2008-07-11 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

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

One of the best spots to watch the Fourth of July fireworks in Breezy Point was Kennedy's on the Bay.

The fireworks were spectacular! Kennedy's also features Celtic Night every Wednesday during the summer, and try their afternoon bar menu. It is delicious and more than ample.

Another spot was the Lighthouse, even closer. Donald Ritter, owner of the Breezy Point Surf Shop, which is filled with not only surf boards, but beautiful beach attire chose the Lighthouse for a very special reason.

His father proposed to his mother in 1954, at the same site and on July 4.

Donald reenacted the scene by proposing to his five year girlfriend, Casey Rugggero, and presenting her with a 2k diamond ring. It was a Big Bang for both and a compliment to Mom and Dad Ritter. Best of luck to both of you and success at the Surf Shop.

The Roxbury Barn opened last week under new ownership, Pat Adams, who did a great job in renovating it to suit more of a beach crowd. He served complimentary delicious pizzas with olives, proscuitto and peppers (yummy); chicken wings and fried mozzarella balls and more. Very, very tasty. I wish them success. My cousin Nicole Crowley, daughter of Patty and Bobby Crowley who plays the saxophone in the band and I hear from listeners is "very, very good." Maura Hennessy, Jenny Hennessy, Nancy Murchio, Betty Feddern, Fran Wilson, Eileen Thompson, Mary Hickey and John Purpura who drove me home. (Hope the drum I gave Bobby for the band still isn't in his car?)

I want to thank my cousin Gladys Crowley for being an "Angel in Distress" for rescuing me from the stores when my cell phone went out. And, the very, very cooperative Pharmacy in Breezy Point, who are so accommodating when you need pills in a hurry. They were also good enough to let me use their phone.

Big Apple Awards Dinner: to recognize 20 Event Industry Icons for 2008. A commendation from Mayor Bloomberg marked ISSES, NY, tremendous support to special events throughout the five boroughs and it has a mission to educate incredible talent. Special guests were: WNBC-TV sports anchor, Bruce Beck, director of promotions for NY Post; Lisa Barnett, president of Biz Bash; David Tutera, stylist and makeover for ABC's The View and TBS' Movie; hosted by comedian Ted Alexandro. Check out winners on the web.

Kathryn Fox, an Australian, author, was at the Australian Consulate last night to promote her new book, "Skin and Bones." She was a medical practitioner in Forensic medicine when she met the Dalai Lama, who told her she would write books. "Malicious Intent" is one of her famous internationally known books. "Skin and Bones" is another criminal cliffhanger. She is very personable, intelligent and gracious. Enjoyed meeting her.

I got myself into the Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center last week and loaded up on the best olives, peppers, artichokes, sauces, creams and wine from around the world and I learned that if you swirl the wine around the glass you can tell whether it has more or less alcohol. The wider the peaks the less alcohol it contains.

The Beacon Restaurant at 25 West 56 Street gave a thank you party and I, most certainly, thanked them back. A great restaurant- oysters, lobsters, filet mignon. But the scallops were the best I've ever tasted. If you are in town for a good meal, this is one of the spots you shouldn't miss.


New England Smmer/Fall Pkgs. $995 7 days. Delto RT $198; $34 Las Vegas hotel nt.; Dom. Rep Pkg, $562:

Give me a call or email dorothydunne@ yahoo.com and AWAY WE GO!!!

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