2009-04-10 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

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

Breezy Point mourns the loss of beloved neighbor, friend, and devoted wife of Peter Danzilo (who passed away one year ago), Helen Danzilo. She was the mother of their three daughters. Maria, an attorney, is married to attorney Richard Lehv; they produced her grandchildren, Hollis and twins, Clara and Peter. Her other daughter, Helene (Lainie), is married to Richard Schroeder. They gave her another grandchild, Valentino. Her last child, Christine Danzilo Coletta, is married to Vita Coletta. Helene was a master bridge player, and who among us didn't enjoy her beautiful poetry we read in this paper from time to time? We looked forward to her beautiful handcrafted Christmas cards each year. Her maiden name was Scandora and her family owned the famous nightclub in Brooklyn, the Elegante, featuring all the top stars of the times. She and Peter wintered in Las Vegas and still mingled with the celebrities. She was a very talented, beautiful lady, inside and out and very loving and giving and the most generous host.

I remember her especially for the Christmas when my children could not be with me. Helene invited me over to the house for Christmas dinner and made me feel as if I were a member of the family. She made such a beautiful day for me. I still thank God for her compassion and graciousness.

She not only had to cope with diabetes and a heart condition, but the loss of her dear husband, Peter, last August to whom she was married over 59 years. That was more than she could bear. I am sure God has a special place for her generous and loving heart alongside her devoted and deceased husband, Peter. My condolences to family and friends. She will be sorely missed by all in the community.


Thank God everyone's a little Irish in America because we have had a MARCH on month of Irish Heritage this year.

I did not make the first St. Patty's parade in Rockaway , but I was present at City Hall for Irish Leader of the Year Award in memory of Thomas Menton, congressmember and Democratic Leader who passed away in 2006. John T. Ahern, president of the AFL-CIO along with other accomplishments; Ciaran Stauton, an award winner, president Irish Lobby for the Immigration Reform, board member of the Irish Arts Center and well-know community leader of Sunnyside Gardens Park and owner of Neill's Bar in NYC; Terrence Tolbert, born in Harlem, grew up in the St. Nicolas Houses, got his BA at Hunter College, worked his way up to director of the Obama presidential campaign.

On November 2 he died of a heart attack at 44 years-of-age.

John Quinn, active member of the Irish Labor Committee, co-founder of the Lower East Side Democratic Club. Cherish the Ladies, an astonishing array of virturiosity, instrumental, vocals and stunning step dancing.

It was an interesting and enjoyable program, a little long. (When the award winners get hold of the captive audience, they tend to go on and on … and on). It was all followed by a buffet of shepherd's pie, lamb stew, blood sausage and, of course, corned beef and cabbage.

On St. Patty's Day was the big parade in NYC which originated in America in 1894. But I attended the Corned Beef luncheon at Stein Senior Center and was astonished by the performance that followed. Vocal Ease is a non-profit organization whereby professional Broadway performers entertain. I urge you seniors in Rockaway to please get in touch with them, 212-579-5386 or www.vocaleaseinc.org. Invite them to your center. They are terrific. They are as good as a Broadway show.

International Women's Day was celebrated at Scandinavia House with a panel discussion of The Hillary Effect.

A beautiful new resort just opened, Terranea on the coastline of Los Angles, with spectacular view and Spa amenities. It opens June 2009. WWW. TERRANEA. COM

March 11 we celebrate the belated birthday of former Volunteer Breezy Point Fire Chief John Crowley. His grandchild, Nicole Crowley, celebrates her birthday on March 31. Congratulations!

Have you ever been to Maine? Why not try it out as a vacation spot this year? It is not too far away and the prices are reasonable. It is adventurous to catch your own dinner lobster and visit historical sites and museums.

I had the most delicious time when the Tourist Board of Maine brought their freshly caught fish to 80 Fifth Avenue, Penthouse, NYC last week for travel agents and media to sample.

I swallowed the largest oysters and ate the most succulent lobsters, clams and others varieties of fish I ever tasted.

The food alone is an attraction. And, it is also so good for you. Linekin Bay Resort in Boothbay Harbor, ME is one I would recommend.

The St. Regis ballroom was the site of over 200 hoteliers that Tour Connections welcomed.

They were their top celebrity and entertainment travel agents in NYC. Among some were: The Desmond, Albany, NY; The Sutton Place Hotel, Chicago; Hilton in Ft. Lauderdale; Holiday Inn in Montreal; La Quinto Resort in Ca.; Marriott, LA.; Preferred Hotels worldwide and many others.

Just came back today from Mexican tour operators focusing on weddings and honeymoons.

If you are thinking of getting married, think of a destination wedding (FREE) in Mexico.

Don't be frightened by the news of the violence along the borders by drug dealers.

The resorts in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas are four and a half hours away by plane. Call your travel agent and he or she will set up a wedding planner and you will be set to go. Some outstanding hotels are: Grand Velas, Suite and Spa Resort; ME resort, secluded for honeymoon; Barcelo resort and spa and many others.

TRAVEL: Seven nts. golf in Ireland $869 …..Brendan Tours. Jet Blue airline: $39 OW Boston, Orlando; FT Lauderdale $99.


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