2002-02-16 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Mayor Bloomberg deserves a round of applause for his decision to rid our schools of bilingual classes.

IT’S ABOUT TIME! Our children have not been learning with this second language adoption. English is our native tongue and let’s keep it that way. Every other nationality that has immigrated to this country has had to learn English. There is no reason to make exceptions to the Spanish language, especially when our children are suffering. I don’t know how it started in the first place. Political reasons? Sure looks like it. Since we have such a majority of Spanish speaking people in New York this must have been the case. If you have to work in America you must be able to read and write English well. We should all be delighted we are going back to the old rules. Our children should be delighted and will thank Mayor Bloomberg in the years to come. Hooray for this, unfortunately late, wise decision.

Did I read the planes from JFK would now follow a new flight path? Or is that a slight path? I believe years ago they were to follow a path beyond the tip of Breezy Point Somehow or other a shorter cut ended up over the Belle Harbor to Rockaway Beach area. Well, at least they are trying.

Though Mike Tyson’s fighting license was taken away to fight Lenox in Las Vegas, he may now be scheduled for that fight in Atlanta at the Georgetown Dome in June.

Toys are in town this week for the Toy Fair at the Javit’s Center and the Toy Building introducing the newest and latest toys to entertain and educate our children. Don’t worry if your kids have not been invited to the wedding. They can now stay home and do the chicken dance with Elmo, the latest dancing version of this beloved stuffed Dinosaur. And, dolls, dolls, dolls, so many that keep expanding and improving with new productions. The Lee Middleton Doll unveiled two new limited editions to their line. The Middleton dolls are outstanding for their likeness to real life babies and unique faces and fashionable outfits.

Marie Osmond introduced her new limited editions of her precious porcelain figurines, each is numbered and has the distinctive minute beauty mark under the left eye that symbolizes a Marie Osmond doll. Here she is showing this "Little Miracle" to my cameraman. "Gift of Love", get a hold of these Little Miracles. They will sell out in no time. And, just think, though they are only at a suggested retail price of $29.95, they will be worth a fortune in years to come. Something very nice to give to your child or grandchild or as a gift. Hopefully the Gift of Love on 116th St. will carry these beautiful dolls.

I asked Marie Osmond, who is so sweet and just as beautiful as she appears on TV, if she intends to make a TV comeback. She said, "No". She has turned down many offers. She was originally a sculptor herself and designs many of them though she does have a professional team of designers. Her husband bought the whole business and they plan to expand it and make it productive enough to benefit all their children and leave it to them as a legacy. Nice idea. Hopefully the children will all take as much interest in it and love the business as they do. Having an Osmond mother I am sure they will.

With all the new learning toys available, especially the award winning LeapFrog educational toys we adults are going to be the dumb dumbs. Our children are going to be so smart with their new learning devices they will put us to shame. But it is great and wonderful that LeapFrog has extended their product line to help children learn through music play, introduce them to reading with comprehensive phonics series and has revolutionized studying for middle school tests and SAT’s with a cool new hand held device. My First LeapPad Library includes eight books in math, pre-reading and early learning discovery that help develop distinct educational skills. And, so much more. The children today who use these learning tools will run circles around their teachers, at least some of them who are so unqualified. Maybe we should give them to the teachers themselves. Please, I am not knocking teachers (I come from a long line of teachers and principals myself), and there are many good ones. However, Bloomberg intends to wipe the slate clean and clear out the bad ones. Oh, yes and they also have a LeapFrog Pad on Manners. You can always replace a book on any subject you wish the child to learn. If you have a computer you just download the disk on any subject and place it in the compartment for more LeapFrog learning. It is really neat! They also have fantastic world globes that play the tune of the country, speak in it’s native tongue and answer questions regarding the nation or city or whatever.. This is not only good for children but great for adults as well. Every travel agent should have one, too.

Speaking of adults, I was at the MacFarland toys studio and the adults will go crazy over the outstanding action figures of sports series of NFL players on the field, Nick’s Basketball figures, Hockey Teams at play (though I did not see any in a huddle venting their anger). Great stuff along with his Spawn Line of ancient warriors.

Broadway Bears fund raiser cocktail reception and auction for Broadway Fights Aids was a huge success at the BB King venue on 42nd Street. A replica of Nathan Lane’s Costume he wore in the hit Broadway Show "Producers" went for a hefty price, but the top price of $5,000 was bid and won for the replica costume of designer Cecil Beaton’s original of Julie Andrews in " My Fair Lady" (1956)" created by Robert Strong Miller. It was very entertaining evening with short performances by some of the Broadway stars of today. And, isn’t it nice to be able to pay $5000 for a costumed bear? Well, it is certainly going for a good cause. And, always remember. Whenever you do something good for someone it comes back to you two fold.

Helene Danzilo gave a holler from Las Vegas and said Peter is now doing much better. He felt on the punk side for a few weeks, but is now showing signs of improvement. Helene, herself, is being tested for symptoms she is not aware of right now. Whatever they are she is feeling fine. Gladys Crowley returned from a delightful trip to Florida to see her son, John and to attend her grandson Frankie’s wedding. While there she made a short visit to her brother, Walter and his wife, Inga and their daughter, Cindy.

Several Breezy Pointers are very pleased with a new furniture warehouse they found in Arverne at 79th St. that is filled with European imports selling at wholesale prices. It called I&I Euro Distributors. Check it out. They certainly are very pleased.

FIFA World Cup Soccer will be held in Korea/Japan starting in June with great special packages.


Cruise Special…….8 days Eastern Caribbean, March 2 from $699 while staterooms last!

Feb. super deal at Akumal Beach Resort in Cancun, all-inclusive 4 days for $399 Air/land.

Book today, Friday , Feb. 15 for 5 day Bahamas on ma Westerdam $499 Feb. 17 . Feb. 24 7 days , $699.

Camino Real in Cancun all inclusive Air/land 8 days for $599.99. New York/Tamp $84 OW before April 19.

Club Med 7 Air/Land two nts. Cancun $890; Florida $990 . Turks and Caicos $1090. Copper Mt. $1090 with skiing. No tipping at Club Med. Grand Bahamas at Island Palm with Air/Land 3 nts. $278; 7 nts. $346; at Flamingo Beach $289. NYC Millenium UN Plaza 3 nts. Air/Land $429. Celebrity Cruises in spring $749 Western Caribbean. Santo Domingo fantastic prices for Air/Land 7 nts. accommodations from $550 in Santo Domingo. Puerto Plata, from $688; Punta Cana from all inclusive $978 with Travelspan.

More travel specials on WNYX-TV ……email dorothydunne@yahoo,com.

Dorothy with Marie Osmond at the Javits Center.

Photo by Ballaris

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