2004-01-23 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

News Events/Travel Editor/Host 95 WNYX - TV Morning News
95 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

News Events/Travel Editor/Host 95 WNYX - TV Morning News

95 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

Oh, Boy! Those snowbirds were smart this year. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! It could n’t be any colder. Could it? And, that killer flu knocked a lot of life out of me for four weeks. Even my darling grandson, Michael Matuozzi, ended up in the hospital with pneumonia. Thank God he is home now and recovering.

Undaunted by the cold bitter weath er, Patty and Bobby Crowley still forge ahead to complete their new Mediterranean Mansion on Utica Walk. Doors expected to open the second week in Feb. Keep up the good work. We can’t wait to see it!

Football season is well under way and we are all looking forward to Su per Bowl viewing in two weeks. All the favorite Rockaway bars will be packed.

Ernie Barry is currently entertaining on the piano and accordion with sing er Phyllis Girone at Sorrentino’s on 65 Street and 11 Avenue Sat. nights. Ernie is booked at America on Wed. nights starting Feb. 4.

Though not as active as usual I did man age to cover a few things around the city. First, the screening of "Along Comes Polly" starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Anistson, a light comedy that I found entertaining in spite of too man y potty jokes. It was played well by both stars. Ben Stiller who certainly inherited his parent’s talents and pul led off a movie that could just as well have flopped without him. I can also say that about "Polly". If you are not expecting a great drama, but a mo vie with a few laughs and some silly slap stick, you will get a kick out of this one.

Have you ever been to the Lamb’s Club Theatre? It was the first time for me and I found it cozy and comfortable when I viewed Ben Gazzara’s one man show, " Nobody don’t like YOGI." If you are a baseball ball fan you will enjoy this one. Though Ben Gazzara plays the part low key, he still brings out the true character of the famous "Yogi".

Many of us have heard of Alz heimer’s Disease. In fact, a number of you have had to deal with it in your own families. It is a disease we all dread and fear because it steals our mem ory. It is not, however, to be confused with dementia What I found at a media convention at the B’way Mil lennium is that most cases are genetic. If it is in your family, beware! Though it still cannot be cured some medications are helpful. A writer, not a speaker, Emerson Moran, told the emotional story of his "Changed Life" since the Alzheimer diagnosis of his wife, Pat. A more devoted man would be most difficult to find. It was tearful to learn how he copes with her and the disease and how he still enjoys beautiful mo ments with the great love of his life though she is so incapacitated now and is in his care completely. There may be some of you who need help as a care giver. There are books: "A Guide to Home Care Giving " put out by the American Medical Association and "Cou n sel ing the Alzheimer’s Care giver"that might be some help to you. This is a difficult disease to diagnose. Many who have dementia do not have Alzheimer’s disease.

Over three thousand members of the ABA ( American Bus Association) from around the country poured into the Javit’s Center this past week. And, I must say, the ABA and it’s sponsors gave their guests one of the most spectacular times in New York City. Beau tiful party at the Rockefeller Sea Grill including skating. Lunches, dinners, receptions and seats for a Broad way evening at City Center where snip pets of Broadway’s best running plays were performed by the stars them selves. A marvelous evening. Bus travel has increased and more people are riding buses to their nearby resorts instead of traveling overseas or taking trains or planes to more long distance sights. Something you might want to think about. Besides, if you are budget minded better take a bus. You might wish to hop a bus to the New York Winter Festivals now in progress till March 13 in the Tug Hill Region rough ly by Watertown, Rome and Sy ra cuse in Oneida, Lewis, Jefferson and Oswego counties. You will witness a World Cup sled dog race, vintage snow mobile race, cross country ski race and so much more.

The Accessory Show, Industry 212 and Children’s show were in town with the latest fashions and trends for this new season. Discovered Cha Cha’s House of Ill Repute hats. Painted, colorfully decorated fedora’s were most attractive and set off an outfit with per fect finish. At Industry 212, a great travel package at Jet Set ter containing a sun protective beautiful handcrafted silk hat with silk travel bag, sunglasses with bag book mar ker and sunscreen. You can truly Travel in Style in classic legendary elegance. The hats are gorgeous.

TRAVEL: Adventure Travel was in town with great packages to Costa Rica for water rafting, and swinging through trees etc. Chile Vacations features Easter Island where you find recorded deeds on ":rongo rongo" (speak ing tablets) , the only native pe ople in the New World who possessed a written language. You can have a four night /five day stay from $554. Peru, Cuzco, Machu Piccu and Sacred Valley of the Incas, 5day/4nts price p.p. $1192 includes deluxe hotels. Safari Treks, search for the Big Five in Kruger National Park., spend family time at the Cheetah Outreach Center and visit Sea Island and Twp Pceans Aquarium in Cape Town and so much more. March Special 5nts.’4 days of boat diving , 3 meals a day, unlimited beach diving plus a wreck dive $599p.p. deposit by Jan. 31.

More travel specials on WNYX-TV . E-mail dorothydunne@yahoo.com.

Give me a call and "Away we Go"!!!

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