2002-12-14 / Letters

Happy With Weed & Seed

Happy With Weed & Seed

Dear Editor;

Seasons Greeting, I would like to start by wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Holiday Season. Now that 2002 is quickly coming to an end, I would like to reflect on some of the accomplishments that have taken place throughout the year.

This time one year ago many of us were still in the state of shock and suffering from the aftereffects of both 9/11 and Flight 587. The Rockaway community was hit hard by both incidents. Many lives changed forever. Please take a moment to remember those lost and their families particularly during this time of year.

I am very happy with the progress of the Far Rockaway Weed and Seed site over the past year and want to continue to move forward in the upcoming year. At this time I would like to thank those who have helped make 2002 successful:

Special thanks to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mary O'Donoghue, and assistants Rick Capabianco and Mike Kneiss for all their help and support.

Special thanks to Gary Toms, "The G-man" from The Wave, for his support and promotion of our programs and events throughout the year. More of the community has been informed about our programs and have become involved this year.

Our Steering Committee is stronger than ever with many new active members - welcome Hope IV, Rockaway Artists Alliance, The Action Center, Board of Education to name a few. Welcome everyone, our doors are open to the community, please pass the word.

The Queens Library, who has run many educational and cultural programs for youth this year. We now have Tutor.com after school tutorial program at the Arverne branch. This program is a first in the area that assists youth with their homework from grades 4 through 12 in Math, English, Science and Social studies along with a certified instructor twice a week that will assist students who need additional help. I would like to see other sites in the community with this program. We have just received the permission to finally proceed with our first site mural that will be displayed on the Boys and Girls Club (Beach Channel Drive side). Local artist Geoffrey Harris and community youth will design and paint this mural. The unveiling will be announced. I would like to thank the library for their support and the use of their facility for our monthly settings.

The Police Athletic League evening program at P.S. 105 is once again up and running since November. The program is staffed by professional adults and offers arts and crafts, quiet games, basketball and will soon again have martial arts. The program is open on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for youth ages 13 to 19 years old. They presently have over seventy newly registered youth. They also had play-street sites at Arverne and Edgemere over the summer. Thank you for a great job.

The Queens District Attorney's Office continues to have great success with their anti-violence program at I.S. 198. They continue to be an important partner with the 101 Precinct is combating crime. The D.A.'s office has assigned us senior district attorney Fredericka Jeffries. We welcome her back and glad she is feeling better after her recent surgery, we missed you.

The 101 Precinct has been a great partner to me with this year's program. I would like to express my thanks to the Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lindahl for his continuous support and always making time for me, and mostly entertaining my ideas. The 101 Youth Officers, Sergeant Joe Williamson, and Police Officers Scott Miller and Dennis Lewis have been very successful with their many youth programs, Explorers, Junior Investigators and the D.E.F.Y. program. Thank you for your continuous support and hard work, I appreciate you going the extra mile.




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