2006-08-11 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Breezy's Beautiful Bride On The Bay
News Events/Travel Editor/Host + WNYX - TV Morning News

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It was the wedding of the year, the first I have heard of where a marriage ceremony was performed on the Bayside Beach at the foot of 219.

It was nearing the sunset of the day when beautiful Alana Basmagy marched up the aisle over sand, to join Peter Duggan in holy matrimony. (Both parishioners of St. Thomas More Church) It was a "site" and sight for sore eyes; a vision of beauty. I would like to say they then walked off into the sunset, but, in realty, they and their guests walked only a few feet into Kennedy's Restaurant/Bar to celebrate. Don't know any other particulars, but I thought it was a spectacular first. And, I wish the newlyweds waves and waves of happiness together...

A reminder that sunset Mass will be celebrated on August 15 at 6 p.m. at Kennedy's Beach to celebrate the Feast of the Our Blessed Mother's Assumption into heaven and the special blessing of the waters. Hopefully, a prayer to protect us from hurricanes and flooding will be said.

It just "Flipped-Flopped"

Of course, I am talking about the Flip tax the Breezy Point Cooperative wants to impose on its residents. Only 33% of residents were for it. But they didn't have enough for the quota to make the vote count anyway. It will have to wait till next year.

Does an Insurance Company have the right to terminate the homeowner's policy when the homeowner has been with the company over twenty five years or the life of the house?? Lew Simon addressed this issue in his column weeks back. Because of this some homeowners are forced to get a new policy and they have to face exorbitant prices now.

For instance, from $600 for their premium to a cost of $2500 is outrageous. And, that does not include flood insurance. Is there anything that can be done about this situation?

Moira Duffy Mittnacht's son, Fred Duffy Mittnacht, 18, is a freshman at the University of Vermont and her other son, Artie, 20, is a junior at Middlebury, Vermont. Barbara and Billy Genoese celebrated their granddaughter Carolyn Querson's third birthday at Shogun in Broad Channel. They saw Pat and Pudgy of Tennis Court fame there. Their daughter, Peret, gave Dad and Mom a cruise on the Queen Mary 2 for their Wedding Anniversary on July 25. Gladys Crowley will be "49 and holding a few years" on August 16. Happy Birthday, Gladys!

On my way through the aisles of the Children's Show in NYC I got a few chuckles out of "Babygags" signs on their lil' infant suits, such as: "Betty Poop"; "...mmmm..boobies"; "mother sucker" and other such giggle gems. And, let's face it; every mom needs a laugh or two. At Kid's Safari you can dress like an animal, fly them and ride them, too. You will see them on WNYX- TV., UHF Ch. 26 at 8 to 9 Sunday mornings.

If you like lamb chops (one of my favorites) they can't get any better than the ones I had at Snug Harbor recently. Over two inches thick (I measured it when I took one home), thick and juicy, soooooo good! You will always get a good meal at Frankie Gallagher's.

And what about the Crab House. Has anyone tried it? Comfortable surroundings in comfortable clothes with mallet in hand you can hack away till you cannot eat anymore. Doesn't that sound like fun?

They are flying off the shelves. I am talking about the Flip Flops with a can opener built into the sole of the sandal at Donald Ritter Surf Shop in Breezy Point which is accessible to outsiders (Just stop at the gate and tell them you wish to go the Breezy Point Surf Shop and you will be allowed in to shop). Donald also carries glitter dresses and skirts, bikinis and sun protective shirts (SPF treated) and oodles of things you will be tempted to take home. Things you didn't know you needed.

I am looking forward to this Saturday night when I am joining my friends, Helene and Peter Danzilo, for dinner at Kennedy's. It is Island Night with Reggae sounds by Exodus. Please feel free to come over to me if you want me to mention anything in the column.

Though I only sat in one afternoon at conferences at Working Mothers, I found the information very inspirational and met inspiring women. Gems of wisdom sparkled the day. It's not easy to hold down a job and be a Mom, too. But these women are professionals to the core: CEOs, Presidents, top women in their field of industry, teaching, entertainment, they all got there by hard work and the authenticity of their own self. Don't hide who you are. Be proud of it. Ask for help if you need it and don't stop until you get it. Deal with the pitfalls. Get yourself up again and bounce back. Love yourself and others, too. Be kind to one another. Nothing can fall out of an empty bag. Treat each other like sisters, like relatives and give back to the younger generation. Chris Simmons said, "We must be guardians to sell the sisters in the spectrum of the rainbow." There is power in unity. Carol Evans, CEO and President of Working Mother's Magazine and author of "This is How We Do It" reveals in her book she's got a secret........."I am a mother first." You will meet Carol in one of my segments, Working Mothers are going Global.

Dear God, may the people of the world, especially the Middle East, learn to network and be kind and generous to one another as these women are. I myself experienced an aura of love throughout the rooms and among the women present.

While I was there I picked up a pamphlet "Tell her about the virus that causes cervical cancer." Some young girls of high risk (16 to 18), can contract cervical cancer. But, now, they have a vaccine that cures it. Ask your doctor about the link between cervical cancer and HPV.

Coop News Drops:

Congratulations to Erica and Mike Boccio on the birth of their new grandchild, Eve Farrell, born July 8 joining three and a half year old brother, Max. She was born to Erica and Mike's daughter, Erika and husband, Ronnie Farrell, whose mother and father are Dorothy and Ronnie Farrell; and grandma, the late Dottie Taphouse, who was a columnist and manager of the Ft. Tilden Post Office, as is her daughter, Dorothy, today.

Agnes D'Angio of 220 Street, after four months of illness, passed on leaving behind her husband, Enrico, her sister-in-law, Lillian and niece, Marie, who is a very talented dancer and performs in the annual show. "A very sweet neighbor," said Ronnie McCarthy, who lived next door for years. Ronnie, by the way, is celebrating her third anniversary with new knees and is doing fine. She doesn't knock the knees. She only has praise for them. They smile back at her and show their dimples. Peter Danzilo, one of the most outstanding columnists in the Pointer was approached by The Daily News to write a bridge column for them. Congratulations Peter! Are you going Big Time on us?

Andy Mullen, the talented young songwriter, singer, guitarist, English teacher I interviewed on WNYX TV, will be performing at Makor on West 67 Street, NYC, on Monday, August 7 at 9:30 p.m. You can also get his CD "I Wish Me Name Were Jack." I would like him to do a gig at one of our hot spots on the Point. He is so bright, young and talented and sooo adorable. I am sure you would love him. Any takers?

At an Indian Tradeshow the other day I learned India is the safest country in the world; they have no communication problems because they all speak English. Well they do speak English with a lilt. And, the most important thing is surgery and hospital stays are so cheap. Compared to heart or plastic surgery that cost $168,000 here, it costs $18,000 in India. While I was at the tradeshow I received an invite to a Luxury Tour in India to produce one of my "Travels in Style" TV shows. And, speaking of my shows, Janet, of Studio "J," who paints beautiful designs on nails which everyone admires, is running my travel shows in her shop. Currently, for your TV pleasure, St. Lucia and China is being aired. But, ask what destination you would like to see. You can now have designs on your nails and have a new "do" while learning about a destination you may like to visit.

Your children can munch on lunch which learning their ABCs with the Learning Lunch Bag that has a list of questions: Spelling and Vocabulary; Language, Arts and Grammar, Science and Health, Math, Social Studies and History written on the bag. The answers are written in the bag fold. A whole batch only costs about $6. It is a great tool for learning.

Travel: There are great packages to St. Lucia, all inclusive with air, and if you want to see St. Lucia before you go, Janet, of Studio "J" will run my "Travels in Style" to

St. Lucia for you at her salon. Wherever you want to go just let me know I will supply the tape for her to run. I will keep St. Lucia there and add "Fiji."

Kids FREE on VIA Rail and Rail Canada and Kids FREE on Costa Cruises. Punta Cana Air only $299 and second person flies FREE. Ocean Barvo 4649, second person $350.

Kids Cruise FREE: 6 nts. Western Carib. $799, Dec. 17; Coata Med. Western Carib. 7 nts. Jan. 7 Feb. 6, 18; Mar. 4, Apr. 1.... $849 p.p. Limited time only: Western Carib Ins. $449 p.p.; 6 nts. Costa Magica; Oceanview, $599.

Give me a call and Away We Go!!!

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