2000-05-06 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey...by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Education: A Very Valuable Asset

Congratulations to Augie, Susan and Diana Agate. Diana is graduating from the Columbia University School of Engineering with a major in
bio-medical engineering. She is a very bright and talented young lady who
has been accepted into the Albert Einstein School of Medicine graduate
studies program. This is a highly competitive program, which has the
opportunity to select the brightest students in the country. Augie is a
fellow Democratic district leader and an attorney and Susan is a nurse. Both parents are keenly aware of the value of education. They have worked hard to instill these principles in all their children. Their twins are also
pursuing academic endeavors - one is majoring in speech pathology at St.
Johns University and the other is majoring in English at SUNY in Albany. Congratulations to the Agate family. Best wishes for continued success in the future.

I must also congratulate another friend, Michael McSweeney, on his
passing the New York State Bar Examination. He has the winning combination of a friendly outgoing personality and the ability to be persevering in an academic setting. He has the ingredients to be successful in any venture that he chooses. Currently, he is actively involved in Queen's politics. He serves our communities in an outstanding fashion. Good luck to Mike.

On another note, there was an interesting piece of information in the
Wednesday, April 26, 2000 New York Law Journal. On page one it notes that women will out number men in the fall incoming class of law students according to a recent study by the American Bar Association. Last year women accounted for 48.7 percent of the incoming law school class for the fall 1999 academic year.

Speaking about education, there is still time to help your children,
grandchildren or anyone who has not yet chosen a college for the fall, 2000.
It would be important to go to the high school counselor or directly to the college that the person is interested in attending to obtain information on planning for college. These advisors would have the necessary information on specific curriculum offerings and any applicable applications for financial aid or scholarships. There are still scholarships available. Ask the counselors for advice. You can obtain a list of colleges with open slots from the National Association of College Admission Counselors or visit them on the web at

www.nacac.com. The list that you obtain would give you an idea of which colleges around the country have opening.

You might also wish to consider one of the local branches of CUNY --
Kingsborough Community College, Queensborough Community College, Brooklyn College or Queens College. In addition, there are many excellent private colleges -- St. Joseph’s College, St. Francis College, St. John’s University or Yeshiva University. Many of our local colleges are currently accepting applications for admissions for the fall. These colleges have excellent and competitive academic programs. There are many scholastically challenging options, which can open doors to exciting personal growth or rewarding careers. Education is a life-long process. It opens our eyes to many new adventures.

Another avenue to education is to utilize the services of our libraries.
On Monday, April, 24, 2000 the Library of Congress decided to throw a 200th birthday bash by opening a new website for children highlighting the reconstruction of Thomas Jefferson's own library. Jefferson is the library's hero because he sold them 6,847 of his own books. The library currently contains (according to the AP) 9,429,184 books. This number includes newspapers, music and other printed materials that it has on hand. The library has been logging on over a million items per year on its web site. The site is entitled American Memory. The new website is www.americaslibrary.gov. It will add more than 3,000 additional items with this new website. Most of this is financed with private foundation monies. Have fun surfing the web for this new and interesting material.

Our next meeting of the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways located at 104-02 Rockaway Beach boulevard will be on Thursday, May 18 at 8:15 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Melinda Katz, the Queens Borough director of the Community Planning Boards. Melinda will speak on illegal conversions and other topics of interest. Please join us. All are welcome!

On Sunday, May 7, 2000 the AOH Division 21 and the Ladies AOH Division 22 will be hosting an Irish evening in Rockaway Beach, sponsored by the Mayo Society of New York. The dinner dance will be held at St. Rose of Lima, 154 Beach 84 street, from 4 to 8 p.m. They are honoring two outstanding people who have contributed significantly to our community and to Irish activities--Ann Kirby and Philip McManus. The proceeds will be going to Friends of the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland. The hospital is a permanent home for 290 people who require 24-hour care. Every dollar raised is matched by the Western Health Board of Castlebar. This is a very worthy cause.

Donations for the dinner dance are $30 per person which includes a wonderful dinner and the fantastic music of the Black Velvet Band with Richie O’Shea. Please don’t forget to take the raffle tickets. The first page is two round trip tickets to Ireland on Aer Lingus and the second prize is two round trip tickets to Florida.

Be sure to attend. For information contact Mike Heneghen or Mike McCarthy. I look forward to seeing you there.

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