2000-03-04 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

On Saturday afternoon we had the delightful opportunity of attending a fundraiser for the Queens St. Patrick's Day Parade hosted by
Beverly and Owen Baxter at the beautiful Palm Gardens. Beverly is well known as the Pearl Mesta of the peninsula. She makes every event a festive occasion. Her warmth and friendship make everyone feel welcome. Beverly's obvious talents are her good looks, her stylish attire and her magnetic personality. However, there is another side to Beverly. She has some other terrific talents. She has a beautiful singing voice. To the delight of everyone Beverly and Owen sang several duets including a Scottish tune entitled "Go Lassie Go" and several classical Irish favorites including the "Wild Rover".

Working with Beverly is delightful. She is talented, intelligent and organized. She is an eloquent spokesperson for all that she undertakes.

Owen Baxter's terrific musical abilities are well known in the Irish community. He has a well-trained voice, a fantastic talent for writing lyrics and is an accomplished musician. Owen Baxter's' Celtic Country Rock CD is my favorite CD. It contains 14 fabulous songs including 1. Lovely New York City, 2. Love at First Sight 3. What's Up, 4. Princess Diana, 5. White House Crisis, 6. Little Darling, 7. Good Hearted Woman, 8. A Daisy A Day, 9. Norwegian Wood, 10. God Bless Our America, 11. The Last Farewell, 12. I'll Tell My Ma, 13. Some Days are Diamond and 14.
Always on My Mind. One of my favorites that Owen sings in addition is "Oh It's Hard to Be Humble". If you want to get a copy of the CD just stop by at the Palm Gardens and buy one. I have one in my car and another in the house and so do the members of my family.

Thanks to Beverly and Owen Baxter for making the fundraiser a gala
affair. The food was great. We shared good fellowship with our friends while supporting a very good cause.

On Saturday, we also joined the Ursuline Guild at their fundraiser
at Russo's The Ursuline Sisters have many schools including Nativity of
the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ozone Park. Congratulations to the chairperson of the luncheon Norann McGee Commerton and her committee. She has been doing an outstanding job as chairperson over the last several years. Every year we sit with Betty Scipione and her family. They are a warm, talented, gracious and interesting group. The table always has several generations of the family, which is a magnificent tradition. Thanks to Betty Scipione
for her friendship and for including us as part of her family.

Nativity school is an excellent educational institution because of the professionalism and dedication of the Ursuline Sisters and the other
wonderful faculty and staff. The principal, Sr. Margarite Torre is an
outstanding leader, an excellent educator and a devoted religious. In
addition, she is a wonderful, warm and caring person. Her engaging
personality and sincerity encourages great grandparents, grandparents,
parents and other family members to come together at school and parish
activities and to be actively involved with the children in their education.

Msgr. Robert Thelen, pastor of Nativity, provides caring concern,
energetic leadership and deep spirituality, which ensures a positive environment for the parish to flourish and grow.

On Wednesday, I attended an informative and interesting meeting of
the Southwest Queens Democratic Club headed by Augie Agate. Betty Bratton, Frank Gallucio and Augie Agate called the meeting with an open format. Many community topics were addressed. Betty is a very knowledgeable community activist. She spoke on the issue of noise pollution created by the air traffic over our heads going in and out of JFK. She noted that we are going to be neighbors and that it is a good idea to live as good neighbors. Therefore, Community Board 10 of which she is the chair, has created a sub committee on the airport. Joe Addabbo is the chairperson. They meet regularly with high level officials of the Port Authority to discuss areas of mutual concern.

Augie Agate addressed the issue of the process, which takes place when candidates are being selected as our
designee for a particular office. Rose Pepe was congratulated for her
outstanding work on the community board. I would also like to wish a happy birthday to Linda Cosentino who will be celebrating her birthday on the same day as our Queens St. Patrick's Day Parade - March 4, 2000.

I am very proud to be the honorary female grand marshal of this
25th annual Queens parade in the year 2000. I invite everyone to join us
at this celebration. We start the day with a 9 a.m. mass at St. Francis de
Sales celebrated by Msgr. Martin Gerraghty who exudes the warmth,
spirituality and intellect of the Irish. His eloquent homily sets the tone
for the day. He is joined by the dynamic Rev. Peter Gillen and other
priests on the peninsula. The parade itself starts at Beach 129 street
and Newport avenue at 1 p.m. Please bring good weather and yourselves and enjoy the day.



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