2006-04-14 / Columnists

Chatting with Chapey

Dr. Geraldine ChapeyDr. Geraldine Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

I want to invite everyone to join us on Thursday, June 1, 2006 for lunch from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Russo's on the Bay at 162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. The funds raised are used to support our senior and youth programs.

This is our fourth annual luncheon. We are fortunate to have Frances Abbracciamento and Joseph Mure returning as the co-chairs of the luncheon. I am so pleased and honored to announce that Joseph Perrotta, the owner of Shannon Florist, will also be joining us as a co-chair.

Perrotta is such a capable, brilliant and personable individual. Joe brings his own special and unique personality to our luncheon endeavors. Joe is a well renowned expert in developing creative and beautiful events. His florist shop has been recognized across our city and state as the one to call when you need something special or you want to create a great impression. He has promised me that he will use all of his talents and resources to make our lunch an event to remember.

A special thanks to Joe for joining our committee: thanks for making a commitment to make our luncheon - the most talked about event of the season. When Abbracciamento, Mure and Perrotta put their capable and creative minds together we will have the best event ever.

This year we will honor the following people: Matt Conklin, Monsignor Michael Connelly, Dorothy Farrell, Joan Farrell, Renee Freeman, Elaine Gelda, Monsignor Martin Geraghty, Gertrude Oltchick, David Rosen and Ellen Tolan.

Each of these individuals is outstanding. They have a commitment to serving our community. Please join us as we celebrate the life and successes of our honorees. Tickets are $50.00 each. They can be purchased by calling Stella at (718) 474-1641. Last year over 750 people attended. Please make your reservations early; seats are selling rapidly. I look forward to seeing you at the lunch.

Everyone from far and wide looks forward to going to Russo's. Frank Russo and his family have done an outstanding job in bringing the best and the finest together at Russo's. The ambiance is magnificent. Russo runs a perfect operation because he goes out of his way to pay attention to even the smallest detail.

A visit to Russo's begins with a cheerful welcome from the valet staff. The doors are opened wide and everyone who enters is a VIP. Whenever we arrive we are happily greeted with, "We are so happy to see you back again at Russo's today." These welcoming greetings set the stage for a perfect event at Russo's. A special thank you goes to the valet staff for their successful efforts in helping us to enjoy every visit to Russo's. The atmosphere at Russo's gives one the feeling of walking into an elegant home. The furniture in the hallways is situated in such a way as to allow friends to sit for a moment and have a private chat or to allow a person to sit and wait for a friend or colleague to arrive. The halls are decorated in a seasonal motif. You can't help but feel at home immediately.

Russo's always has the most extensive menu. You can choose from items that conform to your diet or that are so delicious that it is worth forgetting about your diet. Russo's offers seven or eight entrees for your meal. It is a gourmet treat to read the menu and ponder which of your favorites you will choose today. Guests who arrive for the first time or who are returning for their 1,001 visit all find the food to be 10+. As a point of fact, Russo makes it a priority to greet the guests personally, to make them feel welcome and to observe the service first hand.

There are several community events which I always look forward to going to attending and I hope to see you there: the first being The Hadassah luncheon on Tuesday, May 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lawrence Country Club. Faye Cohen and Renee Freeman are planning a great event. They will be honoring Jean Mirkin and Barbara Larkin - two outstanding women. Tickets are $50 per person. Send your donation to Faye Cohen at 173 Beach 146 Street, Neponsit, New York 11694.

The second event is The West End Temple annual dinner on Saturday, June 10 at the Sands in Atlantic Beach. Each year they have a great dinner. The committee always plans something special. This year they will be honoring Shirley Paris and Marie and John Kimball - prominent members of our community. Please call (718) 634-0301 for your reservation.

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