Thursday, September 29, 2011

Dining Through New Dorp at Nini's Cafe

We celebrated our 50th Dining Through New Dorp event last night at Nini's at 710 New Dorp Lane.

At our last meeting some of our members said we just had to try the Pork Chops with Vinegar and Peppers at Nini's.

So most all of us did.

... and they were terrific! Very tasty ... large portions ... wonderful sauce/ gravy ... truly a wonderful taste.

Just wanted to mention it.

A special thanks to Nini's for sharing their hospitality with us.

> Joe Markowski

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Low Income Senior Housing Becoming Available on North Shore

Greetings ... I got some information at this morning's meeting of the Aging Committee at Community Board 2 and wanted to share it with you so you could share it with anyone you know who could be interested or in need.

They are now accepting applications for new low income, subsidized, senior housing – Victory-Fiedler Senior Apartments.

This senior housing apartment building is located at 150 Victory Blvd (next to old Tompkinsville Theatre) near Westervelt Avenue . The building will have 39 - 1 bedroom apartments for persons age 62 years or older. The total annual income maximum (as listed in the ad) is:
· 1 person $28,650
· 2 persons $32,750

An ad for these units was published in the newspapers this past Sunday (Daily News, SI Advance, El Diario). Applications are reviewed on a first come first serve basis.

Sylvia Mitchell is the “Rental Director” for this SHRC (Senior Housing Resource Corporation) project and can answer any questions you may have.

If you have any questions, please call Sylvia Mitchell – 718-981-6226.

[ Information supplied by Nikki Odlivak, President/CEO ]

CASC - Community Agency for Senior Citizens, Inc.
SHRC - Senior Housing Resource Corporation
56 Bay Street, 5th Fl
Staten Island, NY 10301

So please spread the word.

These will be subsidized units so financial help may be available for someone in need.

> Joe Markowski

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Meeting - Sep 15 - Thursday - 8pm

Yes ... our first meeting of the new season is this Thursday, September 15 at 8pm at the Kells-Grennie American Legion Post at 2750 Amboy Road.

Come now and begin the discussion of what New Dorp should look like in 2020 ... as well as other more current concerns.

Hope to see you then.

> Joe Markowski

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The End of Summer

Greetings ... well … the long summer is quickly winding down. And it has been an incredible summer. What have we seen? Temperatures rising to 106 degrees! An earthquake! A hurricane! Wow … if that isn’t an incredible mix of natural phenomena … what is?

And for me it has been an incredible summer. A personal note if I may. When I was younger I used to wonder why old people talked so much about grandkids. Heck … they were just little kids. Au contraire. Now I see what they were talking about. Having one of those little ones call you “grandpa” is quite an amazing event and I’ve been blessed to have that experience. But enough about me.

Our next meeting is Thursday September 15 at 8pm. ( Our newletter will say September 18 but that was because I was still looking at the August calendar. My Bad. )

There are many things we will need to talk about this year. The new ballfield at the foot of New Dorp Lane. Kohl’s – what is it’s status? … Sterling Avenue gets repaved. ( What is your new nomination for the worst street in New Dorp? I nominate the stretch of Ross Avenue between 10th and the railroad. It is quite painful. What is your suggestion? ) … Cedar Grove Beach / Park. How did it pan out over the summer? … What’s next as we talk about the water problems that our members face?

It’s been mentioned to me that New Dorp Lane is dirtier than ever. What do you think? Is it? It certainly has more vacant stores than we have seen in a long time.

And let’s talk about the Lane. Actually I would like us to begin a discussion about the future of New Dorp. What should New Dorp look like in 2020? Or 2030? What should the Lane look like? Hairdressers, tattoo parlors, pizza places, pet stores, restaurants and empty stores. What types of businesses can the Lane support? What type should it support? What do we need in our neighborhood? We have decried attempts to allow buildings which are higher … myself included. But in a future New Dorp … if you want more people to walk the Lane and shop in its stores … would it make more sense to allow some buildings full of apartments so there were shoppers around? I know we had a presentation earlier about a large structure for seniors and it met a lot of resistance … much of it warranted. But if we do not have higher density housing near public transportation then who will be the shoppers along the Lane? How do we keep our small town feel without limiting our possibilities.

I am not saying that we need to go in that direction. I am saying that we need to start thinking about these things and talking about these things and inviting speakers in who will help us understand the pluses and minuses of the various options we have.

There are few jobs for our young people on the island. There are few places for young people to gather. There are fewer places that our young people can afford to live in. They are leaving New Dorp. They are leaving the Island. Have we created an atmosphere that prevents them from establishing roots and growing in our community? What direction are we headed? Is there room for them in our vision of the future?

And the ways we communicate with each other. The newsletter ( I hope ) still has a place in our lives. However the handwriting is quite clear that the future will be electronic and found on a smartphone or tablet or some other device. Social networks move vast amounts of information faster than any telephone calling tree. Check out Facebook and how all our politicians and businesses have taken to using it. They know where the future is. We need to recognize that as well.

We have a Facebook page which is updated much too infrequently. I need to get much better at that. I am not exactly a Luddite but when it comes to Facebook I remain really basic. When it comes to Twitter I don’t tweet. However if we want to engage the young in our community then we need to embrace these technologies. No high school or college student is going to read our newsletter. They might … just might … check out our Facebook page. We need to move in that direction. They could have input … make suggestions … become an active part of our community and a participant in the ongoing dialogue.

Ok … let me get off my soapbox. (Kids … have your parents or grandparents explain that to you.)

As I’ve said in the past, we rely on your support to keep the Association going and involved in this community. Your support is vital both through your dues and donations. The support of various merchants and entrepreneurs helps to finance our newsletter. Let us know if you are aware of a business in our community that would like to be represented in our newsletter.

We will be sending out of membership renewals soon. Please support our efforts on your behalf.

Lastly, as I’ve mentioned and will continue to mention, I need you to sing aloud the need for civic involvement and invite your neighbors to join. The more voices the smoother and richer the sound. Thank you for your interest in our neighborhood. You live here. You know why it is a respected and desirable community. Be proud of it.

See you around the neighborhood.

Joe Markowski, President