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  1. 1. Message from JHBG President, Edwin O’Keefe WestleyA Jackson Heights Update - An interior courtyard is am – 5 pm to encourage long“When one door of happiness planned term parking away from the retailcloses, another opens; but of- - Installation of windows on core (73rd and 74th Streets be-ten we look so long at the the east side instead of a blank tween Roosevelt and 37 Ave- wall nues). We are assuming po-closed door that we do not see - Special attention will be paid tential customers will walk 6 –the one which has been to the quality of the construction 7 blocks to shop. Some of usopened for us.” - Helen Keller details. feel that the merchants are parking in the retail core andI’ve decided to include a random Jackson Heights Neighborhood unless they move their cars toquote in the President’s mes- Transportation Study 69th Street there is no chancesage. Sometimes it will be related Our Community Board approved the of success.to the column, and other times final recommendations of the NYC 3. 37th Road has been closedhopefully it will promote your Department of Transportation. The to all vehicles (except emergen-thinking. final plan is available in the cy vehicles) between 73rd Street “Recommendations” section at and 74th Street making it a Street84-01 37th Avenue http://a841-tfpweb.nyc.gov/jackson- Plaza. We all agree that ourThe Landmarks Commission heights. I concur with most of the neighborhood needs more opengranted final approval, for con- recommendations but have some space but is this the right place?struction of a six-story commer- concerns. They are: This presents an opportunitycial/residential building, on Tues- for Street Vendors and retailday, July 19. There were several 1. 75th Street has changed direc- Pop Ups to take over thishearings beginning with our com- tion between 30th Avenue and 37th community open space. Themunity board and ending with the Avenue, from a northbound street to Jackson Heights MerchantsLandmarks Commission. The a southbound street. The Q47 and Association has requested 37JHBG, Roosevelt Terrace, Coun- Q49 buses have been re-routed Road be reopened to trafficcil member Dromm and Janet from 73rd Street to 75th Street. Does because their businessesO’Hare, a concerned neighbor, this just move the traffic conges- have experienced a severewere active in suggesting modifi- tion and noise from one street to drop in sales.cations. The good news is that another? 4. Shared bicycle lanes haveseveral of the suggestions have 2. Introduce the PARK Smart Pro- been installed on 74th and 75thbeen incorporated into the build- gram on 69th Street between 37th Streets to improve the safety ofing. They are: and 34th Avenues. Convert parallel cyclists…. This is absurd be- - Green space has been in- parking spaces to 90 degree park- cause the plan increases vehi-corporated at the 84th Street ing. These spaces become 3 hr me- cle traffic on these streets; itresidential entrance tered parking, Monday – Saturday, 9 will be a safety nightmare.President’s Message………………1 J.H.C.R.E.W. ………………………..6 Street Cleaning ……………….….13News from the Heights………...….2 Garden Club…………………….…..6 Editorial …………………………… 14Street Renaming……………………4 The Green Agenda………………...7 Membership………………………..15From our NYC Council Halloween Parade…………….9 - 11 Holiday Lighting………………….. 16Member Daniel Dromm……….….. 5 Composting ………………………..12 Views - Fall 2011 - Page 1
  2. 2. News from the HeightsBy Daniel KaratzasA Record Historic Weekend to these improvements were 6. The materials being used –  the comments and suggestions brick, cast stone, storefront infillThis year’s annual “Historic of the JHBG, Councilmember – were scrutinized by the LPCJackson Heights Weekend,” Daniel Dromm, the Historic and will be of higher quality thanheld on Saturday June 18th and Districts Council and other con- in most construction done with-Sunday June 19th, was our cerned residents. out their input.most successful ever. About275 tickets were sold for the Here is a brief summary of The residential section will beGarden Tour, and 80 for the what was accomplished: set back from the commercialWalking Tour. This year, Fill- storefronts along 37th Avenuemore Hall, Laburnum Cout, 1. Windows will now be placed by about 10 feet, similar toand The Greystones participat- on the building’s east-facing Georgian Hall just west of thised in the Garden Tour, raising façade, where as the original site. Unfortunately, the buildingthe number of gardens to 13. proposal was simply a blank will still be built along its north-Attendance was enhanced by brick wall ern lot line, and block a numbera “PS 69 Reunion” organized or windows in the adjacentby a few loyal alumni. About 2. The 84th Street façade is apartment building.50 former students, most of aligned with the adjacent build-whom graduated in the 1960s, ing so that there is room for a While we would have liked forreturned to their old neighbor- front garden. this lot to have remained a one-hood. After a tour of PS 69 story building, the zoning enve- ththey attended our slide lecture, 3. The 84 Street residential lope allows for a larger building.toured the neighborhood while entrance was set back from the As detailed above, a number ofon the Garden Tour, and end- façade, like the other residen- significant improvements overed their day with a dinner at tial buildings along 37th Ave- the original proposal were real-Armondo’s. It was a great nue. This allows for a small ized. They are especially im-weekend for all. garden at either side of the en- portant since we will have to live trance. alongside this new building forThe New Building at 84th decades to come.Street and 37th Avenue 4. The building’s details – win- dows being set back from the Jackson Hts. Historic DistrictOn July 19, 2011 the Land- façade, size and location of the – Extension Submittedmarks Preservation Commis- pediments, resolving the resi-sion (LPC) held its final hearing dential tower with the one-story Over the past year the JHBGand approved the proposed of commercial storefronts, etc. has been developing a pro-new building at the northeast – were refined with input from posal for extending the existingcorner of 84th Street and 37th the Commissioners and staff of Jackson Heights Historic Dis-Avenue. While many may feel the LPC. trict, which currently run (in anthe building is too large, the irregular pattern) from 76th toreview process overseen by 5. The small rear open space 88th Streets. Thanks to supportthe LPC since December of was originally raised one flight and assistance from the Histor-last year has resulted in a above grade level, and will nowmuch improved building. Key be at grade level. (Continued on next page…) Views Fall 2011 Page 2
  3. 3. Continued from previous page...ic Districts Council, which in- mission’s overall priorities for commercial properties thatcluded the JHBG’s proposal as the five boroughs.” rightfully contribute to theone of its “Six to Celebrate” in character of the Historic Dis-2011, much progress has been Our basic rationale was that trict designated in 1993.made. when the original boundaries of the Historic District were With the continued support ofA “Request for Evaluation” for established in the early our elected officials, the likeli-the eastern and western exten- 1990s, the LPC was con- hood of realizing the proposedsions of the Jackson Heights cerned about creating too extensions is enhanced, alt-Historic District was submitted large a district, since it had hough continued communityto the Landmarks Preservation been almost 30 years since a support is crucial. Over theCommission (LPC) on July 7th. district had been designated next year we plan to communi-The JHBG received positive in Queens. As such, many cate directly with residents.response to our proposal from buildings - built at the same We look forward to your sup-the LPC in August: “The com- time and in the same styles as port! If you want to assist us inmittee agrees that this is an those in the Historic District – this effort, simply email us atimportant area that merits fur- were left out of the district. info@jhbg.org.ther study. A survey of the ar- Our current effort focuses onea by the Commission is need- extending the district – both Below is a map of the exten-ed and will be conducted in east and west of the current sions, which project both eastconsideration with the Com- borders – to include the apart- and west of the existing histor- ment buildings, houses, and ic district. Views Fall 2011 Page 3
  4. 4. Street Renaming in Memory of Richard CecereBy Doris WurglerThe Street Co-naming of RICH- Remarks from:ARD CECERE CORNER(Corner of 83rd Street and 37th NYC Council MemberAvenue) in Jackson Heights, Daniel Dromm, Host,took place on Sunday, Septem-ber 25, 2011. Elected Officials Active as the Chair of Queens Maureen Allen & Ed McGowan,Community Board 3 and sever- Kiwanis Club of Jacksonal organizations, Richard was Heightsknown for his dedication andhard work. Richard joined the From Queens CommunityKiwanis Club of Jackson Board #3:Heights in 1990 and served inmany capacities over the years. Grace Lawrence, Chairperson,Richard was also a board mem-ber of the John F. Kennedy Arturo Sanchez, MemberDemocratic Club and formerpresident of the New Visions Giovanna Reid,Democratic Club. He also District Manager,served on the boards of theNewton Senior Center in andElmhurst and the United Com-munity Civic Association. Lorraine CecereRichard’s dedication and in-volvement in our communitywas extensive. His civic en-gagement was deep and well-known; many in the community Special Thanks to:are well aware of Richard’s tre-mendous contributions and how Kiwanis Club of Jacksonwell-deserved this honor is. HeightsDuring his last battle with leuke-mia, Richard remained an inspi- New Visions Democratic Clubration to all with his positive andupbeat attitude. Richard passedaway June 29, 2007. His unpar-  alleled commitment to his com-munity is worthy of our eternalgratitude. Views Fall 2011 Page 4
  5. 5. Nepalese Pitch In To Support JH PlazaFrom the Office of NYC Council Member Daniel DrommJackson Heights, NY -- Re-cently, NYC Council MemberDaniel Dromm participated ina street cleaning program or-ganized by the Sindhu-USAWelfare Society, a Nepalesecommunity based organiza-tion. A group of 75 people in-cluding students from theBryant High School Nepa-lese organization gathered to clean up the pedestrian plaza on37th Road in Jackson Heights and all the surrounding streets inthe lower 70s from Roosevelt to 37th Avenue. Dromm is especiallyproud of the group for giving back to their community, encouragingcivic participation and supporting the Jackson Heights Plaza. Views Fall 2011 Page 5
  6. 6. J.H.C.R.E.W.By Lori LongbothamAlthough many use the dog gets very dusty for their own- Many in the neighborhood stillrun no matter what the weath- ers and friends. We’re hoping don’t know about the dog runer, things are beginning to to have a good solution by the or have heard misinformationslow down a bit for the sea- spring. such as it costing $25/monthson. Over the winter we’re to belong.looking forward to deciding Membership renewal noticeswhat actions and projects we have not been sent out since Even though we won’t seewant to focus on for next the run opened but we plan to each other at the park asspring and summer. do that in January. When the much during the cold weath- weather gets better, we hope er, we still have our websiteAfter finding out that to re- to begin an active outreach. (www.jhcrew.org) and a Face-place the same wood chips In the spring we’ll put up fly- book page for communi-we had when the run opened ers around the neighborhood, cating, and a core crew anx-would cost us $14,000, we handing them out at the ious to make it a better placenow are looking into a more farmers’ market, and general- and bring in more members.affordable and practical alter- ly try to get the word out.native! Dogs love dirt, but itUpdate On Tree Gardens and Post OfficeBy Jill YardleyOnce again this past May of John who planted the tree urging of Mamie Tinkler, asome of our dedicated gardens in front of Met Jackson Heights resident,neighbors -- members of Foods. Their expertise and a few of us have startedthe Garden Club -- orga- care made the gardens the the process of cleaning upnized and planted inside most beautiful along the av- the garden. On a recentthe tree gardens along 37th enue. Friday four hopeful peopleAvenue from 73rd Street to jumped in and started the90th Street. The unusual As far as we know there is clean up process by,long dry spell during May no younger crew to take weeding, cutting, pruning,and June were hard on the over this project next year, etc. and made a small dentplants and only the most but we have the impression in the garden clean up.hardy survived, those which that the “old” crew would be There is much more to bewere faithfully watered by willing to pitch in again next done and with the help ofthe merchants. The gener- year. We hope to plant more more volunteers the Postous rains of August revived hosta and liriope in the fall. Office will look lovely bymany of the flowers and the Spring.public finally had a chance Many of you have passedenjoy them. Particular by our Post Office and have If anyone is interested inpraise should go to the seen how overgrown the volunteering, please con-scouts under the leadership garden has become. At the tact JHGB. Views Fall 2011 Page 6
  7. 7. Trees, Open Space and Composting Center TopsGreen Agenda ProgressBy Len Maniace Have you done anything to energy conservation, and com- in surprising ways. Started in fallmake Jackson Heights a post tea (Hint: It’s not a drink). of 2010, we’ve removed bricksgreener place? This is what We plan to hold an electronics from overcrowded tree pits,we and your neighbors have recycling day in April, so don’t chopped up compact soil anddone since release of JHBG’s toss those computers, printers replaced them with soil andGreen Agenda for Jackson and cell phones. mulch. The idea is to allow moreHeights, year: water to reach tree roots, espe- So what do we mean by a cially the roots of young trees* Provided first-aid to more green neighborhood? We’re which are most vulnerable. Ourthan 150 neighborhood street talking about a community that Citizen Tree Pruners have alsotrees. makes relatively light demands pruned trees in need of that on the Earth’s resources, pro- care.* Requested the planting of duces less pollution, and con-100 street trees from the New tributes less to climate change We’ve worked to involveYork City Department of Parks and global warming. JH has Jackson Heights co-ops in ourand Recreation. always been lucky on this is- tree-care effort, winning the sup- sue. With all our subway and port from the Windsor, Dunnolly* Worked toward expansion of bus services, our neighbors Gardens, Carlton Towers, theTravers Park through the addi- are less likely to rely on cars Albertson and the Greystones.tion of the 78 th Street than people living elsewhere. We thank them and hope otherPlaystreet and the Garden co-ops will follow their example.School athletic field, with our Our biggest effort so far ispartner the Jackson Heights our tree-care program, an ef- (Continued on next page…)Green Alliance. fort that helps the environment* Won state approval for a newcommunity composting centerunder the BQE at 69th Streetand 35th Avenue. (See storyon this elsewhere in this is-sue.)* Won construction of a newyouth ball field at LandingLights Park in Jackson Heightswith our partner the St. Joan ofArc Youth Council. (We startedthis effort nearly a dozen yearsago.) We’ve also brought in ex-perts to give talks on tree care, Tree-care volunteers remove bricks and loosen up soil to promote healthy growth. Views Fall 2011 Page 7
  8. 8. Continued from previous page... This effort won an award Here’s how that works: Tree New York City has a slew offrom the city’s One Million pits are breaks in concrete, strategies to divert runoff fromTrees program this past sum- allowing soil to absorb rain- our sewers. Bigger tree pits,mer. NYC’s goal of planting a water that otherwise would green roofs and water-million trees will change our run down sewers. Since NYC absorbing parking lots andcity’s environment for the bet- has sewer systems that com- schoolyards are a few. Andter, cooling sidewalks and bine waste from houses and every time you chop up rock-whole neighborhoods during storm runoff even moderate- hard soil in a tree pit, you helpthe summer, so we won’t need size storms overwhelm sew- keep NYC’s waterways clean-to run our air conditioners as age treatment plants. That er, too.much. causes untreated sewage to be flushed into our water- It’s not obvious, but plant- ways, making them nastying a lot of street trees also places for fishing, kayakinghelps reduce water pollution. and just being near.Volunteers plant perennials and annual is a large A completed tree pit with annuals and a few perennials.tree pit that allows plenty of water to reach roots.If you’re interested in helping and having fun doing so, contact us at:LenManiace@gmail.com and visit JHBG’s The Green Agenda for Jackson Heights’Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/ga4jh ), or call 718-565-5344. Views Fall 2011 Page 8
  9. 9. 22nd Annual Children’s Halloween ParadeA Neighborhood TraditionBy Edwin O’Keefe WestlyThe marchers stepped off @ 5:00 The line of marchers also included: Newtown HS, crowd control - 8 Ex-pm for the 22nd Annual Children’s plores from the 115 Precinct, andHalloween Parade on Monday, Oc- ∗Kiwanis Club of Jackson Heights handed out the 3,000 treat bags.tober 31st on 37thAvenue and 89th- ∗Jackson Heights Early Learning Music, the American Songbook, wasStreet. It was a grand evening for a Center Students PS 212 Students provided by Bethany Wild.parade filled with ghosts, goblins, ∗Girl Scout Troop 4208 & Browniepirates and witches. Troop 4269 We recognized Lillian ‘Lil’ Shubitz, ∗Community Board Q3 an extraordinary lady who helpedThis year’s theme was recognizing ∗PS 149 Students us each year. Mrs. Shubitz passedour Volunteers; they were the ∗PS 69 Students away this past year. Her daughterGrand Marshals. Marching behind (and parade photographer), Patty ∗IS 230 Marching Band and Stu-the JHBG banner displayed by Lowen-haupt, accepted a framed dentsO’Doherty’s children and friends, parade poster in her honor. ∗St. Joan of Arc Youth Councilwere Mayor Bloomberg, SpeakerQuinn, Comptroller Liu, State Sen- ∗PS 280 Students Finally I would like to thank Darrylator Peralta, Assemblyman Moya, ∗82nd Street Academics Students Hoss, my Co-Chair, and the paradeCouncilman Dromm, and the Hon- ∗Renaissance Charter School Stu- committee: Emma Brandt, Janetorable Judge Greco. dents Kelly, Bill Kresse, Patty Low- ∗IS 145 Marching Band and Stu- enhaupt, John McCaffrey Jr., JoeTwo great marching bands, all from dents ‘William’ Ricevuto, and our Emeri-Historic Jackson Heights, provided ∗Human Ethical Society of Jack- tus members Mairé Breen andthe musical entertainment. The lead son Heights Bridget Shaughnessy.band was IS 230 Marching Band ∗Neighborhood Parents and Chil-and Students with the ‘Flying Pup- dren Hope to see you all at next year’spets’ and ending with the powerful parade!sound of the Joseph Pulitzer IS A reception followed for all the volun-145’s ‘There’s Only One Race, the teers who stuffed Treat Bags andHuman Race’ guided the marchers down the ave- nue – 30 Key Club Members fromPatty Lowenhaupt receives framed posterin honor of her mother, Lillian ‘Lil’ Shubitz. Views Fall 2011 Page 9
  10. 10. Jackson Heights Merchants Supportthe Children’s Halloween ParadeBy Edwin O’Keefe WestleyWe encourage each of you to Bridget Shaughnessy.thank and patronize each of thebusinesses that have given both Better Friends of the Parademerchandise and money tomake the parade a neighbor- Armondo’s Restaurant, Koep-hood success. They have given pel Nissan, Brown’s Army/back to the community and we Navy, Italian Farms, HSBCshould continue to patronize the- Bank, Byran Pu-Folkes, Esq.,se businesses especially in the- the Jackson House Restau-se difficult economic times. Buy rant, New Peking Kitchen, In-Local with Cash. dia House, Noah’s Ark Pet Clinic, Taco Bell, QueensThe Dime Savings Bank and County Federal Savings, andthe JHBG provided the treat the 82nd Street Tenants Corp.,bags. Met Food on 37thAvenue Ponce DeLeon Bank, Maramprovides a fruit drinks; McDon- Pharmacy, and TD Bank.alds on 82nd Street donatedcookies, for our 3,000 treat bags Thank you to the40 Friends ofdistributed to the children of the parade who help us packJackson Heights at the end of the 3,000 Halloween bags thethe parade. Coca Cola Bottling day before the parade. The 30Company for providing 16 cas- Key Club Members from New-es of beverages. town HS and the 15 Explores from the 115 Precinct whoBased of their level of contribu- guided the marchers down thetions to the parade the following avenue.list of good, better and best hasbeen developed: Good Friends of the Parade Best Friends of the Parade Olivos Opticians, Kiwanis Club of Jackson Heights,Capital One Bank, the 82nd Ho’s Florist, Dr. Abe Dyzen-Street BID, Frank’s Pharmacy, haus, Schnier Eye Care Cen-Joseph Lock and Alarm, Jack- ter, , Ultima Florist, Black Tieson Heights Jewish Center Cleaners, Supper Soccerand Astoria Federal. Stars, Pramukh Health Foods, COSTCO, Lety’s Bak-Thank you to the parade com- ery & Cafe, Carola Bakery andmittee for their great work: Co- Giani’s Pizza.Chairs Darryl Hoss and EdwinO’Keefe Westley, Emma Finally, thank you our Jack-Brant, Janet Kelly, Bill Kresse, son Heights neighbors whoPatty Lowenhaupt, John have made it the Largest Chil-McCaffrey Jr., Joe ‘William’ dren’s Halloween ParadeRicevuto, and our emeritus within the five boroughs.members Mairé Breen and Views Fall 2011 Page 10
  11. 11. Photos from the Jackson HeightsHalloween Parade 2011By Patricia Lowenhaupt Views Fall 2011 Page 11
  12. 12. Jackson Heights GetsNew Community Composting CenterBy Lenny OlssonYou already recycle yourglass, paper, metal and plasticjugs, but what to do with foodscraps and garden waste?Now, they’re tossed into thegarbage and are then truckedto landfills in Ohio or other dis-tant states, burning petroleumthat pollutes the air, contrib-utes to climate change and de-spoils the countryside.Jackson Heights will soonhave an alternative. JHBG hasjust been granted permissionto turn an unused space underthe BQE at 35th Avenue into acommunity composting center.The space, owned by the New stay here and benefit Jackson Additionally, finished compostYork State Department of Heights. The plan is to apply has its own environmentalTransportation, will house the finished compost to the benefits. It provides plantscompost bins that will trans- street trees in the neighbor- with slow release but easilyform fruit and vegetable waste hood. accessible nutrients, introduc-collected from the neighbor- es microbes back into deplet-hood by the Greenmarket, fall New York City residents gen- ed soils which also aids theleaves collected by Project erate about 72,000 tons of plants, and allows for greaterLeafDrop, and possibly garbage and recyclables each retention of rainwater whichmulched Christmas trees from week. Since the closure of the helps reduce the strain on thethe Parks Department’s Mulch- Fresh Kills Landfill in 2001, city’s water treatment systemsfest. everal neighborhood co- New York City pays to ship all after a decent soaking.ops have begun composting its trash to those out of statebut can’t come close to han- landfills. Since organic materi- A date has not yet been setdling the large amounts of al, especially fruits and vege- for the project to start. For ad-compostable materials pro- tables, contain a lot of water ditional information aboutduced by Jackson Heights. and are heavy, widespread what can be composted, composting can remove a sig- please visit:The start of a community com- nificant amount of trash thatposting center also means that must be shipped. http://www.nyc.gov/html/our compost won’t be shipped nycwasteless/html/compost/to other communities, but can edu_outdoor_materials.shtml Views Fall 2011 Page 12
  13. 13. JHBG Making Jackson Heights a Little GreenerBy Finuala O’DohertyOn October 15, 2011 the the BQE, under the train ea and feed all the volunteersJHBG held its fourth annual bridge. lunch. We also received helpclean up along 69th Street from Grow NYC who providedcontinuing our efforts to turn In April of 2011, JHBG planted gardening tools and Milmarthe east side of the BQE into a a small 800 sq. ft. garden next Landscaping who provided ex-garden entrance to Jackson to the train tracks between pertise and advice on what toHeights. With the help of 37th Avenue and 35thAve- plant. New York City Commu-many local volunteers, we nue. The garden consists of nity Clean Up has also be acleaned from Northern Boule- decorative bushes, tall grass- great help in keeping the areavard to 37th Avenue and ex- es, daffodil bulbs and flow- clean by periodically briningpanded our new garden. ers. Along fence next to the those mandated by the court rail road tracks herbs such as to complete community serviceThe area along the BQE has rosemary, basil, thyme, pars- to the area to clean. NYC De-long been a dumping ground ley, cilantro, lemon grass and partment of Sanitation hasin our community as there are sage were planted. With the helped by making special col-no businesses or residences wet summer the plants lection runs to haul away theon the west side of the thrived. trash at the end of the cleanstreet. The result is that no ups.one takes care of the area. On October 15, 2011 JHBGThat is until about 6 years ago volunteers as part of the fall The next step is to focus onwhen the JHBG began work- clean up, expanded the gar- the south side of 34th Avenueing to turn the space from a den by about 300 Square feet across from the dog run JHBGdumping ground into much and put in more daffodil bulbs is again working with NY Stateneeded useable green space. and bushes. This was done Department of Transportation with the support of our local to transform the area near theThe plan has been to find spe- politicians including City Coun- BQE pumping station into acific groups who need space cil member Danny Dromm, local composting site.and are willing to commit to State Assemblytaking care of the land. The member Michaeltransformation began with the Den Dekker andformation of the dog run on the Sate Senator Jo-north side of 35th Avenue. se Peralta. We have also re-With the help of the New York ceived greatState Department of Transpor- support fromtation, the dog run managed White Castle thatby JHCREW: Jackson Heights allows us to useCanine Recreation and Exer- the district officecise Wonderland (a committee on 34th Avenueof JHBG) opened a small and and 69th Streetlarge dog run in 2010 next to as a staging ar- Views Fall 2011 Page 13
  14. 14. VIEWS FROM THE From The Retiring Editor of Views From The Heights, HEIGHTS Doris Wurgler Volume 23 Number 1 Fall 2011 To Our Terrific JHBG Members and Community Jackson Heights Readers: Beautification Group Post Office Box 720253 Jackson Heights, NY Thank you all for your support over the field, Jill Earick, Frank Moon, Nadia Kon- 11372-0253 past eleven years. I have loved being dratiev, Donna Macioce, Adrienne 718-565-5344 your Views Editor but now I feel it is Sumowitz, John Moran, Edward OKeefe Email: info@jhbg.org time for me to pass the mantle to a Westley, Robert Laconi, Marguerite Park, new editor, John Petrozino who is edit- Mary Sarro, Len Maniace, Jeffrey Saunders, Editor ing this issue. I wish him all the best in Ralph Rivera, Celeste Balducci Chapin, John Petrozino this new responsibility. I know he can Maire Breen, Frank Fiorentino, Diane count on your support. Mosher, Bessie Karatzas, Doris Derwik- Writers and Reporters John is joining a short list of Views Edi- Wurgler, Rev. Austin Armitstead, Joseph Daniel Karatzas tors since the first issue of Volume 1, Ricevuto, Carson Scheidemann, Rebecca Lori Longbotham No.1 published in 1989. The first editor Tally, Rebekah Wurgler, Mirelle Hug, Bar- Len Maniace was Jim ODonnell who was followed bara Kunkel, Rev. Msgr. John A. McGuirl, Finuala O’Doherty by Daniel Karatzas in 1991 with Vol.3. Ellen Raffaele, James Riccio, Basil Safos, Lenny Olsson Edwin O’Keefe Westley Janet Kelly began her term with Vol.8, Bianca Armitstead, Yanghee Hahn, Darryl Doris Wurgler no.5 in 1997 and I took over with Hoss, Ralph Moreno, Byron Munoz, Doro- Jill Yardley Vol.12, no.1 in 2000. thy Phelan, John Azzali, Nelida Florez, Li Since 1989 MANY community mem- Yu, Pat Kelly, Hon. John Sabini, Patty Contribution from: Office of NYC Council bers have contributed to the success of Shubitz-Lowenhaupt, Howard Goldberg, Member Daniel Dromm Views. Just for fun, I went through the Hon. Hiram Monserrate, Hon. Helen Sears, back issues of Views and made a list Jim Steere, John McCaffrey, Paul Enger, Graphic Design of all the folks listed in the editorial box. Jeffrey Kressler, Jim Riccio, Madalyn Be- James Stonebraker In the beginning articles carried no by- noit, Mary Galane, Janet OHare, Maureen Photography lines. Take a look and reminisce over Allen, Tom Lowenhaupt, Hon. Jose Peralta, Patricia Lowenhaupt the names you remember and the Anne Raymond, Renee Stonebraker David great contributions that they have Watson, James Stonebraker, Alexis Daniels, JHBG OFFICERS made over the years. Some of those Alice Faber, eric Jacobs, Joe Ricevuto, Edwin O’Keefe Westley, names in the first few lines of the list Robyn Einhorn, Rev. Ronald Thompkins, President below are still here, working for our Frank Bowe, Wanda Chin, Kiran Kanwar, John J. McCaffrey, Jr., community. Terry Rouge, Josh Weiss, Michele Vice President Contributors to Views From The Beaudoin, Chris Boyd, M.P. Prabhakaram,Nelida Florez, Vice President Heights: Arline Schwender, Hon. Daniel Dromm,Doris D. Wurgler, Secretary Darryl Hoss, Treasurer Jim ODonnell, Lorraine Cusick, Marianne Edwin Hoffman, Megan Mosher, Lorna Ruch, Neil Ruggles, Gloria Daini, Dorothy Ronald, Julie Weiner, Melissa Zavala, War- Warms, Milton Schulman, Elaine Zounek ren Shaw, Hannah Li, Stan Mieses, Beatriz Paige, Dianna Delgrosso, Michael j. Crow- Ruiz, Will Sweeney, Brian Pu-Folkes, Alex- JHBG DIRECTORS ley, Daniel Karatzas, Milton Horo- is Andrews, Lillian Kowalsky, Mary Abbate, Nelida Florez witz,Margaret Schmidt, Susan Applebaum, Fionnuala ODoherty, Ziati Rothman, Susan Darryl D. Hoss Fannie Brustein, Joseph Bruzas, Suzanne Ross, Margaret Fabrizi, Zoe Sullivan, Mari- Daniel Karatzas Lall, Jacob Sherman, Michael Schelp, on Robertson, Marina Yoffe, Cecilia Barbara Kunkel Len Maniace Tony Thomas, Rudy Greco, Fred Fox, Ja- Kulhanek, John Petrozino, Caryn Garega, Carlos Martinez net Kelly, Bob Sansosti, Claudia Harsh- Alison Ostergaard, Jill Yardley. John J. McCaffrey, Jr. Finuala O’Doherty John Petrozino Stay Connected! Jim Riccio Basil Safos Edwin O’Keefe Westley In addition to the JHB official website, www.jhbg.org, you can now Doris D. Wurgler follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/jhbgny. Send e-mails to info@jhbg.org or Founding Director Maire Breen Leave a message at 718-565-5344. Views Fall 2011 Page 14
  15. 15. Membership: Jackson Heights Beautification Group Your annual membership in the JHBG helps us fund neighborhood activities, demonstrates your commitment to a better community, and permits us to be your voice in the revitalization of Jackson Heights. Your support is important to the future of our neighborhood. The JHBG is 100% volunteer-run, and there is no paid staff. The JHBG is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to Jackson Heights Beautification Group. You will be mailed a receipt for tax purposes. Please fill out this page and return it with your payment to: JHBG—Membership Box 720253 Jackson Heights, NY 11372 1. Please circle membership level: Individual—$25 Business—$50 Sustaining—$100 Patron—$250 Benefactor—$500 Sponsor—$1,000 Other: ______ 2. Please print the following: Name: ________________________________________________________________ Address (including Apt. #): ________________________________________________ City/State/Zip: __________________________________________________________ E-mail Address: _________________________________________________________ Daytime Phone (optional): _________________________________________________ Evening Phone (optional): _________________________________________________ 3. Are you interested in being contacted about any of the following JHBG activities? If so, please circle the appropriate one(s): Clean Streets Friends of Travers Park Garden Club (including flower planting) Graffiti Busters Halloween Parade Historic Weekend Membership Building Newsletter and/or Website Town Halls Other: __________________ 4. Suggestions? Comments? THANK YOU! If you have any immediate questions or concerns, contact the JHBG by phone (718-565-5344) or email (info@jhbg.org). Views Fall 2011 Page 15
  16. 16. Page 16Come to the Holiday Lighting Ceremony Wednesday, December 14 at 5:00 PM Jackson Heights Post Office 78-02 37th Avenue EVERBODY WELCOME!

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