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Civics merging in Howard Beach

Lindenwood Alliance announces it will unite with Howard Beach Civic

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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:34 am, Thu Dec 26, 2013.

The Lindenwood Alliance will join with the Howard Beach Civic Association on Jan. 1, 2014 with a change of the group’s name to the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association, Joann Ariola, president of the Alliance, informed residents who attended Monday’s meeting of the Alliance.

Ariola also said meetings will now be held at 7:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month and the new meeting place will be in the cafeteria of St. Helen School in Howard Beach.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the Alliance honored Lindenwood resident Sheila Shale as Woman of the Year in recognition of her help to the group in making available the Fairfield Arms Co-op community room in Lindenwood for members to meet after their former space at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

“You saved us, you gave us a new home, you took care of us,” said Ariola.

Shale was also honored by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) with legislative certificates.

The Lindenwood Alliance also honored Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton with a Civic Association Award for her service to the Alliance and the community.

Accepting the award for Braton was Frank Gulluscio, district manager of Community Board 6.

Goldfeder, who attended the meeting, announced to the audience that PS 207 in Rockwood Park would be getting $1.86 million in federal funds to repair Hurricane Sandy damage to the school.

Goldfeder also discussed the aircraft noise over southern Queens, a problem that has plagued the community under flight paths to and from JFK Airport for decades.

“Not only is the increased air traffic affecting day-to-day quality of life, but long-term exposure to loud jet engines can have permanent harmful effects on one’s hearing,” he said. “But new technology is now available to make the routes quieter.”

He added that with the new technology planes can make tighter turns to fly over nonpopulated areas of southern Queens, such as Gateway Natural Recreation Area and Jamaica Bay, and not over Lindenwood and Howard Beach.

Gulluscio said the Federal Aviation Administration’s answer to residents’ aircraft noise complaints is what it calls ‘pilot discretion’ for safety, allowing the pilot to make a “judgment call” as to how high or low to fly based on various factors such as weather and wind speed.

“That’s something we really need to work on,” said Gulluscio.

The next meeting of the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association will be held on Jan. 28, 2014.

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