VOL. 69, NO. 6
Grants to locally-based community groups from State Senator Frank Padavan will go a long way towards maintaining and improving our quality of life. District-wide, Sen. Padavan has providing funding for 65 community groups.
While all elected officials get some money to distribute to their local community, Padavan wields additional clout due to his longevity (27 years) and is able to distribute more money than his colleagues. Grants that will favor Bellerose are as follows:
Community School Board 29:
Community School Board 26: $160,000.
Queens County Farm Museum: $100,000 for operating expenses.
Bell Park Veterans: $2,000
Bell Park Seniors: $6,000
St. Gregory's Seniors: $5,000
Joint Bellerose Business District: $12,000 for facade studies.
Joint Bellerose Business District: $400,000 for cast iron lampposts for Jamaica Avenue.
Bellerose Branch Library: $50,000 for computers and internet access.(Ditto for Bayside, Douglaston, Glen Oaks, and Queens Village branches.)
MONDAY, JUNE 12,
AT 8 PM
AT THE BELLEROSE BAPTIST CHURCH
BRADDOCK AVE. AT 241ST ST.
The Bellerose Theatre after a decade of neglect is being refurbished for retail uses. Already the Kas Carpet sign has gone up on the western wall of the theatre. The Bellerose Diner, is being totally rebuilt except for salvaging the kitchen, another carpet store is opening next to the Arrow Auto School, and new patriotic banners are going up soon on Jamaica Avenue sponsored by the merchants and the Business District Development Corp.
Frozen Cup has been sold but is continuing as a longtime tradition under new owners. Additionally, the Joint Bellerose Business District Development Corporation is on the verge of hiring a part-time executive director, has applied for funds to maintain some of the greenswards at Braddock and Jamaica Avenues, and will soon engage an architect to come up with a design concept for the storefronts. Also, with the new grant (see article above), the JBBDDC will be contracting for beautiful ornamental cast iron lampposts for the center mall on Jamaica Avenue. And finally, the Dept.of Parks and Recreation will landscape portions of the center mall with small trees and shrubs.
The Queens Civic Congress is attempting to set up a meeting with the builders to express the concerns of the local civic associations. From this plan, it would appear, alas, that none of the existing houses will be saved.
There have been no changes from the previous year, other than abolishing the office of corresponding secretary. Correspondence will be handled by the president.
Join us in coffee and 73rd Anniversary celebration cake from Reinwald's at the conclusion of the meeting. This is our last meeting until next September.
We are pleased that Nagassar Ramgarib, the President of the Queens Village Civic Association will be the installing officer.
AROUND THE TOWN
|Condolences to: Board of Governors member Betty Baumann of 88th Avenue on the death of her mother Florence Baumann.|
|Condolences to: the family of Renee Shehab, mother of CCA President Rick Duskiewicz of Lyman Street, who died May 12.|
|Condolences to: the family of recently deceased Vincent Cook of 238th Street. Mr. Cook was a resident of 238th Street for over 30 years.|
|Condolences to: the family of Lt. Thomas McDonagh of the105th Police Precinct who passed away suddenly in May at the stationhouse.|
|Belated Congratulations to: Gregory and Sharon Denara for the birth of twin sons on February 12, 2000, grandsons of Jeanne Denara of 88th Avenue.|
|Congratulations to: Mr. & Mrs. Michael Randazzo of Rocky Hill Pharmacy on the birth of their 8 lb.-5 oz. daughter Kaitlyn on May 15.|
|Congratulations to: Nagassar Ramgarib (known as "Ram"), president of the Queens Village Civic Assn. on his appointment to a seat on Community Board 13.|
New Neighbors Program
Apologies to the Lallfamily for the tardiness of their welcome package. They have been living here close to a year already. The Civic brings over a welcome package as soon as we are notified that someone new has moved in. If someone new moves in on your block, please call Rick at 464-3369.
Don't worry if you don't know their name, we'll get it. The important thing is that all new residents feel they are a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
|June 11 - Fuzzy's Bar is sponsoring the 2nd Annual barbecue fundraiser
on 240th Street at Braddock Avenue to benefit the Joey Dente Jr. Pediatric
Pulmonary Function Lab at North Shore University/L.I. Jewish Health Systems.
From Noon to 8 PM. Donation: adults $10, kids under 12 $5.
|June 15-25 - Annual Gregorian Summer Festival. Weekdays 7-11PM, weekends 7-12 midnight. There will be lots to do: rides, food, and music. Sponsored by St. Gregory's Church.|
|June 22 - SNAP (Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc.) 20th Anniversary.
6:30-10:30 PM. Douglaston Manor, 63-20 Commonwealth Blvd. Open bar, cocktail hour, dinner, live music. $48 per person.
|June 24-25 - Strawberry Festival at Queens County FarmMuseum. 11 AM - 5 PM. Admission $2., children 12 and under are free. Buy(no picking) fresh strawberries, strawberry products. Country & western musicand dance. Information: 718-347-3276.|
|June 26 - Community Board 13, Queens Reformed Church, 7:30 (Jamaica Avenue and Springfield Blvd.)|
|June 28 - 105 Precinct Community Council. 8 PM at the Precinct, 222nd Street and 92nd Road.|
Stop signs mean STOP BEFORE THE CROSSWALK. Don't drift through just looking for other cars. Not only is it unfair to someone walking in the crosswalk, it's dangerous and illegal. Eighty-eighth Ave has become a speedway. It's not only drivers racing to the parkway, it's our own residents putting their neighbors at risk. Our streets are narrow. Driving faster than necessary means someone's bound to get a car door or even a leg taken off.
Since the city may not be spraying for mosquitoes this summer, it's especially important to keep puddles of water from remaining on your property.
Our neighborhood is one of the safest in the city, but we're not immune. Just last month there were two robberies (face to face encounters) within our civic boundaries. Whether you're home or out walking, if you see someone acting suspiciously, call 911, NOT the precinct.
We received more dues envelopes this past month. The more envelopes that come via mail, the less work for our block captains. Please try to send in your dues ($5), if you haven't already. The block captains will be making their rounds sometime this summer.
I'd like to thank all the officers and board members for their work this past year. I'd especially like to thank Linda Dixon, our former Corresponding Secretary, for her many years of dedicated service with our civic. Volunteers like Linda have kept this civic strong for more than 70 years. Keep in mind that even though we will not be having meetings and distributing newsletters for the next two months, the civic is still available to you during the summer months. 464-3369 is the number for complaints. I hope everyone has a happy and healthy Summer. See you in the Fall.
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