2013-04-12 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Frances is a resident of Breezy Point and has weathered many storms in her lifetime including Sandy. She is the former owner with late husband, Sal of Abbracciamento of the Pier Restaurant in Rockaway. She is a vibrant senior and still goes to senior meetings and lives a good life of fun and vigor. If they say 70 is the new 40, I say Frances is an example of 100 years is the new 70 year old. You can sure bank on her being around 10 years. By that time Breezy Point will be the playground paradise of the New York area. And all debris damage will be wiped away with newly repaired homes and maybe some a few feet higher from the ground with dunes and barricades to block the wind and waters from destroying homes and businesses. Hang in there folks, the sunny days will come blazing through. It has been a very cold and dark winter with many hardships to endure, but with patience, fortitude and hard work, a new Breezy is on the horizon and the sunshine and warmth will bring brighter, more cheerful days..

I stopped Dorothea Connelly who was washing down her car in her driveway on Beach 220th Street. She has been living on Long Island since Sandy. She told me she is looking forward to moving back into the house and that the Sugar Bowl expects to open June 28th. Kennedy’s on the Bay, by all reports, may be open by the end of August. Seems Jemison’s Blarney Castle is the only game in town (thank God it is). They served meals every day except Sunday and the bar prices are so reasonable, you can scare the blues away in no time. Tony Hickey was in charge of the bar when I was there and he is not only a handsome young man but so courteous and cheerful as well. (And makes a nice drink, too). Catherine Palameri was there and she explained she is voicing her disappointments to the Co-op and FEMA and anyone who will listen to the facts more has not been done to help this community in its desperate need to clear up the debris, restore the homes to livability; took too long for accessible lights and heat to go back on and just took too long to just care about us. Where was the Co-op to get us all together to tell us the facts? She claims more was expected of them. I have heard this from many residents, but they will have to get out there and vote for the right people to represent them. Weed out the useless ones and replace them with men and/or women with backbone to fight for our rights and causes to help us better survive. Cheers to you, Catherine. Hope your voice is heard. Deborah from Roxbury has been living in Bay Ridge since Sandy. Her husband, Gary Hunt has been fighting in the Armed forces in Afghanistan. She is anxious for her husband’s return and to return to her home in Roxbury. Gene Ryan from Breezy Point is looking forward to going to the beach and Lorraine, from 402 Seabreeze in Roxbury, was among those who toughed it out all winter. Tommy Ryan expressed his hope for a bright future. All thank the volunteers. They don’t know what they would have done without them. Two gals from Hope Project came by and they knocked on doors to see if anyone in the home needed anything. It is so heartwarming to know someone cares, that they would dedicate their lives to bring comfort to others. God bless the good people in the world. It revives the “Spirit” of Breezy. We do know they have a lot of “spirit.” God saved the liquor store and the Blarney Castle just to keep spirits afloat. Let’s all drink to that, but do it responsibly! Cheers to happier days!

The Explorers Club had their annual luncheon and it gave me a chance to say, “Hi!” to Alda, Frances Abbracciamento’s daughter. She and Brother Frank are in charge of catering for Explorers Club for many years.

The Auto Show this year was eye popping and mind boggling They were all so beautiful and colorful: Nissan, Lexus, Lamborghini to mention just a few, with doors that swing open up in the air and a dashboard to challenge anyone’s hi-tech mind. They had a car that even drove on its own. Better than any human chauffeur.

Condolences to family, friends and fans of Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of England for many years, dubbed the Iron Lady by the Russians. She passed away this week at age 87. She was strong and she was tough and got things done. She was instrumental in Scotland gaining its independence. And, that brings me to my travel segment……….

Travel: An entertaining evening at the St. Andrews Restaurant, NYC where travel agents and media spoke about Scotland as an interesting place to vacation. This is the home of Tartan dress, kilts, bag pipes and tap dancing. Explore historic cities, castles or the grandeur of Highland scenery. Discover picturesque little Lowland towns in the east or escape to the empty white sand beaches to the west on Iona and Islay. Enjoy the festivals, dance, drama, songs and poetry. Edinburgh is the Capital city where you can look upon elegant, dramatic, medieval architecture that made it a World Heritage site. You will also find clubs, bars and museums. The biggest city is Glasgow; stylish, full of fun, a shopper’s paradise and one of the friendliest places you’d like to visit. You can dine on grass fed beef and lamb, venison and pheasant and fresh caught white fish and shell fish of all kinds. You can stay at a country house, castle hotel, boutique hotel, and restaurants with rooms as well as a guest house with B&B and enjoy the tradition of hospitality.

Hurry and get on the Palace Tours for running of the bulls starting in Madrid, Spain July 7th, in luxury rail cruise 6nts/7days. Visit seven World Heritage sites, attend the Running of the Bulls Festival and watch a Bull fight. (All meals included with wine)…..

And……..AWAY WE GO!!!

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