2013-07-05 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

There’s No Place Like Home!

This is what the residents of Breezy Point are saying as they are trickling back to their repaired broken homes due to storm Sandy. But home is really not the same.

Breezy had a loss of 400 homes, destroyed to the ground and 350 empty sites left. Many more hundreds of homes were severely damaged. Breezy Point is just one big “Shell of the Town” on the sands of time. There is hope, resiliency and strong hearts and bodies that fill that shell with warmth and love and strength to rebuild the structures and renew the life and good times to make it a more beautiful and playful area than it was before. It is a matter of time. They are coming back. To restore business it has been a struggle. Donald Ritter has temporarily set up his Surf Shop only steps away from his original shop at the Life Guard Center where he has surf boards, flip flops and apparel for those in need and is getting more supplies in every day, see Facebook. You can order on line as well. The Hair Den is open, the Breezy supermarket is now open and the Dug Out at the Ball Field is ready to serve you. Kennedy’s, unfortunately, will not open till the end of August. This is one of the finest restaurants on the Peninsula and will be greatly missed throughout the season. But we do see familiar faces each week and what a joy to see them. Pat Longo from the Coop office is moving back home again after a long stint in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Eleanor and John Hart were happy and grateful to leave their temporary home with relatives in Pearl River, N.J. to move back into their home on 220th Street and to also attend the first mass at St. Edmund’s Church since Sandy. The Coop is working on a plan to build barriers along the ocean front to protect the homes from future storm waves and wind. It all takes time, workers and money, too. Let’s hope fortification will be set up before needed.

In another part of Queens, very lightly touched by storm Sandy, in a beautiful area in Corona Park, beyond the zoo, I enjoyed a delightful evening at the Queens Theatre for their 2013 Gala, a moveable musical feast, honoring Councilmember, Jimmy Van Brammer and two-time Emmy winner, actor and playwright, Robert Wuhl. A lavish buffet dinner was set before us, while a live auction was held followed by live performances by Edmar Castanda, Tsidil Le Loka and Lora Fye. It was an outstanding performance and a delightful evening. The Queens Theatre is doing a great job for the pleasure of all attendees. They need your support.

Gift Show was in town and I discovered a few new products on the market. Escort Mobile TV allows consumer to watch live TV on an iPod; Energizer light for camping in the woods, Sandy Storm outage etc. energizer.com for more information; my charge, a portable power bank to recharge the battery on your iPhone 5; hot and cold massage for neck, back shoulders and feet put out by Wahl. They also have a Lithium Ion which is a battery charged shaver with precision blades, four grooming tools and trimming lengths. For haircut, trim nose and ears and detailed shaver. Tickettyboo hot chocolate in a brown bag and just add hot water. Do you love poached eggs? Cuisipro has a stainless steel egg cup designed for submission in the pot of boiling water; magnetic spot scrubber for baby bottlers and vases, bandless ear muffs and Bandees Wrist Wallet for pocket phone and oodles more. Fascinating show.

Historic Hotels at the Waldorf held a lavish event for agents and media and most of the hoteliers from different states were on hand. To live in elegance on vacation or business indulge yourselves and stay at an Historic Hotel. I stayed at the Fairmont hotel in Alberta Canada for one of my Travels in Style TV Shows and the service was sublime and the hotel was so beautiful and they couldn’t do enough for us.

Travel:

If you want to leave the Rockaway beaches this is the time of year you get the greatest discounts. This is the time to travel to places like Paraguay and if you are a bird lover this will be your paradise. It borders Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia. It is known for its natural beauty, exotic birds and animals, awesome falls and fun festivals, fine accommodations and for the golfer there are beautiful courses for you.

And...Away we Go!!!

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