New With Dotty:
Dotty continues to cement her reputation as one of the best Bridge
players in all of Somers, New York. Twice a week, she strangles the
them to a fine red paste under her heel, and
makes them sorry
they ever learned to pick up a deck of cards!
She's also been reading the books of Alyson
Richman (see Reading Recommendations below).
What's the connection? Alyson Richman is a highly-regarded young
novelist who lives in Huntington Bay...in the very house that Loring
and Dotty had built for themselves in 1970 (and which has been
featured in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, and House
Beautiful). Loring and Dotty recently paid a visit to the house,
met Ms. Richman, and got an advance copy of her book Swedish
Dorothy "Dotty" Mandel is the reigning matriarch of the
Mandel Family. Wife/Keeper of Loring
and bearer of sons Alan and Josh,
Dorothy was born in Glen Cove, New York on February 15th, 1928. She
and Loring were married on
July 9th, 1950. Their 50th Anniversary
was celebrated in high style on July 9th, 2000.
In an official capacity, she's the Past President of the
Huntington chapter of Meals
on Wheels. In a somewhat less official capacity, she's
doting grandmother to Hannah
and Eliza. She's a
marvelous and inventive cook and baker whose recipes have been
published in the late, lamented Long Island Press and elsewhere. But
she's also kind of a Private Dick; along with the District Attorney
of Suffolk County, she set up a scam operation to catch and convict
charity frauds connected to organized crime in New York. She was
decorated for her efforts at the Suffolk County Courthouse in 1994.
the Big Money for Meals on Wheels!
Loring and Dotty.
Photo Credit: Charlotte Browning
Recent Reading Recommendations:
Mask Carver's Son by
Tango by Alyson Richman
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Dotty in Talkeetna, Alaska, in June,
2002. Talkeetna was a quiet little town where you'd better not try
to get breakfast in anything less than an hour. The view of Mt.
McKinley from the Talkeetna Lodge was spectacular, and we were
fortunate in arriving on an exceptionally clear day.