2003-07-25 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Last weekend I gave myself a treat and rode the new N.Y. Waterway Ferry from East 34 Street at 9 a.m. to
Dorothy Dunne

Last weekend I gave myself a treat and rode the new N.Y. Waterway Ferry from East 34 Street at 9 a.m. to

Riis Landing in Roxbury with a short stop at the South Street Seaport and arrived at 10:15 a.m. unhassled, relaxed and fit to enjoy the day. How nice if the Co-op Blue Goose shuttle bus were there to take me into Breezy Point. It is summertime and people on board were visiting friends who live in Breezy Point. If the Blue Goose met the Ferry at the time it docks it would be a great help for visitors. Of course the Ferry brings people to Riis Park and Floyd Bennett Field by a FREE ferry shuttle. You can also leave Riis Landing at 10:15AM and arrive at the South Street Seaport at 11:30 a.m. The Ferry will bring you back from Manhattan at 5:15 p.m. at South Street Seaport or East 34 Street at 5:45 p.m., for arrival back at Riis Landing. The ferry runs only on Saturday and Sunday at present.

New Yorker’s have a second departure at South Street Seaport at 11:30 a.m. arriving Riis Landing at 12:15 p.m. with a FREE shuttle bus waiting to take them to Riis Park and Floyd Bennett Field. It is still a little pricey at $13 each way for adults, $11 for seniors and $6.50 for children. Though the Ferry is subsidized by the

Gateway National Park Foundation and Ford Motor Company, it would be a good idea for Rockawayites to hold a few fund raisers throughout the Peninsula to make it more affordable for the residents to travel by Ferry daily to their work in Manhattan. What do you think? I will have more on the Ferry in subsequent issues. In the meantime you can call 1-800-53- Ferry.

It was shocking to hear of the sudden, tragic loss of 21 year old Michael Christopher Cunneen, on July 15, son of Joseph and Alice (nee McCarthy) Cunneen, brother of Joseph F.X and grandson of devoted grandmother, Veronica McCarthy. Michael was entering his senior year at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. My heartfelt condolences to his parents Alice and Joseph, to his grandma, "Ronnie" and entire family and friends. It you wish to donate, it would be appreciated if you give to the Michael Cunneen Memorial Fund.

I met Vera Lynch and friend John Gavin, who is Chairman of the Century Club, brunching in Kennedy’s. Vera reminded me to tell you about the Neil Simon Play, "Singing Our Song" that is coming to Breezy on Sat. night, July 26 at 6 p.m. at St. Thomas More Parish Hall. Price is $30 and includes free hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. All are invited, but don’t forget to get your FREE pass at the gate for parking. Otherwise you will be towed away at great expense.

At another table were Helen and Howard Gillespie, who will be celebrating 60 years of wedded bliss on Sept. 23. And, there were Loretta and magnetic Chuck Gregory who celebrated 14 years of marriage on June 30. With them were Chuck’s brother, John and wife, Florence. In the bar at a table was Marge Dunn who was so proud to announce that her granddaughter, Sara McCarthy, daughter of Maureen and Dennis McCarthy will be one year old. Marge also wanted all to know she will be visiting her son, Jimmy Dunn in Michigan on July 25 with her daughters, Maureen McCarthy, Pat Rourke and Gale Kontrayn. Have fun!

And, I wish to show you my youngest granddaughter (see photo),. Elizabeth Ann Matuozzi, daughter of Julie and my son, Kevin Matuozzi. Miss Elizabeth will be one year old on August 4. She has a 12 year old sister, Samanttha. All live in San Diego.

Elizabeth Ann MatuozziElizabeth Ann Matuozzi

Saturday night I was the invited guest of Helene and Peter Danzilo for dinner at Kennedy’s. The meals was just great. Their Chilian Sea Bass was superb. Peter’s soft shell crabs looked wonderful. (love soft shell crabs), but I’m always afraid they may be too breaded. These were not. They were just right with very little coating .He enjoyed them. Helene ordered the jumbo shrimp that looked delicious and verified she was happy with them, too. You’ll find live entertainment on Wed. and Sat. nights at Kennedy’s. Reservations are a must.

Paid a brief visit with Grace Someck and, I must say, she looks terrific .Her mind is as sharp as a tack. We discussed all the current events and TV personalities and, believe me, you would never know she will be 93 on Aug. 1. She still has her original blonde hair and is able to stand tall and straight. She takes no pills but vitamins. Love to know her secret. She lives alone and does everything herself. Could be her high spirits and happy attitude and faith in God. A remarkable woman and one I remember well at my parent’s parties when she used to sing "Cheating Heart". Sing it again Gracie, especially on your birthday.

Droves and droves of women attended the Romance Writers of America annual conferences at the Hilton last week and I listened at one of their luncheons to Jennifer Cruise who was Best Seller on the N.Y. Times book list. She made a lot of sense when she told these women not to be ashamed you write Romance Novels that are widely known for lack of craft and sometimes called trashy. The world does not need more writers. We have enough writers who know their craft. What the world needs is storytellers and that is what Romance Novelists are. Be proud you can bring so much joy to your readers. It is not your knowledge of grammar, but the story you tell... People make up stories all the time and every day. It is great to be able to sit down and make up a story, be appreciated and get paid for it. Keep telling those stories!

TRAVEL: Sept. 28 and Nov. 16, 7 day Bahamas from New York on the new ms Dawn only $499. Oct. 5 NY/Bermuda $529.It is Ghoulish! Pkgs of haunted Castles and Manors in Scotland and Ireland and England are available. Air/land 3 nts. So. Ocean Golf Beach resort (Free Greens, daily) R/T Air,/ transfs./ Gardenview accommodations with Balcony or Patio, kids, 12 and under $140.00 Adults p.p. dbl. 3 nts. $299.99, 7 nts. $499.99. Pay with Am. Express Card and get $150 off. For 7 days, $75 off for 4 days.

More travel specials on WNYX-TV Mon to Fri. 12:30pm , UHF Ch. 35.

E-mail dorothydunne @yahoo.com OR Give me a call and "AWAY WE GO!!!

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