2000-08-12 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Celebrating Ethnicity And Safety

On the weekend of July 28 and July 29 Rockaway once again opened its
doors to the Irish Festival. It's a great opportunity to celebrate all that
is wonderful in the Irish tradition.

Many Irish families have come to the Rockaways over the years to enjoy their summer vacations. This year the festival had many vendors selling
their Irish wares. Since we had just come from a two-week vacation in the
Emerald Isle, I looked forward to the festival. One of the sellers had
beautiful Kelly green sweaters on sale. I took the opportunity to buy one for my husband and a matching one for me so that we can wear them proudly at the next Queens St. Patrick's Day Parade in March, 2001.

I had an opportunity to chat with Audrey Pheffer and Marina Callaghan at the fair. Audrey and I congratulated the County Tyrone Band as it began to march through the crowd. Marina Callaghan and Pat Tubridy put together an inviting program. They had music that would appeal to all ages.

On Tuesday night, we participated in the Night Out Against Crime. We
began the evening at the 106 Precinct event in Ozone Park. Captain Gomez is working diligently in the neighborhood. Betty Braton and Frank Gulluscio were a big hit with the youngsters because they were giving out refreshments.

We had the chance to talk with Frank Dardane and Linda Smith who are working closely with the 106 Precinct to organize a community on phone patrol. At the Ozone Park event they also distributed fire safety coloring books for the youngsters. It helps children to become aware of safety issues while having some fun. The Police Department dispersed a vehicle checkpoint bulletin outlining some seatbelt safety tips. Another very useful sheet was given out by the Crime Prevention Division. It's entitled a Criminal Description
Sheet. It highlights all of the various aspects that we should observe about
a person who is perpetrating a crime. We should look carefully and remember the physical description of the person in terms of their height, weight, sex, age or scars/tattoos. In addition, we need to watch for their type of clothing - hat, shirt, necktie, jacket, shoes or sneakers. Another useful point made in the flyer is to note the persons method of escape - direction, license and vehicle description. By studying this handout from the Crime Prevention Division we can be more alert and helpful should the occasion require it.

The Police Department also disseminated a flyer on false alarms,
which outlined the fact that false alarms will deprive you and your neighbors of rapid police response.

At the 100 Precinct, Night Out Against Crime, kudos go the Steve Good, the owner of the Beach Club. He goes out of his way to participate in and sponsor many worthwhile activities in our neighborhood including the Night Out Against Crime.

D.A. Brown joins the happenings in Rockaway each year. Everyone was
disappointed that we did not get to see the fireworks. However, we can now look forward to seeing them on September 3. Let's all meet at the Beach Club, enjoy a relaxed meal and wait for the fireworks.

Best wishes to our new captain in the 100 Precinct - Captain Miller.


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