2001-07-04 / Editorials

Letters

Flag Belongs In Church

To The Editor:

The prayers of war veterans and parishioners of Holy Family Church seem to go unanswered as this Flushing–based house of worship refuses to honor vets and Americans by displaying Old Glory in its church. The pastor claims it would be offensive.

Over 600,000 vets died and spilled blood for our flag. Explain that to those who suffered from their sacrifice. This matter has been brought to the attention of the Bishop, but the Diocese does not have the decency to respond.

A dilapidated, dingy flag is sometimes, but rarely flown in the schoolyard, which is hardly a tribute to the deserving. We have physically visited 10 establishments of the same denomination and they proudly display the American flag. There are times I feel like a stranger in my own country.

Walter Orlowski

Flushing

Meters Cause Problems

To The Editor:

Re: Parking meters on Queens Blvd. Service Road & Speed Bumps in Forest Hills

I think my two following complaints are both related to Community Board 6.

As a long time resident of Forest Hills, I want to register my personal dissatisfaction with the new parking meters that were installed on the service road along Queens Boulevard.

I understand that they are there on a trial basis but in the meantime, temporary signs should be posted to warn drivers that drive in the service road that there are "Single Lanes Ahead." There are certain parts where you can drive in two lanes, then it becomes one lane and then back again to two lanes and then back again to one lane. For all the single lane portions along the service road, a sign should be posted to "Merge right due to single lane ahead." Too many cars are discovering this fact too late and then they have trouble merging.

As an additional complaint, the new speed bumps that were installed on Alderton Street between Woodhaven Boulevard and 63rd Drive and also on Fleet Street between Alderton Street and Yellowstone Boulevard should be painted with white stripes to show where they are. Also, additional signs that warn "Speed Bump Ahead" should be posted at least 100 feet before the actual speed bump. As they are now, by the time you see the warning sign for the speed bump, you are right at the speed bump, not always giving a driver enough time to slow down. I’ve seen many cars going too fast and "hitting bottom."

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely,

Kenny Kasman

Forest Hills

Outlines Leash Rules

A copy of the following letter was received by the Gazette.

Dear Mr. (Robert) Holden (president, Juniper Park Civic Association):

Thank you for your e-mail regarding unleashed dogs in Juniper Valley Park.

As summer approaches and the weather gets warmer, park use increases and so do the number of dogs being walked off leash. You are correct in understanding that there is an off-leash courtesy extended between the hours of 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. However, this is only a courtesy and summonses can be issued if a dog is unleashed and out of the owner’s control. Further, if the park closes at 9 p.m., no one is allowed to enter the park after that time.

I have asked our Queens Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) to detail a patrol to Juniper Valley Park in an effort to reduce the amount of unleashed, out-of-control dogs during the early morning hours.

If you have any further questions regarding parks enforcement, please call our Queens PEP Captain, Andre Greenfield, at (718) 699-4273. If you ever require immediate assistance within our parks, call our 24-hour hotline at (800) 201-PARK.

It was good of you to take the time to write.

All the best,

Henry J. Stern

Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

For more information about Parks, log on to www.nyc.gov/parks.


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