From Facebook to ‘A Better’ civic 1

Clockwise from top left, Margaret Louglin, Jennifer Shannon, Kat Cervino and Sheryl Kleven have teamed up to create the A Better College Point Civic Association, tasked with solving the neighborhood’s quality-of-life issues.

On the first day of Women’s History Month, the leading ladies of College Point announced they would be spearheading the neighborhood’s newest community advocate group: A Better College Point Civic Association.

Residents Jennifer Shannon, Sheryl Kleven, Kat Cervino and Margaret Loughlin banded together to form the group following years of prior community involvement. The women had already been serving in leadership roles — Shannon as the community’s Facebook page creator and admin, Kleven as the Graffiti and Litter Free College Point founder, Cervino as the Coastal Preservation Network president and Loughlin as an area real estate company owner.

“We are definitely a group of people that are go-getters and during the pandemic unfortunately we didn’t see things getting done,” said Shannon. “It seemed a very natural next step to team up because we all had a common goal to make our community a better place.”

The women have worked together to head community engaged activities throughout the years, but their teamwork began ramping up along with the pandemic. Their first act was feeding their frontline workers.

“I saw a lot of nurses and doctors getting applause and people bringing them food and I thought, ‘What about the nurses in College Point?’ We’re like the forgotten town,” said Loughlin.

The work eventually grew into addressing other issues, such as food shortages in food pantries. They teamed up with area businesses and organizations to create the #collegepointstrong partnership to help their vulnerable neighbors get through the hard year.

As time progressed, College Point residents sought out Shannon, Kleven, Cervino and Loughlin for help in correcting other nuisances, such as noise, drag racing and other on-the-ground issues.

“Historically, we’ve got a lot of problems in this town and not enough addressing them,” said Cervino. “I think each of us brings our own set of contacts and relationships ... When people come to us one or more of us knows someone to call who has some sort of influence and it’s proved effective ... We’re all paying close attention, jumping on complaints or comments, getting our troops out there and working and finding solutions.”

Shannon said the women made the push to become a legally recognized civic association because the existing College Point Taxpayers Civic Association wasn’t active anymore and hadn’t held a meeting for some time.

“At best that’s very disingenuous,” responded Brock Weiner, the taxpayers’ civic treasurer. “They know why they left and it doesn’t have anything to do with us not being active.”

Weiner agreed that the pandemic slowed down the civic’s activities, but said its work has by no means stopped — the group has been organizing food collections and mask giveaways for the past year, and is planning its next virtual meeting in the next few weeks. He added that the civic has never consistently advertised its work on social media, so an outsider might assume it has slowed significantly, but its plans are ongoing.

Weiner said he believes A Better College Point Civic Associaiton was started for other reasons, mainly that the women wanted to do their own thing. He even said some of the new civic founders had shown interest in running for board member positions on the taxpayers’ civic, though elections would not take place until April or May.

“They just didn’t want to wait,” Weiner speculated, adding that there’s no hard feelings between the two groups. “That’s fine. I wish them well. If they need help from us we’ll be there for them ... They’ll do their own thing. I’m sure they’ll do good.”

The civic founders are still filling board positions and reviewing member applications, but they are already in discussion with community leaders to address pertinent issues. Keeping the streets and green spaces trash-free is a high priority, as is eliminating opportunities for drag racers to utilize public space. The civic is also well on the way to coordinating a neighborhood watch with the 109th Precinct. The idea to recruit residents as public observers for suspicious or illegal behavior was suggested on the Facebook page in November, and Shannon said the NYPD is already planning out when and how to train the volunteers.

“I think that the priorities are the quality-of-life issues the residents are bringing to our attention. We’re filling a void,” said Kleven.

The civic’s goals not only focus on bettering life in College Point, keeping the area safe and acting as its environmental stewards, but also actively involving members of the community. Because of significant local business sponsorship, residents can refrain from paying dues for their first year as members.

For more information on the civic or to join, visit abettercollegepoint.com or contact (929) 244-9644 or abcpcivic@gmail.com.

UPDATE

This story has been updated to include contact information for A Better College Point Civic Association.

(28) comments

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LV

In your article Brock Weiner speaks of the College Point Civic and Taxpayers Association organizing food and mask giveaways, that is not true at all. The food & mask giveaways were & are always organized by Nabaraj KC & the Rotary Club of New York, Queens. He is currently running for the 19 District NYC Council seat. A couple of Civic members helped but the Civic did not organize the events.

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LV

The words are not twisted, you read the article. This is directly copied from it, it's the 11th paragraph -

Weiner agreed that the pandemic slowed down the civic’s activities, but said its work has by no means stopped — the group has been organizing food collections and mask giveaways for the past year, and is planning its next virtual meeting in the next few weeks. 

College Point Civic, what don't you understand about what you told the reporter. It's printed here in her article.

BroWeCP

I was very confused by Mr. Weiner's comments too, because I get food from Raj almost every week. His civic group does not organize any of these events. Just wow, taking credit for something they clearly did not do, very disappointing. They also use the people in need for photo ops and videos, as if it is not bad enough that we cannot afford food, now they blast it all over facebook and shame us. A few of us will no longer go get the food because of their pictures and videos.

LV

The food & mask give-a-ways were organized by Mr Nabaraj KC & the Rotary Club of New York, Queens. They have bern doing a wonderful job helping the residents of College Point.

LV

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=859905998199109&id=100025391495929

LV

Senator John Liu & Steven Bishop Lee also organized a PPE give-a-ways in College Point.

A Better College Point members have been helping out all along at these events & the Food give-a-ways organized by Nabaraj KC & the Rotary Club of NY, Queens

This is a well written article with the facts. The dignity, need, and respect of people is The College Point Civic and Taxpayers Association's top priority during these times. As Brock Weiner said "I wish them well. If they help from us we'll be there for them..." The College Point Civic and Taxpayers Association will continue to be active and making our home a better College Point.

https://www.facebook.com/CollegePointCivicTaxpayersAssociation/posts/2818333208382489

Website: https://www.collegepointcivic.com/

A Better College Point Civic Association is happy to continue serving all our neighbors in the College Point Community! Although, we have officially announced that we will now become A Better College Point Civic Association we have been actively working with the community since 2018. Most of the founding members have actively served the community for over 20 years as Girl Scout Leaders, First Reformed Church of College Point Food Panty helpers, Community Board 7, and proud members of College Point Citizens for Memorial Day Parade, Inc. Coastal Preservation Network and Graffiti & Litter Free College Point is also on our Board of Directors and we will all be working closely together to bring true change to our community. It doesn't matter if you own your home or rent your home, what matters is you love your community and want to make it a better place for everybody. Join the movement and become a member of A Better College Point Civic Association. We recognize times are difficult right now and thanks to our sponsors we are able to offer free membership for a year to all College Point residents.

Cathleen S.

Just making a Facebook page is not enough. This organization does not do enough to help the community. Sorry that is just the plain truth. They did not stop the shelter, they leave parks with tents instead of cleaning, and want to steal Nabaraj KC contacts to get food. The College Point Civic and Taxpayers Association gets the job done ✔

LV

Join the movement and become a member of A Better College Point Civic Association. Free one year membership for residents of College Point.

Join Here: https://forms.gle/p3LwnVXc9fBJW1zk6

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Phone #: (929) 244-9644

Email: abcpcivic@gmail.com

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Cathleen S.

These links don't work, this organization must not be legitimate or not run well

Barbara Mc

I clicked on the A Better College Point Civic links & they all do work.

Chazz

Do you want to get involved and help your town become A Better College Point ?

Join the movement and become a member of A Better College Point Civic Association. One year free membership to residents of College Point.

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LV

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This comment makes no sense!

LV

Why do you continue to post comments with links for the College Point Civic & never post the same info people are submitting to you for A Better College Point Civic. I know of 2 people & myself that submitted comments that were never posted. They are no different from the links the College Point Civic is posting asking for people to join. As our local newspaper you should have equal time for all community groups. It appears you are showing favoritism towards the College Point Civic.

Cathleen S.

Barbara, it is totally clear that The College Point Civic and Taxpayers Association is the more organized and well managed organization. They have made a greater impact and do more to improve and make our town A Better College Point

Cathleen S.

I would proudly join The College Point Civic and Taxpayers Association! They help the community and make it better.

Cathleen S.

I love the College Point Civic and Taxpayers Association!!!!!

Cathleen S.

The College Point Civic and Taxpayers Association has always been active. The women of The College Point Civic and Taxpayers Association should be featured for their heroic acts during the pandemic instead of those featured in this article.

LV

College Point Civic, from what I see they are being featured in the article. They have been doing many heroic acts years before and during the pandemic. Great job ladies. Keep up the good work !!!!!

We thank all the community members for their support. This our only account, others can feel free to make comments exercising their right to free speech. We are proudly serving the community and promote change by taking action.

https://www.collegepointcivic.com

Cathleen S.

The jist of all these comments is that The College Point Civic and Taxpayers Association is the best representation of our community.

BroWeCP

No it's not, maybe when the president from a few years ago led the group. The women in this article are all over CP doing stuff. What are you talking about? Oh yeah and you must be talking about Mr. Weiner's civic facebook page becaues that is all they did create a page and then take some pictures and make that poor boy deliver the food everywhere and then take picture of us people in need. Why would you want to join a group like that?[thumbdown]

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Cathleen S.

You are clearly confusing me with someone else, that's not what I'm talking about. I have a gmail account. I think you are racially profiling me because I am African American. This newspaper is doing the right thing and the author wrote the story well.

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