2010-10-08 / Community

Dorothy Dunne

Arizona, The Grand Canyon State Beyond The Laws
News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News • 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

There has been much controversy over the immigration laws in Arizona, but I am on the side of Arizona. The illegal alien situation has gotten out of hand and if they have to stop people for proof of legalization so be it. Why in the world are people so sensitive? What’s the big deal to show proof when you have it? Arizona has a much bigger problem to contend with and if it takes these mea-sures to stop illegal aliens from crossing the border, legal Amer-icans should welcome their efforts. But, beyond all of that, have you ever been to Arizona?

This is a fun, interesting and awesome place to visit. Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the USA. And with its new renovation the Phoenix Conven-tion Center boast 900,000 square feet of space. The Sheraton Phoenix has 1,000 guest rooms. Visit the White Mountains for fabulous freshwater fishing, hike a trail, ride a horse, ski to your heart’s content. Meet the hard working ranchers and authentic tribal people. Feast at the Harvest Feast on November 25 at the Heard Museum for a special cuisine based journey at the Native Edible Gallery to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Check out the Fair-mont Scottsdale offering cooking classes, golf lessons, tequila and bourbon tasting, watercolor classes, spa and others. Special pkg. $239nt includes $50 credit at resort’s restaurants and spa now thru Jan 27. I learned all these things at a Tradeshow at the Athletic Club where I met some of the Hoteliers at a beautiful luncheon for the media at A Voice, 10 Columbus Circle where I was seated next to Douglas MacKen-zie, Phoenix Director of Communications. The sun shines all year round in Arizona and if their people are as charming as I met in NYC, I am anxious to visit the State that is the Heart of America. The video they showed was so enticing you really should put this on your must visit list.

Aer Lingus put on a great show in Grand Central Station with Irish sing-ers, female bagpipers and a video of North and South Ireland. Tour the city of Belfast including the murals of the Fallsand Skanhill Roads, the birthplace of the Titanic and the University Area. Wander the Mournes and Sper-rins, the prominent mountain range connecting Armagh and Down. Be sure to follow the Mourne Wall, 22 miles long, that runs from peak to peak giving you a thrill of a lifetime and visit St. Patrick’s Center of Counties Down. You can stay at luxury or modest hotels and even youth hostels are available across Northern Ireland. There are many Rock-away residents whose ancestors originated from Ireland. Why not go back and learn about the culture of the people and beauty of the land? Aer Lingus welcomes you and will take you safely from New York to Belfast or Dublin.

The Children’s Club had the annual expo at the Javit’s Center and I discovered very attractive children’s watches at low, low prices. I actually saved my-self a manicure this week when I discovered decorated nails by Broadway Diva you can purchase at Walgreens and CVS for almost nothing. Glue them on for the expensive manicured look, no drying time and you are good to go. And for the little ones and teens, Pink by Kiss at these stores to decorate with flowers and hearts and stars and other designs on the tips of their nails. It takes so little time and Viola! nails to flaunt on that special occasion or just pretty nails for any ordinary day. The Diva nails last up to two weeks.

At the Golden Unicorn, one of the top Chinese Restaurants in NYC, at 18 East Broadway, Wendy Wu, of Wendy Wu Tours, made an interesting presentation and video of the various tours in China. They do a superb job to make travel to China most comfortable, in-teresting and educational. Ask your travel agent to book with them. Wendy took us through all the fascinating sites of China while we dined on a delicious 5 course Chinese dinner. Please, if anything is happening with you notify me dorothydunne@yahoo. com and I will be glad to spread the word of events in your life. And…..Away we go!!!

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