2002-12-14 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey,

Democratic District Leader

Neighborhood Safety and Security

John McLoughlin, the President of the 100th Precinct Community Council, addressed the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways.

John's leadership style is very inclusive. He is able to work with many diverse groups to achieve important goals for our community.

He recently distributed material outlining the mission of the 100th Precinct Community Council. "Precinct Community Councils are a prime example of collaborative neighborhood efforts that are essential to successful policecommunity relations. Councils are a mechanism to encourage cooperation between the people of each community and the men and women in their local precincts."

Police Officer Peter Rahaniotis, our Community Affairs Officer, participated in the club meeting. He is an excellent liaison between the precinct and the community. He is very accessible, knowledgeable and personable.

According to John, the Community Council "supports a variety of programs to enhance our quality of life, promote awareness of law enforcement efforts in the precinct and include the community in crime prevention activities."

Everyone in the community is invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Community Council. The meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM in the Knights of Columbus at 330 Beach 90th Street. The next meeting (because of the holidays) will be held on Wednesday, December 18th. They will be addressing a very important issue - holiday crime prevention tips. Officer Brian McCabe will discuss this issue. This is a very timely and important topic. It is essential that we become informed so that we can prevent being victimized.

The Community Council is pro-active. They are enlisting the support of the community to be the eyes and ears of our law enforcement officers.

McLoughlin is to be commended for reaching out and speaking at numerous civic, political and neighborhood groups so that more people will be included in making our community a safe and secure place in which to live and work.

This week we also went to the Gala Event at the Beach Club sponsored by our Property Owner and Resident Organizations.

Barbara Larkin is to be commended for chairing this event.  She really did an excellent job.  Barbara Larkin is always very professional. She reaches out and brings people together. Thanks to the successful efforts of Barbara and her committee this dinner was a sell out.

Congratulations to the honorees and their presenters. Congratulations to Monsignor Martin Geraghty who was ordained at St. Peters Basilica in Rome. He became the Pastor of St. Francis de Sales in 1988. Monsignor Martin Geraghty is a prime example of the right person being in the right place at the right time. Monsignor's deep faith in God, his warmth, his graciousness, his ability to relate to all people and his sincere sense of humor has enriched our lives and our community. Ed Re made the presentation.

Congratulations to Jack King - a person of indomitable spirit.  Jack has a strong love for our community. He has worked to improve our neighborhood in many leadership capacities including serving as President of the Belle Harbor Property Owners and as the President of the 100th Precinct Council. Barbara Larkin made the presentation.

Peggy DeMattis' creative and artistic horticultural talents have remarkably improved our community.  Peggy is a strong positive force in the neighborhood. She devotes her extensive talents and abilities to making our lives better. McLoughlin made the presentation.

Barbara Eisenstadt is the remarkable chairperson of the Rockaway Music and Arts Council. Through her efforts and that of our committee, there is a school music program. In addition, RMAC presents the very popular Sunset Picnic Concert Series at Fort Tilden and also sponsors a writer's workshop. Barbara is tireless in her efforts to reach out and make a difference. Michael Connors made the presentation.

Nadia Murphy has a strong sense of commitment and involvement in the beautification of our community. Her daffodil project enlivened the entire peninsula. Nadia has a love of flowers and a sense of beauty, which she willingly shares with us. Linda Beningo presented the award.

I went to the wonderful Craft Sale at St. Thomas More on Saturday. What a magnificent endeavor this is. Congratulations go out to Veronica McCarthy and her committee. There were so many wonderful items that I hardly knew which one to choose. I bought many items including a number of decorative pillows. Frances Abbracciamento crocheted a magnificent purple and white afghan, which now decorates my home. Frances Abbracciamento has so many talents.

The Queens County Democratic Party chaired by Congressman Tom Manton held their Holiday Party at Antun's. My mother, my husband and I attended. It's great to meet and greet everyone at this Holiday time of the year.

A special commendation goes to Betty Jones and Alice Mullaly for chairing the St. Thomas More Altar and Rosary Society luncheon. Betty and Alice are two sisters with remarkable ability. The luncheon was very successful. Kudos go to Ann Court, who serves as the treasurer, and Louise O'Callaghan, who is the registrar. They are the backbone of the organization. 

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