2006-11-24 / Columnists

Chatting with Chapey

Rockaway Park Association Annual Dinner
Commentary by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Dr. Geraldine Chapey
Dr. Geraldine Chapey On Saturday, December 9, 2006, the Rockaway Park Homeowners and Residents Association will be holding their annual holiday party at the Knights of Columbus at 333 Beach 90 Street at 7 p.m. The group will be honoring Dr. Geraldine Chapey and Renee Freeman from the Rockaway Catholic Jewish Council, Danielle McShane from Danielle's Rockaway Florist, the Rockaway Irish Boys and as Man of the Year - John F. Lepore from the Chamber of Commerce. There will be live music, dancing, a cocktail hour, open bar, hot buffet dinner. The tickets cost $50.00 each and can be purchased by calling 718-474-2700.

The leaders of the Rockaway Park Association are John Lenihan, Mary and Ben Lenihan, Ed Re and Beverly Baxter. Renee and I would like to thank them for their dedicated service to our community. They work hard and smart to promote the welfare of the homeowners and residents. Our community is stronger and better because of their commitment to excellence. I hope that you will be able to join us at the Knights of Columbus. The evening promises to be one of good fellowship, good food and an opportunity to support a good cause.

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet with former President William Jefferson Clinton. He is a very charismatic person. He spoke about the fact that his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton, is going around the country recommending that companies use products made in New York. She is encouraging restaurants in New York City to use wines grown in New York State. I believe that this is an excellent idea. All parts of the state can work together to improve our economy and create more jobs.

Senator Clinton came to visit our neighborhood. Borough President Helen Marshall, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, City Councilman Joe Addabbo, district leader Frank Galluscio and I had an opportunity to sit with her and share our concerns for the future growth of our neighborhood.

Last week Trinity Services had a wonderful trip to see the Christmas Show at Rockefeller Center. It is our 10th annual trip to Radio City Music Hall. The weather was fantastic. The show was spectacular. I never cease to be amazed by the Radio City Christmas Show Spectacular. Their web site catches the spirit of the show when it states, "Catch breathtaking precision dance routines, elaborate costumes and stunning stage effects." This year everyone said that the show seemed better than ever. The orchestra is magnificent. The Rockettes are phenomenal. One of the nicest things about it is the fact that the entire family can enjoy the music, the dancing and the ice skating. Presently there are 6,000 seats in the theater. This season alone there will be 200 performances, according to the show's website.

On the website's "Did You Know" section, it states that "during the Radio City Christmas Spectacular engagement, the Music Hall houses a 'zoo' of live animals including two donkeys, three camels, six sheep and one horse all of which appear in the show." Another fact in the "Did You Know" section notes that "two of the most cherished scenes are the 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' and the 'Living Nativity' - both of which have been part of the Radio City holiday tradition since they were first performed on the Great Stage in 1933." Another fact is that "part of what makes the show possible is the technical capabilities of the Great Stage. It measures 144 feet by 66 feet. It is made up of three elevators, which may be set at any level from the sub basement to 13 feet above the stage - a vertical drop of 40 feet. The orchestra uses a fourth elevator."

The Nativity scene is awe-inspiring. The magnitude of the presentation adds to the splendor. The use of the live animals on the stage adds tremendously to the tenor of the scene. If you haven't been to see the Christmas Show I would strongly recommend making a reservation. For most people on our trip it brought back wonderful memories of families gathered together to see past shows.

Thanks to the AOH for honoring me. The entire evening was great. A special thanks to the officers and members of our newly formed division #25 for their support.

Please join us on Sunday, December 10 for a classic Irish Christmas starring Andy Cooney.

The show begins at 7 p.m.

The requested donation is $25. There is reserved seating this year so be sure to get your tickets early. To buy tickets please contact Mike Keller at 718-474-3747, Pat McGrath at 718-945-5345 or Pat Nee at 718-634-2280. The performance will be held at St. Rose of Lima Auditorium at 154 Beach 84 Street in Rockaway Beach. We hope to see you there.

Congratulations once again to Florence and Ed Sperier, Hal and Lynn Kramberg and Marsha and Evelyn Weber. The raffle dinner at the West End Temple is always a popular event. Everyone who attended was a winner.

On December 2 the West End Temple will be having their Shop'til You Drop night. This is a very worthwhile event. Last year they had so many wonderful things that we kept buying and buying. I am looking forward to attending this and I hope that you will join me.

Joe and Maritza Mure are fabulous fund raisers for juvenile diabetes. Kudos to them for all their successful efforts. They will be having their North Pole lighting on Saturday, December 2. Santa Claus always makes his appearance and has plenty of goodies for boys and girls. Plan to attend the North Pole lighting at dusk at Beach 144 Street and Neponsit Avenue and then walk to the West End Temple to do your Holiday shopping.

Another must on your to-do list will be Sister Mary Beatta's Holiday Concert in Breezy Point on Friday, December 15. Sister has the most beautiful voice. I have many of her tapes at home and in my car. I know that we will all enjoy the concert.

I must share one important point with you. I have been very privileged to meet a new friend - Angela Rose. Angela Rose turned 4 on October 14. This beautiful young lady with the most adorable smile and twinkling eyes comes to visit our dog at the office. She and her mother add such special cheer to our day. Rocky and Angela are planning to meet again soon.

I hope that you and your family are enjoying the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.

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