2007-10-05 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News • 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

After a brave battle against cancer, Janet Neibel, wife of Gene Neibel, took her last breath on Thursday, September 20. She tried to maintain her spirits until the end. We all hoped the new medicine would have conquered it, but it didn't work. We have to be more vigilant, more alert to the signs of cancer and take whatever tests are recommended. We also have to contribute more and give our support to the fundraisers, most of which are galas and parties which are fun to attend. Condolences to friends and family of Janet, especially her grandson, Sam Lou Presti, who took grandma's passing gravely. Friends and family congregated at O'Connor's Funeral Home to say their last goodbyes. Janet left her husband, Gene, her son, Scott and daughter-in-law, Denise, and daughter, Donna, who blessed her parents with three grandchildren, Zachary, 22; Diane, 24; and Denial, 26. The family grew up in Roxbury and have lived there for many years.

Peter Danzilo has been hospitalized for over one month. He was brought to Peninsula General with pneumonia and then put into the Rehabilitation Center for over two weeks. I saw him September 20 and he has good color, but he is still congested. Why don't you stop by and cheer him up? His daughter, Laney and her husband, Richard Schroeder, took me to visit him. They are staying at the Danzilo's home with their handsome son, 22-month-old Valentino, and with Laney's in-laws, Vera and Dick Schroeder. Peter's wife Helene, who was also recently hospitalized for shingles, is recuperating at home now, but she did manage to cook one of her famous pasta dinners. Thank you for a healthy, delicious repast with your family.

Ann and Bob Campbell have five children and as a result, are blessed with 13 grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren, including son John and wife Vanessa's newborn, Katie. Welcome home to Mary and Tom Powers, who are just back from a beautiful trip to Ireland. Thanks for the ride, Teresa Sefchek, who is now in Breezy Point with husband, Mike. They were both principals of high schools in Middletown, New Jersey. They have two grown sons, Michael and James.

Kathleen Conway's twin daughters, Madeline Conway and Marie O'Conner, celebrated their 50th birthday at the Catholic Club, where the whole block, over 100 people, turned out. Flowers were donen by Shannon and catering by Brothers of Howard Beach. All had a super time. Congratulations!

Bob O'Brien's granddaughter, Alexis, presented him with a plaque for the most improved member of the Breezy Point softball team. Her mother is Bob's daughter, Christine, and her father is Bernie O'Connor. A proud family.

Went to a magnificent opening of the Hawaiian Tropic Zone on 49 Street and Seventh Avenue, in the Times Square area. What a meal!!! They had raw fish displayed on ice sculpture: a whole lobster shelled, on top, grooves that held huge shrimp, and in the bottom tier, fresh clams, oysters and mussels. Out of this world. They also had a very tasty veal dish and huge thick, pink, tender, and juicy filet mignon. They offered banana splits and cakes of all sorts. David Burke is the celebrity chef and is outstanding! Try it if you are in town.

Fashion, fashion and more fashion. That's what it was all about in NYC. Bryant Park, St. Regis; they were absolutely exquisite! Flowing chiffons with beads and crystal, shorts, short skirts, ottoman sleeves, peek-a-boo tops; sexy, sexy, glamorous and elegant. Bright vibrant colors by So American designers. In my travels in the NYC fashion world, I came upon the fashion show by Moon Park and oil paintings by Sarah Love Park at Marion's Continental at 354 Bowery Street, where they have a lunch special with fashion show; a hearty and delicious brunch including a mimosa and Bloody Mary, all for $15.95. They have a back-to-school brunch with unlimited Bloody Mary's and mimosas. Keep it in mind.

The Central Park Boathouse's "Gala to Benefit Cancer 101" was the PARTY OF THE YEAR. This fund raising be---nefit gala and auction helps cancer patients take control of their lives by giving them the necessary tools to mount an organized plan of attack to fight the disease. Most of the high society of NYC were present on one of New York's most beautiful evenings on the Lake in Central Park. It was a glorious setting with wine flowing and delicious food to dine on. You had to be there! You can contribute by contacting Monica Knoll at mknoll@CANCER101. org.

TRAVEL: Bermuda, 3 nights beautiful Fairmont Hotel w/ air $499; 21- city, 21-day All Asia Pass..Fly Hong Kong wherever you want to visit $1399 R/T; 3 nights Vegas @ Planet Hollywood $319; Orlando Rm and Tax $28; Thanksgiving specials. If there is anywhere you would like to go and travel with a few friends I will be glad to produce a TV show and make you a TV star to air it on Manhattan Cable and Queens Cable as well. What destination or cruise would you and your friends like best. Please give me some feedback. Join me on my next "Dorothy Dunne Travels in Style" destination travel show. Would you be interested in Mexico or Costa Rica, or perhaps Peru or the Galapagos Islands? You name it. Everyone will get a CD or DVD of the show, as well as an appearance on TV.

Give me a call at 212-683-5215 or email dorothydunne@yahoo.com and AWAY WE GO!!!

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