2006-03-24 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne


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

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Kennedy's Reopens

Kennedy's in Breezy Point opened just in time for St. Pat's day. It had been closed for refurnishing. But, Friday night, St. Patrick's night, was a blast! Emigrant Eyes played their favorite Irish tunes and the Irish Step Dancers performed to a merry crowd. I stopped in on Saturday and was delighted to see my favorite bartender, Tom Coty, and the corner bachelors: Joe Kilbride, Bob O'Brien and Bobby Keiley (who was missing). All in all they were in pretty good shape and up to anything from a few rounds of golf to a few rounds of beer. They, too, were glad Kennedy's reopened. Every weekend I try to stop in so if you have any news for me about you or your family I will be glad to write it up or you can leave a note for me with one of the bartenders.

Friday, the morn of St. Pat's Day, I attended the St. Patrick's Day Breakfast at Connelly's restaurant for New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, and former speakers Gifford Miller and Peter F. Malone and members of the New York City Council were all there with a few words. It was jammed with people, but a good way to start the big parade day.

Talk about getting up and around and having fun. Frances Abbracciamento is still going strong. She attended the Explorer's Club dinner this past Saturday night at the Waldorf Astoria and said she had a ball. Well, you can't explore the world unless you run into some wild animals. They too were in attendance: the llama, snakes of various breeds, penguins and monkeys to name a few. She said it was fabulous, and met interesting people as well who go on these expeditions. Her son, Frank, is the catering chef for the Explorer's Club in NYC. I popped in for their open house on Sunday for a super breakfast followed by a few tales of their member's expeditions. If you are adventuresome and like to travel to exotic places or just hear from people who have been there, you might consider joining the Explorer's Club. Whatever you are into, you are bound to get sensational meals if Frank Abbracciamento is the Master Chef. He is owner/chef of Abbracciamento's on the Pier Restaurant.

I don't know about you, but I have a weakness for fresh crabs. We are headed towards the warmer weather where we can enjoy the outdoors more. Clemente's Maryland Crab House, (all you can eat) is opening up this weekend, March 31 in Sheepshead Bay. They were honored the Award Winning Crab Dinner according to Time Out Magazine. Brown paper adorns the tables. Place a mallet in your hands and you can hack away to your heart's content, cracking open all the fresh crabs you can eat. What a fun way to eat crabs. Indoors or out. They have a terrace large enough to seat 100 people right on the water. You can sail or motor boat right to their dock. And, enjoy all the crabs you can eat.

While still on the subject of food, I 'd like to mention the 17th Annual Pastry Competition at the Restaurant Show at the Javit's Center. First place went to Bill Foltz from the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, New York. The second place winner was Pedro Gomez of Calahan Catering Chilaago; first place Brooklyn winner was Ebow Dadzie of Foluke Restaurant; the Recognition award went to Thomas Trevethan of the Ritz Carlton, Cayman Islands. Premium Caviar went to King Devine (kosher) Caviar; and Best Entre went to Veal Chorizo by the Beef Council.

Gladys Crowley stole away during our cold snap to visit her son, Johnny Crowley, and the warmer breezes of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Hope she is greeted by warmer air on her return. Mark and Ellen Witt live at Doris Lane in the summer, but are from Bayside, Queens. However, they are thinking of moving all year round to Breezy. They can't wait till they return for the summer.

At the Women Mean Business Luncheon at the Pierre Hotel benefiting First Step Job Training Program, the keynote speaker was Jeanette Walls, gossip columnist for MSNBC.com and author of "The Glass Castle," in which she writes about how she was brought up by impoverished parents, ate out of garbage cans, slept in boxes at times, but rose above it to become a successful television personality and author. This Coalition for the Homeless helps to revive self-esteem by giving job training and office and computer skills to enable the homeless to reach a successful future. It is a great organization. Maybe some of you would like to attend next year.

The Rosary Society in Breezy Point is having a luncheon/auction in April. You may want to attend. Call Ronnie McCarthy of Beach 220 Street.

Nicole Crowley celebrates her 19th birthday on Friday, March 31. Congratulations!

TRAVEL: Las Vegas, Air/Hotel. Club Med, 7 days $675. Celtic, Ireland 6 days $849, 2 nights. Dublin, 2 nights. Galway, Cliffs of Moher. 7 days Dublin, Cork, Killarney, Shannon, Breakfasts, daily dinner and Medieval Banquet $979 with air. Japan: Tokyo & Kyoto & Mt. Fuji , 8 days, 6 nights. Air included, 3 nights First Class Hotels in Tokyo; 3 nights. Kyoto First Class hotel; r/Bullet Train from Tokyo to Kyoto; full day excursion to Mt. Fuji with lunch. All R/T transfers to airport, $1819 per person.

Give me a call and Away We Go!!!

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