Patrol Gets Ready For Local Parades
The 104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol (104COP) welcomed new members and discussed upcoming community events during its monthly meeting last Thursday, Oct. 9 at St. Pancras Pfeifer Hall in Glendale.
Frank A. Kotnik, 104COP president, and Elizabeth Delacruz, the patrol’s activities coordinator, introduced Estrella Ocasio, Kevin Powell and Nick Serpanos. Kotnik also recognized and praised 104COP volunteer John Wilczynski for his continued effort and dedication.
In the past year alone, Wilczynski has participated in every special parade patrol and traffic detail since last Halloween.
Kotnik thanked his fellow volunteers for their service at past community events, including last month’s multi-parish procession celebrating the Feast Day of Padre Pio at St. Pancras Church.
Kotnik also briefed 104COP members on two upcoming parades in the area. Volunteers will be on patrol at the annual Glendale Halloween Parade along Myrtle Avenue on Friday, Oct. 31. The parade will assemble at 7 p.m. at St. Pancras and proceed down Myrtle Avenue to Stop and Shop supermarket on Cypress Avenue.
The 104COP parade detail will patrol the area during and after the parade, until 11 p.m.
Volunteers will also offer their services at the annual Queens Veteran’s Day Parade in Middle Village on Sunday, Nov. 9. The parade will begin at noon on 80th Street and Metropolitan Avenue and will continue to Christ the King High School for a special commemorative ceremony. The parade will honor Paul and Russ Feeddern, both Vietnam War veterans, who will serve as grand marshals.
The patrol will also meet with members of the 104th Precinct to discuss the use of alternative side streets around the parade route to avoid traffic tie-ups and inconveniences, Kotnik noted.
Teeing off for the patrol
Kotnik and his fellow board members thanked Marilyn McAndrews of Unit 37 for her work in chairing the patrols’ annual golf outing to be held tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 17, at the Forest Park Gold Course, 79-01 Park Lane South in Woodhaven.
The fundraising event is sponsored by The Avenue Restaurant as well as other local businesses. Proceeds from the event will benefit the patrol and help in the purchase of essential supplies and equipment for the civilian patrol. Registration information is available online at www.facebook.com/104COP.
Other news & events
Dorie Figliola, staff member at Assemblyman Mike Miller’s office, announced the creation of a free electronic V.I.N. etching and bike-etching event to be held at the Glendale Community Garden, 74-10 88th St. in Glendale, on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. until noon. The event is co-sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi and the 104th Precinct.
Residents are encouraged to bring valuable electronic devices such as cell phones, iPads and laptop computers to be etched with a special V.I.N. number to aid in the recovery of these items in the event that they are lost or stolen. Local boy scouts will also be volunteering to help clean up the garden.
Alex Maureau, constituent liaison for State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, was also on hand to announce the senator’s new mobile office hours to be held at local Queens library branches every Thursday evening in the month of October between the hours of 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Addabbo’s mobile office will visit the Maspeth library tonight, Thursday, Oct. 16; the Glendale library next Thursday, Oct. 23; and the Middle Village library on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Maureau also thanked group members and volunteers for their support during the large recycling event held on Sept. 28 at Forest Park. A total of 45,500 lbs. of recycled and donated goods were collected during the event, including 28,500 lbs. of electronics, 11,000 pounds of shredded paper and 6,000 lbs. of goods and clothing for the Salvation Army.
The next 104COP meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday night, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. at St. Pancras Pfeifer Hall, located at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and 68th Street in Glendale. For more information, visit www.104cop.org.