I would like to let the birdwatchers in Marine Park know that our resident woodpecker has returned to our neighborhood. I don’t know where he goes in the winter but he has been sighted and heard on E. 36th between Fillmore Ave. and Ave. S. We hope that this signals a welcome to warmer weather. Just a reminder – it is the homeowners and business owners obligation to sweep and keep the sidewalks and streets clean. We do not have alternate side of the street parking and we would like to ensure that it does not happen here.
We had a large agenda at last month’s community meeting. I would like to thank Susan DeSimone from State Farm Insurance who gave a brief overview of Flood Insurance. Thank you to Bob Cassara of the Brooklyn Housing Preservation Alliance for taking the time to provide us with much insight with regard to the DOB system and how it is easily abused by those who know how to exploit it.
Former Councilman Lew Fidler, who now works with Borough President Eric Adams, gave a few updates. He and the MPCA Board and community also extend their condolences to the family of Brian Gewirtz. Fidler thanked the community for their extensive efforts in the search for Brian, but stated that a review of the protocols of search efforts should be made, to be better prepared for the search of missing persons. Many of our Marine Park residents also knew Joe Stiles, who passed away recently. He was a very active, prominent person in our community. We send our condolences to his family.
I have a serious request. Please mark your calendar and make every effort to attend this month’s community meeting on May 19th. Paul Graziano recently spoke at another community meeting and we felt it important for him to speak at this month’s meeting. We need to work together – the Marine Park community and other Brooklyn communities to voice our concerns about the proposed zoning changes by City Planning, the details of which are included in the article on page 3 of this newsletter. Please inform your neighbors and ask them to attend – there is strength in numbers and everyone needs to know what the plans are.
Another important reason to attend this month’s meeting is to show your support for our wounded veterans as well as to honor them and all those in our military. They will show how canines can assist a veteran in many capacities on the road to recovery.
At last month’s meeting the new slate of Officers and Directors was presented to the membership for their approval. We were pleased to see the unanimous acceptance of the new slate by the membership that night. The new Board will be presented at our year-end installation party in June. Thank you to all our former board members and returning board members for their dedicated volunteer service.
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