Howard Beach businesses and residents were honored Monday evening for their efforts in helping homeowners in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy by City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway), through an aide, and Lindenwood Alliance board members at the civic’s monthly meeting.
Ulrich presented New York City Council Certificates of Recognition for outstanding service to the community to the Howard Beach Kiwanis, Tuscany Deli owner John Gurino, Ragtime Deli owner Angelo Gurino and the Lindenwood Alliance, as well as the Queens Chronicle, Queens Courier and Forum of South Queens
Council citations were also presented to Swami Durga Das of the River Fund, Monsignor Al LoPinto of St. Helen Church, Ellen Buonpastore, Vice President of the Dorchester Arms Co-op, Stephen Sirgiovanni and Pat Adams, publisher of the Forum of South Queens. Adams was also recognized by the Lindenwood Alliance.
“These were just some of the people and businesses that were so generous to this community in our greatest time of need,” Ulrich said, adding that another major community institution also deserves recognition. “Russo’s On the Bay was so generous to the people of Hamilton Beach and Broad Channel. Frank Russo is always there for us.”
The honorees were also presented with New York State Legislative Certificates by Angelica Katz, representing Goldfeder.
Joann Ariola, president of the Alliance, told the audience that the group has made donations to the Rockwood Park Jewish Center, the River Fund and St. Helen School.
In other news, Ariola asked Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton for an update on the sewer project scheduled for 149th Avenue and 85th Street.
“It’s going to be a long time coming,” said Braton, adding, “It’s winding its way slowly through the process.”
Efforts by the Department of Transportation to make the dangerous intersection at 88th Street and 153rd Avenue safer were continuing, said Ariola.
She also reported that Laura, the homeless woman who prior to Hurricane Sandy had been walking Cross Bay Boulevard, continues to live in a homeless shelter.
William Aiello of Lindenwood, noting the daily traffic congestion on Woodhaven Boulevard coming south from Queens Center Mall, asked if there was support for reactivation of the old Rockaway Beach Long Island Railroad line.
Angelica Katz noted that Goldfeder was a strong advocate for the reactivation of the rail line and would be meeting this week with Gov. Cuomo to discuss the project.
Ariola told the audience that despite management efforts to make the Lindenwood Shopping Center parking lot safer, dangerous traffic conditions continue. She added, though, that 106th Precinct officers have issued summonses to cars parked in the fire lane and will continue to enforce the law.
She also noted that cars continue to double- and triple-park by PS 232, but said she is working with the principal to work out a solution to the problem without the need for the police to issue summonses to the violators.
There will be no meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance in February. The next meeting of the group will be on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Arms Co-op, 151-20 88 St.