAVE.

Tom Connors, with whom I enjoyed a delicious filet of sole (a large very fresh fish) dinner at Snug Harbor last Saturday, will celebrate another year on December 27. Congratulations, Tom and have a healthy year and many healthier years to come.

It is always such a pleasure to go to "Janet’s" (Studio "J") on a Saturday. Invariably, a birthday cake comes out and, sure enough, this time it was for Angela, one of the hair stylists there. We all enjoyed a taste of her delicious chocolate birthday cake. Congratulations, Angela.

I will be leaving on Lufthansa Airlines for Germany the end of this week, so Janet gave me the elegant French style nails that I usually receive many comments on and, of course, Gary colored and clipped my hair short enough to be easy to manage while traveling. I will be on location to produce a television show in Germany for their Sweet Temptations at Germany’s Christmas Markets in Cologne, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart. Our agenda includes visits to museums, breweries, some of the best restaurants (including the one Clinton dined at when there) and attendance at the opera and ballet. It sounds exciting. Hopefully, God willing, I will be back home December 16th. You will be able to enjoy Germany, as I see it, on my "Travels in Style to Germany" television show when it is aired.

Two limited editions of the Omega Museum Collection 2002 were on display at the Palace Hotel cocktail reception last week. The new edition of the 1951 Omega Cosmic watch with multiple calendar functions, brought up to date using the latest in watch technology. The case, bezel, crown and buckle are in 18ct. red gold domed, scratch resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on the inside. Two small windows above the dial display the day and the month, diamond-polished Alpha hands indicate the hour, minute and date, with a small seconds counter at six o’ clock. It has a self winding Piguet movement. Production is limited to 1951 numbered watches. Cindy Crawford is the Ambassador for the Omega Constellation. My Choice Ladies Mini is a true classic in the world of watch making. It uses subtle touches of 19 carat gold and further enhanced by the Mother of Pearl dial with 12 diamond hour markers, Baguette-style hands with 18 carat gold central bars on the steel bracelet. The model comes in a My Choice gift box with only 999 pieces produced.

JOB (Just One Break) Black and White Ball was a huge success at the Starlight Roof of the Waldorf Astoria where they honored Montel Williams, Talk Show Host, Author, Actor and Humanitarian (who came down with MS a short time ago, but still continues to function as fully as he can). He received the 2001 Shining Star Award. Dick Traum, PHD President of Achilles Track Club 2001, was presented with the Lifetime Achiever Award. The Humanitarian of the Year Award went to Winners on Wheels (WOW), a National organization that that empowers kids with disABILITIES to lead independent lives. Felicia Taylor, Today Weekend New York Co-Anchor WNBC was the Chairperson and Master of Ceremonies Bill Boggs, Host/Creator of the Bill Boggs Corner table, Food Network was honorary Chairperson; Storm Field, Meteorologist WWOR TV was the Gala auctioneer. Thirty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Twin Towers Fund and New York Police & Fire Widow’s & Children Benefit Fund. It was a beautiful evening. Felicia Taylor did a great job as emcee. Montel Williams spoke about his struggle with the disease, but his strength to keep him functioning well.

Just One Break was founded by Eleanor Roosevelt and is the nation’s oldest not for profit, no fee employment placement service for people with disABILITIES to help them find jobs and lead productive lives since 1947. If you wish to volunteer your services, donate money or attend next year’s Gala Ball call TEAM Inc. in Ridgewood, N.J.

TRAVEL:

RT Fares on Swissair and Crossair are offering winter discounts. $271RT from New York to the Middle East and Europe from JFK/N.Y. must be booked by Dec. 15.

Savings of 33% on Holland America Alaska cruise-tours from May 7 to Sept. 14 if booked by Feb. 28. Fares start at $1,799 p.p.; $500 OFF on Dec. 1 and 11 departures from Abercrombie & Kent Antarctica and the Falkland Islands PLUS FREE Charter Air, May 8 &19. The Upper Amazon program April 8 and 19 is discounted by $1,540 New York’s Gotham Hotel and Apple Core Hotels offer $99 per room-per night until Feb. 28.

Four-day Air/ Hotel Compstarts at $369 limits on Bermuda with $100 worth of Island Gifts and special passbook and coupons. Bahamas getaway promotion has been extended through Feb. 14. If you book three nights with American Express you save $75, four nts. or more. Save $150 and participating airlines offering 0% discount. Get a second cruise FREE when you book through Dec. 31 on a NCL cruise.

Ski in Austria and Germany? $598 p.p. dbl. Includes 9 days air inclusive and accommodations if booked by Dec. 27. Six nts. pkg. To Lisbon, Portugal for $599 for 1st person and $431 for the second. 10 day Caribbean and Panama Canal at lowest prices ever Dec. 9; Jan 15,25, Feb. 4; Jan 13, 23 and Feb 2. $999….Dec. 13 on ms Amsterdam $799 10 day Panama ; Rotterdam $999 Jan 6 & 16; Jan 26 and Feb. $1099. 17 day South America Cruise from $1,799 Mar. 4 and Mar. 21 Jamaica, Sunset Beach Resort and Apa 5*….. 4 days from $538 was $689. Super Clubs Breezes was $929 now $719. This is the time to travel. You will never find prices like this again.

More travel specials on WNYX-TV UHF Chs. 26,35 and 39. E-mail dorothydunne @yahoo.com

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