2013-09-06 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

By Dorothy Dunne

It is called Mardi Gras in Breezy Point and this year more than ever the spirit of the event and the people were most evident. Of course, Sandy dampened our spirits but the resourcefulness and resilience and fortitude shone through on this day. It was tragic, it was heartrending, and it was devastating. But we all survived and have the strength to rebuild a better piece of paradise. We have pushed pass the pain and have found the lighter side of life. You can see it in the costumes, decorated homes, music and the dance. And, now we look forward to the new dunes to be erected along the ocean, starting September 7th, to protect us from other storms. This couldn’t come soon enough.

I must commend Dennis and Donna Farrell for the great job they did in organizing Uncle Richie Memorial Paddle for Epilepsy. My grandchild, Samantha, by my first son, Kevin Matuozzi suffers from epilepsy as does Bobby Dee Danzilo’s daughter. My heart goes out to all with this disease. Hopefully with fundraisers like this, researchers will came up with a cure or at least some relief to cope with the seizures. Researchers have found a better way to treat Parkinson’s disease. Cynapsus is a non-injectable delivery of “Apokyn” intended to treat Parkinson’s. This can be taken orally, under the tongue, to treat episodes and eliminate painful side effects. It is a convenient administration and it increases tolerability.

There was another Paddle Party down the Hudson River by Native and non-Native American paddlers to celebrate Two Row Wampum Treaty to help renew ties and friendship between peoples. George Washington, in the treaty in 1794, promised protection for the Indian Territories. This is their annual celebration.

Have you been to Del Fresco at 1221 6th Avenue overlooking Rockefeller Plaza? Excellent for lunch. Holiday Inn at 57th Street had a rooftop party where they entertained their top agents.

Virtual Piggy will give parental control over the purchases made on line by children 8 to 18. It monitors what they are buying and limits the amount they are spending. It tells them when their “Piggy” bank is empty.

At the Gift Show I came across the GirlyGoGarter that wraps around your thigh with pockets that hold money, phone, credits cards, keys and much much more neatly and discretely under your dress or pants. All your valuables out of sight and out of reach of potential robbers. It is the brain child of Andy Paige author of bestselling book,” Style on a Shoestring”, andy@andypaige.com.

Also if you like art you can now find copies of fine art on your socks by JHJ Design. You can now carry a portrait of Mona Lisa on your high socks. If your child wants a tattoo he can go through that phase with no worry. There is now a company called Tattly whereby they have tattoos you can rub onto your skin that wash off. Recife, Brazil had a big celebration to promote the Olympic Games in 2014 in Brazil at the Yotel Hotel, NYC. Brazilians are party people and they had a blast with music, dancing, food and open bar. I produced and hosted a show in Brazil many, many years ago. You are welcome to see some of my Travels in Style TV Shows on You Tube under Travels in Style and Dorothy Dunne. If you come upon them I hope you enjoy them. I would like your feedback.

And now we come to the Travel segment: If you are a bird watcher, diving enthusiast, whale watcher, adventuresome tram rider, or want to experience a rainforest, then Costa Rica may be the best place for your next vacation. It sits between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Jet Blue and Avianca Airlines have direct flights to San Jose the capital. You will find the Tuscan bird, leatherback turtle, volcanoes, coffee tours, fun and festivals and much much more. I may do a TV show in Costa Rica and anyone who wants to join me can send me an email. And... Away We Go!!!

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