Rego Park cleanup for Middle Village scout
by Andrew Shilling
Aug 07, 2013 | 864 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When some of the top-ranked Boy Scouts left Troop 119 at St. Margaret’s Church in Middle Village four years ago, then 12-year-old Nicholas Wunsch had been with the group for just two years as a Webelo.

He saw it as an opportunity to take a leadership role with the group . Today, the sophomore at Regents High School is now 14 years old and just two badges away from reaching the rank of Eagle Scout.

Starting on Thursday, August 1, Wunsch and a group of community volunteers and Boy Scouts met to repaint 654 feet of fence surrounding Painters Playground at Dieterle Cicle and Alderton Street in Rego Park.

“The fence is just rusty and the paint has chipped off, and I’m surprised no one took a stance to do it yet,” Wunsch said. “The park has so much potential.”

In addition to painting the fence, the group will also clean up the weeds and plant flowers.

“I’m enlisting some old friends from grammar school,” Wunsch said, estimating around 15 kids and adults would be on the job.

Wunsch got permission from the Department of Parks and Recreation and raised around $350 in monetary funds, as well as supplies from the Glendale Kiwanis Club, Home Depot, Costco, BJ’s Wholesale and Trader Joe's in Westbury, as well as the Stop-and-Shop on Myrtle Avenue.

“People reach out to us on an ongoing basis, and when the scouts come to us we always respond to their Eagle project,” said Leonard Licata, president of the Glendale Kiwanis Club.

While also keeping with the Kiwanis spirit, Licata said these types of projects are crucial to growing the future leaders and giving back to the neighborhood.

“When we can give it to a scout or community service, we're helping out our future leaders,” he said.

Eagle Scout requirements include one major service project, an active leadership role for a span of six months, four non-required badges and three required badges.

Other donors included Mr. George Ries of the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, who sent in 10 cases of water for the cleanup workers, and Ann Marie Chirichigno of Century 21 in Glendale sent in a six-foot hero.

Harbor Pizzeria, Carlos’ Pizza and Andrew’s Pizza of Middle Village donated pizza to the volunteers, while P & C Bagels and Framboise Pastry provided breakfast.

Wunsch said his Eagle Scout project is dedicated to his brother, who has both autism and epilepsy.

“He is really the happiest guy you would ever meet and a joy to be around,” Wunsch said. “This is all really for him because it’s an opportunity that he never had.”

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