2008-10-31 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

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

Millions and Millions of dollars raised for campaigns, while the country is in dire need.

Doesn't either presidential candidate realize that if he donated just half of the funds raised (especially, Obama, since he raised twice as much as McCain) toward our financial crisis, he no longer would have to campaign? The White House would be a walk-in and he would surely be proclaimed OUR COUNTRY'S SAVIOR. Not that I want to give an easy path to the White House to Obama, but he could help to relieve some of our country's problems that way. I am a McCain fan and do sincerely trust him to make the right decisions for our country, not that either one can perform miracles, but McCain has sacrificed for his country and has proven his dedication. With the crises our country is going to face - terrorism, foreign affairs and economical needs, to name a few - we need a man we can trust who has the experience and integrity to make the right decisions to better our country's welfare. He suffered for us. He deserves our vote, but more than that, we can trust his judgment ... Good Showing For Friends In Need.

Residents of the Breezy Point Coop gathered together at the Colony Theatre last Friday night to hear live music by Kerry Kearney with the Reda Shay Band and the Gray Riders and had a wonderful time, staying until 1 p.m. to raise funds for Friends in Need. They say it was a blast. Bobby Crowley, my cousin, plays sax in the band and his mom Gladys Crowley, sister Caryn Fata, wife Patty and daughter Nicole Crowley all came to offer their support. Ronnie McCarthy (whom I haven't seen in years) was there with her son Tom and daughters, Alice, Rita and Agnes among many others. They all look forward to another event to sing along and dance to the music of the Reda Shay Band and the Gray Riders. Bobby's brother John Crowley, in Florida, celebrates another birthday on November 20. Happy Birthday!

Delighted to see Eleanor McNamee in church looking so well. I don't know how she does it, but with her big family (21 grandchildren and a few more great-grandchildren) she still finds time to be communicant at mass every week. A beautiful family. She and John have been married 58 years. And, they have certainly been productive ones. They leave behind an abundance of joy, love, kindness and more members of the universe to follow in their footsteps.

Stepped into the Surf Shop this weekend and Donald Ritter, owner, is stocked up high on flip flops/tee shirts, shorts/vacation and activity wear and surf boards. He even has a snow board marked down from $600 to $299. What a steal. You couldn't get it cheaper on Ebay. He is open till Christmas and if you call him he will open up for you and anyone outside the gate will be let in to shop. You don't have to go to Brooklyn. He has a variety from which to choose and so, so reasonable. 718-474-5949.

If your child likes to color (and whose child doesn't?) there is a new book on the market called "Mommy Has Tattoos." I met the author, Phil Padua, on the New Yorker Show when I was taping the show and your child can now color real tattoos in his book Look on the web: www.MommyHasTatoos .com.

Charles Osgood, CBS News Sunday Morning anchor, was the keynote speaker at the Harry Chapin Awards at the Hard Rock Café, honoring excellence in journalism coverage of hunger and poverty for the year 2007. I am afraid we will be facing more of this situation in the coming years with the market crash. Accepting were: Bent- Jorgen Perlmutt for Best TV Film; Scoot Hiassen (Miami Herald) for Best Newspaper; Donald G McNeil Jr. (New York Times) for Judges' Award; John Bowe (Random House) for Best Book and others.

At the Art Directors Club I was so impressed with the works of these photographers that I wrote down some of their websites so you could see for yourselves. John Merwin: www.Josh mer win.com; Brian Smith: www.Brian SmithPhoto.com; Koen: www.viktor koen.com; Michelle Pedone www.mich ellepedone.com. Just take a look and enjoy.

It was Fashion Week and I covered the "IT DESIGNER" show at the Event Space. The beautiful pencil thin models displayed the clothes of Adolfo Sanchez, Nora Del Busto and Wakana Koike. Adolfo featured rooster feathered sleeves and high waisted pants. Skirts were short and ruffled; Nora's outstanding piece was the wide legged cotton pants with one sleeved top made of microfiber and silk crepe de chine. Winner, Wakana, all custom made in Marine colors (sky blues, sunset yellows, etc.), vintage 1920 sailor top dress with rope design and bottom and ruffled evening dress in silk organdy captured the award. All dresses short (mid thigh) and clunky high shoes. (I am lucky if I can walk in flats, anymore). It is great to be young.

At the 7W East 34 Street building, the Tabletop Show was welcoming buyers. Jokari Compact Novelties came out with a try to hold mini burgers that you can keep in your freezer and pop hem out, one at a time, to cook them or you can cook all of them in the tray. Very useful. While there, I checked in at the Kurt Adler Christmas displays and spoke to the VP of Sales and Marketing, Peter Trovato, and said, "I am sure you are OK because most of your sales are over." "To the contrary", he said. "One very large company just went into bankruptcy and we not only lost all the money, but products as well." It is scary out there. However, the Kurt Adler Christmas displays are spectacular ...

The Wedding Salon Show at the Prince George is one the brides should not miss. They had a hair stylist, makeup artist and, of course, wedding gowns and travel honeymoons from Pacific Holidays who sent me to the Fiji Islands where I taped my "Travel in Style" TV series with cameraman David Fasano. If you get a chance go to Fiji, do so. You will love it. Paradise!

The Jewelry Show was at the Javits Center and I looked for some economical pieces. It was sparkle, sparkle everywhere and as much as $12,000 for a solid gold rope necklace. I think someone can make it much cheaper, not in solid gold. And, tell me, who would know the difference? I have had and my mother had, too, beautiful rings stolen by a man I considered a friend. After I was missing so many beautiful pieces, I replaced them with fakes and no, one knew the difference. I am not saying I am against gorgeous jewelry, but you must guard them with your life. If you have the money, enjoy them, but do insure them. Gravelly is one pricey designer I like and for less expensive, La Belle Chose.

TRAVEL …..7 NTS $399 MSC LUCIA FROM Ft. Lauderdale. Fla. Dec 13 ( kids under 17 FREE) Key West/ Cozemel, Mexico/Grand Cayman/At Sea/ Cajo leventudo9D.T.) / Sea /Ft. Lauderdale ... Same price 1/10 and 1/24 OV $499.

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

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