2000-11-04 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

COMMUNITY AFFAIRS REQUIRE OUR ATTENTION.
    Jack King, the President of the Belle Harbor Property Owners, had an excellent meeting.  Jack always has the pulse of the needs of the community.  He has a strong commitment to improving our neighborhoods.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer addressed this meeting of the Belle Harbor Property Owners.  Audrey discussed her legislative and community activities.  She has worked to protect and extend the rights of property owners.  On the consumer affairs committee she has initiated and passed legislation to protect our interests.  Audrey is tireless in her efforts to support the rights of working men and women in our community and across the state.  In addition, to her efforts on our behalf, she took time to brag about her grandson - Sam.  Sam is a beautiful, happy baby.  He has a smiley and gleeful disposition.  Hopefully, he will follow in the political footsteps of his grandmother.  His first step into the political arena can be seen in Audrey's latest election material which features a picture of Sam and Audrey together.
 Best wishes to Audrey and her family and may they continue to enjoy more happy occasions.The Rockaway Park Association meeting was conducted by that dynamic duo of John Mc Loughlin and Joanne Greenberg.  John and Joanne give a new energized dimension to being a community leader.  One very interesting aspect of their meeting is that they attract many new faces to their functions.  A representative from Gateway National Park addressed the meeting concerning the new proposed ferry service that would run between the Park and Manhattan.
 There is an RFP out asking for ferry operators to bid on this new route.  The various criteria required for a ferry operator were outlined.  Some concerns were raised as to how people from Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor and Neponsit could avail themselves of the service since it would initially only pick up passengers at one stop in Gateway.  The problem can be addressed because there will be ample parking space at the site of the ferry service.  Anyone using the ferry will be able to park their car there for the day.  There are many facets of the project which, remain to be worked out as the plan for the ferry develops.

Our newest male district leader in the 23rd Assembly District - Frank
Galluscio had a very interesting meeting at the South Queens Democratic Club. Frank brings an enthusiasm and vigor to the position that engenders positive results.  The Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection who lives in Howard Beach, Commissioner Miele spoke at length on the water quality in our area.  He gave a detailed explanation of the many efforts that are being taken to purify our water.  Since drinking water is readily
available one tends to take its quality for granted.  It was very interesting
to hear about the actions that are being taken to improve our environment and thereby improve our water.  In addition, Betty Bratton, the Executive Member of the South Queens Democratic Club and the Chairperson of Community Board 10
spoke about the importance of keeping a vigilant eye on our neighbors -
Kennedy and La Guardia Airport.  She outlined the various efforts to privatize the airport and clearly presented a strong case on how this would impact our area.  As events develop they will keep us informed.

The Breezy Point Garden Club held a wonderful installation dinner at The Silver Gull.  It is truly inspirational to see the marvelous work that the Metz clan has accomplished in the field of horticulture.  Jean and Howard Metz have passed on to their two daughters a love and appreciation of the aesthetic beauty of flowers.  The Metz clan is renowned for their expertise on a local, city and national level.  They are accredited as judges at events around the country.  They share a finesse and elegance that comes from a true appreciation of their creative talents.  At the installation dinner, it was obvious that they have a special commitment to Rockaway Point, Breezy Point and Roxbury.    They are succeeding in improving our neighborhood.

Congratulations to all the officers of the Garden Club who are doing
commendable work for their community.  Kudos go to the Metz clan.  They prove the old adage that a thing of beauty is a joy forever.  This is a clear illustration of the positive impact that a family can have on our community.


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