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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2002 12:00 am

Bike Safety

Dear Editor:

Every elderly person worries about being knocked down by a bike perhaps never to get up. Ms. Zaro is right, there is no enforcement. Among other rules for bicyclers is one that says they must have a bell or horn. No one does. Now how does this grab you? Last week a group of bicyclers passed me on the sidewalk. They were all police.

Patricia Fellman,


Baseball Players

Dear Editor:

I was appalled to hear that the Major League Baseball Association elected Friday to set a date of August 31st as a strike date. My question is what could these players be thinking—do they want to destroy the all-American pasttime? Also, what kind of message are we conveying to our youth? Remember baseball is the game that means the most to my fellow Americans.

The Major League players should take a lesson from the Little League kids from Harlem and that the game is more than money. It is about the game, win or lose. So players, before you strike look into these children’s eyes who are saying to you say it isn’t so.

Players and Owners—wake up and smell the roses and do the right thing.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.,

Little Neck

Parking Woes

Dear Editor:

Parking in Kew Gardens (11415) has become quite a problem. Every year a new apartment building (or two) is built where there used to be a private residence (obviously without adequate zoning for parking) and the parking in this area gets worse and worse.

The double-parking situation on 118th Street between Metropolitan and 84th Avenues has reached a peak and the honking of cars starting early in the morning going late into the night I feel has become a quality of life issue. The neighbors on 118th Street and the surrounding area are quite distressed between the constant honking of cars due to double-parking and people being unable to pass these illegally parked cars. At times it is difficult to pass these double-parked cars when there is no one in the vehicles or the vehicles are too large to pass when double-parked.

Since there are two construction sites in Kew Gardens already underway at this time (that I assume cannot be stopped) the only solution I see is to allow parking where there is no allowance at the current time. One solution is the use of 117th Street block from 84th Avenue to Curzon Road. This block is currently a “No Parking Anytime” which of course is wide enough to allow parking on one side of the street.

Although it is a small block and would only alleviate a very small percentage of the parking it may help. Currently I park literally three to four blocks away from my apartment building and with winter coming it would be a kind gesture.

Another solution would be to allow parking on Curzon Road. Right now it is a “no parking anytime” also but there are the usual four to five cars that park there illegally on a daily basis. The reason they do is because they don’t get ticketed. They display NYPD printed signs and leave them on their dashboards. I have previously parked in between two of the cars (for less than an hour for fear of getting a ticket) and I was given a ticket where these cars were not.

Tara Santangelo,

Kew Gardens

Stamp Woes

Dear Editor:

Mail returned to me for “postage due” is not just annoying but damaging to my health. The stamp I used has printed on its face “First Class U.S.A.” At first I assumed that the Postal Service had blundered, then seeing very small print at the base of the stamp, I ran for my loop and had found it had also printed on it “2000.” Evidently this was printed for the benefit of the Postal Service to know the purchase price. I think mine was 34 cents.

Nonetheless, as time passes how many of us will notice the fine print? Of course we could try to memorize the various stamps and purchase price, which would be as difficult as learning a new language. There must be a better way.

It should be noted that the U.S. government no longer honors its own printed material and also enjoys the cover of “fine print.”

As a student in the 1940s I was told that U.S. Postage Stamps were worth their stated value until cancelled. If I am wrong I apologize, but the fine print is almost invisible to my aging eyes.

Another gripe is that my letter to the Queens Chronicle was not returned for any additional postage, but cancelled first for a whole new start. If the postal service was trying to be fair, even the automated system could scan for stamp shortage first before canceling the stamp.

Robert Reetz,

Cary, North Carolina

St. John’s Problems

Dear Editor:

This is in reply to John DeSimone’s letter (August 8th) regarding the “barrage of letters” continuing “ad nauseum” concerning dormitories, garages and “necessary development(?)” of St. John’s University. He has the option not to read them.

However, this community has no option but to suffer with the catastrophe that SJU has created. How do “SJU’s neighbors miss the point of value involved in having a major university in our midst?” As he puts it, “the university’s initial mission was to offer a college education to the children of immigrants at an affordable tuition cost.”

He continues to say this mission has grown through the years and universities must grow in order to continue to attract new students. Therefore, goes his logic, dormitories had to be built. Question is: Why didn’t SJU build these dorms in the middle of the campus? Away from people’s homes.

This so called “Master Plan” had dorms in mind, but not ample parking space. So now SJU dorm students monopolize our streets 24/7. If education is so important, then why is it necessary for SJU to have a football, baseball, softball and currently under construction, a soccer field?

SJU is more like a Gymboree than a college university. There is not enough classroom space throughout the school. If SJU is so dedicated to educating students, why not replace some dorms with classrooms so that there would be ample space for students and local residents?

Also, since the school library is “outdated,” a new library would be helpful. Another item DeSimone mentions is that local residents are invited to audit classes, free of charge, as long as there is classroom space available. It seems that he already knows this; however, I think the readers would be interested in this tidbit. He mentions names such as Governors Mario Cuomo, Hugh Carey and Deukmejian and many white collar business people who have graduated from SJU. Yet, how does that justify what SJU has done to the community?

SJU has invaded (yes…read this again) our quality of life. Due to SJU’s lack of consideration, we have been deprived of sleep, induced to ill health and community congestion. DeSimone says “letter writers—desist, turn our attention, channel our energies elsewhere.” Is he saying our lives are not important? I would like to see him store energy for other matters after not sleeping for days at a time.

When we are able to regain our quality of life, we will gladly channel our energies elsewhere. But I must remind you, these “energies” have been a waste for everyone in this community and the culprit is St. John’s University—Gymboree. We are a large committee which writes letters for all affected by St. John’s.

Rather than chastising us, DeSimone might consider commending us for our civic minded actions. One final note. This community had a high regard for St. John’s, but the way they have disrespected us, we no longer respect them.

William Kalpakis,


Fowley Park?

Dear Editor:

Reading the back issue of the Queens Chronicle dated July 18th, I read the article “Woodside Starts 9/11 Memorial Fund” to erect a plaque with the names of firefighters, residents of Woodside who died in the tragedy. It is to be erected in Doughboy Park at 56th and Woodside Avenues.

The article listed the names to be placed on the plaque and donations to be sent to Catholic War Veterans at 61st Street. I find this campaign very, very disturbing to the point of being angry with due respect to the dead, their loved ones, survivors and everyone involved in this tragedy. I am angry due to the fact that there wasn’t anything as above for Ed Fowley in which I’ve written at the time of his death to many people, etc., suggesting a bust and a plaque to be placed in the park across from K Food at Roosevelt and Woodside Avenues, which turned on deaf ears.

I never was in his circle of friends and knew him as an aide to Walter MacCaffrey in which I’ve talked with him many times. If ever a man was dedicated to making Woodside a better to place to live, it was Fowley. Countless Woodsiders know better than I the dedication he had for Woodside, most of all the children.

The only dedication he received was a street named after him—Fowley Way. A street that I don’t know where it is located and I’m sure no one else does besides people living on it. I feel he deserves a bust and plaque in the park that I call Fowley Park.

I don’t know the first thing about campaigning for a bust and plaque along with the park’s permission, getting a bronze bust and plaque but I’m sure thinking of looking into it and would need all the help I can get. I’m living in Woodside 47 years, in the same house, and am 72 years old. I am sure other Woodsiders feel as I do. Fowley’s dedication should come first then the 9/11 Memorial.

Walter Karlak,


Primary Vote

Dear Editor:

With the memory of 9/11 still with us and the frequent references about the anniversary of 9/11 on the media, I am disappointed and surprised that along with it I hear no mention of the primary election that is taking place on September 10th, one day before the September 11th occasion and which give people who belong to a major party the opportunity to exercise their right to vote and actively participate in our democracy.

If anything should have given people the incentive to participate in the process, I would think it would have been this 9/11 occasion. Getting involved in the process is the best flag waving that anyone can do—not just to vote, but to question, go to town hall meetings, go to debates, question, find out how candidates vote on issues that are of concern to you and try to make what is felt would be the best informed decision.

If you do not like any of the candidates, that is your choice, but find out if there are other candidates running at least in the November election. Find out more about the issues. I think that this is a good way in which to honor all of those who lost their lives. Participate in our democracy. If you don’t use it—you lose it.

Adele Bender,

Forest Hills

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