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  • Elaine Chapnick

    by Representative Eliot L. Engel

    Posted on 2013-12-19

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    ENGEL of new york in the house of representatives Thursday, December 19, 2013 Mr. ENGEL. Mr. Speaker, Elaine Chapnick arrived in Larchmont in 1968 with her husband David and their two children, Adam and Melissa. She joined the League of Women Voters and volunteered to become Executive Director of the New York Council on Children's Television, working with the networks to promote better programming with less commercialism. She also spoke with parent groups throughout the Metropolitan area on how to manage television in their children's lives.

    After teaching English for a year at a special fifth grade program at the Murray Avenue School she joined Caroline Silverstone to form a video production company. Their documentary projects included taping the Arts in the Schools program which Lincoln Center had introduced in the Mamaroneck schools. She then ran an after school video club at Chatsworth School.

    When her children were in school full time she worked at Newsweek Broadcasting where she developed a pilot children's public affairs program called Periscope. From there she went to the American Lung Association, initiated their anti-smoking campaign and became the Executive Director of Communications.

    During this time she served on the Board of the Emelin Theater, on the Board of Larchmont Temple chairing the Adult Education Committee, the Board of LMC-TV that negotiated the original community cable agreement, the Board of Continuing Education, the School Board Selection Committee, and the Hispanic Resource Center, serving as Fund Chair and newsletter editor.

    She represented the Village of Larchmont on the county's Community Development Block Grant Committee and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Barnard College where she chaired the Student Life Committee.

    More recently she was a reporter covering the Larchmont Village Board meetings for the Larchmont Gazette, was a member of the Human Rights Committee which planned the last five Martin Luther King, Jr. events, serves on the Planned Parenthood Luncheon Planning Committee and is the President of the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Local Summit.

    I congratulate Elaine Chapnick on receiving this year's Sunny Award, created in honor of former LMC-TV President Sunny Yeddis Goldberg, and given to individuals for their dedication and their outstanding contribution to our community.


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