2013-01-04 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Jingle Bell Rockaway Festival

The fundraiser by Seafood House at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club was a huge success. They supplied delicious food for over 2000 prepared by volunteers. Danielle Nye’s father, Commissioner Rick Deberadinis home cooked the hot spicy chili. They had ribs, chicken, pasta, pizza etc. Local residents, volunteers workers from all over: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Yorkville …..Met Jim McGovern, Deputy Chief of Sanitation Department, who is in charge of the massive cleanup of debris left by Sandy. Many thanks for the tremendous hard work they are doing. Kevin Daly from Rubin House was there from Beach 134 Street. He is with HVAC. Julie Steinberg, the adorable, efficient, popular, personality plus bartender kept everybody so happy they applauded her when the bell rang every 15 minutes. Julie is known from Rockaway Seafood. She is from Beach 149 Street before Sandy. Unfortunately, her home was washed away. Julie is a college graduate and had been tending bar at Rockaway Seafood until the storm hit and has moved back in with her parents in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. We are all rooting for Julie, for restoration of her home and for all her future dreams to come true. Best wishes to you, Julie. Patty McCabe, who owns Gene’’s Washing Machine Repair Service asks you to please support your local businesses. She a hi-tech repair gal and give her a call. Around the bar were: Billy Gilhaus; Hagan Stanley of Beach 88 Street; Erika London; Mackie McGovern, an ironworker from Yorkville and brother of Jim McGovern, and Joey Lavin also from Yorkville. He’s had raves for open mic on Thursdays at Ft. Tilden.

Release the funds set aside to rebuild Rockaway. We are pulling together folks and it will take time. But, with endurance, hard work and available funds we can have a more beautiful, safe from the storms, residential paradise.

Though there have been dark clouds over us through the holidays we have weathered them and look forward to the sunshine. You will not get this before Christmas but I do wish the spirit of Christmas lingers for the rest of the year in your hearts and we will work harder to achieve a more peaceful world.

Silence The Shooter Before The Gun Goes Off

We must change the culture of our country. We must stop this senseless shooting of innocent babies. Not only do we need stricter gun control laws, but the shooter needs to be silenced before the gun goes off. We must get to the root of the problem. TREAT TROUBLED CHILDREN when they are in our schools. Every child should be tested for mental stability. We must protect the minds of our children and not fill their heads with violent games on iPods and Internet, and ban the evil violence in movies. There is enough violence in the news and around the world that sends the message that violence spells sorrow. Teach our children that love, compassion and kindness is a more rewarding way to live.

Travel:

The Tourist Board of Hungary took agents and media for a lovely luncheon on board the sightseeing glass enclosed Bateau Yacht around the Hudson. Hungary is located in central Europe. Budapest, the capital, boast many castles and palaces, St. Stephen’s Basilica, State Opera House, the Danube River, the House of Terror and fun filled nightlife. Enjoy comfy food such as goulash.

And, you can also refresh yourself in their wonderful spas and thermal baths to cure illnesses. Check your local travel agents for the best deals…

You don’t have to go far away to hop off to Quebec, Canada. At the Harvard Club I met some of their tour operators and hoteliers. February 1 to 17 is Carnival in Quebec City on the eastern coast of Canada. They have specials deals going on. The Canoe contest is on Februry 7. Night Festival February 10 followed by exciting events throughout the two weeks of Carnival. You may want to get away at that time: Abraham Morph playground, dogsled rides, sculptures. Visit the Ice Palace, Mr. Chris Village .

AND AWAY WE GO!!!

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