2004-01-02 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

News Events/Travel Editor/Host
Dorothy Dunne News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News

News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News

• 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

Well, the holidays are over. Let’s hope they were happy and full of all your expectations and joy. They had to be better than mine. I was felled by the Flu and for over three days, fought a high fever and now the final remnants of cough sessions throughout the day. However, the worst is over. And, though I have enemies, I wouldn’t wish this bug on them. Stay far away from it if you possible can.

Though another beautiful Christmas Day dinner at my dear friend’s home, Helene and Peter Danzilo, in their, oh, so pretty, pink palace, was thwarted, they did bring a bright spot to my day when they called and I spoke to them, their daughter Christine, who flew in from her home in California. Then heard through the phone, a chorus of melodious tones singing "Happy Birthday to You" from their guests: Helen and Peter’s daughter, Laney, her husband Richard Schroeder, Danzilo’s third daughter, Maria, husband, Richard Lehv, their children: daughter, Hollis and their twins, Clara and Peter and Reverand Frank Cregan from West Orange, New Jersey Priory……… all accompanied by award winning pianist and accordionist, Ernie Barry (seen on Jimmy Kimmel’s Show). It was a delight to my ears and raised my hopes of recovery tremendously. Ernie, of course, livens up any party. In fact, dinner was held up for a dance session in the kitchen. A good time had by all.

There was life before the bug came. In fact, I heard at Kennedy’s Bar, Paul Kavanaugh (Mr. Glib) and Kevin Boyle did the rounds in the city at: Hogs and Heffer’s, McFadden’s, Keats and Ben Benson’s. Brunching at Kennedy’s was Mary O’Rourke with brother, Howard and his son, Richard and wife, Maureen and daughter, Ann Marie (two of his five children). At another table, Vera Lynch, while brunching with friend, John Gavin, told me of his son, Michael Jardinella’s wedding on Dec. 27 at Graycliff to Tammi Titkin. (Mary O’Rourke, a guest, has since testified, "It was a great time!") At another table was Mary McNinety with her neice, Regina and son, Patrick.

Patty, Bobby and daughter, Nicole Crowley took time out Christmas Day from building their Mediterranean Mansion to visit sister. Claire Timmons and the Ritter Clan and a short "Merry" at the home of Mother-in-law- Gladys Crowley and sister-in-law Caryn Fata. It seems their brother, John Crowley married over the summer and his son, John, John , who married Karen, had their first child (Glady’s, first great grandchild) Hailey Brooke Crowley. Congratulations!

As most of you know, a new restaurant emerged this past year located on the Bay in the Colony (end of Reid Ave.) It is a most deceiving restaurant in that it is small with a long bar facing the beautiful view of the Jamaica Bay, Marine Park Bridge and long distant view of the City Skyline. Though small with linen topped tables behind the bar and service to please, the food is top quality with great presentation and delicious flavor. The weekend before the bug, I dined there with Helene and Peter Danzilo and, I must say, was so pleasantly surprised. They do have fresh raw clams and oysters on the menu, which I cannot resist. My oysters were fresh and succulent. Couldn’t be better. Their new dish, Rack of Lamb (which, by the way, is a perfect substitute for beef, if you are afraid of mad cow) was superb. All six chops, placed in a pretty decorative order, were pink and tender, cooked to perfection., Helene loved her filet mignon and Peter’s small appetite expanded so much he devoured all the roast veal.

Though unassuming as a fine restaurant, The Bay House is most certainly on the par with some of our finest restaurant, not only in our area, but one that could compete with the best in N.Y.C. The live band shows up at ten as the rock and rollers fill the bar and bounce the evening away on the dance floor. If you have never been there do try it out. It is a new Rockaway experience. And, one that will not disappoint you.

It has been years since I have been able to speak to my dear friend, Claire Ashton Jasmine. Her lawyer (whom she never knew before) and the Judge have barred me from speaking to her or visiting her. She was left a prisoner in her own home without outside contact of any kind. (I came in as the daughter she never had with power of attorney to handle her finances……. saved her house from foreclosure and property she had in New Jersey. Thank God she still has her home and is living in it today.. No calls were allowed to go through to Claire until recently. Claire is now 98 years of age and is lucid and witty. Though unbelievable, she sounds like her old self …..knew me right away and we discussed things as if it were yesterday. I am just so pleased to be able to speak to her, but was disappointed to learn the lawyer still refuses to allow me to visit her. What kind of a country is this that rules an elderly woman in such a way? Have the courts taken over to devour everything she has? Why are they depriving her of her life long friendships? Is this what happens to an elderly lady left alone in the world.? A grave injustice has been placed on this woman and no doubt, greed is at the bottom of it. What can be done?

I was enthralled with the one woman show, "Golda’s Balcony". Don’t miss it! It is acted magnificently by Tovah Feldshuh, whose Wisconsin accent bothered me. (Never realized Golda was brought up in Wisconsin. She and the staging, and sound effects keep your eyes riveted on the subject. It not only is pure entertainment, but a history lesson as well. This actress is so controlled she holds each individual in her hands with her outbursts, her aggressiveness, her courage and her strength………and her charm and manipulations It is a William Gibson Play directed by Scott Schwartz, at the Helen Hayes Theatre and not to be missed!

TRAVEL: Jan 1 to Feb. 28 JFK to Ireland air/car/6nts. from $479; Feb 1 to Mar. 31, $499; All include. Even air at Cancun ‘s Riviera Maya 7 nts. $699; 3mts. $399’ Fly FREE to Punta Cana, all include. 7 nts. $699;99’ 3 nts. $499/99. Non-stop Champagne flights to Antigua from $839, 4 days. NVL sails out of NYC every week for the Bahamas.

Hop on board and cruise away from the cold and the snow.

More travel specials on WNYX-TV Mon. to Fri.UHF Ch. 35.E-mail dorothydunne @yahoo.com

Give Me A Call And "Away We Go!!!

A Very Happy, Healthy New Year To All!!

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