2001-09-15 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Chatting With Chapey by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

As preparations are being made for the High Holidays all Americans come together to pray for the victims of the recent terrorist actions and their families.

The Rosh Hashanah holiday and services start on Monday evening September 17 at sun down - 5762. This begins a period of renewal, prayer, reflection, atonement and family togetherness with the hope of being inscribed in the Book of Life. These High Holy Days end with a day of spiritual reflection and fasting on Yom Kippur.

As this New Year begins it gives everyone an opportunity to reflect on the happenings of the last year and to re-chart their course as they look back and plan ahead. It is also a time for families to come together. Several generations in a family can pause in their busy schedules and build on their strong family ties.

As we move into the New Year we pray for an end to terrorism and peace on earth. May everyone enjoy good health and happiness in the coming year.
  On September 5, The Rockaway Music and Arts Council had a meeting to plan for its Music and Arts Festival 2001 at Gateway National Recreation area in historic Riis Park. The festival will take place on September 22nd and 23rd from 11am to 6pm. It will include a Flower Show entitled "Splendor in the Grass" which will be presented by the Shore Garden Club of Belle Harbor and Neponsit. This year’s program will include a Reptile Show, pony rides, entertainment and an art exhibit. It promises to be a fun filled day for people of all ages. If you have some free time on Saturday or Sunday during the festival please call ahead and plan to be a volunteer. Call the Rockaway Music and Art at (718) 474-6760. We always enjoy the day. You will also.

On another topic, Senator Malcolm Smith held a town hall meeting at Beach Channel High School on Wednesday, September 5th.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss transportation issues in our area. This is a major problem in our district. People from all parts of Rockaway turned out to express their views and to ask for assistance with their transportation problems. It is really amazing that twenty years ago one could leave the Rockaways on public transportation and be in Manhattan in thirty or forty minutes. Today it takes one hour and fifteen minutes to make the same trip. In most other areas of our lives conditions have improved. We have cell phones, faxes and beepers. People can communicate around the world in a matter of minutes but in the Rockaways our transportation problems have gotten worse.

Since the Rockaways are geographically isolated and economically
depressed we need to have a better transportation system in place.

The representatives of the Green Bus, the Long Island Railroad and the Jamaica Bus Lines were on hand to answer questions. The meeting was productive. I commend Senator Smith for putting this forum together.

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