2007-05-24 / This Week In Canarsie

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Think the Canarsie Pier needs funds to get a facelift nowadays ? In 1971, $287,000 was allotted on behalf of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs to improve drainage systems, resurface the park area and add new concrete roadways to the pier. Other upgrades which had already been implemented included new benches and new lighting systems...

...And talk about active teens in Canarsie! Seniors at Canarsie High School came together and wrote to local politicians about budget cuts. Their letter writing campaign aimed to fight projected budget cuts, which would include laying off over 17,000 teachers and eliminating athletic programs. Letters were sent to the governor, the senate majority leader and the assembly speaker...

...Remember embroidered hot pants? Some youngsters in the community might not, but if you were living in Canarsie 36 years ago, you could get those hot pants at a shop called Put-On Fashions - located at East 91st Street and Avenue L! When their ad ran this week, they announced their grand opening and offered five percent off any purchase of $10 or more. This shop also performed alterations for free!...

...The saying goes "Don't Shoot The Messenger," but one incident left a local mailman lucky to be alive when he was robbed at gunpoint. While on his route near Glenwood Road and East 101 Street, the mailman, whose name was not published, was accosted by a man who took his cash and a sack of mail. According to police, the stolen mail had not been recovered but the incident brought attention to the need for added police presence in the community...

The hair styles...The clothes...If you get nostalgic thinking about the 70s - check out the photo below of the 69th Precinct Community Council members! We ran this fine pic of newly elected officials this week. From left to right: treasurer Veronica Crichton; secretary Ann LaRosa; deputy commissioner of Community Relations Theresa Melchionne; president of the council Beverlee Levy; and vice president Frank Fazio.

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