2002-01-05 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Because of all the heartbreak tragedies in the Rockaways there are many of you who are glad the holidays are over. A joyous season turned into a season of reflection for us all. Even if you weren’t touched by some loss of a loved one the sadness still engulfed you.

Hopefully you found joy in the glee of the children as they found their toys under the tree Christmas morning. It is still the season of giving and forgiving and the time for families and friends to share the day with one another.

Since I could not be with my grandchildren this year, I received a special invitation to join Helene and Peter Danzilo for Christmas dinner at their beautiful "Pink Palace". They are my dear old friends, who lived down the block from me when I moved to Breezy Point in 1957, during my troubled years. Their daughter, Christine Danzilo, Lainie and husband Schroeder, her Mother and Father in-law, Mr and Mrs. Schroeder who spent six months in Germany. (It gave us much to talk about since I just returned from Germany). A very congenial and interesting group. To top it all off they presented me with a sparkling birthday cake that pleased me to no end. I thank Helene and Peter for a day of joy.

I did pay a pre-visit to the most Christmas adorned house on Beach 222nd Street, the home of my cousin, Gladys Crowley and her daughter, Caryn and husband Joe Fata where we exchanged gifts.

When I walked into their house, I thought I was in Santa’s workshop filled with all sorts of Christmas decorations, still and moving. They even have robotic reindeer on their outside lawn. Very pretty. Go see it.

I noticed this year that many more homes were decorated with holiday adornments than ever before. Perhaps, in defiance of the terrorist attack to say we are still going to have a good holiday.

Well, that part of the season is over now. And, before we look ahead to the year 2002 let’s say farewell again to our heroes at the World Trade and in the plane crash in Belle Harbor and remember them always in our prayers. We also had other personal losses..…Leon Locke, our dearly loved publisher of the WAVE, who made a great success of a small town newspaper that not only has survived but is now flourishing over one hundred years. His devoted wife, Susan courageously stepped in to steer the course and is doing a superb job as the WAVE’s publisher. I commend her.

It is impossible for me to name all the unforgettable we lost in 2001, but, each and every one of you knows who they are and will never forget them. This brings to mind the recent death of Claire Ashton Jasmine’s last husband who was taken from this world some time in the early part of November. Claire is doing very well now, but is still not allowed guests unless cleared by a recent attorney she hardly knows who stepped in to take over. However, Claire can finally walk again even if only with a walker and she is ready and anxious to step back into the restaurant scene. She is a hearty soul and a true survivor. And, I am happy to report, she still has all her faculties at 95 and a lot of life to live. (Any available bachelors out there? She’s ready.) Let’s all look forward to another year with optimism in our hearts and be glad the worst of 2001 is over. May life be more peaceful and loving and caring for all of us.

Do have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2002 and many years to follow.

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