What a week it was: Dancing and singing my heart out!

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Photo courtesy Dominick Totino
Photo courtesy Dominick Totino

Borough politicians and the WOW women performed in “Legislative Acts,” a fundraising event at Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall.

For many years, Jeff Rosenstock ran the Queens Theatre in the Park and produced a fun-filled, fundraising show, featuring Queens legislators. Then when he left to have a career at Queens College, the show ended. But to my delight, he resurrected the show and invited me and my WOW friends to appear in it. And so there I was on stage for the “Legislative Acts” at the stunning LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College. It was, as they billed it, a “rollicking fundraising event!” And what fun I had.

Accompanied by Linda DeSabato, Audrey Pheffer, Debbie Markel and the professional performers, we sang several stanzas of my favorite song from Pippin (the superb revival of the show that made Ben Vereen’s career), “No Time At All.”  I love the song’s message, and we had the audience sing along with these words:

“Oh, it’s time to start livin’,

Time to take a little from the world we’re given

Time to take time, cause spring will turn to fall

In just no time at all …”

We finished the song with a kickline, laughing all the way off the stage!

But my dear friend Claire Shulman stole the show, when she appeared on stage in an outrageous Wonder Woman costume with Peter Vallone Sr. dressed as Superman. They were hysterically laughing, as was the audience.

My daughter Elizabeth was my date. She kindly brought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers, but I think they should have gone to Melinda Katz, our newly elected borough president, whose professional and magnificent voice stunned my daughter.

Here’s to many more years of Melinda’s great performance both on the stage and in her new critically important role as our borough’s leader. It was a night to remember and cherish!

With more than 27 elected officials singing and dancing to the loud applause of the sold out audience, I was proud to be part of the evening that raised money for the college’s Big Buddy and Women and Work programs.


BRIC, a powerful presence in Brooklyn

For years, I had a weekly TV show on Queens Public Television, but sadly my producer David Oats passed away and the show ended. Now, with my Brooklyn newspapers, Gregory Romenski, is serving as the producer for my new monthly show on Brooklyn cable TV (BRIC), its title is “Victoria’s Stars.”

It’s exciting to be part of the professional operation they have in their new home on Fulton Street, in the heart of downtown Brooklyn. Having been on network TV, I can tell you the control room and professional operation is on a par with “the big boys.”

Greg and I met at one of our Star Networking events. He was impressed with the caliber of the people we honored and suggested I bring them to the viewers of cable television in Brooklyn. And so we began.

Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing three amazing women, all of whom in their own ways save people’s lives! The first was Wendy Goldstein, CEO of Lutheran Hospital, who has achieved enormous success at Lutheran, providing a quality health system to people in western Brooklyn. Then Shawn Slevin, founder of Swim Strong, who teaches swimming and runs swim leagues. She shared with me the shocking number of young people who drown each year! All potentially preventable.

Finally, I had the pleasure of talking with Orly Amor, who writes a column for us called “Oh Orly!” She is our answer to Dear Abby. Each week, Orly answers our readers’ questions about everything from “how do I get along with my mother-in-law” to “what do I do about my anger towards my husband’s strange behavior?” Orly helps people every day.

Each woman shared their remarkable journey to where they are today. I will alert you to the dates the shows will be aired. Stay tuned!