MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE CREEDMOOR CIVIC ASSOCIATION, INC.
Next meeting: November 11 at 8 PM
At our October meeting, after due deliberation, the vote to request the conversion of I. S. 109 and its feeder schools (P.S. 33, 34, and 135) to K-8s was approved unanimously.
That was the easy part. District 29 Superintendent Johnson has refused to meet with us regarding this issue. However, at a public meeting called by Council Member David Weprin at Martin Van Buren High School to discuss what follows the abolition of Community School Boards, we did get a chance to talk with Johnson. Also part of the informal discussion was Nagassar Ramgarib, president of the Queens Village Civic Association, who also supports the conversion. Because these negotiations are going to be delicate, and were complicated by the publication of an article about our October meeting in the Queens Chronicle, we will not elaborate on all the issues in this newsletter, but we are not yet giving up on this fight. Supporting at least the notion of dialogue are our elected officials, including Councilman Weprin, Assemblywoman Barbara Clark, and State Senator Frank Padavan. Stay tuned.
Halloween Parade Followup
Cloudy, chilly, and misty weather dampened turnout at our annual Creedmoor Civic Children's Halloween Parade, but those who attended didn't regret it. Marching through Braddock Avenue, 241st Street, 88th Avenue, Gettysburg Street, and ending up at the Catholic War Veterans' Building, a good time was had by all. Custom-made Halloween cookies, baked by Reinwald's Bakery, and soda were served at the CWV. The building was decorated to lend an eerie air to the festivities.
The Creedmoor Civic Association wants to thank Mr. Joseph LoCurto, President
and CEO of Gottlieb Skanska, Inc. for his donation of $150. last month.
This is the third year in a row that Mr. LoCurto has helped with the costs
for our Halloween Parade, the refreshments, and the rental of the hall.
His very generous donation is greatly appreciated by our Executive Board
and membership. Also, special thanks to Police Officers Sharp, Chen, Dhawan,
and Dwyer of the 105 Precinct Stationhouse for guarding and escorting our
parade contingent through our neighborhood. They held back traffic
and made sure our parade route was safe.
AROUND THE TOWN
Congratulations to : Rosemary Parker, CCA's Vice President, who has been elected the United Federation of Teachers union representative for District 24.
Congratulations to: Mark and Marie Loftus of Gettysburg Street on the birth of their son Matthew Francis (9 lbs, 2 oz.) on October 4.
Condolences to: the family of Eileen Pedersen of 239th Street
who passed away in October. Mrs. Pedersen and her husband, Leon, lived
in Bellerose for many years and were married for over 50 years..
Barney Aquilino, President of the Rocky Hill Civic Association, has invited all CCA members to his civic meeting on November 12. His guest speaker will be Mr. Nigel Pugh, the Project Director of the new Creedmoor Campus High School. His topics will be the new high school and the year-round schedules. Mr. Pugh is welcoming all opinions on the year-round school schedules.
Place: PS 18, 235 Court, south of Hillside Avenue
Borough Historian revives Advisory group
Stanley Cogan,of Bayside, who is Borough President Helen Marshall's unpaid Borough Historian, and coincidentally, president of the Queens Historical Society, has announced the resumption of meetings of what was formerly called the Queens Borough Historian's History Advisory Committee.
There have not been such meetings since the former Borough Historian, Henry Ludder, of Whitestone, moved out of state three years ago. However, at the first reorganization in October, it became apparent that the borough's needs and focus have changed. The group is made up of representative's of the borough's historical societies and museums. Gone are the days when they had the luxury of just reminiscing about history. The new group wants to be more activist. There will be no history to talk about, the group said, unless we change inappropriate zoning, stop demolition of historic structures, secure landmarks protection, and get legislation against such trends such as the paving of lawns and the erection of front yard fences.
It is expected that the group will change its name to the Preservation Council and be more pro-active than before.
Creedmoor Civic News
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