2002-06-29 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Autism is a complex brain disorder that often inhibits an individual to communicate, respond to surroundings or form relationships. It is usually not diagnosed until the age of two or three and lifetime supervision and care is needed. It was first identified 50 years ago and little publicity has been given to it. Karen London, the co-founder of NAARS (National Alliance for Autism Research) has been with the organization since 1995. Since that year, NAAR did commit over six million to autism research funding 80 scientists in 8 countries. Dick Grasso, Chairman and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange was honored because under his leadership the New York Stock Exchange family has played a vital role to raise both awareness and critically needed funds for autism research. If you wish to help these children and families to cope with this devastating disease contact NAAR at 99 Wall St. NYC.

At Janet's (Studio J), Joan Crowley reported that her husband Dan is doing nicely and was celebrating his birthday on Saturday, June 22 with his family at a dinner at his daughter's. Congratulations! Peter Danzilo will have a blast with his family for his June 29 birthday. Daughter Christine, is flying in from the West Coast to be with Dad. Surrounded by his other daughter, Maria, granddaughter, Hollis, (4), her brother and sister, twins,( 8 mos.) Peter (namesake) and Annabel, and devoted, charming and talented wife, Helene, he should have a very happy day. Good luck and good health, Peter.

Also at Janet's, Tara N. Schwartz (with locks you would love to have) is marrying Steven Bernstein on August 18 in Forest Hills where she will reside. Grandma, Jean Rubenstein from Dayton where Tara resides now is looking forward to Tara's wedding day even though she knows she will miss her. Happy marriage, Virginia Dadonna and husband, Nunzio told me about their daughter, Pat Kiewan who bought a new home on Reid Avenue. It is the" Cat's Meow", they said.

At an auction and cocktail reception at the French Institute held to raise funds for breast cancer, I won a hairstyle by Joyce at Pierre Michel on 57 St. If you like it I will ask "Gary" at Janet's if he would like to duplicate it?

At Kennedy's for brunch, Denise Hallstein from Belle Harbor celebrated her 39th birthday with friends and family, her mother-in-law, Lucille Sorba and Jean Fiere with husband who is a NYC Police Officer.

Don't forget Father Byrne this coming Sunday, June 30. He will serve his last mass at St. Thomas More Church for his retirement following mass. All are invited to his reception in the Parish Hall. Do come.

Barbara Fudge and Helen Clemente can't wait to take off for their Alaska Cruise and land tour. The will be searching for the man who finds the largest amount of gold while Gold panning. Good Luck, girls!

Lots of men in Alaska are hungry for women. Be Careful! But, do have fun!

Finally got to see the Rockaway Theatre presentation of" Lend me a Tenor" and, I must say, I was delightfully surprised with the fine performances of each and everyone in the cast. Barbara Page did a remarkable job as Director even though she had good talent to work with. John Gilleece (Saunders) was again outstanding. He lights up the whole theatre when he steps upon the stage. He bounces around like a teenager. Baltaar Beckeld ( Tito Morelli, the Tenor), showed superb command of his voice which bellowed through the aisles to our enjoyment. Susan Hartenstein, familiar to the Rockaway Theatre audience for the many roles she has played in various shows did a fine job in this one as well. Les Kraft, carried off his character at his best to the end. I enjoyed Ben Lampert (Bellboy) for his levity and agility. Maggie (Max's girlfriend) portrayed her role with the sweetness, innocence and the coquettishness the part demanded. Diana (the Soprano) was well cast. She not only performed well, but she looked so pretty and sexy on stage. (Costumes by Peggy Vivino helped.)

But with a figure like Marie Gay Thomas her job was made a little easier. Apryl Green and her crew deserved accolades for their hand made sets. Assistant Directors Ray Shawney (old time Rockaway showman) and Susan Jasper deserve recognition as all involved do. Can't beat this wonderful example of live Theatre right under our nose. See all of them. Next is the USO Show July 5,6&7 (Matinee) and "The Pajama Game" opening Friday, July 10th. And more shows follow for the end of the season.

While speaking of shows, the St. Thomas More Church is putting on their annual show this Thursday and Friday. Hopefully you will read this in time to make the show. Enjoy!

TRAVEL: Air Jamaica is now flying non-stop, Champagne flights to Antigua and offering special prices to that destination with their Air Jamaica Vacations. Southbound 7a.m. arrive 11:05 Antigua, Northbound leave 6:15 p.m. arrive New York (JFK) 10:20 p.m.. Air Jamaica gave a fabulous party at Chelsea Piers for Travel Agents and press. It was my lucky day. I won two RT Air Jamaica seats to Antigua. Looks like "Travels in Style" will bring back another show on Antigua. Other specials are: 6 days/ 5 nights All Inclusive $299 p.p. Reserve ASAP. You will be eligible for a Bonus of Complimentary 4 day/3nt. Orlando Vacation. Cruise from Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale (2) 4 (1) on Orient Lines Oct. 20.from $2,095.New resort in Cancun Fiesta Grand resort and Spa all-inclusive 7 nts. $699 Jr. suite $799 first 2 kids under 12 stay, play and eat free family of 4 to 6 friendly Teen prices, too. 7 day Holiday Cruise Christmas $1,199. New York residents 4 day cruise from Miami $279p.p.Sept 12 and 26 Transatlantic sailings on Costa from $1,999.Punta Cuna, Dominican Republic Sun Club 3* All inclusive 7 nts. $499 with air JFK.

More travel specials Mon to Fri. on WNYX-TV Cable Ch. 35 UHF Chs. 25,35& 39 Also in Miami and Melbourne, Fla., reaching over 6.5 million viewers. E-mail dorothyduinne@yahoo.com

Give me a call and "AWAY WE GO!"

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