2003-12-26 / Columnists

Chatting with Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey
Chatting with Chapey

Chatting with Chapey


Dr. Geraldine ChapeyDr. Geraldine Chapey

During the month of December, Trinity Senior Services, which was founded by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, has been engaged in numerous activities. The Trinity van has been taking groups of seniors to sights around the New York City area.

One of the most popular destinations has been Rockefeller Center. The Christmas tree this year appears to be as beautiful as ever. The decorations are spectacular. Of course, the surrounding sights and sounds add immensely to the enjoyment. One of the favorites is the smell of chestnuts roasting as vendors sell their wares.

The Rockefeller tree is a main destination for tourists and locals. Thousands come to see this event each year.

The Trinity van tailors each trip to the wishes of the participants. Weather permitting many groups decide to avail themselves of the restaurants on the lower level where they can sit at a window and watch the skaters perform. Santa, himself, often drops by and will take youngsters on the ice for a real treat.


The van also goes down 5th Avenue to see the decorations at the Plaza, the beautiful menorah, the Tiffany snow flake, the decorative store windows, the Disney store, and the lions in front of the public library. As the van travels down 5th Avenue it is fun to see families together enjoying quality time. This year everyone seems to focus on FAO Schwartz because it may not be around next year. Everyone hopes that the Manhattan store will be saved.

The Southside Democratic Club, under the capable leadership of Connie Grabowski, took a tour of Manhattan on the van. Connie told me that they enjoyed seeing the windows of Sak's and Fortunoff's as the van traveled down the avenue. Connie Grabowski always has a special energizing spirit. She loves people and it is reciprocal. Connie arranged for the group to stop at the famous deli in the lower Ease side - Katz's. Connie reported that when they arrived at Katz's deli there were about 200 Santa Claus' eating there. They must have been scouting out the needs of boys and girls all over so that they could report back to Santa and Mrs. Claus at the North Pole.

A very popular trip this year has been to see the Festival of Lights at Jones Beach. Each group that has gone has reported that it is a fantastic trip. They stop along the way at a cozy spot to buy some memorabilia and to enjoy some hot chocolate. Their enthusiasm is so contagious that I would recommend it for families in their own automobiles.

The entrance charge for private autos is $12 during the week and $15 on weekends.

Another popular destination for the Trinity van has been the El Greco Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This exhibit is receiving fantastic reviews from all those who have taken the trips.

During the month of December we have enjoyed going to many parties. The Belle Harbor Property Owners, the Neponsit Property Owners and the Rockaway Park Property Owners, held a great party at the Beach Club. I must compliment the Goods on having decorated the Beach Club so beautifully. As soon as you come into the Beach Club you are immediately in a happy and festive holiday mood. The Good's are a very valuable asset to our community.

The Catholic Teachers Association held their scholarship dinner dance at Russo's on the Bay. Eileen Meakim and Ed Rice did a fantastic job chairing the dinner. They honored Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Rita Giaramita, Louis Barrella, Diane Foley, Harolyn Fritz and Joseph M. Catone. Frank Steele, the President, gave the opening remarks. Randi Weingarten, the President of the UFT addressed the group and received a standing ovation.

Assemblyman Brian McLoughlin who also serves as the Chairperson of the Central Labor Council invited us to his holiday party. It is always a welcome opportunity to meet and greet my brothers and sisters in the labor movement. Today more than ever we should be aware of the contributions of the men and women who are involved in the labor unions. They are the back bone of our economy in New York City.

Best wishes to everyone for a healthy and happy holiday season and New Year.


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