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Concerned Citizens of Plainview-Old Bethpage Reflect on 2011

The Concerned Citizens were very active in 2011 on behalf of the community.

The organization was very humbled to see eight years of planning come to fruition with the ground-breaking Ceremony in May for the Plainview 9-11 Memorial Garden and World Trade Center Artifact.

Shortly after, in July, the organization held a very well-attended dedication with their partners the Town of Oyster Bay who constructed the Memorial Park.  The ceremony was befitting the honor that the Port Authority of NY and NJ bestowed on the Plainview-Old Bethpage community in selecting the Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community as a recipient of a piece of steel from the fallen World Trade Center. The Plainview Fire Department, representatives from the 2nd and 8th precincts, the water district, school board members, local, county and state representatives were there to share in this special day which was sponsored by the Concerned Citizens.

Carol Meschkow, President of the Concerned Citizens, Town Supervisor-John Venditto, American Legion Post 1812, Boy Scout Troop 170 and POB graduate vocalist-Kaitlyn Sheehan honored the memories of those lost in the tragedy of the day with a very touching ceremony.

The organization was very pleased with the community’s embrace that was demonstrated further at their first annual Candlelight Vigil in September at the Memorial Garden in recognition of the 10th anniversary of this devastating event.  The vigil concluded with a Candlelighting Ceremony after a tributary program including Meschkow, Venditto, Rabbi Jay Weinstein, Boy Scouts Troop 170, Cub Scouts Troop 423, and local vocalist Sherri Starr. A poignant moment of the evening was offered by Jane Pollicino in memory of her loving husband, Steven.  In addition, words from water commissioner Andy Bader, Legislator Judy Jacobs, and other residents touched by the events of 9-11 were offered.  This event was attended by all of those aforementioned organizations and elected leaders who were also there for the dedication.

With traditional spikes in crime during the holiday season, the organization’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor Watch held two Community Safety Forums to packed audiences at the library in their continuing efforts to partner with the 2nd and 8th Precincts. At both events, the commanding officers of the precincts and representatives of the NCPD-POP Units offered insights, updates and tips. At the latest event, the precincts distributed two police sketches that have been posted on the organization’s website. In addition, to further round out the program, LIPA’s local district manager and water district commissioner Bader offered many seasonal tips and ongoing program information.

Meschkow continues her role as a founding member of the New York Vapor Intrusion Alliance, as well remains active in many regional, state, county and local matters concerning protection of the aquifer, natural resources and quality of life issues. To learn more about the organization please visit them on the web at www.con­cerned­citizenspob.org.

The Concerned Citizens thanks the community for its support of the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Watch Program and appreciates their relationship with local elected officials, first responders and community groups.