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Volume XXVII, Number 5720
Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012

Parks Salutes Its Employees Of The Month (Part II)

Richard Costello is the Public Programs Employee of the Month for August.
Richard is a Playground Associate who started his career with Parks in 2002. His current job responsibilities include Borough Sports Coordination and Summer Camp Coordination on Staten Island.
Richie is a jack-of-all trades as well as a master of many. He does everything from enroll new members to recruit participants for sports programs to administering citywide camp training. Most recently, Richie has been actively involved in streamlining efforts to obtain Summer Camp permits from DOH. This included navigating all steps in the process to secure a permit for our newest camp at Greenbelt Recreation Center and ensuring that the camp was ready for DOH inspections.
In 2010, after the collapse of Cromwell Recreation Center, Richie rose to the challenge to ensure the continuation of the extensive basketball and sports programming that were housed at the facility. Through the establishment of strong community partnerships, Richie was able to continue sports programming at five other sites in the borough without a break in service.
Richie’s compassion, sense of humor and “can-do” attitude make him a true asset to the division. A prime example of his dedication occurred during the blizzard of 2011 when Richie walked seven miles from his home to the Greenbelt Recreation Center to provide a much anticipated “Snow Day” for youth and teens, filled with fun outdoor snow activities. This is only one example of the flexibility and commitment to Parks that Richie shows day in and day out.
For his hard work, Richie was nominated by Staten Island Chief of Recreation Mary Cali and Chief of Programming and Strategic Management for Recreation Emily Chase with the support of Assistant Commissioner Annika Holder.

Andrea Street is the Commissioner’s Employee of the Month for August.
Andrea is an Urban Park Ranger PEP Officer and has been with Parks since 2008. She was selected as a seasonal step-up Sergeant in 2011 and 2012. In addition, Sgt. Street is part of our Harbor Unit at Hudson River Park and is a US Coast Guard licensed Captain.
On August 24, Sgt. Street was on patrol at Hudson River Park when she received a call from the Vessel Operations Manager of the Hornblower Cruise Line that a female appeared to be intoxicated sitting propped up against the security gate at Pier 40. Sgt. Street quickly responded to the location and within minutes of her arrival, the woman began to convulse. Using her medical training experience, Sgt. Street laid the woman down to check her vitals. After another minute, the woman stopped breathing and Sgt. Street could not detect a pulse. She took out her CPR mask and began rescue breathing and minutes later, after several more breaths and chest compressions, the woman began to breathe on her own. Sgt. Street then connected the woman to a portable oxygen tank until FDNY got to the scene. Sgt. Street’s quick and decisive action, not to mention her cool demeanor under pressure, saved a woman’s life, and for that, she is being awarded Employee of the Month.
Beyond Parks, she is a senior member of the US Air Force Auxiliary where she serves as a Deputy Commander of Cadets. She is a licensed pilot, a NY State Certified EMT, and a certified Rescue Diver. She will be receiving her BS in Nursing next December and her hobbies include flying, scuba diving, coaching women’s rugby, and mixed martial arts where she holds a blue belt.
For her extraordinary efforts and life saving heroics, Sgt. Street was nominated by Inspector Robert Reeves and First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh.

Call to Artists and Artisans!
Show Your Talents at Parks & Recreation’s 30th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition

Celebrate the holiday season with the Parks Department by crafting an original, handmade wreath to exhibit at Central Park’s historic Arsenal Gallery. This juried exhibition features artistic versions of the traditional holiday form in all varieties of material and subjects. To submit your wreath for consideration, please send a proposal according to the guidelines below. Entrants will be notified no later than November 12 about wreath selections. Send your entry soon!

Submission Deadline:
Thursday, November 1, 2012 or ASAP

Wreaths exhibited in past Arsenal Gallery shows will not be considered. Wreaths will be hung from gallery molding, not mounted on the wall, so please incorporate loops (above the midpoint of your wreath) in your design. Wreaths must be engineered so that they hang properly against the wall.

To apply please submit by US mail or email:
• Sketch or photograph of your design.
• SASE if you would like your materials returned.
• Brief written description, including exact dimensions and media/materials.
• Name, address, phone number and e-mail address.

Attn: Arsenal Gallery
City of New York/Parks & Recreation
Arsenal, Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, Rm. 20
New York, NY 10065
(212) 360-8163

Artists Notified:
Friday, November 9, 2012
Drop-off Date:
Friday, December 7, 2012 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibition Dates:
December 13, 2012 – January 10, 2013
Opening Reception:
Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Pick-Up Date:
Friday, January 11, 2013


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