2007-02-02 / Columnists

Weed And Seed Report

Teamwork + Alliance + Partnership + Group Effort = Collaboration
By Cynthia Greene, Queens Coordinator Police Athletic League

People and organizations in the Rockaway community, purposed to achieve a reduction in violent crime, are implementing the Weed and Seed strategy. We are endeavoring to rally our community-at-large, to join in this critical undertaking.

YOU are invited to lay aside your prejudices and personality preferences to accomplish the greater good for the masses.

YOUR thoughts, suggestions, and resources, are needed to affect improved quality of life where you live.

Not merely a casual or when-convenient input, but, as thus said by MLK, "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."

The Far Rockaway Expansion site is an all-inclusive strategy, with no cliques or self-promotion allowed or tolerated. Our initiatives aim, ultimately, to produce a harmonious environment in which to live, work, and play. For this common goal, we have joined forces to provide information, educate and re-educate, and support programs through shared resources.

"It's amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares about the credit."- Robert Yates

We are currently planning with State Senator Malcolm Smith and Men United for Change for an all male forum. We joined Councilman James Sanders Jr. in the "March for Life," stopping at all developments and imploring these neighborhoods to stop the violence. We are collaborating ( buzz) with Community Board 14, Coalition for Far Rockaway, Councilman Sanders, and others to produce a comprehensive Youth Resource Directory. We are meeting with youth groups to garner their input in making our community better. We sponsored the "Community for Business" fair and support ENACT to address economic development.

There is so much more needed to be done. YOUR hands and MINE, in collaboration (buzz), can make the load lighter.

"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, working together is success!" - Henry Ford

Contact Denean Ferguson, Site Coordinator, for further information at 646.552.8453. www.farrockawayweedandseed.com .

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