MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE CREEDMOOR CIVIC ASSOCIATION, INC.
"UNITED EFFORT REAPS UNITED GAIN"
VOL. 71, NO. 1
NEXT MEETING JAN. 14 at 8:00 PM
SANIT DEPT TO SPEAK AT JAN. MEETING
This month's guest speaker will be Patricia Grayson from the New York
City Department of Sanitation. She is the Queens Outreach Coordinator for
Waste Prevention and Recycling.
Please be prepared with any questions you may have on recycling and
related issues and try to coax a neighbor into attending the meeting as
well. This is an excellent opportunity to raise questions and get answers.
Weprin arranged SCA meeting to air community concerns
As a result of concerns over the design of the new Glen Oaks school
campus that were aired at a School Construction Authority-sponsored hearing
at P.S. 186 some weeks ago, David Weprin, at that time the councilman-elect,
agreed to set up a meeting with the SCA to discuss resolutions to those
issues. The meeting was held December 12th in a trailer at the construction
site and all the local civics were invited. Creedmoor Civic was represented
at that meeting. The most pressing issue concerned traffic and it appears
that many issues have been or are being resolved. The schools are moving
quickly in construction and are expected to be open by September, 2003.
We still do not know, however, who exactly will be attending the schools
and that is a major issue for our residents since one of the schools might
be a possible alternative to the use of I.S. 109 in Queens Village for
grades 6, 7, and 8.
Civics to Transit Authority: We told you so
The MTA/New York City Transit implemented its long awaited re-routing
of the Queens Boulevard subway lines and everything that the transit watchdog
and civic groups predicted came to pass: The re-routing is a disaster.
The G riders are horribly inconvenienced by having to transfer at Court
Square and walk a block to catch a V or E to continue their trip; half
the F riders are inconvenienced by having to give up a seat and change
for a crowded E at Roosevelt Avenue in order to reach Long Island City
stations and the Lexington Avenue and 5th Avenue stations along 53rd Street,
and the E riders are inconvenienced by having their trains more crowded
than ever before.
No one really wins in this realignment. The R riders gain direct access
to 6th Avenue, but the V is a local just like the R and 6th Avenue access
was easy enough at Queens Plaza. We now hear that the TA is admitting things
are not right. The V train is more empty than the G train was in Queens.
Some 3/4 billion dollars was wasted on this 63rd Street Connector, but
the MTA should do the smart thing and undo this new routing.
The sad thing is that enough money was spent on 1,500 feet of route
extension that could have extended the F train 2-1/2 miles to the beginning
of Queens Village.
January. The month of midterms, snowstorms, colds and flu. Yuck. Already
I can't wait ‘till February.
Last month I said goodbye to a good friend and overall good guy, Jim
Breininger. After living here for so many years on Lyman Street, he and
his family have moved down south. Beofre he left, Jim found many boxes
of documents in his attic, and dropped them off to me. Some people may
think of this as junk, but to me they're boxes of pure gold. Old newsletters,
correspondence and pictures (I hope) from Creedmoor Civic's history. As
you may know, Jim's dad was a longtime president of CCA. Each month I hope
to bring you more bits of our history as I explore and dig through these
Next month we will publish the names of all our paid up members. I realize
that with the use of dues envelopes, it gets a little confusing about whether
some members have paid or not. If you're not sure, feel free to call me
this month at 464-3369 to ask if you're paid up for 2001. Leave your name,
address and phone number and I'll return your call as soon as possible.
If you're not comfortable having your name published, call me and your
name will be omitted from the listings.
Neighborhood polluted by garish new front yard fence
Some people think they live on an island.
Despite our making it clear that the residents of this community do
not appreciate front yard fences, particularly those brick and iron jobs,
owners of a house at the corner of 242nd Street and 89th Avenue had to
thumb their nose at the community and erect one anyway. Civic groups throughout
the borough still are talking about possible legislation to ban these fences.
We don't like the idea of legislating good taste, but when your property
values are affected by what someone else on your block does to their own
property, then legislating fences becomes fair game.
Some of these fences make it difficult for neighbors to get their cars
into their driveways.
Local News Roundup
Braddock Av. Spruced Up for Spring Flowers
One of the last acts of outgoing Parks Commissioner
Henry Stern was the Green Streets planting of the mall in Braddock Avenue
which this past week has seen the granite blocks added to the tree pits.
Generally, the City uses flowering cherries and plums for these mall plantings.
They will help to add much charm to our Bellerose community not only in
the Spring but all year long.
Around the Town
Condolences to: the family of Mary Sperling who passed away in
December. Ms. Sperling was the beloved aunt of our 2nd Vice President,
Condolences to: the family of Joseph Reinwald who passed away
in December. Joe Reinwald was the founder of Reinwald's Bakery.
Condolences to: the family of Michael Lydon of Gettysburg Street
who passed away in December.
Fond Farewell to: the Breininger Family of Lyman Street, who
recently moved to South Carolina.
Congratulations to: David Weprin, who was installed as our new
City Councilman at the Hollis Hills Jewish Center on January 3, 2001. Congressman
Ackerman was the master of ceremonies in the packed hall.
Creedmoor Civic News
Published since 1931
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Creedmoor Civic Association, Inc.
88-01 Lyman Street
Bellerose NY 11427
Tel. (718) 464-3369