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Ann Heslin's granddaughter, Melanie Reed, whose mother is Heslin's daughter, Mary Reed, was confirmed at St. Raymond's Church in Lynbrook, Long Island. But friends and family feasted on a beautiful luncheon at Kennedy's in Breezy Point to celebrate the occasion. (They come from all over to Kennedy's.) Dad, Steve Reed, was host with grandparents, Monica and Lewis Reed; their other granddaughters Glynnis Reiley and Carolyn Cryan; sisters of Melanie, 14: Cassidy Reed, 11, and Jennifer Reed, 16; along with Uncle Michael Reed with wife Kathleen and daughter, Helen.
There was a beautiful, beautiful party at Guastavino's Restaurant in Manhattan for the research for Lyme Disease. Turn the Cromer. They have made great progress in discovering Lyme disease. It has so many symptoms and causes confusion to the doctors to diagnose it. Medical research it has now fine tuned it, making it more treatable. A great deal of Lyme disease is found in people who live on Long Island. It comes from tick bites. They spray the areas most vulnerable but cases of the disease still remain. New medication through research is helping victims. Attending fundraisers like this can help find a cure.
Last night I attended a press conference for TIVO and learned about a new innovated technology where you may put home movies and transfer them from the Internet to your TV screen. You can watch your grandchildren grow up right before your eyes if they live in another state. You can take anything on the Internet and put it on your home TV. You can even do that with my WNYX TV show on Channels 26, 32 and 35. It is simply amazing. Future TV is so exciting and TIVO makes watching web video on your TV easy. It also converts Broadband Video into a format a television can display.
Carnival at the Copa, with Latin music provided by GDO Entertainment made for a crowded dance floor, at a benefit for Parkinson's disease research. Casino tables, masks and noise makers were very festive and lively, and there was a generous buffets and pass-arounds. The Copa contributed their space. There was a silent auction, raffles and gift bag contributors. It was a fun way to give to a worthy cause. Check to web for more events www. pdf.org.
Quebec had a beautiful luncheon for Media at 230 Fifth Avenue on the 20 floor. It was a lovely venue with marvelous food. Treblant, Quebec has the best snow terrain. Don't miss Zip A Dee Do Dah, the Acrobranche course....it is like playing Tarzan in the trees. Quebec also has the best lodging, nightlife and more. And, Quebec's not-to-be-missed Carnival is from January 26 to February 11. www.carnivalk gc.ca.
Over at the Argentine Consulate, I attended a benefit celebrating "Giving Women Credit," which honored Susanna de la Puente, Vice Chairman, Latin American, J.P. Morgan. She has been acclaimed as one of the top ten women in Finance and one of the twenty most powerful women in Global Finance as Best Latin investment banker. The benefit helps women around the world in poverty-stricken circumstances to be raised above the poverty level to give them jobs, educate and counsel them so that they may live a better life.
Harry Belafonte was at the City Center and he looks well in spite of his age. He was the Presenter for the "Sounds of Africa" Concert. And it was so, so good. Marvelous, marvelous musicians and singers: Khanyo 50 local and Interregnal albums and starred in award wining plays such as Hair and others. Abrullah Ibrahim, solo pianist, wrote soundtracks for such films as: Chocolate, No Fear, No Die and the Soweto Swing Quartet. Huge Masekela who plays the Trumpet like you never heard before and his sidekick saxophone player, Goldberg, a white man, have been a team for over 50 years. Great music and great entertainment. It was magnificent. Host for the evening was Dr. Felicia M. Suttle, serving presently as President of South African Tourism, and she encourages everyone to visit South Africa to experience the fusion of cultures and music that can't be found anywhere else in the world.
I had a lovely dinner at the home of Helen and Peter Danzilo. Helene's sauce is so, so good. Her parents owned the Elegante, the best nightclub in Brooklyn. Maybe she got a few tips from the chefs there. Ernie Barry, the singer and pianist seen in Umberto's Restaurant every Saturday night, was there with his wife and singer, Brenda. He announced he has a new grandson through his son Anthony Barbiari and former wife, Daryl. Baby Enzo joins siblings, Jon and Lola Mia.
Did you gobble up enough turkey and side dishes you haven't had in a year on this Thanksgiving? Well, I certainly did at the beautiful home of cousins Patty and Bobby Crowley; their daughter Nicole; Nicole's grandma, Gladys Crowley and her daughter, Caryn Fata; and Patty's nieces by her oldest brother, Lewis Ritter, twins Samantha and Brittany Ritter. Everyone filled not only the seats but their tummies with "Tom" the turkey and delicious trimmings, all by the loving labor of Patty and Bobby, too, and Grandma Gladys who made family recipes of special dressings. Adding to the feast was next door neighbor Eileen Rexer's homemade apple and pumpkin pies to add to Patty's delicious desserts.
On my way to the Crowley House I stopped at Kennedy's Restaurant, where I ran into Pete Foti who was bringing Grace Sumack, 94 years old, a delicious Kennedy's dinner because her son could not make it up from down south to be with her. We all wish you a Happy, Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Holiday Season, Grace. And many more years. And what are you doing New Years Eve? You and everyone will be welcome to Kennedy's open house (cash bar) for their live jazz band and all the fun and merry making with your friends and neighbors. And one of the greatest neighbors down here that I think should get an award is Gene Neibel. He is such an honest, diligent, good hearted worker. I recommend him highly to anyone. He proves there are nice people in the world. And the nice people make you thankful for welcoming in a new year. A special toast to you, Gene, for a healthy, Happy Holidays and a New Year that is blessed with joy.