View the slideshow below to see all the photos our 8th Annual Holiday Lighting ceremony in Bowne Park:
The Broadway Flushing Homeowners’ Association honored Mrs. Susan Kennedy’s retirement as a second grade teacher at St. Andrew Avellino School at the October 27 General Membership Meeting at Church-on-the-Hill. Mrs. Kennedy was presented with a National and New York State Register bronze plaque by the members of BFHA, and a Community Citation presented by Lionel Morales on behalf of Councilmember Paul Vallone.
The audience listened intently about Mrs. Kennedy’s involvement in the Broadway-Flushing community and her career at the school. They marveled about her teaching second grade at St. Andrew’s since 1970, and has prepared hundreds of children to receive First Holy Communion. She has watched former students become parents and send their own children back to her class. Mrs. Kennedy was awarded the 2015 Hometown Heroes in Education in New York by the New York Daily News. Her advice to teachers about how to have a successful career is simple. “You have to love children,” she said.
Presenting the plaque to Mrs. Kennedy is BFHA President Janet McCreesh and Maria Becce. Presenting the Community Citation from Councilmember Vallone is Lionel Morales, a former student of Mrs. Kennedy. He is joined by other former students Michael Pompasello and Matthew Becce.
The Broadway-Flushing Homeowners’ Association honored former Community Board 7 District Manager Marilyn Bitterman’s retirement at the October 27 General Membership Meeting at Church-on-the-Hill. The audience heard about some of the highlights of Ms. Bitterman’s four decades of service on the board. The former district manager talked about the satisfaction from working with BFHA over the years and assured everyone that the CB7 office would have a smooth transition with her absence. Celebrating here are Karen Barbieri, Joseph Brostek, Tyler Cassell of the Queens Civic Congress, Marilyn Bitterman, Kevin Morris, BFHA President Janet McCreesh, Maria Becce, Martha Pirone and Dennis Occhino.
Such a wonderful ceremony in Bowne Park on October 20 with Park’s Commissioner Mitchell Silver, Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilmember Paul Vallone, Community Board 7 officials, other NYC Parks Department officials, and representatives from Broadway Flushing Homeowners’ Association and Bowne Park Civic –
The first phase of the park renovation which includes the playground, park house, and basketball courts, is expected to be completed by next year. Afterwards, the renovation of the lake will commence – everyone appreciates the efforts of Commissioner Silver, BP Katz and Councilmember Vallone for refurbishing Bowne Park, the centerpiece and pride of our neighborhood! Commissioner Silver is excited to return for the ribbon cutting ceremony next fall in 2017.
BFHA sponsored a “Cop of the Month” award at the October 12, 2016 meeting of the NYPD 109th Community Council held at the precinct. (L to R) Precinct Commander Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison, Council President (and BFHA member) Vana Partridge, Community member Maria Torres, BFHA 2nd VP Joe Brostek, Award winners Officers Colleen Quinn and Daniel Song and NYC Councilman Peter Koo. The officers went well beyond the call of duty in their gentle and proper handling of a homeless couple that was in a Flushing park.