To the OP:
What is now called HOCNA, i.e. bishops and priests in communion with Met Ephraim of Boston, has officially adopted the name-worshiping heresy and should be avoided. Many clergy and parishes formerly in HOCNA have left HOCNA over this and are now with HOTCA under Metropolitan Pavlos of Astoria, but it's possible that your sources have not been updated in the past few months and still consider the parish to be part of HOCNA. It would be best to investigate to find out whether or not the parish is in fact still with HOCNA.
Some here are counseling you to avoid HOCNA for other reasons, however, namely their rejection of ecumenism and refusal to participate in communion with ecumenists. They typically give you all sorts of scary stories about the crazy people there. All I can say is that personal experience usually paints a different picture (you yourself admitted that the parishioners seemed nice enough). It's really very simple: do you agree with the World Council of Churches? If so, join a church that is a member of the WCC. If not, do the honest thing and join a church that is not a member.
As for the claim that we don't have apostolic succession, I agree that the pedigree of HOCNA is dubious, since they trace their ordinations to a bishop that was himself deposed by the Synod of the Greek GOC. HOTCA, at least, has succession from the Russian Church Abroad, and we have never gone into schism from anyone, but have kept the position we have always had.