2005-10-21 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

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

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

Houses with basements all over Breezy Point and Rockaway Point were flooded from the deluge of rain we had last week. The pumps were pumping overtime and some failed to work. Only one house remained dry, an oceanfront house on Beach 220 Street, and the land under that house remained dry during Hurricane Donna also. It is the highest spot in Breezy, built in the 1960’s, and their basement only goes a foot below the sidewalk. Take heed. Either build above your basement or make more use of your attic for storage. We had to pay for all those sunny days in September somehow. Just look at the rest of the world and we can be thankful.

Busy, busy, busy time: Columbus Day was a great time starting point, with breakfast at the Princeton Club. Peter Vallone, Jr. was the host. Opera singer Christine Fontenelle sang the National Anthem, which brought chills up your spine and tears in your eyes. Nowhere have I heard our National Anthem sung so beautifully and with so much emotion. Everyone reflected that former Mayor LaGuardia left us proud of our heritage of respect for diversity and the right to life. We are all the same and the support unites us. The parade marched by Columbus Circle, and the statue of Columbus is ready. Stop by and see it.

At the Hyatt Hotel I learned about Reomac, a web promotion connection. Free to members, it is a one-stop online resource.

The Starving Artist Ball took place at the Orensanz Center on Norfolk off Houston, NYC. It is either an old Jewish Center or Cathedral, with huge chandelier statues in front of six pillars. To my amazement, the statues turned out to be live performers. They had a silent auction, raffle and the most beautiful Studio 42 D.J. Rehka dancers. It was a most delightful time.

The next day at The Grand Hyatt, SalesForce.com kicked off of their Service & Support launch. Offering a 1.0 version of AppExchange, it gives SalesForce.com a chance to become the eBay of hosted software, supporting a community of thousands of software developers, some of which were exhibiting at the conference.

Must see! Must see! The Broadway musical, “Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang,” is an extravaganza! Full of surprises, it is colorful and entertaining. You’ll love it and your kids will love it too! It is located at the Hilton Theatre on 42 Street. A treat for the holidays. Raul Esparza, Erin Dilly and Philip Bosco are in the starring roles, but everyone’s a star.

Also, what’s entertaining for your children is TOYS: At Toy Wishes, I discovered great new toys. Some of you may have seen them featured on my TV segments on the New Yorker. Parents Magazine’s “Dr. Toy” Top Award went to: Raise the Roof Barnyard (check out www. drtoy.com) for three-year-old toddlers and up. It consists of a huge barn with farm animals, actual working chutes, and a roof that can be raised for multiple hands. It keeps your toddler engrossed for hours. Retailed at $49.99, it is fun and is a learning tool. Another, the Dinner Party, with a 24-piece dinnerware set, is sold in clear plastic picnic bag for on the go (retail $19.99). For two-year-olds and up, it’s only available at Macy’sMore. There is a great fun toy for all ages called “Pulling My Leg.” You fool one another by making up wild stories, thus the title. Pet Detective. Dozens of pets have been lost…Find them. It comes in a tin lunch box. All are award-winning toys.

At the Cornell Club, New Orleans Chefs United held a fundraiser for the economical development of New Orleans. The hospitality industry contributed $156 Million in tax revenue to the State of Louisiana.

Conde Nast Traveler held their 18 Annual Reader’s Choice Awards at the beautiful Metropolitan Museum of Art, with cocktails in The Temple of Dendur, accompanied by scrumptious pickings. Followed by the award ceremony in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, CO Founder and CEO John Paul DeJoria presented the special ENVIRONMENTAL REWARD to Pierre Kakule Vwirasihilkya, an ecotourism leader in the CONGO. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts took home seven top awards located throughout the globe.

Some local happenings: Just got a call from Kathy Pierce, who is dealing with her illness very well. It is commendable, but I am sure her family is there to give her support. She tells me her grandchildren all graduate on the same day. What a feat that must be!? She will send me more particulars soon. We wish her good health. Helene and Peter Danzilo just returned from a beautiful trip to Italy, but only to face the downpours that left sludge and slush in their basement, due to a broken pump. You should have brought back a gondola. Thank God no injuries throughout the peninsula.

My many thanks to Mary Norris for that beautiful article she wrote about me in the New Yorker Magazine. I met her on the Ferry. Remember the Ferry to NYC just a few years back? And, let’s bring that ferry back. But thank you, Mary. It is in the August 18 issue, in case you want to look it up.

Sheila Van Houten DD (over 60) uses a color light reflexology treatment, which she sent to me. However, I use Invisilift administered by Dr. Kelly Mattone, MD, and I have found it gives marvelous results for my face. It is like a facelift without surgery. But, thank you anyway, Sheila. Some others may be interested and thanks for the article.

Travel: February, March and November: Land and Air, FIJI and its luxury resorts: 8 days/6 nights. Early Bird Special: 9 days, 7 nights: Nadi Resort, 4 Star. Land and air LA $1690.7 days /5 nights. $1550.

Royal Emerald $399, three nights, air & car.

Give me a call and “Away We Go!!!!”

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