2011-06-10 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Gerard Casey In Winner’s Circle At Belmont
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Unbeknownst to me the Blue Goose (Breezy Point’s private shuttle) stops working at 3 p.m. on Sundays so that I had to walk from Beach 219 Street to Kennedy’s, when Teresa Sefchek drove her car up to give me a ride. Thanks to her I got there on time to see Gerard Casey’s mare, “Lady on the Run,” come in second at Belmont Race Track. Two weeks ago Lady on the Run came in first. Congratulations Gerard we will keep following her races. Three ladies from Rockaway were at the bar who alerted me to the race that was about to start. We got to talking and they had some advice for all elderly: Cruising is better than a Nursing Home or Assisted Living which is more expensive than a cruise. The service is better, the meals are better, you visit different destinations in the world and you are being entertained in style while you are going out in style. Live your life to the fullest. If you need help to pick your cruise give me a call.

Now back to Teresa Sefchek who told me a very interesting story in the car about her friend, Sister Elaine Roulet who has changed the lives of former incarcerated women. After prison they had nowhere to go and did not have anything. She was the instigator who founded seven half-way houses called Paradise House to be able to give them spiritual guidance and support they need during the transition. Teresa is one of her volunteers and if you would like to help in any way you can give Sister Elaine Roulet a call at 718-945- 1038. She can use all the help she can get. We are all human and make mistakes. And, we all deserve a second chance. I will ask her to appear on the New Yorkers TV Show so that we can get more people behind her. It is a very worthy cause.

For some reason or other I got an urge to walk up the block from Kennedy’s to the Surf Shop but on my way found a party at the Club House. It was a Graduation Party for Irene and Bob Taikina’s younger son, Steven, graduating from Xaverian High School. Steven has two older siblings, Mathew and Jane. It was a blast of a party with open bar, music and food and delicious desserts, cakes and yum, yum cupcakes from a famous Brooklyn bakery. Irene insisted I come join the party and I met Bob Kane’s son, John; Dan Leary who many years ago was my son Jimmy Matuozzi’s roommate in Rockaway; Joan Taikina and Kimberly Taikina; Kerry McDonald; and Steven’s aunt, Maya Cunneen. Thank you so much. I had a great time. I didn’t get a chance to wish Steven success in all his endeavors and especially with his future education.

A belated Happy Birthday to Frances Abbraciamento who turned 91 in May. She doesn’t look a day over 70.

Last week on a sunny June day I took the pleasant seven minute Water Taxi boat ride at West 35 Street, NYC, on their invitation to join them for a celebration cocktail dinner reception at Water’s Edge Restaurant on the East River at 44 Drive, Long Island City. It is a great site to party overlooking the East River while enjoying the music and munching on the tasty passarounds and delicious vegetables, cheese and fruit on the sumptuous buffet tables with warm entrees to follow. Swarms of people were there from all over and I met, among them, Maura Buckley from Breezy Point. Of course Maura was there. She is the Sales and Marketing Director of the Circle Line and Water Taxi. (Can’t you get the Water Taxi to take people from RIIS Landing to 35th Street and back?) It would be so convenient. They did resume ferry service from Riis Landing to Wall Street for the business people. During the summer months there is a need for more water transportation to mid-Manhattan. Maybe Maura can work on that. The Water Taxi is a delightful way to travel and it is speedy. TRAVEL:

At the Essex House, 160 Central Park So., I attended the Amazing Thailand Dinner where we were brilliantly entertained by the Rai Por Lora Thailand musical performance by Patravadi theatrical group. We thoroughly enjoyed the music, dancing and operatic voices of these five-star professional performers. We talked to suppliers, enjoyed the video which took us through the beautiful countryside, expeditions and luxurious resorts such as Rayava Dee in Krari’s national park on the Aandaman Sea. Only $600 nt but it includes bfts and nearby airport to take you 17 minutes away by air to Bangkok.

Eva Air held a breakfast seminar at the Grand Hyatt with suppliers and video of Shanghai and Taiwan. Taiwan is part of China, but operates as a separate entity. Eva Air has non-stop from LAand NYC. Twenty-three million people visited Shanghai for the EXPO 2010 and 8.5 million from USA. The Bund history goes back 5000 years which you can explore, or tour the gardens and tea houses, wine, antiques. The opening parade for the Arts Festival is September 10 and Disneyland is five years and only three hours away from Shanghai.

Till November 30 RT NY/Taipei, Tawain, stay at Gala Howard Palaza, tour Shanghai, Cest of China 10 days $2,141+tax departing Thursdays.


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