2010-03-19 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

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

Ted Kennedy was honored at the Irish Heritage and Cultural celebration at City Hall for the Thomas Manton Irish Man of the Year Award accepted by Caroline Kennedy. The Keltic Dreams dancers, an all black children’s group, performed. Their message was,” No matter what race or color, you can achieve your dreams in America.” It was a delightful evening. Members of the Rockaway St. Pat’s Parade were there and received a thank you. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Green Expo at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, displayed recycled products including party plates made of recycled fallen leaves , replacing plastic. Roxul makes insulation from basalt rock and slag and contains 40% recycled materials. It provides thermal efficiencies, but are also fire resistant, water repellent and sound absorbent. Little Kay Gardens introduced a gift wrap that grows. It is a pre-seeded gift wrap made from 100% recycled paper which can be planted and the gift keeps on growing.

The WarwickHotel treated the press and agents royally at their newly renovated New York Hotel at 64 West 54 Street. We met the hoteliers from Europe and Asia and around the world and received information and were treated to their top notch liquors and wines and delicious food. It was an exquisite evening.

ELDER ABUSE We have finally passed laws against domestic violence and child abuse which are so necessary and needed, and we have even passed laws to protect our animals and pets from abuse, but have we forgotten about our elderly?

Most elderly do have devoted sons and daughters and grandchildren and family, but there are many, 11% of our nation’s population who have been financially exploited, neglected, ignored and even physically abused by family members and /or perpetrators, even to the point to cause death. It is about time we help the victims who may be too elderly or ill to help themselves and bring these offenders to justice.

You and I have the ability to bring about change and rescue our dear elderly who have sacrificed their lives for us. They deserve our love, respect and safety from those who harm them. We can do something about this sinful situation by persuading congress to pass the Elder Justice Act this year.

Please visit this web site:www.elder

justice now.org or you can contact me at: dorothdunne@yahoo.com....tv35 newyork.com and www.blip.com

Around the City: Omni Berkshire Place-Hotel party on 21 East for agents and press for the upcoming renovation of the Hotel and to promote other Omni Hotels around the USA and Mexico was very delightful and informative.

The Toy show at the Javit’s was something to see. The tech toys blew

Pregnant? my mind. The kids today are going to be so smart. They can’t help it with all the video games and technologies at hand. Brainy Baby is one where you can interact with the TV or computer and teaches your 6 month old to talk back to you. It is amazing. Folkmanis Puppets’ Chameleon that sticks it’s eellike tongue at you and rolls its bulgy eyes and brings on a fit a laughter. Silly Puppets with Oscar is an ancient cloth animal which turns into two by the pull of the zipper; Dr. Toy Smart Toy /Play Toy Geo Puzzles of countries all over the globe teaches youngsters the nations of the world. It was a great show with many, many more affordable, funny and entertaining items..

Alitalia Gala was at the Marriott Marquis and filled the ballroom with vintage wines from Italy and buffet food tables for tasting. The public is invited for a price.

It was a beautiful day for the annual Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade which is always a sure sign of spring. Sorry I couldn’t be there, but did you see Vincent Hogan among Mayor Bloomberg and other dignitaries? He grew up and was raised in Belle Harbor and came from Savanna, Georgia, where he is now Mayor Pro Tiem. Glad to see you back in the Rockaways and good luck in your political career.

My son, Kevin Matuozzi, presently living in San Diego, is coming back to

NYC for a short visit with his wife,

Julie, and daughters, Samantha and Pregnant? Beth. Naturally, I am anxious to see them.

Remember BIG JACK? I am talking about Jack Crowley, my cousin, past Fire Chief who more or less gave his life for his volunteer services in the Breezy Point Fire Department. and had he lived he would have been 86 on March 11, 2010. He was a big guy, Jack, and his heart was a big as he was. He died of lung cancer and, I am sure his work in the Fire Department didn’t help his condition. Let’s take a time to stop and say a prayer of thanks for Jack Crowley for the work he did for his community. He will not be forgotten.

At New York Times Travel Show at the Javit’s I learned prices to the Caribbean will drop drastically in April. So put off your travel till then. Divi Beach Resort only $79 a nt. In Bar-bados; In Aruba Divi Golf and Beach Resort $112. Prices are per couple Package Apr. 6 –Dec. 18th Sup. Studio w Jacuzzi; bottle of champagne; Bath Robes; one champagne brkft in bad; one romantic dinner on beach.

All taxes and services… 4 nts/5days $1095 for two. Italy: $899 incl. R/T Air ecom. Alitalia, 4 nt.s accom. Bkft. daily, taxes and serv. Chrg.; Costa Med. Cruises $929 7 nts. Ports; Japan $858 Air/ Rail/Hotel. Air from L/A/ .

You, too, can attend this Travel Show

at the Javit’s Center for $15.00p.p.

And, AWAY WE GO!!!

Pregnant?

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