2000-01-01 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

December is a month to get together with friends and neighbors and celebrate.

One annual event, which we look forward to, is the Raffle Dinner at the West End Temple. Rabbi Joseph and Bot Weiss are very warm and gracious leaders and welcome everyone to the temple and to this delightful evening. The committee plans the night so that the suspense continues to build while we wait in joyful anticipation to see who wins the $5,000 raffle. Sylvan Klein, Valerie Van Leer Greenberg and Carol De Naro orchestrate a wonderful happening. The evening begins with a cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres and moves to a gourmet dinner and dessert catered by Steve Goode from the Beach
Club. Everyone was raving about the food. Congressman Anthony Weiner and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer joined us at the celebration. As the suspense accelerated to see who would win the raffle, the last five people left in the pool decided to split the winnings five ways and each take home a $1,000 prize. It was a marvelous evening!

The Belle Harbor Property Owners, Neponsit Property Owners, and the Rockaway Park Residents held a great celebration at the Washington Hotel. The honorees included Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Peter Foti, Kitty Shanahan, and Charles Thomas, justice of the Supreme Court. These outstanding honorees represent the best in our community. Congratulations to each honoree and their family.

St. Rose of Lima sponsored "Andy Cooney's Auld Irish Christmas '99". Mike and Betty Keller, the dynamic duo, told us of this happening. The music was excellent. He sang a wonderful mixture of old and new melodies to everyone's delight.

We attended a friend in need event at the American Legion in Broad Channel. In Broad Channel there is a strong sense of community. Everyone rallies to help a friend.

The Bosun's had a great party at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club thanks to the energetic and vivacious committee of Helen and Howard Gillespie, Jean and Howard Metz, William and Joan O'Connell, Peggy and George Murphy, Jane and Edward Geraghty and Kathy and Andy Rotola. The evening went by very
quickly because everyone was having a good time. We had a night of good
food, good music and good friends!

Nativity Altar and Rosary Society had their annual party. There was a
re-enactment of the actual Nativity Pageant. It was well orchestrated and
depicted the most important religious aspects of Christmas. The singing
was led by the very talented Monsignor Thelen.

Barbara Morris invited us to her holiday party at the West End Reality and Insurance Agency at 209 Beach 116 street. Gary Gliboff and D. Brian Heffernan were also hosting the festivities. It was wonderful to have an opportunity to chat with friends. Barbara Morris is an enterprising and energetic friend. Everyone went home with a chocolate present.

Queens County Democratic Executive Committee had its holiday party at Antuns. We partied with lots of friends including Congressman Tom Manton, Congressman Joe Crowley, Congressman Anthony Weiner, Assemblypersons Audrey Pheffer, Pauline Cummings, Denis Butler, Mark Weprin, Ann Carrozza, Nettie
Mayersohn, Michael Cohen, Margaret Markey, Vivian Cook and Ivan Lafyette.

City Council Speaker Peter Vallone greeted everyone and looked forward to many Democratic victories in the next elections. Council members Juanita Watkins, Karen Koslowitz, Archie Sprigner, Walter Mc Caffrey, and Helen Marshall joined the gala event. Senators Dan Hevesi, George Onorato and Toby Stavisky also mingled with the group.

At the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways we held our holiday party at our club at 104-02 Rockaway Beach boulevard. The party was a great success. Congressman Anthony Weiner greeted everyone. Jo Ann Shapiro represented Assembly- woman Audrey Pheffer because Audrey was called back to Albany for a legislative session. Melinda Katz, the Queens director of Community Boards, and Jack Chartier, the deputy New York City comptroller, wished the assemblage the best for the New Year! They brought greetings from Comptroller Alan Hevesi. Malcolm and Michelle Smith mingled with the crowd to convey their wishes for health and happiness in the new
millennium. Thanks to Sharon Gabriel, our president, Sylvan Klein and Steve Cooper, club officers, John Dolan, Eugene Pasternak and my mother Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey for serving as the social committee for this resoundingly successful event.

Many thanks to Bob Johnson, the president of the Rockaway Rugby team for his generous financial contribution to the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee. Kudos to Ed Shevlin for his helpful participation in this.

It's great to have Frank Flaherty from the Rockaway Rockies serving as a deputy grand marshal in this years Queens St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Please join us on January 3, 2000 for our Democratic club meeting in
Ozone Park at 7:30 p.m. Connie Grabowski is our president. Everyone is invited. The South Side Democratic Club meets at 95-09 101 avenue in Ozone Park.


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