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30 The QUEE NS Courier • JUly 24, 2014 for breaking news visit www.queenscourier.com editorial Go to www.queenscourier.com and search “Identify This letters IDENTIFY THIS PLACE Place” to find out where this is Thank you As President of the Friends of the Lefrak City Library and a member of the community, I want to publicly thank state Sen. Jose Peralta for resolving an important community concern by helping us secure a crossing guard for our schoolchildren at the very busy and dangerous intersection of Horace Harding Expressway and Junction Boulevard adjacent to the Long Island Expressway. In the beginning of the school year of 2012, at a monthly Open Forum meeting at the Library, co-hosted by the library and the Friends group, one of the major concerns voiced by the community residents was the safety of the young neighborhood students crossing this very busy and dangerous intersection en route to and from school, which is even a challenge to adults. The Friends of Queens Library at LeFrak City joined with the principal Joan Thomas and parents of PS 206 in a joint effort to request a crossing guard. Two fruitless years of petitions to many officials to acquire the crossing guards gave no results. In desperation, I reached out on behalf of the community to state Sen. Peralta of the 13th district for help. After careful investigation, he pledged his support. Thanks to the leadership of Senator Peralta and the dedication of the 112th Precinct, our school children can now cross this perilous intersection under the guidance of a crossing guard. We are grateful for Sen. Peralta’s concern and responsiveness. Pat Martin President, Friends of LeFrak City Library No response to letter On February 28, 2014, the Auburndale Improvement Association, Inc. sent Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña a letter requesting to meet with her regarding PS 130, located at 200-01 42 Ave., Bayside, Queens. To date, we have received no response from her or anyone on her staff. The letter was sent certified, return receipt requested, so we know that our letter was received by the Chancellor’s office. In the letter, we told the Chancellor about our civic association’s goal to allow local children living around PS 130 to be given priority placement in that school. The school is geographically in District 26, but is utilized by District 25. Most students are bused in or delivered to the school by car from other distant areas. Meanwhile, children living around the school have to be bused to other overcrowded schools in District 26. We sent the Chancellor, along with the letter, over 200 petition signatures and many comments from residents living immediately around PS 130. They want the school back. Surely, their concerns deserve some type of consideration. In our opinion, this situation makes no sense and it is not fair to local children or their taxpaying parents. If PS 130 were returned to the local community, it would no doubt alleviate the need to construct a school on the Keil property in Bayside. There is still a lot of controversy swirling around that plan. It would appear to my civic that new schools would be better utilized elsewhere in District 26 as well as in District 25. This is not the first time that my civic group has been ignored regarding this important community issue. Former Chancellor Dennis Walcott and other Department of Education officials have ignored our requests to meet as well. We would still like to meet with Chancellor Farina to discuss this issue further. We have written her a second letter to request a meeting and we have asked our local elected officials for support in this endeavor. There must be some way to enable local children to receive priority placement at PS 130. We feel that would be in the best educational interest of our neighborhood children. At the same time, we do not wish to interrupt the education of those students currently attending PS 130. By meeting, details can be worked out so that everyone wins. My civic association will continue to advocate for what is right for the children living around what should be a neighborhood school first. Henry Euler, First Vice President Auburndale Improvement Association, Inc. VISIT QueensCourier.com FOR MORE STORIES CLOSING THE BOOK It was like the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre – minus the love. Borough President Melinda Katz and Mayor de Blasio gunned down eight trustees from the board of the Queens Library Wednesday in a fusillade of emails. All the brouhaha about the renovation of library director Tom Galante’s office and the $27,000 smoking deck is really sideshow. The Courier’s top people inspected the office at the height of the flap and we can truthfully report we were unimpressed. The office and deck are not palatial or even tasteful. Pretty municipal by all standards. His salary, well, that’s what people in these positions get paid. And here in Queens, we got our money’s worth and then some. This library system is the pride of the nation, consistently lauded as everything a library – nay, community center – should be. The range of services – and the quality of those services – far outstrips anything done or conceived elsewhere. Melinda Katz wanted to control the library system. Now she can put her own people in place and let’s see whether she and her appointees can do better. So, eight fine individuals who spent years guiding the library to new heights – making it one of the finest systems in the country – were cut loose from their anonymous toil on behalf of the people of Queens. The trustees – good people all with busy lives and careers – have dedicated countless hours to an apparently thankless task. Well, we at The Courier, while saddened by the turn of events, are happy to acknowledge their unstinting service. We thank each and every one of them and wish them well. SHADES OF KITTY GENOVESE We were shocked at the horrific slashing of Hazel Puentespina during a robbery on a Woodhaven subway platform for several reasons. First, it bears the hallmarks of a bygone era where gratuitous violence, delivered viciously and needlessly, was commonplace. We know this type of crime occurs only rarely now – but we don’t remember those days fondly and we hope to see these crimes even less often. Next, was Hazel’s assertion that no one came to her aid during the attack when her throat was cut or in its immediate aftermath. One man kicked her attacker, who fell and wound up dropping Hazel’s purse. But even more disconcerting is the notion that, quoting Hazel, “Everyone just stood around and watched me while my own blood soaked me.” No one at this paper is urging our readers to go mano a mano with a blade-wielding robber. But we can all help the victim afterward. Call the cops, give comfort and for the sake of the victims — and perhaps even your families — learn some first aid. Let’s care for each other a little more, folks. THE QUEENS Victoria SchnepS-YuniS JoShua a. SchnepS BoB Brennan William J. Gorta amY amato-Sanchez nirmal SinGh Graziella zerilli Stephen reina ron torina, Jennifer Decio, cherYl GallaGher liam la Guerre, criStaBelle tumola anGY altamirano, Katrina meDoff, eric Jankiewicz cliff KaSDen, Samantha Sohmer, elizaBeth aloni criStaBelle tumola Demetra plaGaKiS louiSe caValiere celeSte alamin maria Valencia Daphne fortunate Victoria SchnepS-YuniS JoShua a. 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