2013-01-25 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

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

Slowly but slowly, residents of Breezy Point who were displaced by storm Sandy are moving back into their homes while “Rapid Repair” is slowly and not rapidly repairing the damage, although I do hear they have speeded things up of late. The stores are still standing. The super market is supplying fresh meat now and they have had their deli open with hot and cold sandwiches and coffee. The liquor store and Blarney Castle, a well loved pub/restaurant/night entertainment weathered the storm and is open to serve the community more hours and days than before. It was here I spoke with the local residents to get their views of the situation: “ There is great need to construct barriers along the beach front to protect the land from being swallowed up by another super storm.” Bobby Crowley, who has been working his tail off at the lumber yard, as you can imagine, wants to contact Senator Charles Schumer to ask that the old subway trains be put up along the ocean beach in Breezy Point, cover them with sand to block the waters from entering the land. Contact Bobby Crowley if interested to form a group to present this to the Senator. They must make sure there is no salt in the water we drink and it is safe and clean, make sure electric power is readily available to homeowners. Some call for restructuring management, for professional engineers to take over, a new staff internally. If we are going to rebuild, we must start from the bottom up. There is now a lack of financial planning. Members of the Cooperative have not received financial statements. Where are all the funds collected going? No longer can the community be blind to these matters. The more knowledge they have the more efficiently they can work. I welcome your feedback and if you can add your suggestions or give pros and cons. I will be happy to print them so that your views can help pave a path for a safer, stronger Breezy Point to earn the term, ”Paradise of the East.”

There was mention of the Deidre Duffy Group and the $35,000 grant by the Attorney General for flood insurance. Funds raised by the Walk

Through Breezy, St. Patrick’s Relief Fund for Breezy and the Gaelic Football Team at St. Thomas More Church. Also know about Habitat, volunteers from all states to clean up disaster areas. Patty and Nicole Crowley came by the stores after delivering trays of hot home-cooked food at Christ Community Church for the volunteers. They need nutritional food. You can contact Food for the Breezy Women.com Maura Duffy has been working hard with them. It may not be a breeze, but it is the Breezy way to rebuild.

While wandering through the Javit’s Center at the Boat Show I came across what many Breezy Pointers need to have on hand……an inflatable boat. If the water comes up too high you can inflate your boat and float safely away. Mercury puts out a 240 rollup Dinghy for first time boat owners. Then there is a Viking ResCue lift raft that rights itself in the water and has saved many lives. I urge all who are living is such vulnerable dangerous areas to look into these means of safety and escape… usasales@viking-life.com. Be prepared next time.

At the Accessory Show at Javit’s Center I found a pair of warm socks and tights all rolled into one. They are so comfortable and warm. In zero weather your feet and legs never get cold.

Many of you may want to get away from it all……especially if you are displaced or have been though the trauma of Super Storm Sandy.

Fully Inclusive tours of Ireland, the year of the gathering. Five days taste of Ireland Dublin Shannon $650 land only CIE tours.

Lithuania…meadows and hills everywhere and hear the singing of the birds. It is 1000 years old filled with history ….Theatres, concerts and festivals, listen to world class classical music and watch numerous plays and operas. Take a bite out of brown bread and taste amber, which contains healing properties. Biking, fishing and hot air balloons and much more. Jerulita Tours discover highs and lows of Jewish history.

Amazing China in 22 days Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Forbidden City, Grand Buddha etc. 22 days $3699p.p. with Nexus Holidays.

AND, AWAY WE GO!!!

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