2001-02-24 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

As members of the Association of Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and the Knights and Dames of Malta, my mother and I have been invited to attend the Consistory in Rome to be part of the celebration at the Vatican when Pope John Paul will elevate 37 new cardinals including three Americans. Archbishop Edward Egan, Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick and Rev. Avery Dulles, a Jesuit priest who is a well-known and respected theologian from Fordham University, are the three Archbishops from the U. S. who will be elevated.  An added joy for us is the fact that Archbishop Edward Egan is the grand prior of our Association of Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.  

My mother, Dr. Geraldine D. Chapey, N.Y.S. Regent, was elevated in the Order to the rank of Lady of the Grand Cross and I was elevated to the rank of Commander with Star. Knowing Archbishop Egan, admiring his leadership style and working with him makes the event particularly special for us.  

Unfortunately, our schedules will not permit us to be in Rome in person for this magnificent ceremony. We
congratulate Archbishop Egan on this wonderful occasion and wish him well as he continues his work.  It is a great honor for us to have been invited to the ceremonies in Rome.

On the local front, congratulations to Steve Cooper on his recent election
as the financial secretary of his union.  Steve received the highest number of votes of all the candidates that ran.  He represents the Civil Service and Technical Guild, Local 375 whose members include engineers, architects and city planners.   Steve is an out-going, hard working and enthusiastic person who will do an excellent job in his new position.   

In the community, Steve is the president of the Frank Avenue Civic Association and a member of Community Planning Board 14.  Steve has also served as the commander of the Bernard Weiner Post 258, Belle Harbor, of the Jewish War Veterans. For many years he also served our community as an outstanding elected Democratic state committeeman.  He also serves as a vice president of the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways.  We wish him well in all his endeavors.

Recently, I have been in contract with city officials requesting that a
traffic light be placed at the corner of Rockaway Beach boulevard and Beach 102 street.  This is a difficult spot for traffic because of the fact that
the Boulevard ends at the corner of the Irish Circle and requires that one
turn on to Beach 102 street and then make another turn in order to continue traveling on Rockaway Beach boulevard.  I have been promised that a survey will be conducted which is preliminary to the installation of a traffic light.

I have also requested that inspectors be sent to Beach 100 street because of the constant flooding when it rains outside Springman Hall. This
flooding is hazardous to pedestrians and drivers.  Many youngsters also use Springman Hall for athletic and other activities.  This situation demands immediate attention.

Please join us on Sunday, February 25, 2001 for a fundraiser to raise
money for the Queens St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Beautiful Palm Gardens located at 114-24 Rockaway Beach boulevard.  The party begins at 3:00 p.m. and will last until 7:00 p.m. It's a great cause and you will have a good time.  Owen and Beverly Baxter are the gracious sponsors of this fundraiser.

Congratulations to all of the honorees of our Queens 2001 St. Patrick's Day Parade.  The dinner dance on Saturday evening at Antun’s celebrating our honorees was very successful.  Everyone enjoyed the food, dancing, music and camaraderie. William and Peggy Neville, the chairs of the dance, deserve praise for a great event.  Thanks to our President Michael Benn, Vice President Owen Baxter and our President Emeritus James Conway Sullivan for their talented leadership of our parade.

Mary Dever was celebrating two milestones.  Mary is a parade honoree and has just retired from her teaching career.  Mary is an exceptional professional who has served our children with dedication and talent.  As Mary moves to the next phase of her life we wish her well.




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