2012-03-09 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Passing The Baton: After 73 Years, A New Operator For Breezy Clubs
News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News • 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

JBay, LLC whose parent Company, Ortega, a New Mexico company, was selected to operate the Breezy Point and Silver Gull Beach Clubs on April 1, 2012.

Members of the Clubs are devastated, overwhelmed with sadness and feel as if they have lost a family member. Since 1962 these clubs have been run by William Ferguson, who passed away six years ago, Thomas August, president and Tom Mulligan, general manager. They have been offered to retain their current positions with the clubs but under the Ortega Company.

Sadly, for many, they have made the decision NOT to continue to manage these clubs.

Members and friends don’t want them to leave, but do thank them for their happy summers and beautiful memories. As Mr. Mulligan regrets leaving the clubs, families, friends and happy memories, he and Mr. August choose to relinquish operations of the Breezy Point and Silver Gull Beach Clubs. They go with the change of times as they pass the baton to JBay, (whose parent Company, Ortega, has managed concessions for National Parks throughout the country,) with assurance they will carry on the traditions and works of their operations so that the members may continue to enjoy the pleasure of friends, sun, water sports and merriment sitting in open view of the Atlantic Ocean, as they have for years.

HAPPY. HAPPY SUMMER AND DAYS TO ALL! They will be greatly missed.

When I covered some of the shows at the Javits Center I came across beautiful scarves by Yun Zhang, a Japanese American young lady. More and more Americans are manufacturing in the USA; and, over 40% more from last year.

The fashion industry is finally getting the message that we must manufacture our goods in the Good Ole’ USA. I displayed this scarf on New Yorkers TV Show. If you did not catch it, you can pull up her website: www.yunzhang@eastcloud.com. I found some other interesting items. The corksicle is a wand that is put into the freezer and placed into your wine bottle to keep the temperature just right. No need for a bucket of ice. Does your garlic or tomatoes go bad? Don’t put them in the refrigerator. You can now keep cut tomatoes and garlic fresh and moist with the Tomato and Garlic Saver by Hutzler. New on the market. Look for them in the stores.

At Kennedy’s Restaurant, St. Patrick’s Day Parade party giver Ann Moroney, and Rose Lonigro, who boasts 12 grandchildren and a great-grandson, were all enthusiastic about Rockaway’s parade which stepped off on Saturday, from Beach 129 Street. Michael Benn is president and John Brennen is treasurer and they put a great deal of work into this parade to the enjoyment of all. Not only the Rockaway Irish but all Rockaway residents and friends enjoyed the Irish dignitaries, bagpipers and step dancers as they marched the streets and proudly waved the Irish flag.

It was a day of merriment and fun in tribute to St. Patrick. Ann Moroney is known as the party giver for her huge family and many friends and she attributes the success of these parties to Ludwig caterers. Rose Lonigro recently attended the off-Broadway show “Newsical The Musical” and raved about it. The tickets are low priced and she said, “It should be on Broadway. It is that good!” I will see what is it about and let you know.

Last week the Irish Tourist Board invited agents and press to a beautiful luncheon at the Athletic Club where we met the Prime minister of Ireland, Mr. Enda Kennedy T.D., who launched the new tourism brand, “Jump into Ireland.” You can triple jump your way into London for the Olympic Games; see the Land of Giants in Belfast, the largest outdoor theatre and arts event ever staged in Northern Ireland; the Clipper Yacht Race, June 30 to July 8; the Galway Oyster Festival in September: the new Giant Causeway; October, Ulster Bank Belfast Festival; World Peace and Fire Festival which draws over 200,000; in Dublin, the Tall Ship Races; Science Olympics; Aviva Stadium which will stage a Notre Dame vs. Navy, and in the summer the world’s top golfers will return to the Emerald Isle for the Irish Open. A trip to Ireland will last forever in your heart…AA.com flights from $437…“Top of the morning to you.” And…………………Away We Go!!!

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