2012-03-02 / Letters

Let’s Clear The Facts

Dear Editor,

I was surprised to see the Wave article on the Beachside Bungalow Preservation, Friday, February 25, 2012. After reading the article I would like to clarify some misperceptions of facts. I took the first step in getting the bungalows recognized as being culturally significant as an historic district by the National Register in 2005.

I put together the information for the Six to Celebrate application. The information for the Jeffe Preservation Grant application came from my hard work as Director of the BBPA. Carmela George worked all past summer to get the donations so the BBPA could hire Nancy Solomon to do the nomination documentation.

These donations were used for the Jeffe Matching grant application based upon the BBPA efforts to preserve the bungalows.

I wanted to credit the past 28 years of unselfish hard work starting in 1984 with the founders of Beachside Bungalow Preservation, Betsie Parker White, her ex-husband Roger White, Silvia Sanza and Carole Ann Lewis.

The many activities I worked on from 1985 to the present with Astor Foundation, J.M. Kaplan Fund, New York Foundation and government funding.

The help from my parents Carmela and Alfred, the BPPA board members such as Pat Carter, Raymond Renault, neighbors Neil Dunker, Karen Kite, Pablo Tauler, Charlease Wright, Daniel Carlin, John Bennet, Thomas Booth and Rosanna Marshall, good friend John Baxter, the bungalow community,

Community Board 14.

Also Jennifer Callahan’s dedication and hard work on “The Bungalows of Rockaway” documentary there is a renewed interest in the area. This is all of what has made the bungalows what they are today.

RICHARD GEORGE

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