2012-07-20 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

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

The National Park covers the Rockaway Peninsula except for the Rockaway Point and Breezy Point areas. The National Park Service has now shut down the parking lot adjacent to the Breezy Point Gate so guests of residents and shoppers at Breezy Point stores who don’t have passes now have to park their cars at an area, miles away, in Fort Tilden.

This forces them to take the Blue Goose Shuttle, which operates at limited times, or be picked up by the residents. Contact the National Park Service. Google it and even put it on facebook to protest this issue, if you are against it.

Unfortunately, we have to complain and complain if we are unhappy about a situation and we want things changed.

If you have other issues or any personal events: birthdays or anniversaries you want mentioned in this column, drop them off at the Breezy Point Surf Shop by the ball field at Beach 210 Street in Breezy Point.

The owner, Donald Ritter, has a well stocked store from kayaks, surf and paddle boards to hats, glasses, shorts and bathing suits, etc. to meet all your beach and gift needs.

Happy Birthday to my cousin Patricia Crowley, on July 19.

My best wishes. Joan Sivori celebrated her July 1 birthday at Kennedy’s with friends: Roseann Principe, Lucia Sano, Gina Wein and Gloria Albert. They came from Brooklyn and Staten Island and “The food was fantastic!” they said. Richie Coyne and Kathy McCormack were at the Kennedy’s bar and I haven’t seen them in the many years I covered the Surf Club.

Kathy looks great and Richie, too. Love to see my old friends.

Also around the bar were Fran Stein and Don Deola. They had nothing but praises for “Angry Entertainment,” an off-Broadway show they saw at the Rockaway Theatre at Fort Tilden. It is still running. Check it out!

Paul Walsh had a surprise 65th Birthday Celebration at the Bay House with 75 of his Breezy Point tennis player friends. Congratulations and good luck!

Met Alicia Cannon, ASID at the Designer’s Show (Executive Women in Hospitality NEWH@ NYC Met Pavilion on West 18 Street).

Her mother, Rosemary Cannon, who lived in Breezy Point at one time and still visits friend JoEllen Blaire, who is a resident.

Alicia is a hospitality and interior designer at 333 East 108 Street in NYC. It was under the leadership of chair Alicia Cannon that the tradeshow committee brought together the greatest minds from art, music, film.

We met the owners, executives and developers of hotels and buildings all over the world at a roundtable discussion.

Very interesting and informative. Their goal is to raise funds for providing scholarships for young talented students in need of mentorship. Their next event is Toasty Tuesday. June 19.

At the French Consulate, I was invited for an elegant luncheon to introduce the new E cooking book, “My Provence,” by Laurent Gras, Michelinstarred Chef.

The menu: Artichoke Salad, Fresh Cod with Green Olives, Wine from Provence and Mocha Tart, Clatfourist. It was all out of this world flavors. You can get the recipes on My Provence Ebook.

This past month England celebrated the British Queen’s Jubilee Anniversary. Here in N.Y. we also celebrated.

I attended one of the cocktail receptions at the Peninsula Hotel where the ladies were all adorned in hats and you could hear many English accents. It was “veddy” upper class. Enjoyed!

Marriott Marquis TSq, was the site of the Gift Fair where I came across some new items: Thera-ped with two attractive pads like flip flops to warm up in a microwave to soothe cramped or achy feet; Touch up your gray hair with Gray Away spray; grow your own mushroom garden from a box in your home; Megellen GPS devices for the car; Tick Tock insect repellent spay and Appgear.com Foam Fighter Plane to keep any young boy happy. It attaches to an iPod and flies.

Travel:

Indonesia – this tropical country lies between Asia and Australia, between the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

It has 17,000 islands and a population of 225 million, the biggest Moslem population in the world. Cultures from India, China, European, Arab worlds. Bali is most exotic and diverse.

Don’t miss the Bali dancers; see www.Indonesia Travel.

We learned about this country at a dinner buffet at the Novotel Hotel overlooking spectacular view of Times Square. (A New Year’s Eve site.)

Bali 7 or 12 nts from @99pp ,,rockypanamatours.com 6nts Bali $699US Eksotis Holidays 12 Bali-Lombok $599p,op,US

And …AWAY WE GO!!!!

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