2010-11-12 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

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

The members of the Breezy Point, Rockaway Point and Roxbury Associations overwhelmingly voted negative on the new Air Vac sewer project. They put it down the drain because it would be a drain on the pockets and living conditions of Cooperative residents for years of construction. It was a bad idea in the first place and it wasted time and money. IT IS GARBAGE! And, it is not worth trying to push it through anymore. Hopefully it has been flushed away.

Frances Abraciamento looks so great for 90. And, God bless her and her son Frank. I only saw Frank a few weeks ago at an event at the Explorers Club. He was so kind to pick me up at 219 Street while I was waiting for the Blue Goose to take me to Kennedy’s. Unbeknownst to me, the Blue Goose doesn’t run on Sundays. It was a cold November evening and I was so glad to meet all the sippers and diners who were at the bar. Football fan Peter Banks from Bedford Avenue, a fireman from Brooklyn, was there with his friends. I met the adorable Samantha (18 months) with Mom, Debra, who is the wife of Steven Spyliopulax, Kennedy’s super bartender.

Debra is a speech therapist and no wonder he married her. (She was probably the only one who could pronounce his last name correctly). They are expecting another baby in four months. Best wishes to all. Speaking of bartenders, Frank Cody, retired from Kennedy’s (one of the best) stopped and said, “Hello”; Frank Montella, a successful actor in TV series and films from CA. is happy to be returning to his home in Ozone Park; Tom Johnson from the Bronx, a retired fireman for 24 years, with his wife, Lilly, and Rose BUD (did someone say for Budweiser?) who was having a fun night around the bar with Geeny Melhon and several senior gals. Eileen Nugent of Janet Lane celebrated her 95 birthday with friends and family at Kennedy’s. On the Bay. Congratulations!

Heard at the Breezy Point Surf Shop, Danny Dady, owner of the Breezy Point Lumber Yard, died at the age of 55 from cancer. He was a well loved, gentle and a generous man. The community will miss him. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, and daughter, Ashley. The Surf Shop, by the way, is open through the holidays, filled with furry flip flops, sweaters, jackets, winter hats, skateboards, etc. and is accessible to all in the Rockaways.

With this economy I didn’t think there was much wealth around. Evidently I am wrong. A brand new hotel, the SETAI at 400 Fifth Avenue, NYC, is a Capella Hotel, known for its excellence around the world, had a Gala Grand opening. This New York Hotel is so, so modern. It just radiates elegance. From lobby to all floor levels they have apartments, and weekly and nightly rooms for rent, all extremely luxurious and very, very expensive. The food they serve in their restaurant is to die for. I can still taste the lamb and the caviar with truffles and more. It reeks of elegance and the service is pampering to the limit. But, you have to pay through the nose. Inheritance money, corporations, politicians and royalty can afford all of this. Your little piggy bank won’t do. However, there must be plenty of wealth around to warrant it. Build it and they will come, they say. You can always save your pennies for a one night treat.

At the Martinique, the Island of Flowers reception I learned Martinique is the Best Gourmet Island and the Rum Capital of the world. Empress Josephine was born and raised there. It is a little France outside of France and you will find Chanel and Limoges fashions there. And it is a beautiful and special island.

Lombardy, Italy is known for their rich and abundant vineyards and I had a sample of their wines at a sit down four course dinner at an SD2 Restaurant. The meal was excellent but definitely enhanced by Lombardy wines. This is a very beautiful region in Italy.

Beverly Hills went all out as the event of the year at the Beekman Restaurant, NYC. On all three levels food and drinks were served in abundance. It couldn’t be better … lobsters, oysters, clams. Filet mignon, many tasty ‘pass arounds.’ It was a foodie fest. Beverly Hills is close to Hollywood and if you want to see how the stars live, visit Beverly Hills. A paradise for the rich and famous. They have direct flights from JFK to LA to get you there and accommodations in all class hotels.

And ... AWAY WE GO!!!

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