2004-06-18 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

News Events/Travel Editor/Host

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

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

It was a happy day for Msgr. Connelly and for all the St. Thomas More parish members who helped him celebrate his 70th birthday at the 11:30 AM mass this past Sunday. After the last blessing, John Fallon presented Monsignor with a box containing car keys. And, Wow! What a surprise! His brand new Chevrolet Impala was wrapped with a Yellow Bow waiting for him to use the keys to open it and drive away. However, since all attendees were anxious to join the reception in his honor in the Parish Hall, he graciously restrained himself to be with his admirers who gave him the honor he so well deserves. It was a beautiful day all around with more than ample refreshments and food, music, singing, dancing among joyful fun loving people such as: Eleanor and John McNamees, Vera Lynch and John Gavin; "Dottie"(Golfer) Dunne; Father Byrne, who is living in his parent’s (deceased) home since retirement and waiting for a place. (So good to see him looking so well). We miss him dearly. Msgr. Michael Curran, returned for the day and spoke so eloquently with great humor regarding his years, (22) at St. Thomas More; Maryellen Barnes, who wishes to remind all that the Parish Show will be the first show at the newly renovated Colony Theatre at 8PM on Thurs. July 1 and Fri. July 2; the Chapeys (both Geraldines, mother and daughter and husband Eugene who were honored the night before by the West End Temple; Audrey Pheffer, Peggy Ansbro, Mary O’Rourke, Grace McCloskey, Sr. Beata who sang so well during mass and is appearing on TV this week; Noras Meehan and Anne Lee and many, many more I don’t have room to mention. From all the smiling faces it was evident that when you make someone happy it falls right back on you. Congratulations, Monsignor and may you live another 70 years to continue tending to your flock who truly appreciate your kindness and caring and your wise advice and decisions made on their behalf. Thank you from all of us. And may the roads you travel in your beautiful new car be smooth and un-congested…with no tolls to pay. I’ll be looking for you as you ride along and I’ll raise my arm and wave my hand….Enjoy!

Later that afternoon, the Rockaway Museum fundraiser was held at Pier 92, and, I must say, proprietor Dan Tubridy did a nice job with open bar, hot and cold snacks outside in the beautiful weather under a huge white tent beneath the Cross Bay Bridge in view of the sailing boats. Entertainment was provided by Celtic singer and psaltery player, Celeste Ray and our own singer and recording artist, Ed Deacy. Many of the guests I had seen earlier at St. Thomas More, such as: Chapeys, Audrey Pheffer, Grace McCloskey (to whom I owe my attendance) with her mom, who is over 90 years old and looks great; Liz Sulik, well known to you all as former CEO of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, now an Executive of Peninsula General Hospital; almost all the staff of The WAVE; including, of course, Susan Locke, President of the Museum who worked diligently to put this successful party together. Dinner with some of the guests at Pier 92 topped off a full and outstanding day in the Rockaways. It was a pleasure to be with old friends, The Wave staff members and Peggy Page of the Rockaway Theatre Group at Ft. Tilden who is currently producing and directing "Nunsense" this weekend, live on stage, June 18, 19 and 20. It is a fun show. You will love it! Thank you, Susan. It was a beautiful event and good luck with the Museum, which is FREE, and open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday noon till 4 p.m.

And, speaking of old friends, some of us last longer than others. I am sad to say we lost Jean Brady from the BPSC this past week. Jean was crowned Ms. Golden Girl back in 1986 at Ft. Hamilton. She won the hearts of everyone when she sang, "Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend". We will all remember Jeannie on the Bocci Court. She was always a lady, soft spoken and so gracious and kind and caring. All her friends and family will miss her dearly.

Ellen and Lenny Wunder, serving cocktails to Joe and Dot Farrell and friends at their cabana stated that they are so proud of grandchild, Megan Wunder, 7, who is doing so well learning Irish Step Dancing. She and (grandson), John Fountain, 6 ½ are cousins and frequent visitors since they are summer seasoning at the BPSC with parents in cabanas just across the way.

And, during the summer season there will be live music as well as singer and recording artist, Ed Deacy to entertain every Wednesday, Irish Night at Kennedy’s. Ed Ruoff was there this weekend and was thrilled his son Jimmy and wife, Debbie, (former Kennedy waitress), with their little daughter, Christina came back from Florida to visit for a while.. Christina will be two and a half on Daddy’s birthday, June 17. Congratulations!

Is there really a facelift without surgery??? So they tell me. It is called Invisilift and I will be living proof it works. This past Monday I had my second treatment. And, believe me, this is the way to have a facelift. It is by ultra sound and a gel is put on an apparatus (wand) and smoothed all over your face. It is so relaxing (with nice soft music in the background), that I fell asleep three times. In fact, my snoring woke me up. Absolutely marvelous! I look forward to my next visit…You need six treatments by Dr. Kelly O’Malley, MD, but my friends saw results after my second treatment, Let’s see after the sixth treatment. I will be testimony to it and you will see for yourself. This procedure also helps those who suffer from Roceacia. Dr. O’ Malley has her "spa" office in Great Neck, one block from the LIRR train station, so easy to find. If you need more information e-mail of call me. And, by the way it is very affordable.

We are all so proud of our heroes in blue, our NYC Police Force. That is why it was so fitting to honor them at the Water Club in NYC for cocktails and luncheon. Among the Finest of the Finest who were chosen by their peers of Police Officers to receive plaques for their amazing acts of bravery and resourcefulness were:

P.O. Ernest Kenner of the 73rd Pct; Officers Lewis Ortiz, William Kennedy, Mathew Menz and Anthony Vidot of the 75th Pct.; P.O. Thomas Weber and Stephen Clifford of 106 Pct. P.O. Kevin Costello of 44Pct and a number of others. Accounts of their heoric actions was given with each officer. PBA President, Patrick J. Lynch and members of the union’s Executive Board hosted this fine event.

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