Earth Day Event, Saturday, April 20th, 1-5 pm, Maspeth Federal Parking lot, 69th/Grand Avenue. Sponsored by Maspeth Federal Savings, Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, 104th Precinct, COMET. Please pass on to friends, family, neighbors. Agenda:
- Maspeth Federal Savings will provide a big paper shredding truck. It chews up large bundles of important documents quickly.
- The 104th will VIN Etch vehicles as well as register bicycles and electronics which helps recover them if they're stolen. VIN Etching can save you $$ on your Theft Insurance! Everyone in NYC is eligible for these programs. If you want your phones, ipads, etc. registered, look at the Warranty to make sure this doesn't void it. You can also bring Wii's, playstations, x-boxes, GPS's, radios and other items that can be stolen from your home or vehicle. If a thief is caught, this is how the police return the items to their rightful owners. Vehicles cannot be etched if it rains!!
- Council Member Crowley has invited the Queens Botanical Gardens. They will teach people about "kitchen composting".
- Council Member Crowley also invited GROWNYC. They are bringing a textile recycler. (textiles are: clean, dry clothing, pairs of shoes, bedding, linen, hats, handbags, belts, fabric scraps 36"x36" or larger and other textiles.) NO rugs, carpeting or commercial waste.
- Council Member Crowley invited GreenChip. They will recycle electronics (no non-rechargeable batteries, light bulbs or large appliances.) Stereo equipment, old radios, phones or other electronics are fine.
Hope to see you on the 20th!
Roe Daraio, President
Comet Civic Associationwww.cometcivic.com
- Starting Monday, April 1st, trash/recycling cannot be put at curbside until 5:00 pm. Don't risk getting a summons! (Starting October 1st you can put it out at 4:00 pm)
- April 1st, COMET meeting, 7:00 pm, 85-20 57th Avenue
- Saturday, April 20th, 1-5 pm, Earth Day event at Maspeth Federal Parking lot. Paper shredding truck, recycle your old electronics, 104th Precinct will VIN Etch your vehicle and register bikes.
- Sunday, May 26th, Maspeth Memorial Day Parade starts on Grand Ave/72nd Place. 12:00 pm ceremonies, 1:00 pm parade begins. If anyone is interested in marching with COMET, please let me know.
Those of you who live in Elmhurst, or Maspeth residents who park their vehicles in Elmhurst to catch the subway or go to the malls, please be alert.
A Block Captain received a call from a resident who was walking up Grand Avenue on her way home from work at about 5:30-6:00 pm this evening. Victim was on her phone (not a good idea). As she was walking on Grand/Seabury past the school - at the driveway, she spotted four to six male black youths hanging out. As she passed, one of the males hit her in the back of the head with a rock. The males took off towards Queens Boulevard and the victim ran after them yelling, 'I'm calling the police'. A plain clothes officer in a vehicle, who apparently witnessed the incident, asked her if she wanted to make a report for Assault
. She said, yes. Other officers with him went after the youths but the victim doesn't know if they were apprehended. The Block Captain told us that another resident spotted what appears to be the same group a couple of days ago on 54th/Van Horn. Luckily today's victim wasn't injured or robbed. The victim stated another woman approached the officer to say the youths hit her with a coffee cup. Sometimes when a group of kids get together they act stupid and don't realize they could hurt someone. Always be aware of your surroundings because maybe the next time a group may decide to rob someone. Bottom line is, if you see something suspicious or a disorderly group, call 911
We heard two other items pertaining to Elmhurst. Neither of these incidents have been confirmed by the 110th.
We'll probably hear more at our meeting on March 4th.
Good News - Celebrate Earth Day Saturday, April 20th, 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm, 69th Street/Grand Avenue
- February 14th, Seabury Street, woman came home from work, was tied up and burglarized.
- Today, February 25th, front door burglary at 57 #s/Seabury Street.
- Maspeth Federal will be bringing back the paper shredding truck. Not yet confirmed - possibly the truck to recycle electronics - we'll let you know. In the meantime, start collecting paperwork that needs to be discarded!
- Comet will join the 104th Precinct to help VIN Etch vehicles. You can save $$ on your theft insurance. Everyone is welcome no matter what community you live in. Didn't hear back from precinct, but assume we'll also be registering bicycles/electronics. We'll keep you updated. VIN Etching can't be done if it rains.
- If anyone can volunteer to help out that day, please let me know.
Saturday, September 8th -
9/11 Memorial Ceremony, 11:00 am, Veterans Square at Grand Avenue/69th Street.Monday, September 10th -COMET meeting
, 7:00 pm at Bethzatha Church of God, 85-20 57th Avenue. Directions on our website at www.cometcivic.comThursday, September 13th -
Primary election. There are two Primaries in the Comet area. If you disgarded the brochure that was sent to you by the Board of Elections, you can log on to www.vote.nyc.ny.us
and click pollsite locator
(on left side of screen). Type in your address and you'll find out if your area has a Primary. It will also let you know where you will be voting. Don't forget, some poll sites were changed in our area!
You can also obtain a voter registration form on the site.Sunday, September 23rd -
Car show at Maspeth Federal's parking lot. Sponsored by Joe Wroblewski and Maspeth Federal in memory of Firefighter Kenneth Phelan who was killed on September 11th. All proceeds to benefit Maspeth Town Hall Community Center.Friday, October 12th -
An exhibition from the Irish American Heritage Museum will be at Maspeth Town Hall for about two weeks. Event sponsored by Assembly Member Marge Markey.
Reminder: Save $$ on your theft insurance and deter car thieves by taking advantage of the VIN Etch (Vehicle Identification Number) that Comet will be co-sponsoring with the 104th and 110th Precincts at Maspeth Federal's parking lot on 69th Street/Grand Avenue on Saturday, April 30th between 1:00 and 5:00 pm.
You can also arrange for a free home security survey by the NYPD. They will give you low-cost tips that could deter a burglar.
The VIN Etch will be cancelled if it rains. It doesn't matter where you live to take advantage of this program. Maspeth Federal will have a big shredding truck in case you have important documents you wish to dispose of. Council Member Elizabeth Crowley has arranged to have an E-truck on hand to collect electronics such as computers, monitors, cell phones, etc.
On Saturday, April 30th beginning at 1:00 pm
, Comet, Maspeth Federal and Council Member Elizabeth Crowley will be holding an Earth Day
event at the bank's parking lot. The event will most likely be cancelled if it rains.
- Do you have a lot of paper that needs shredding? Maspeth Federal is arranging to have a huge shredder on site.
- Do you want to deter car thieves plus save money on your theft insurance? Comet will be on hand to help the NYPD VIN Etch your car. Take advantage of this opportunity because these events are usually held on weekdays.
- Do you have old cell phones, computers, batteries, etc.? Council Member Crowley has arranged for an e-waste truck to be on site.
We're still working on other programs that might benefit you. Stay tuned. We'll keep you updated.
The Newtown Historical Society is proud to present our first exhibit, “A Walk Down Flushing Avenue, 1929” at Maspeth Federal Savings, located at 58-15 69th Street in Maspeth, Queens starting Monday, December 21st, 2009. This photo series is presented to create awareness and foster appreciation of the history of western Queens communities. The exhibit will be displayed in the windows of the recently renovated and upgraded bank building through the end of February and will be viewable from the street.
The photos represent a snapshot of life in Maspeth and Ridgewood on November 1, 1929, just days after the “Black Tuesday” stock market crash that many associate with the beginning of the Great Depression. Several of the buildings featured in the series are still standing, with different uses today. The photos also offer a fascinating glimpse into how people from our communities went about their daily activities 80 years ago.
“Maspeth Federal Savings is pleased to host this photo series highlighting the history of Flushing Avenue and we look forward to working with the Newtown Historical Society to bring more educational exhibits to the public in the future,” said David Daraio, Assistant Vice President of Maspeth Federal Savings.
The Newtown Historical Society will be presenting more photo exhibits, as well as slideshows, lectures and walking tours throughout the upcoming year. Winter 2010 slideshows will include topics such as the development of western Queens neighborhoods, the story of the Newtown Pippin apple and the history of the Ridgewood Reservoir.
For more information about the Flushing Avenue photo exhibit or to join the Newtown Historical Society, please visit www.newtownhistorical.org
or call 718-366-3715.