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Ho! Ho! Ho! It was Christmas morning and Santa made a Special Birthday Deliver for me from my son, who lives in California with his wife, Julie, and two children, Samantha and Elizabeth. A beautiful start to my day of joy to be spent at the most beautiful homes in Breezy Point: Patty and Bobby Crowley and daughter, Nicole and Helene and Peter Danzilo's. Both homes dressed in gorgeous decorations to greet Santa. At the Crowley's, my cousin, Gladys Crowley and daughter, Caryn; Patty's brother (Surf Shop) Donald Ritter with ever-loving companion, Casey Ruggiero; Patty's twin brother and sister, Ellen and John Pintauro and children, Justin and Brianna.. While we sipped wine and exchanged presents around the fireplace and under the tree, Bobby blew melodious holiday notes from his sax, which made it so pleasant. A festive, delicious dinner around the table, which I was sure not to eat too much of because I had to move on to the Danzilo's, but not before I blew out the candles of my birthday cake.
You couldn't mistake it was Christmas at the Danzilo's. Not only was it dressed up to greet Santa, but warmly welcomed their houseful of 18 guests: daughter, Christine Danzilo and friend, Lisa Holstead; Fr. Frank Cregan; daughter, Maria and husband Richard Lehv and children, Hollis and twins, Clara and Peter; Lanie and Richard Schroeder and son, Valentino. Joyful, musical merriment was provided by Ernie and Brenda Barry, dear friends of Helene and Peter Danzilo, whom you can catch every Friday night at Umberto's in the Village. And, thank you, Ernie, for Happy Birthday music while everyone sang to me. It was a nice, nice day ad a beautiful way to spend Christmas/Birthday among friends and family. Thank you all so much.
Joe Kilbride was at the bar at Kennedy's looking a little piqued, but he just got out of the hospital recovering from a bout of pneumonia. Can't keep a good guy down for long. One of my favorite bartenders at Kennedy's, Tom Coty, had his shoulder operated on and it will take a while before he is back in full swing. You are missed, Tom.
Ursula and Mike Boccio are proud to announce their new granddaughter, Eve, was born this summer and the birthday of grandson, Max, who will be 4 years old January 4. Both grandchildren are by daughter, Erika and husband, Ronnie Fallen. Happy Birthday, Max. Ursula said to me, "You look young." (Meaning younger than your age.) Well, thank you, Ursula. It is all the result of a procedure called "Invisilift" which is performed by Dr. Kelly Mattone at 8 Bond St, in Great Neck, Long Island. It is such a pleasant procedure, so relaxing, no pain and noninvasive. I only go twice a year. For more information, visit www.aesthetic-associates.com.
This holiday season, or any season of any day, why not have designs on your nails? Janet of Studio J does designs and she has gotten a new gal who does nails beautifully and they will look beautiful for up to four weeks, except they grow revealing the cuticles. The new manicurist's name is Sheri and she is fantastic. She does a super job. Check her out.
I interviewed a gal named Mary Doreen who wrote a book called "Surreal in Saudi," in which she talks of life in Saudi Arabia where they buy the children for sex and abuse them and throw them in the basement of the Palaces to live a life of terror and abuse. The men pray five times a day and have sex five times a day. This is their daily ritual. Pick up the book and read all about it. Doreen lived in Saudi Arabia and these are first- hand accounts.
Right here in this country we have young boys and some girls 13 years and up who are homeless. There is a foundation called "Stand Up for Kids' who are doing a great job to put these children in shelters and to feed, clothe and council them. They recently had a soirée at the Time Warner Center with a raffle and art auction, open bar and lots of food. It is to raise money for these children. It was a lovely affair.
Niko's Restaurant at the corner of 76th Street and Broadway runs a seven-course dinner accompanied by eight wines, as much as you want. It is called Greek and Wine Tastings and is available every Monday and Tuesday for $35. It is a steal.
Bruno Jamais on the Upper East Side and Supper Club with Jazz music features: (1) course $25; (2) $35 and (3) courses $45. This is one of the finest restaurants on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with an unbelievable staff, from the chef to the mixologist. Beautiful ambience.
The Hast Show Luncheon was held at Barbetta's Restaurant on West 46th Street in memory of Casey Bush, President of Headwear Information Bureau. Hats off to you, Casey. You did a marvelous job. She died only recently of cancer, that dreaded disease. But, she insisted the Hats must go on. I videotaped the Hat Fashion Show and you will be seeing it on TV soon. …
I will be off to India on January 8 for 17 days and may have to miss a column unless I find a way to email notes on India back to The Wave.
In the meantime have a great, healthy and happy New Year!!!!!!!!
Love to all.
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