2001-12-15 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

While awaiting my business class flight on Lufthansa to Germany, I will fill you in on events of this past week.

At Kennedy’s last week I ran into Kenny Obermuller (Tug Boat Kenny, as many called him) and even though he is retired he is now a Tug Boat Temp and seems to be working more than when he was full time. He is being sent to take a special course and will continue to further his career even more. It was very interesting when he told me about the Ferry and Tug Boat operation when the Twin Towers were struck. His tug and many others along with the ferries transported over a million stranded passengers left at Battery Park to New Jersey, Staten Island Brooklyn and Queens to find shelter or find their way home. Very courageous and we all thank all of those who took part in this effort. I know of two young women who were evacuated from their ruined apartments in Battery Park who took one of these tugs to New Jersey to check into a hotel and they are still waiting to move back in to their apartments. Transporting themselves back and forth to their work has been a hardship for them also.

Kennedy’s bartender, Steven Spyliopulos just returned from a beautiful trip to Greece, London, France, Spain and Germany for the Octoberfest, Poland, Prague and other countries with the Breezy Boys: Mathew Fairfield, attending Sienna; Adam Lynch, John Kowalski and Steven all attending the University of Albany.

Cathleen McCormack’s father’s first name was Michael, her mother was Katherine Parker and her friend with her in Kennedy’s was "Mickey" Frappollo.

Donald and daughter, Blaine Trump hosted the Swatch Watch Cocktail Reception and Auction at Sotheby’s. Many of the swatch watches were limited editions dating back to 1951. "Blow Your Time," struck me as the funniest. The face of the watch was surrounded in feathers and you had to blow the feathers to see the time. Of course other unique style swatches were on display for your bidding.

Maria McBride-Mellinger launches her new revival of "The Perfect Wedding," at Crate and Barrell. This is a must buy book for newly engaged. It will certainly prevent stress and headaches.

I will try to send you some news from Germany but can’t promise. These trips are usually pretty hectic.

Don’t call until Dec. 16th when I am to return.

More travel news on WNYX=TV (Chs. 25,35 (HSN) and 39. E-mail @dorothydunne@yahoo.com.

Give me a call and AWAY WE GO!!!

Marie-McBride-Mellinger, author of "The Perfect Wedding Reception", poses with Dorothy Dunne.

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