2005-09-02 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

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

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

Ann Heslin, founder of the Poetry Hour at St. Edmund’s Hall, asked me to stop in on one of their sessions. It was so delightful! I couldn’t believe there was so much talent in this area. If you don’t come you are missing a good time. The newly installed Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Curran opened the session and made a brief appearance. Frances Abbracciamento did a superlative job as emcee. (But, of course, Frances has been in politics for many years and she does have professional expertise.) All participants were good and entertaining, but the ones I chuckled at the most were recited by Joan Court “Clunky Shoes” and Kathleen Conway, “When I am Old”. Ann Heslin should have a poetry night where the best of all poems and recitations be available to the community.

Mike Millen’s subject was Yeats; Kevin Donaher, You fill up my senses… A George Burns and Gracie Allen skit; Bob Kane made us all aware of the availability of hospice care, 17 days for adults and five days for infants at no cost.

The program started with coffee and cake, some homemade: Frances Abbracciomento made the cheesecake which received raves; Kathleen Fox made the crumb cake. I don’t know who made the others but they were all tasty. Around the room I spotted: Vera Lynch, Ann Concannon, Jeanann Andersonu, Marquerite Hyland, (recovering from major surgery), Joan Maloney and Jim Henry who is the new librarian (books are always welcome). It was a most pleasant time and I urge all of you to stop in on one of their programs and ENJOY! And we all have Ann Heslin to thank for starting this.

Charlie and Marguerite Hughes are very proud of their children: Catherine works for Bear Sterns and has one year left in graduate school at St. John’s, where she is studying finance. Jennifer graduated Manhattan College and was accepted at St. John’s graduate school and will major in management; Ann has yet to finish’ her first year in Manhattan College. A lot of credit goes to Mom and Dad, too.

Isn’t it nice that we have such a fine restaurant in Breezy? They come from all over Brooklyn and Long Island to dine at Kennedy’s. That is why the residents need to make reservations, especially on Saturday night when they have a live band, dancing and singing. It’s a place everyone likes to congregate for a good time. I had dinner again a week ago, as guest of Peter and Helene Danzilo, who run the Duplicate Bridge games every week at St. Edmund’s Hall. And, of course, Peter writes the Duplicate Bridge Column in the Pointer, which he makes so exciting. I don’t know how he does it. He can take a bridge game and build so many interesting things around it that makes for fascinating reading. If you read it you will see for yourself. You don’t have to be a bridge player to enjoy Peter’s column.

Correction: My TV spots on the New Yorker Show are seen on the Internet at: www. tv35newyork.com OR www. tv26newyork.com Last week’s guest was Melina from Charlotte Kids at the Children’s Club Show. She brought on such exquisite clothes for the teenagers, but she has them in all sizes. Gorgeous sweaters and dresses with sparkles. You may want to check them out.

TRAVEL: Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand for $1,999 a package offered by Pacific Holidays. They took me to FIJI, which was a great destination. For 7 nights, a Mediterranean Cruise is $895, Rome R/T. Highlights of Israel 25. For $99 sail from Ft. Lauderdale for 5 days; $99 fly non-stop to Cancun; Thanksgiving in Europe $399. London Hotel opens women-only wing in the five star Grange city hotel, with a female staff. Half the customers are women, and many felt vulnerable when traveling.

Give me a call and “Away We Go!”

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