2004-02-20 / Columnists

Chatting with Chapey

AJ Smith Honored In Brooklyn And Queens
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader
Chatting with Chapey

Dr. Geraldine ChapeyDr. Geraldine Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

AJ Smith Honored In Brooklyn And Queens

I am delighted that A.J. Smith is being honored at our Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade. A.J. Smith is a graduate of Fordham Law School, New York University and Regis High School. He is a partner in the prestigious law firm of Baxter and Smith with four offices located throughout New York State. A.J. has always had a passion for the law. He is extremely well regarded by his peers in the legal community.

Smith is married to the lovely and talented Kathleen (Kate) Kirby Smith. Kate has strong Irish roots. She and A.J. share a love of all things Irish. She and A.J. met in Breezy Point. A.J. Smith is a newly elected member of the Board of Directors of the Breezy Point Co-op.

He has an extensive record of community service. He is a capable and energetic leader who cheerfully de votes his talents to serving others. He has significantly served the Irish community by working with Irish- Ameri can Organizations. Currently, he is the President of the New York County Board of the Ancient Order of Hiber nians (A.O.H.). He is also on the Board of Directors of "Kruise for Kids" which annually raises over $80,000 for Pro ject Children.

Since the Apples don’t fall far from the tree—A.J. is following a family tradition of community service. His mother Elaine Smith is a very active leader in the Trinity Senior Services organization. Elaine is an integral member of our annual luncheon committee. She plays a vital role in coordinating our bus trips. Elaine is well organized. She has a lively and outgoing personality. She always goes the extra mile.

Mary Elizabeth Smith, A.J.’s sister, is a very accomplished woman. Mary Elizabeth is a college professor of En g lish. She holds several Masters De grees including one in Library Science. Mary Elizabeth is also a librarian in the school system. She is a well recognized author. She has recently completed a book entitled "The History of Breezy Point". The book is well researched. It is fascinating reading. Copies of the book are available at local stores. They make wonderful gifts. Trinity Senior Services and The Caffrey Conroy Learning Center are planning a dinner in the Spring where Mary Elizabeth will be the key note speaker. We are looking forward to this great and worthwhile event.

Victoria Smith, another of AJ’s sisters, is also significantly involved in education. She also holds a Masters Degree. She is a teacher in our schools. She loves children. She works well with people. She reaches out to parents, the community and her colleagues to improve the children’s ability to learn and grow.

AJ Smith is being honored in two parades this year. He is the Deputy Mar shal in our Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 6, 2004. He is also the Grand Marshal in the Brooklyn Parade in Park Slope.

Please join us on Sat urday, February 21 at our annual dinner dance at Antuns at 8 PM. Tickets are $75. Call 718-474-2700 to make a reservation. We are also having our annual Raffle. Tickets are $100 each. The grand prize is $5000. There are only one hundred tickets sold. Call 718-474-2700 to buy your ticket. You must be in it to win it!!!

Please join us on Sat urday, February 28, at 12 Noon on Beach 105 Street and Rockaway Beach Boule vard as we join the Sullivan family in renaming the street in honor of the parade foun der James Conway Sull ivan. The dedication will be chaired by our City Councilman Joe Addabbo. Joe Add abbo spearheaded the street naming in the City Council. Zandra Meyers spearheaded the street naming in the Community Planning Board. Con gra tu lations to the Sulli van family. James Conway Sull ivan persevered in seeing his dream be come a reality in our community—that of having our own parade. He brought together elected leaders from the tri-state area who have joined us as we proudly march down the avenue each year in honor of St. Patrick.

Best wishes to our parade committee, president and the Benn family.

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