2001-02-17 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

Chatting With Chapey

February is a month that has many events that will be of interest to

Since everyone loves a parade, let me take this opportunity to invite you to our annual fundraiser at Antun's on Saturday, February 17, 2001, at 7 p.m. to benefit the Queens St. Patrick's Day Parade.  As you are well aware, funds raised at this annual event will help us to defray part of the costs of our Queens parade.  As you have noted from Beverly Baxter's column this year we are celebrating men and women of distinction who have served our community and deserve recognition for their efforts.

Please join us at Antun’s for our
dinner dance.  You will have a great time as we have every year and help a worthy cause.  For tickets please call Mike Benn (318-4749) or Peggy or William Neville.  We will look forward to seeing you there.

February is also National Snack Food month.  This is very good news to many people who like myself love to eat snacks.  Now, we even have a reason to celebrate our "snaking". When Hershey did a survey they discovered that about 90 percent of those who participated considered themselves to be part of the "in group" of snackers.  If this doesn't surprise you, the next result of the survey will.  More than 60 percent of the survey responders considered chocolate to be their favorite snack.

I could have saved the people at Hershey all the money that they spent on the survey.  If they called me I could have told them that I love to snack and I love chocolate.  One interesting item on the chocolate front - when I was taking my doctoral studies at Rutgers in New Jersey I stopped at a shop in New Brunswick to buy my husband a chocolate Valentine.  After I paid for this very nice novelty chocolate item I discovered that it was made at Madeline Chocolates in the Rockaways.  It's nice to know that we have excellent chocolate made right here at Madelines. Be sure to go and buy them.

February is also the 30th anniversary of the NASDAQ Stock Market. It is a market that built itself on electronic trading. NASDAQ, when it was created, was viewed as a technological wonder. Surprisingly, one area where the NASDAQ hasn't been competitive is in converting to decimal pricing. In this area the New York Stock Exchange is ahead. NASDAQ doesn't agree with this criticism because it feels that the NASDAQ is dealing with more stocks
and smaller companies, which are not similar to the NYSE and they are
expanding to new markets in Europe and Japan.  However, regardless of your viewpoint on this NASDAQ issue, the NASDAQ is to be congratulated for starting on February 8, 1971 with what was considered "junk" issues and moving to becoming a very close second to the New York Stock Exchange.

Parades, chocolates and the NASDAQ have one thing in common. They are all being celebrated in February.

Special Note: Best wishes to Mary Dever on her retirement. Mary is an
outstanding professional who has contributed to the lives of the children in our district.  She and her late husband Jerry Dever have devoted so many valuable years in our school system.  Good luck to Mary in her future endeavors.

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