2005-07-22 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

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

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

According to my calls, many of you caught the Health segment on Channel 1 on July 12 where I was interviewed with Dr. Siller, the head of the Neurology Department at NYU Hospital in Manhattan. I was taken there by ambulance after I lost all audio contact (I couldn’t utter a sound, but I felt physically fine). Thank God, someone was aware that I was having a stroke and had the presence of mind to call NYU emergency room. NYU hospital happens to be the Stroke Center for N.Y.C. Under the care of Dr. Siller, who ordered a million and one tests for me, I recovered my speech (not fully yet), but I was physically well enough to travel on my scheduled press trip to Fiji. It will be seen on the “Dorothy Dunne Travels in Style” television show eventually.

The message, for those who didn’t see the Health segment on NY1, was to make the public aware that you do not have to be in pain, experience numbness, dizziness or blurred eyesight to come down with a stroke. You can simply wake up one morning, as I did, and not be able to speak.

Mary Laffan, on the other hand, was not so fortunate. A massive stroke took her. She just left this active world over a week ago. Mary was a favorite person in the Rockaway community and she will be greatly missed. This year would have been fifty years married to Attorney William Laffan. They have three lovely daughters: Kim Michlin of Bayside, Maura Kuohon of Long Beach and Coleen Brandon from Ponte Verde, Florida, who gave her two grandchildren, Connor and Kiera. Mary sewed beautifully, was a talented artist, a fabulous cook and a great host of some of best parties. Bogart, her loving dog, whom she cherished, was always at her side.

Maria Lehv played host to her father, Peter Danzillo’s 80th birthday by inviting all the family to dinner at Kennedy’s. Among those attending were his loving wife Helene; three daughters, Christine, Lennie and Maria; Maria’ s husband, Richard Lehv; their three children, Hollis, and twins Clara and Pater; Lennie and Richard Shroder and Peter’s sister, Barbara Genoese. May you live 80 years longer and still have fun. Congratulations Peter!

Jim Donnellan also celebrated his 80th Birthday at the Bay House among 100 people.

Jim joined the service at 17 before he entered high school. He never got his high school diploma, but the government promised to give him a high school education. He went to Belle Harbor High School and just recently got his diploma. And he also got a award.

Some of the Rockaway residents work in Wall Street, but whether you work in Wall Street or not, you may want to know about the sparkling wine tasting event for $199 along with a buffet of edibles that takes place every Friday evening from 6pm to 9pm. It’s at The 14 Street Wall Street Restaurant, in the Penthouse. The building, designed by Trow & Linganston, has a fascinating history, erected in 1910, with the financial help of J.P. Morgan who served on the board of directors. The 539 foot high building was the tallest bank building in the world at the time. By 1911 J.P. Morgan had already moved into the 31st floor for his private quarters. It has a commanding view of the Battery, Hudson River, East River and Stature of Liberty. It is not widely known, but J.P. Morgan handed over this residence to his mistress.

I went to a marriage of food and wine the other night and it was so delightful. Dick and Nancy Ponzi founders of the Oregon Wine industry hooked up with Monica Grinnell, author of “Eat Your Heart Out” who was handed down talents of his chef/caterer grandmother and family restaurant businesses. They are constantly in demand in Oregon Wine Country, especially the one founded by Ponzi in 1970 for public affairs. It was a marriage and a good marriage at the W Hotel that evening. Samplings of food and, wine were served to the delight for the taste buds of all. Wines with certain foods can bring out a balance of the sweet, salt, sour and savory flavors. It was a fun wine and food pairing party.

I nibbled my way though the Fancy Food Show and found the Tortuga Rum cake divine, so moist and tasty. No ham should be without the Kitchen Kuisine Honey Pineapple sauce, it is the greatest, but Smith & Wollensky Steak Sauce is still the best. The Kitchen Tables Bakers (new on the market) serve a gourmet cheese cracker with a taste of cheese in every bite (couldn’t get enough) and Katie Reilly’s Irish Soda Bread Mix. I sampled the bread and it couldn’t be better.

Travel: Tahiti, Australia and New Zealand $1999 Special Fiji from $1600.

Give me a call and Away We Go!!!

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