2007-11-30 / Community

Silence This Violence

Domestic Violence Hotline: 800- 799- SAFE (7233); www.loveisrespect.org.

Domestic violence is running rampant in our country and now, it is occurring among teens, as I learned at The Vital Link Awards in New York City. This year's honorees: Liz Claiborne, Inc.; Robin Givens, actor/author of "Grace Will Lead Me Home;" Stacy Morrison, Editor-in- Chief, Redbook Magazine.

This is a cause that is very close to my heart, having been a victim of domestic violence myself for seven years, way back in the mid- '50s. (The emotional and physical scars are still visible). But, I am still here. I am a lucky one. If you have been following the Drew Peterson case, you are well aware of how dire the consequences can be. My ex-husband, too, had been in law enforcement (Treasury man, narcotics agent), and when I called the police many, many, many times, he would show them his badge and the police just walked away and did nothing.

The bond for a fellow officer of the law was strong way back then. Women who were battered were completely ignored by the police, the courts and the judges. We had no recourse then and it was not until 1994 that new legislation was enacted to protect the battered.

Had there been a hotline to call back then (and one did not exist until now), I could have gotten some help. However, I did call upon Msgr. Donnelly, pastor of St. Thomas More Church, who then sent us to a psychologist who recommended my husband seek more medical help, but he never pursued it.

The abuse got worse and I was forced to divorce.

Forget about me.

I am an old lady now and a survivor. It is the current problems we have to face. It is dreadful to think of our precious teens, who fall in and out of relationships so flippantly, having to face the terror of abuse.

One out of three teenagers has experienced violence in a dating relationship. They need all the help they can get.

All calls and chats are confidential at: 866-331-9474/TTY, 24 hours a day, or log on to www.love is respect.org. HEED MY WORDS AND GET HELP. CALL. SILENCE THIS VIOLENCE. PROSECUTE THE ABUSER!

The Little Baby Face Foundation is a great cause because it addresses the needs of children with facial deformities, such as cleft palate, ear deformities, etc.

Areception and auction were held at Cyprian's and it raised funds for the surgery desperately needed for infants and children, support for services for families, and research. A beautiful affair.

Gallagher's Steakhouse in midtown Manhattan celebrated its 50th anniversary. When the sale of liquor was legalized, Helen Gallagher and Jack Solomon brought an entirely new dimension to the American scene. It was Broadway's first steakhouse; where the New York strip steak was first introduced; an informal blend of speak-easy and country Inn. Jerome Brody moved the refrigerator from the back to the front entrance, so that the contents, the best USDA prime aged meat, could be seen from the street. And you can still see it today. It attracted celebrities from all walks of life.

If you are a beef or fish lover, you cannot find better steak or lobster dinner served in huge portions. The super baked potato was a meal in itself, not to mention the gigantic New York strip steak.

At the Fall Benefit for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, I met founder Paul Reickhoff; Arnold Fisher, Honorary Chairman; Congressional Medal of Honor Winner, Paul Bucha; Bill Hemmer, Fox News anchor; and Bob Woodruff, NBC News anchor.

Bruno Jamais, the posh east side restaurant, threw a big bash for their fifth year in business.

(I did a television show for them when it first opened and interviewed their chef) They run specials from time to time; currently Israeli delicacies are served on Sundays, and live music is featured on weekends.

Scientific research has discovered that if you drink red wine every day, you will live a long and healthy life. I spoke with Roger Corder, author of "The Red Wine Diet," about this discovery, at the French Culinary Institute.

Corder is a Professor of Experimental Therapeutics at William Harvey Research Institute in London, so he should know.

Read his book and live a long life.

Families of Wounded Warriors and the press gathered at a luncheon at Bobby Van's for "Finding Dulcinea, Librarian of the Internet", founded by Mark E. Moran to make the internet search engines a faster, more efficient tool. Log on to www.finding dulcinea. com.

Mark Moran's mom, Grace Davey, lived in Belle Harbor for years and he was brought up there. His charming wife,Terry, was there for the launch.

Thanksgiving Day with my family was a warm and welcoming day, in which all showed thanks.

I was especially thankful to be joining in the home-cooked feast at the gorgeous, gorgeous, brand-new, spectacular home of my cousins Patty and Bobby Crowley.

It is the envy of Breezy.

Bobby's mom, sweet and unassuming Gladys Crowley, was there with daughter, Caryn Fata, who will celebrate another birthday on December 18.

It was good to see Patty's brother, Donald, who owns the Breezy Point Surf Shop, which is open for business until Dec. 31.

You can shop by calling him on his cell phone at 917-364-3280, or 800- 505-4944. Everything is on sale, from sunshine to snow apparel and equipment, surfboards to snowboards.

As a matter of fact, he has a special on a brand-new Malolo snowboard. Donald was with his ever-lovin' sweetheart for years, Casey Ruggiero (how I savored those stuffed mushrooms she made).

Also in attendance were Patty's sister, Karen and her son, Cody. He is director/cameraman for my "Travel in Style" cable television destination shows.

He is a broadcaster; star of his own show "The New Yorker" on WNYX-TV, on which I do "News Events A the City" segments. We missed daughter, Nicole, very much, b was working.

She is striving towards her lor's degree at Molloy College.

We had a beautiful meal surro by beautiful people.

Much thanks, my hosts, on thi Thanksgiving Day.

By the way, host Bobby Crow playing the saxophone every S at Mass for St. Thomas More C

Travel: eight days in Mexico fo and Las Vegas for 3 nights with $236.

Give me a call or e-mail me: dorothydunne@yahoo.com.

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