2015-08-12 / Front Page

Forest Hills National Night Out Against Crime

By Joyce Vetere Milowski and Dan Miller

(L. to r.); Helen Hoe representing Mayor Bill de Blasio, presented a Proclamation declaring Tuesday, August 4 as National Night Out Against Crime to state Senator Joseph A. Addabbo, 112th Precinct Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison, President and Chairperson of 112th Precinct Community Council Heidi Harrison Chain and Community Board 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio.
(L. to r.); Helen Hoe representing Mayor Bill de Blasio, presented a Proclamation declaring Tuesday, August 4 as National Night Out Against Crime to state Senator Joseph A. Addabbo, 112th Precinct Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison, President and Chairperson of 112th Precinct Community Council Heidi Harrison Chain and Community Board 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio. On August 4, Forest Hills joined thousands of communities throughout the United States to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime. The 112th Precinct Community Council led by Council President and Chair Heidi Harrison Chain teamed up with the law enforcement, community organizations and businesses to recognize the importance of neighborhoods banding together to improve safety for its residents.


National Night Out Against Crime is in its 32nd year as a national campaign to build positive local relationships between communities and law enforcement to make communities safer places to live, work and raise a family.


This year’s event was celebrated in the late afternoon to accommodate the James Taylor President and Chairperson of 112th Precinct Community Council Heidi Harrison Chain, displays Proclamation declaring August 4 as National Night Out Day from Borough President Melinda Katz as 112th Precinct Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison looks on.Photos By Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESPresident and Chairperson of 112th Precinct Community Council Heidi Harrison Chain, displays Proclamation declaring August 4 as National Night Out Day from Borough President Melinda Katz as 112th Precinct Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison looks on.Photos By Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESconcert at nearby Forest Hills Stadium. Community and faith-based organizations joined local businesses to present a street fair environment with dozens of tables set up to distribute information to improve the lives of community residents.


The following groups participated including City Reach Church, Mosaic City Church, Queens College, Forest Hills Jewish Center, who brought tables and chairs to the event, the city Department of Transportation, NYPD, FDNY, Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, Ridgewood Savings Bank, Community Board 6, JASA, Queens Library, United Health Care, The New York Mets, North Shore Forest Hills Hospital, Self Help, Lions Club and the city Department of Parks and Recreation. Also on hand was the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, who provided free hot dogs and hamburgers.


Chain distributed awards to local elected officials, as well as police officers and firefighters.
Borough President Melinda Katz entertained the crowd by singing “God Bless America” and was joined by state Senators Toby Ann Stavisky and Joseph Addabbo, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.
“Since 1990 crime has gone down in Forest Hills,” said Stavisky.


Addabbo added, “We all benefit when the community works with the police department.”
Also on hand was Deputy Inspector and Commanding Officer of the 112th Precinct Judith Harrison, who acknowledged the close relationship that exists between the Forest Hills community and the officers of the 112th Precinct.

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