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Local Group Celebrates Achievements

Dec. 17, 2010 By Christian Murray

The United Forties Civic Association, a group that advocates on behalf of Sunnyside and Woodside residents, held its annual Holiday Party at St. Teresa’s church on Thursday, December 8.

The group held a potluck dinner, a raffle and raised funds through a 50-50.

Don McCallian, the president of the association, gave a quick summation of some of the group’s activities during 2010, prior to the dinner and festivities. Some of those accomplishments included:

  • Staging the political debates leading up to the 2010 New York state and Congressional elections
  • Discussing monthly crime figures with members of Police Precinct 108.
  • Supporting the local food pantries and adopted a toys-for-children program
  • Recruiting Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Assembly woman Cathy Nolan and Community Board 2 chairman Joe Conley to speak to the group and field questions.
  • Supporting the movement for a plaque to be placed at the Celtic Park co-op that celebrated an Irish American Athletic club that existed on that site about 100 years ago.
  • Recruiting members of City Planning to discuss zoning proposals in Sunnyside and Woodside.

An award was given to Woodside resident Robert Burch who came to the aid of a 20-year-old woman who was mugged while walking on 40th Street (near 50th Ave) at about 6:30 am. Burch heard the woman’s screams and frightened off the perpetrator.

The party was catered by Frank’s Deli of Maspeth, with gifts donated by Dazies Restaurant, Flowers by Georgie, the Butcher Block, Lowery Liquors, Bliss Street Station, NY Style Eats, Sidetracks and Associated Supermarket.

These gifts were raffled off.

Don McCallian (wearing Jacket and tie), Robert Burch (blue vest and glasses)

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