2002-11-16 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

It has been a sad and stormy week, one that set off the mood of the residents of Rockaway. First our sadness and moments of silence, gratitude and appreciation for the battle struggles and lost lives of our veterans then the tears for the lost firefighters of the WTC and the following day on Tuesday, the memorial service in Riis park and on the streets of Belle Harbor for the lives lost on the American Airbus that fell from the skies to the streets and homes in Belle Harbor causing the death of all the passengers and crew and some residents, as well as destruction to the homes that were hit. And, as the weather report predicted, tears of rain continued through the week. Hopefully the rain of tears will clear our minds for hope in the future and make way for brighter days. Sunshine always perks up our spirits. May it brighten the lives of the Rockaway and Washington Heights residents and help to overcome their grief. Their grief is our grief and we pray for them.

Did you get to the RAA Gallery to see the outstanding Russian works of art? If you did not you surely missed a fine afternoon. When I was in Russia I found the country and the people to be colorless and drab and depressed. It was a revelation to be stunned, upon entrance to the RAA Gallery, by the bright and vibrant colors in the paintings on the wall. especially in the clown, "Sad Petrushka" by Victor Zinuhov, that sells for $7000 and looks as if it is worth it! The abstracts of "La Nude", by Alexander Richter was fascinating as was his "Moon Phase" and "Cat." Gedal’s "Heritage" and "Lame Angel" caught my eye as well as Kozynsky’s "Wind" that I found so lovely. However you pick out your favorites. The show will be on display until Dec. 8, 2002 and I would advise you to take a look at it. Some pieces are so desirable you will be tempted to take them home. Sunday was their preview party and Karen McCallion did a nice catering job. In fact, she even made the tasty eggplant caviar dish herself. Pat Bishop was among the viewers and announced her engagement to James Cantirino. Best of happiness to you, Pat.

"White Truffles and More" was a gastronomic experience at Le Cirque luncheon last week where the Press tasted and savored the flavors of these diamond morsels, the jewels from the Piedmonte region in Italy. The Truffle Hunter (trifolau) and his specially trained dog (of any mixture) sought, sniffed, found and unearthed one or more of these rare tubers for the benefit of the press and invited representatives of the trade. The hunt was assured since the trifolau buried the truffles before the observers arrived on the scene. A necessary precaution since the white truffle is not found in the New World. It is concentrated in the area around Alba and Mondovi in the hilly Langhe of the Northwestern Italian region. At the bottom of the San Francisco Bridge is where you will find the finest truffles. (They were planted there by the Italians so are readily available for the table.) Each course at lunch was sprinkled with delicious shaved truffles, from the Asparagus starters to the Filet Mignon entre’ and what a flavor enhancer! Superb! Within a year all Authentic Italian Restaurants are expected to be labeled.

Congratulations to Tom and Kelly Tully and their two girls, Alice and Corine. Mommy and Daddy just won $500 from a VFW ticket they bought this past summer. Enjoy! June Henneduger from 220 St. was sent to the hospital for her back, but is up and home and doing well. Poor Dorothy Ryan lay two days at home from a fall before she was discovered and sent to the hospital. She is now fine and almost recovered. Ronnie McCarthy is back in business. In fact she was selling tickets outside the church this past weekend. Can’t keep her down for long. Annie Huges, daughter of Margurite and Charlie Huges of 220 St. helped Bishop Kearney High School win the State Championship for Volley Ball. Good for you Annie! Christine Danzilo had a blast of a party for her 50th Birthday in California. Over 100 people showed including the Mayor. Happy, happy years to come, Christine. You deserve them! So glad your party was such a huge success! Clara and Peter Lehv , twin sisters of Hollis and children of Maria and Richard Lehv of 221St summers, and New York City, and grandchildren of Helene and Peter Danzilo, of Breezy Point and Las Vegas, turned one year old this past week. Double congratulations to these darling babies.

When they are old enough take them to the Lion King that just celebrated it’s 5th Anniversary on Broadway, Nov. 13.

Savychic Boutique in Bay Ridge on 86 St, owned by Lisa, will hold a Fashion Show on Thursday, Nov. 21

from 7 -9PM. at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.Admittance is FREE, but a $10 raffle ticket is available for you and purchase is expected. Go, and enjoy! You may even win the raffle.

TRAVEL:

Mardi Gras in New Orleans only $597p.p. include. Tax, 4 nts. accomm., airport transfs. Café’ au lit and begets. Cruise to Buenos Aires on Norwegian Dream 14nts. Feb. 2 for $999; Carib. Cruises $50 a day, Oceanview $66. Sail maiden voyage on the new Zuiderdam at $100 a day. Dec. 1, 7 days on Maasdam $399 OV $459 and Dec. 15; Dec. 14, Volundam $399 & $459; Dec. 7 on Zaandam and Dec. 14 on the Zyiderda, $649 OV $999. Christmas on the QE2 Dec. 21, 15 days $2,999. Cunard lines is now offering FREE luggage service shipped directly to the cruise line.; DEc. 23 RT Ft. Lauderdale 11 days on QE2 for $2,599.; Egypt Holiday special $2,325 from JFK …..5 days Suite on the Nile; 4nts. deluxe Hotel/Tour Cairo and Giza, Fly to Queen Nabilia cruise with suite to Aswan, Kom, Ombo, Edifu, Temple, sail to Luxor, West Bank and East Bank of Luxor Fly back to Cairo to hotel, full day at leisure and fly back to JFK.

More travel specials on WNYX-TV, UHF Ch. 35, and 12:30 p.m. e-mail dorothydunne@yahoo.com.

Give me a call and "AWAY WE GO!!!"


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