Community leaders mingle at FH State of the Civic
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Feb 05, 2019 | 3715 views | 0 0 comments | 148 148 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The annual State of the Forest Hills Civic Community event brought together several local groups working to improve the community.

Hosted by Edwin Wong of the Forest Hills Asian Association, the groups spent last Wednesday night at the West Side Tennis Club networking and sharing news and updates on their organizations.

“I know that the Forest Hills Asian Association has worked with most of these groups, and the purpose of the event is to learn about what each organization does and hopefully team up to work on issues,” Wong said. “We’re really happy because people have come to this event over the last couple of years and they get inspired and host their own version of it within different communities and organizations. It’s a really great thing.”

Groups participating included the 112th Precinct Community Council, Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce, Forest Hills Civic Association, LIJ Forest Hills Hospital, Musica Reginae, Forest Hills Kiwanis, and the CB6 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce President Leslie Brown shared new ideas to improve the local business community.

“We want to create an ultimate guide to Forest Hills this year,” Brown said. “The guide would feature different options for shopping, restaurants, arts, culture, history and so on.”

Roland Meier of the West Side Tennis Club said he hopes to one day have the Memorial Day Parade on Metropolitan Avenue end at Forest Hills Stadium, where they will host a family event.

Meier, who described Forest Hills Stadium and the club as “once an island,” thanked concert promoters Madison House Presents for transforming the space into a community asset.

112th Precinct Community Council President Heidi Chain announced that the next meeting, which will be held at Dee’s Restaurant on February 20 at 7:30 p.m., will be focused on fire safety after a woman died in a recent Rego Park apartment fire.

Meanwhile, members of CB6 CERT and the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps encouraged residents to volunteer their services.

Officers from the 112th Precinct were also on hand to explain the roles of Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs). Several NCOs were at the event to meet with community members.

LIJ Forest Hills Hospital CEO Susan Browning updated the community on the new world-class physicians who were brought to the hospital.

“If you take a look at this hospital it looks to be a relatively small structure, but you don’t realize this incredible wealth of services available in this community,” Browning said.

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