2002-03-23 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

The real, real, St. Patrick's Day was Sunday. And, even though Rockaway held their parade two weeks prior, New York paraded this past Saturday, a day ahead of time. Saturday morning I dropped into TGI Fridays where many marchers converged pre parade and I did manage to get a glimpse of Senator Hillary Clinton as she made a brief appearance there. However, this Sunday the best place to be was at Kennedy's on the Bay Restaurant in Breezy Point. It was jammed with patrons in green hats and attire to celebrate the authentic St. Patrick's Day. To top that off, Maureen Meehan, coach at the Bakke School of Irish Dancing was there to lead her step-dancing group in fantastic entertainment for all. Kevin, Breezy Point Co-op General Manager and wife, Susan Buckley were proud of their daughter, Marie as were Lorraine and Ben Perry of their Allison as the girls stepped to the time with the other dancers. Kate Napolitano, who won the American competition that made her eligible to compete in the World Wide Championship in Ireland just returned home with her mother, Pat, who escorted her. "It was great fun and a beautiful experience" said Kate. She was happy to perform at Kennedy's and was glad to join the other dancers: Mairead Ridge and Deirdre McCormack. A few pictures were taken to show how beautiful they all looked. Their dancing, along with the live Irish band really made the day for all Kennedy diners and kept the spirit of Ireland in our minds another day, the real St. Patrick's Day.

Ellen and Lenny Wunder were at the bar at Kennedy's and I was startled when they said they heard Claire Ashton had died. I assured them immediately this rumor is not so. Sadly, no one is allowed to see Claire without the consent of her attorney who was handed her guardianship after only knowing her a year. One must first get a court order to visit her. She sleeps most of the day, but, once in a while, I can talk to her around 11AM 7PM or 11PM. She is fine. She is walking now, but has trouble with her one eye.

E-mail from Shirley Hanrahan prompted this notice because her friends in Florida heard the same false rumor. Claire is still alive and kicking and looking for her next eligible bachelor.

George Angle and Howard Gorlitz called to tell me how they enjoyed their cruise on the s.s.Norway that sailed to St. Thomas, St. John and St. Marten, but due to bad weather skipped the private Island. George said the food in one restaurant was a little too spicy for him, but those of you who love spicy food this would be your place to dine. The other restaurants were fine. They raved about the entertainment and found it to be the best..Glad you are back safe and sound and that you both had a good time. This cruise was a real special deal that did not break your budget.

It was a blast from the past when I picked up the phone and heard Mary Laffon's voice. She just celebrated her 71st birthday on March 10 and is proud of it. She and hubby Bill are so thrilled with their new granddaughter, Kiera Marie Brandon, who was brought into the world on Jan. 19 by their daughter, Kim Brandon. Daddy, Brian and baby brother Connor Patrick gave Mommy and Kiera a big welcome home. All are doing fine. Mary and Bill will be back in Belle Harbor early Spring.

And, while we are on the subject of children, the 11th annual Bunny Hop chaired by Stephanie Griswold Alexis Waller was held at FAO Schwarz last week to raise funds for the Society of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. They raised $220,000 for the Department of Pediatrics. And, what a hopping good time they had: Raggedy Ann and Andy, Winnie the Pooh, Snoopy. Mother Goose, Barbie & Ken and more were all present to pose for pictures with the children. I got to pose with Rockettes, Liza Lewis-Basi and and Jeny Eakes. There were magic tricks performed and face painters to make the kids even more adorable. Hot dogs, candy, peanut butter sandwiches and cookies galore. Food, fun, characters and a world of entertainment made for a great evening and, most certainly, a gleeful way to raise money to save children's lives. Be there next year. You and the kids will love it; especially the overflowing goodie bags for all the kiddies.

The Apothecary of all Apothecaries, Caswell Massey on Lexington Avenue commemorated its 250th anniversary with a toast to its creative past. They are America's oldest Chemist and Perfumers established in 1752. The store started out selling medical supplies. Since Caswell and Massey merged in 1876 they expanded their products and now celebrities clamor for their products. Their Number Six Cologne was a favorite with George Washington and he gave it out as gifts to foreign dignitaries. John Kennedy was a fan of it as well. First Lady Dolly Madison loved the White Rose fragrance. I was invited to their celebration and found the store very intriguing. So many unique products, you want to buy them all. Their fragrant soaps are a must to have, lavender oil and hand crème and so many more. When you browse through their shelves you will certainly find something you simply must have. It is a real treat to find a store like this located next door to the Waldorf Astoria on Lexington Ave, NYC. Drop in when you are in the city. It will take you back in time.

Now, for more about Santo Domingo…….. Believe it or not our North American flight actually flew over the tip of Breezy Point instead of flying over Belle Harbor. That is one airline we know is following the new flight path.

After the city of Santo Domingo, discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492, we visited the beautiful resort area of Punta Cana, the hottest spot in travel vacations today. Our first stay was at the gorgeous, gorgeous; five star Melia Caribe Tropical which is huge in size. In fact they have two resorts in one. My room was on the second floor of a two floor Villa right on the beach with a view of the ocean. They warmly welcomed me on my arrival. Waiting for me was cheese, fruit and wine in my attractive suite. The surf is beautiful with flat sand to place your feet so you can walk out into the water till you don't touch bottom. Ocean water temperature is lukewarm. The immense pretty pool surrounded with spectacular foliage that winds around the property is a trace cooler. They have 11 restaurant: Japanese, superb with an entertaining chef; Italian, open all day from lunch: Grill, by the beach, open for breakfast lunch and snacks; French gourmet; Mexican which has great burritos; International and more. The property is so large there is a Disneyland type Choo Choo train to take you to the lobby, restaurant and beach area. You golfers will find this resort a paradise. They not only have a PGA and USTOA 19 hole golf course but also are now completing an extension to 27 holes. This should be enough for any golfer at the Consuito Golf Club to which you have automatic access. If you are looking for a condo or a villa you can buy one right on property for $80,000. These Villas give you access to all hotel amenities. You will see it all on WNYX=TV in The Dorothy Dunne Travels in Style television series when editing is completed.

Next week, another, smaller resort in Punta Cana and the Maniti Park.


Round-trip air only to Santo Domingo $249 on North American Airlines . Packages to Melia Caribe Tropical with air as low as $1105……….Club Med. Copper Canyon 3 nts. air /land $679,4nts. $760 and 7nts. $990……LGA/LA ( New York /Los Angeles) $79 @ way…..QE2 10 day transatlantic $1199. Sheraton Waikiki, Hawaii 6 nts. $700 plus $125 dinning discounts. Two for One on Star Clipper from Barbados $738p.p. Fly for $298 May -Oct. Freestyle Alaska on Norwegian Wind RT Vancouver 7 day $699. May 1 15 day LA- Ft. Lauderdale Panama Repositioning cruise $1.999. Norwegian Majesty 7 day Bermuda $699Senior for Less 10 day Canada /New England $1,199, Norwegian Wind Oct. 5; Stateroom special $799 May 27 7 day alaska RT Vancouver; Upgrade off on 7 day Southern Carib rt San Juan Nov. 24 $699; Bacony special on 7 day Western Carib. Holland America. BOOK NOW by Fri Mar22 for Mar. 31 sailing 7 day Carib. HAL, $699.AND Wind Surf 14 day Transatlantic $995; Wind Song 7 day Aukland (RT) Apr. 16 $1.095.

More Travel Specials on UHF Chs. 26/35&39 Mon.-Fri. e-mail dorothydunne@yahoo.com.


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