2006-01-06 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne


Santa’s Sleigh Rides Back Empty

A bountiful and beautiful Christmas, where Santa was especially good to my grandchildren in Island Park: Erika (7), Michael (4), Brittainy (13), and Robert (11). My son, Jimmy, picked me up with Erika and Michael, and we stopped for a quick Christmas lunch on my way to Helene and Peter Danzilo, where I was invited for Christmas dinner. Their daughter, Christine Danzilo, was there from down South; Father Frank Cregan, O.A.R. was there; along with daughter Maria and husband Richard Lehv from New York City with children Hollis (8), and twins Clara and Peter (4). Daughter Lanie and her husband, Richard, were absent. They just had a beautiful baby boy, Valentino.

Ernie Barry, strolling accordionist, singer and pianist and his new pretty wife, Brenda, a professional singer, were also guests.

After a beautiful dinner, Ernie sat down at the baby grand and entertained. Brenda sang and we all joined in for some holiday songs together. It was a merry, merry time.

Later that week, Ernie was a guest on WNYX TV for an interview with me on my “Appetizer on News,” a segment on the New Yorker Show (channels 26 and 35), which discusses events around the city, women’s issues, entertainment and travel. Ernie announced he is opening a piano bar underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in the spring of ’06, and his wife, Brenda, who is originally from North Carolina, will assist him. Good luck to you, Ernie and Brenda. I am sure it will be a booming success.

Come one, come all, and most of them did come to Eleanor and John McManee’s Beach 220 Street home. All 21 grandchildren, from four years old to 17, ten adults, and parents, all shared Christmas dinner.

Their son, Johnny, played Santa. And they had a talent show with musical instruments. A real family Christmas.

My cousins Patty and Bobby Crowley, their daughter Nicole, and their mother-in-law, Gladys Crowley, helped me celebrate my Christmas birthday with a birthday cake and an exchange of presents in Patty and Bobby’s “House Beautiful.” (Their home is so gorgeous and magnificent and should be in House Beautiful.) It was so very pleasant, and their kind gesture and presents made me very happy. Thank you.

What did you do New Year’s? Well, Kennedy’s has an open house every year, and I had not been able to get in there for weeks due to a slip on the ice, fracturing my elbow and having some knee damage. Bartender Joseph “Pepe” Cuzzonee’s mother died a few days ago at 96, I sadly learned. But I was also glad I stopped in because I had a nice chat at the bar with Bill and Joyce Dimou from Brooklyn, who are Surf Club and Manhattan Club members. It was wonderful to see my dear friends, Ellen and Lenny Wunder, who always welcome me so graciously at the Surf Club; Claire and John Hughes; Jean and Robert Klein; Pat and Walter Roberts; Patricia Flannery; Cristian Dobles; Virginia Dobles; and Rachel Lerner were all there. Those old familiar faces. And I wish everyone a HAPPY AND HEALTHY AND BLESSED NEW YEAR!!

And, if any one of you would like a TV interview on WNYX-YV, which is also seen in Miami and Melbourne, Florida, you are welcome to do so. Give me a call and make an appointment.

Being most of my readers are from a beach area, I would like to remind you that the International Boat Show is on at the Javits Center until January 8. Hope you can make it over there. But, I’ll be covering it anyway.


NYC/Ft. Lauderdale, $115 roundtrip, cars $12 a day; Carnival Cruise West Mia. $239; seven nights Norwegian Cruise $499; Rio, 10 nights, and Buenos Aires $999; Anguila, Puerto Rico $299, Jet Blue.

Give me a call and “AWAY WE GO!!!”

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