The Richmond Hill South Civic Association ended its 2013-14 term and then picked up right where it left off at last Thursday night’s meeting at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 115-01 Lefferts Blvd. in South Ozone Park.
The civic association, which deals with issues concerning South Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park, dismissed and installed its former and new executive board.
President Margaret Finnerty was reinstalled for her 21st year at the helm, as were Terri Saporita and Phyllis Saraceno as vice presidents; Lee Condra as financial secretary; Angela Morgan as corresponding secretary; Terry Haflich as treasurer; Rose Guida and Rosemary Ferrara as chairpersons; Elena Carruba and Maureen Faubion for hospitality; and Elke Henkell for publicity.
After the dismissal and close of the 2013-14 year, the members of the board then stopped for a photo, top, with Joann Ariola, president of the Howard Beach/Lindenwood Civic Association, before being reinstalled by Councilman Eric Ulrich.
Ulrich was on hand to present citations to Phyllis, Sam and Angela Cipriano of Howard Beach, above, who have clipped more than 250,000 coupons for soldiers overseas, as part of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association’s program to cut out coupons and send them to soldiers and their families.
The Ciprianos also received citations from Borough President Melinda Katz, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., and Assembly Members Michele Titus and Mike Miller.
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, said that while crime, especially burglary and grand larceny, is down in the precinct, car thefts are still a problem.
“If it weren’t for auto thefts crime would be done substantially,” he said.
The biggest targets are Ford Econoline vans, which Schiff said are stolen because their parts can be used on any year model of Econoline vans and they are also used in criminal activity, especially robberies and thefts of larger items, including motorcycles.
He also noted that there have been various issues involving teenagers recently. A teen was caught with a fake gun in South Ozone Park recently that cops later discovered actually was an elaborate switchblade.