2010-04-23 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

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

I had a frightening experience with my Chase Bank when I discovered they deducted $900 from my account for a check I wrote out for $452. I was upset, as you would be, too. If I had not detected it, the amount would still be missing. How could that error have happened? So please, go over each and every payment in your next bank statement. I don’t want this to happen to you. Eventually the bank returned my money. Had any problems at the grocery check out? Many times stores put items on sale. Again scrutinize the item prices as they ring them up. There are stores that fail to put the sale price in the computer and you end up paying the non-sale price. Money is tight enough, but don’t let these establishments steal it right from under you. Be wary and check everything.

Ran into Tommy Johnston, former bartender at Kennedy’s Restaurant. He was an admirer of corner bachelor, Joe Kilbride, who is no longer with us but in spirit. You will find a plaque in his honor on the edge of Kennedy’s bar. Look for it. Well, Tommy is doing fine and is in New York working for the Fire Department. All our best wishes to you. Tommy. The patrons at Kennedy’s miss you. And, I miss Kennedy’s . It is my favorite restaurant.

Now for events I covered around the Big Town.

The most important was the visit from my son, Kevin, his wife and my grandchildren, Samantha, 19 and Beth, 7, Matuozzi. It has been five long years since I have seen them because they live in San Diego. (Pics). They loved NYC. I only saw them two days. They went to the Statue of Liberty in all that rain. Beth said, “The Statue of liberty was crying.” And, Dad took them to see Mary Poppins on B’way before they left. It was great to see them, but I, like Lady Liberty was crying, too, because I don’t know when I will be able to see them again.

Elaine’s (haven’t been there in years), a favorite celebrity spot, had a book signing for Lee StrasbergNotes, edited by Lola Cohen, about the famous actor/dramatic teacher, Lee Strasberg.

There was a Portugal Wine Tasting at Cipriani’s on 42nd Street that was delightful. I tasted several of the Portuguese wines and they were most palatable. The reds were more full bodied than the whites, but on the whole, delicious wines that would accompany and enhance any dinner. It was a pleasant way to spend a few hours.

Saturday was a spectacular day with bright sun beating down on us as we attended the Regatta, a sailing race in NYC from the North Cove Marina from April 12 to 15. This is a preview of the race of the Estrella Damm and W Hotels from New York to Barcelona. The boats, the Romanica and Affinity, were set aside for press to follow the race. My cameraman, David Fasano, and I were on the Romantica and were greeted with champagne and Estrella Damm beer plus lunch goodies which set the stage for a good afternoon.

We passed Ellis Island and Liberty Island and had a great view of the Statue of Liberty for the first race. The W Hotels was ahead of the Estrella Damm most of the way and won that race. The next race started where the other finished and we rooted for the sailing ship Estreela Damm to win . Going past Governors Island she was in the lead and kept the lead till the finish line at the North Cove Marina. The winds were at her back and it was a great day for sailing.

The Auto Show was at the Javit’s and I took a quick run through. GM autos were doing very well. The rear view camera display appears in the inside rear view mirror.The rear seat entertainment system features a widescreen that can pivot 205 degrees to give hours of audio, video and gaming fun for passengers.

The MIEV , the Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle runs up to 80 miles before you need a charge.

Honda’s eight models have earned the Government‘s 5 Star Crash Safety Rating. They offer good per month payments.

Toyota was promoting their 3rd generation Prius with advance hybrid technology with their Hybrid Synergy System and their Star Safety System.

The Design Building at 200 Lexington Avenue held a Hospitality Day where they welcomed retailers and press to view their showrooms and get a chance to see some of their most exquisite furniture, up to the minute fixtures, rugs and upholstery on display. They served wine and had buffet tables in the showrooms on all floors. Stop by and take a look before you furnish your home.

My cameraman and I, attended a beautiful brunch at the Tribeca Grand Hotel featuring oysters, clams, salmon, omelets, salad, veggies and more. All you could eat and as many mimosas you could drink. It was a dot429 event for lesbians and gays and if you are so inclined they have these events periodically to network with others. It is a fund raiser for the Bailey House, an organization that provides services for HIV/AIDS in New York. You can learn more about it on line at www.dot429.com

The September Concert, a celebration of peace and harmony through music performed at Felissimo Store at 10 West 56 Street during a reception. We were entertained by Laura McFhee a Scottish singer/violinist, first Youth Ambassador for The September Concert; Cedric Choukrounfrom Paris, All About Jazz called him “one of New York’s hidden treasures.”; Brooke Fax, award winning songwriter, a disability advocate; Kurt Gellersted , a classically trained composer of choral and chamber works and others. This year the September Concert will take place September 10,11, and 12 and will highlight a nationwide sing-a-long of Give Us. Check the website at Hope.www.septemberconcert. org.

It was a busy month of fun festivities, heartwarming moments and some heartache along the way. And, at my age, I thank God that I am still able to get around and enjoy.

Get out and enjoy yourself……And, “Away we Go”!!!

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