Friday, February 20, 2009

Meeting Highlights and Surprises

Its early Friday morning... coming up on 5am... and I just wanted to get a few quick comments out there to update you on our meeting last night. It turned out to be a session full of speakers ( one planned and three wonderful surprises ) and I want to start getting some of their information and comments out there before we get into the heart of today.

We heard from Eric Hausman from the NYC Department of Aging who spoke to us about Medicare, its various "parts" and the alternatives that a person has in providing themselves with coverage. More about that later. We heard from Dennis McKeon who is the Executive Director of "Where to Turn" who spoke about the various projects and efforts his organization is involved in. More on that later. We heard from Yolanda Gleason of the New Dorp Branch Library who spoke to us about upcoming Albany Day and the many various programs at the New Dorp branch for people of all ages - from toddlers to seniors. More about them later. And we heard from Trish Curulli from the 122 Precinct's Crime Prevention Unit who spoke to us about keeping our houses safe especially in light of the recent burglaries in our neighborhood. More of her tips on keeping our property safe later. Wow... a lot of info to share and we will be putting it out here for you in our upcoming blog entries.

We also talked about the various things in the neighborhood that we will be following up on and exploring this year - from the outbreak of outdoor dining to the Frank's Nursery property to the effect of Ocean3 on its neighbors to flooding in New Dorp Beach to the new playground at PS41 to Congressman McMahon opening an office on New Dorp Lane to the intersection of New Dorp Lane and Hylan Blvd which has already had 38 accidents since January 1st.

Yep... a lot to talk about. So keep checking in regularly over the upcoming days as we share that information with you.

Lastly... and it remains very true today... if you see something, say something. See some suspicious activity on your block? Call the NYPD. See something in our neighborhood that you are curious about or doesn't look right? Call us at 718-979-6011 or email us at or or leave a comment here.

Together we can protect and enhance our community... but it will take all of us. Be part of the solution.

> Joe Markowski

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