2000-06-17 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey
June -- A Month To Celebrate

On Tuesday, June 13, I was proud to receive a beautiful plaque from the
Breezy Point seniors for all my work on their behalf. The outgoing
president, Grace McCluskey, presented the plaque.

I am the chairperson of Trinity Senior Services, Inc., which I began in the spring, 1994. Since that time we have raised thousands of dollars each year to fund programs for the seniors. Each year we sponsor a bus to a magnificent senior picnic in Sunken Meadow Park. The day consists of a delicious barbecued grilled chicken lunch and a scrumptious steak dinner with all the accompaniments. It is completed with dessert. During the day people enjoy the park, play cards, go swimming, read a book, chat with friends and are pleased to have a lovely outing.
Everyone who attends the picnic raves about it and the number increases each year. In addition, we sponsor bus trips for shopping and cultural events. We celebrate cultural diversity with parties and festivities.

Congratulations to my long time friend Steve Cooper. He is celebrating
his 15th year of service on Community Planning Board 14. He is an
indefatigable worker for the betterment of the community. Steve's sincere concern for his neighbors has been evidenced through his extensive
involvement in the community. Among his other activities - Steve is the president of the Frank Avenue Civic Association and the past commander of the Jewish War Veterans. I am happy to count Steve, Janet and Jessica as my friends. Best wishes for continued success in the future.

Congratulations to Assembly-woman Audrey Pheffer on her being honored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation at its 21 anniversary celebration spring dinner dance. Audrey was honored as a "Queens Woman of Distinction" in recognition of her dedicated actions and earnest concern for the constituents of the 23 Assembly District. Audrey has worked with the
Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation to sponsor business development in the area. Councilman Al Stabile presented Audrey with a beautiful proclamation highlighting her achievements. This proclamation will become part of the New York City Council record. Senator Serf Maltese had a NYS Senate proclamation which outlined the many endeavors in which he and Audrey
had worked together to improve the community. Congratulations to Audrey and her family.

Audrey is particularly proud of her new grandchild Sam Francesco
who was born to her daughter Stacey and her husband. As the delighted grandmother she has bragging rights and plenty of pictures. Best wishes to the entire clan.

Maria Thompson, the chair of the event, did a delightful job. The event
was held at Le Cordon Bleu on Jamaica avenue. The entire evening was very enjoyable. Congratulations to the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation for its successful efforts to support local businesses and attract new ones.



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