Opportunities For Youth
The 112th Precinct Community Council is looking for students to participate to clean up graffiti next weekend.
We are having a graffiti paintover next Saturday, May 31; all participants will meet up at 9 a.m. at the 112th Precinct, located at the corner of Austin Street and Yellowstone Boulevard.
We will be giving certificates for community service to thank the students for their help. We will also be providing refreshments for those who join our paintover..
Graffiti is the most common type of property vandalism, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The police have indicated that their experience shows that if an area is continually repainted, eventually the area will remain clean.
Our community is working together with the precinct on all of these plans. In addition, our police have a database of graffiti tags and are vigilant about responding to graffiti vandalism and making arrests.
The 112th Precinct Community Council is also sponsoring an essay contest. All essays are to be one page and students in grades six through 12 are eligible to participate.
The theme of this year’s essay contest is, “We are one New York.” People from all over the world live here in Queens. As we in Queens celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair and the 75th anniversary of the 1939 World’s Fair, we are reminded of how all the many cultures are united in Queens.
In discussing the World’s Fair, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said: “We are in the world’s borough, the most ethnically diverse borough on the entire planet. It is our asset, it is our strength and the World’s Fair knew that all those generations ago.”
Your essay should include your thoughts of how living in Queens can and should encourage greater awareness, understanding and respect for each other.
Essays are due next Friday, May 30. Essays are to be submitted to the 112th Precinct, 68-40 Austin St., Forest Hills, NY 11375.
On Sunday, June 8, the Forest Hills Rego Park CERT with the 112th Precinct Council and the precinct will have a table giving out literature at the Austin Street Fair.
We also invite you to like the precinct council’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/112thPrecinctCo mmunityCouncil?ref=tn_ tnmn; or follow it on Twitter @112thprctcouncil. Residents can also follow Capt. Thomas Conforti, 112th Precinct commander, on Twitter @NYPD112PCT.
Editor’s note: Heidi Harrison Chain is president of the 112th Precinct Community Council.