2002-01-19 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Congratulations to Maria Danzilo Lehv, of Breezy Point and New York City, who has just been elected President of the Copyright Society of America 2002-2004. Fifty years ago the Copyright association was established and Maria is their third female President.

Presently on maternity leave, Maria delivered twins, Clara and Peter, who became the new brother and sister to three-year-old daughter, Hollis. Maria is the Assistant General Counsel to Book Publishers, John Wiley & Sons. She was baptized at St. Edmund's Church in Breezy Point. Her husband, "Daddy" Richard Lehv is the Copyright Litigating Attorney and Partner for the firm of Fross, Zelnick, Lehrman and Zisser. Proud parents, and grandparents, are Helene and Peter Danzilo of Breezy Point.

Congratulations are also in order for the award winners at the Chamber of Commerce Dinner Dance held this past Saturday night: Assembly Woman, Audrey Pheffer; Peggy DeMattis, President of the Rockaway Garden Club; Community Activist, Mario Russo, Lifetime Community Assistant Award; Curtis Archer, President of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization who received the Friend of Business Award; Bernard Gassaway, Principal of Beach Channel High School, recipient of Friend of Education; Nick and Victoria Marcetta of Sorell Communications, publishers of the coffee-table book, "Best of New York." The Country scene on the honoree program was donated by Arlene Cornell; Patrick Clark, 17 year resident of Rockaway, owner of Sunlites Stained Glass Windows, created the beautiful stained glass Chamber Logo encased in solid oak nautical frame that was presented to the winners. Geoff Rawlings, President and founder of the Artist Alliance offered one of his paintings.

I think I was at the best table in the room because I was next to all my friends at the WAVE: Susan Locke, Publisher, Sanford "Sandy" Bernstein; General Manager, Howard Schwach, Managing Editor and wife, Susan; Gary Toms, Associate Editor; Marlyn Kohn and husband; and, I was with Tom Connors.

Helen Marshall stopped by our table at the cocktail hour to introduce herself and I found her very warm and friendly. She is now Borough President, having replaced Claire Schulman and I am sure she will do a great job.

If you didn't make this Dinner/Dance you surely missed a great evening. Liz Sulik, President of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, did a superb job, as she always does, this time as emcee for the evening. She is so full of energy she revs everyone up and contributed greatly to enhance the pleasure of evening.

There were raffle tickets for many beautiful prizes donated by the merchants of Rockaway and I saw that Barbara Morris, one of our outstanding community activist, won a nice basket along with other winners, too many to mention.

Don't miss a fun and entertaining evening such as this next year. And, hopefully, they will hold it again at the Washington Hotel. The Washington Hotel did a super; super job….the food was delicious and abundant. It was so plentiful at the cocktail hour you weren't even hungry for dinner…though we all managed to eat everything on our plates.

It is at an affair such as this you meet the "Best" of Rockaway and the most dedicated workers striving to make our Peninsula the most desirable residential resort in all of New York City.

Snow Bird, Shirley Hanrahan e-mailed me last week to tell me she is still furnishing her condo in Florida and is doing fine and gives regards to all.

Frances Abbracciamento has retired from the restaurant business and is well and enjoying her spare time. Her son, Frank, former owner of Abbracciamento on the Pier Restaurant is now in charge of all the catering at the very exclusive, elegant Explorer's Club in Manhattan.

A month ago I wrote about Charlotte Ford's "21 Century Etiquette" book launch at the Four Season's Hotel and I am happy to report hearing some of you fully enjoyed and appreciated this guide to kindness and courtesy and consideration for others, especially in these times of extended families and divorces whereby you don't want to step on anyone's toes, especially within members of the family. Here is a picture of me with the author and one of Helen Gurley Brown, publisher of Cosmopolitan for many years, now retired was among the guests with whom I had a few words.

The Accessory Show was in town and the most unique item I found was Sashanna's Stelletto handbags. These are very attractive stilletto boots worn on the shoulder or as a backpack in vibrant colors such as red, purple, yellow patent leather that make them an outstanding show stopper. You have to see them to believe them and you will see them on my news events segment on WNYX-TV in the next two weeks. Another thing that caught my eye were tiny, tiny reading glasses that folded up and fit into a tiny, tiny case to fit into a small bag. Some are plain, some are beaded and some very, very reasonable in attractive small cases. You will be seeing them in stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and do look for them at your discount store at more affordable prices. The "Gift Is Love" On Beach 116 Street should get a hold of them and make them available for you. I also discovered travel raincoats that pack up in a flat lingerie bag. They are made of colorful, light, flimsy rain resistant material and also come with a tiny umbrella to match. This is a must gift for your favorite traveler.

My thanks to Beverly Baxter for giving me a plug to book a spa for my vacation. Those properties sound wonderful, Beverly. Hopefully, you will get a chance to try them out. Let me know if you do. Nothing better than a Spa vacation. If you wish to venture to the Caribbean I can recommend La Sport on the Island of St. Lucia where all spa services are included in the package and they offer three treatments a day…no extra charge. You really feel relaxed by the end of the week. All meals and entertainment are included as well. I have a half hour "Travels in Style" show on that property.


Orlando…Kid stay FREE at Quality Suites Maimgate $79.95 to $99.95 per room per night (sleep 1- 6). NYC Roger Williams Hotel $159 weekdays and $139 weekends. ep w Breakfast Buffet……Senior Special at all inclusive 5* Punta Cana Grand , 3nts. $548 Air/Land etc. 4nts. $598 and 7nts. $778……Save $400 per couple at Nakuti Papagayo inclusive 7 nts. $799 in Costa Rica at Allegro papgayo, all inclusive kids 12 years & under stay, play and Eat FREE. $899.99…..Book by Jan 19 and SAVE Aruba, 8 days $739p.p. with $25 food and drink credit and $200 spending cash. Radisson Aruba, Golden * $1379.99 for 8 days………FREE Air/Drinks, Sports and Entertainment……Holland America newest ship the ms Amsterdam 10 to 1`8 days New York to Seattle, April 30 from New York .Special Big Band from FT. Lauderdale to Seattle…10 days $1719….May 2nd, 7 day Sea of Cortez cruise $799 ms Statendam …10 day Mexican Riviera Cruise Mar. 13 $1,099…..Apr. ms Statendam $1,099….10 day Mexican Riviera & Sea of Cortez Apr. 24 Ryndam, $1,099; May 4 Ryndam $999. Punta Cana Grand 4 nts. Air/land $548; 4nts. $598 and 7nts $778.

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


Dorothy Dunne and Helen Gurley Brown with husband and producer David Brown.

Charlotte Ford and Dorothy Dunne at the "21 Century Etiquette" book launch at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Photos by Bettina Cirone.

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