2005-01-28 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader


Dr. Geraldine Chapey
Dr. Geraldine Chapey As the new year progresses Trinity continues to provide an important and vital program. The word Trinity means three. Trinity services three communities: the Rockaways, Broad Channel and the mainland (Howard Beach, Ozone Park and Richmond Hill). Trinity offers two programs: a group transportation program and an intergenerational after school program.

The group transportation program provides transportation for groups of seniors (10 to 14) to go shopping, to the movies, to museums, and to participate in social and cultural events in our city and neighboring environs. Most of the seniors in our area have aged in place. They are geographically isolated. These programs allow seniors to continue to be active, healthy and involved. The Trinity aim is to provide transportation to activities where older citizens can enjoy inclusion, safety, integration, engagement and choice. Research shows that when the opportunities are favorable, people do have the resources and incentives to stay healthy and engaged and to cope successfully in their golden years. Lifestyle is very strongly influenced by the services that are provided to enable seniors to age well. People who remain actively engaged in life and socially connected to those around them are happier and in better physical and mental health.

In addition, Trinity runs an intergenerational after school program which offers academic intervention, homework assistance, computer instruction and English as a second language. Through the after school program youngsters and seniors work together as partners in an educational endeavor designed to help the children achieve their academic goals. These sessions are conducted in a safe and secure environment. It allows both partners to develop positive relationships and friendly bonds.

Trinity seniors are on the move. Our van visits many interesting places including: shopping to the Rack, to Kohl’s, to Target, to Delancey Street in lower Manhattan, to the Talbot Outlet in Garden City and to Marshall’s. Groups have scheduled trips to Port Washington, the Brooklyn Museum, Bayville, Leonard’s of Great Neck, the Museum of Modern Art, to the movies in Sheepshead Bay, to the sights in Manhattan including the South Street Seaport, the Circle Line, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Avery Fisher Hall, Rockefeller Center, the Botanical Garden and the Jewish Heritage Museum.

One recent trip was a highlight that everyone enjoyed. We went to Lenny’s Clam Bar at 161-03 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. Joe DeCandia, the owner, continues a long and excellent family tradition of providing superb cuisine. The DeCandia family has a long track record of capturing a perfect blend of a delightful ambiance and delicious food. Their new room, directly on the water, adds a great dimension to the dining experience. As we enjoyed the view we had the feeling that we spent the afternoon on board a luxury ship. The varied menu items delight the appetites of the most discerning diners. Lenny’s excellent cuisine, warm ambiance and hospitable service team received rave reviews from our group. Lenny’s Clam Bar is a dining destination where plans to return are made before we leave.

Trinity Services is planning its 3rd annual luncheon on Friday, May 20th at 12 noon. Tickets are available by calling 718-474-1641. Everyone has a wonderful time. Plan to make your reservations early.

 

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