2002-11-09 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Dorothy Dunne

How many of us shudder with fear and dread when we hear of a child missing, abducted, abused and/or molested? It is a horror no parent wants to face. And, there are so many cases each year. Well, we finally have the Amber Light working along the highways in most of our states to aid in the safe capture of these children, but we need more than that. It seems a new method of communication and information, through the Internet is about to emerge. Forthcoming will be a new Internet site that will display pictures of abducted children along with profiles of the suspects that will appear on the screen. Information will be nationwide and hopefully we will be able to spare more children(s) lives. There will be more to come as this system progresses.

At the elegant Le Bernardin Restaurant on East 51 St., I met Chef Eric Riperts the author of a brand new cookbook, "A Return to Cooking." After flipping through this fabulous pleasure for palates I am tempted myself to "return to cooking," ………especially after tasting some of his unique savory sample servings at

the Le Bernardin cocktail reception during the launching of his new book. The recipes are in the book. I have invited Eric Riperts to appear on one of my daily segment on UHF Channel 35 so be sure to look for him in the weeks to come.

This coming week I am interviewing Casey Bush, President of Headwear Information Bureau who will show you the Award winning hats for the year 2002 that were announced at a lovely Millinery Fashion Show luncheon at Martini’s, across from the Sheraton Towers Hotel where I had the best grilled salmon and, naturally, a martini that were both super delicious. Both were exceptionally good! They have a three-course pix fix luncheon for $20 and change that is outstanding. And, what could be better than combining all that with a show of stunning hats for winter. Years ago women never went to lunch or just out without a hat. And, with the cold weather coming on we need hats. So tune in and pick one out for yourself.

Best way to keep warm on winter days, even in the summers is a large brim hat. It protects us from sun damage.

At my table I met Lisa Hsia, whose husband works in the Taipei Economics Cultural Center. We spoke of promoting tourism to Taiwan. Across from me was well known pianist Hannah Wang, a Yale graduate, who performed a month ago at Carnegie Hall and looks forward to performing again next year. They have connections with the Taiwan Mission.

Indonesia has brought over some of their Indonesian dancers and I was invited to a preview of the Gdja Mada Show. I enjoyed it tremendously. The colors of the costumes, the choreography and the dancers themselves did a fine job. This Saturday, Nov. 9, you will be able to see it at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. The Show is called Gadja Mada, a man who became a king and finally a monk after bringing peace to warring tribes of the Islands of Indonesia. Budi Mangesti, who brings this story to life through dance, beautifully directs the program. It begins at 8PM.

The Seventeenth Annual John E. Lawe Labor Leaders Award Buffet took place at the Sky Club for the benefit of the New York Chapter Arthritis Foundation in tribute to Jay Mazur. President Emeritus of UITE! and Raymond Pacino, VP Eastern Regional Mgr. The speakers were most dynamic!

On the local front: Tom Connors has been in NYU Medical Center for this past week being evaluated for Parkinson’s disease. He has now moved on to Florence Nightingale Rehabilitation Center on 98 St. and expects to be there for two weeks. If you would like to give him a call or send a get well card, by all means do so.

Peter Danzilo must have great recuperative powers. He is home now recovering from a hip operation necessitated by a serious fall in his house. Not only that, but he was out dining this weekend at the Blarney. Glad you are doing so well, Peter. Keep up the good work!

I wish to comment on Beverly Baxter’s fine column this past week. She did a great job of informing us of the 2012 Olympics in New York City (if New York is finally chosen). And, I must agree with Beverly that it will also mean big improvements for the Rockaways. Let’s hope for the best.

TRAVEL:

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Plus Disney Tkts. $199 p.p. at Westgate Lakes; Cancun Air/Land 3 nts. Hyatt Regency, kids 12 and under FREE, Plus $319; $50 Beverage coupon, Presidente Inter Continental, Kids 18 and under FREE $329, Melia, kids under 16 FREE $50 food and beverage coupon, $359, Cancun Palace, all inclusive and play at all six other Palaces, $549, Ultra Deluxe Paradisus, all inclusive Kids, 12 and under FREE $529.

More travel specials on UHF Chs. 35 at 12:30PM Mon. to Fri. E-mail dorothydunne@yahoo.com.

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