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The Daily Plant : Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Parks Honors Its Employees Of The Month : Part Two

Jaime Dahlke is Management’s Employee of the Month for May.

Jaime is the Assistant Director of Policy & Analysis for the Parks Opportunity Program (POP) and has been with Parks since May 3, 2004. Jaime joined Parks as a POP Employment Services Analyst after graduating from Syracuse University with a Master’s in Public Administration. Within 18 months Jaime was promoted to her current position where she works to create, maintain and analyze tracking systems as well as other aspects of the POP program. She also works alongside the job development, counseling and training divisions bringing new ideas and opportunities. She recently worked around the clock preparing Parks’ response to a report by Community Voice Heard about POP. For her hard work and dedication, Jaime was nominated by Director of Education and Policy Annika Holder, Chief of POP Jill Weber and Deputy Commissioner Robert Garafola.

Deborah Zingale is the Public Programs Employee of the Month for April.

Deb is the Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner for Public Programs and has been with Parks since March 15, 1993. She began her career at St. John’s Recreation Center as a Receptionist before being promoted to Assistant to the Chief of Brooklyn Recreation. She also served as Borough Mobile Unit Coordinator and Afterschool Coordinator. Since joining the Public Programs office in 2002, Deb has undertaken the task of program performance reporting for Recreation, PEP, Rangers and Partnerships. She serves as the division’s liaison working with sponsors, partners and other City agencies. She also serves as correspondence liaison, where she exemplifies outstanding customer service through her writing and direct contact with constituents. Patient and compassionate, Deb was nominated by Deputy Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey.

Joseph Sanchez is the Public Programs Employee of the Month for May.

Joe is a Catalyst Coordinator at Highbridge Recreation Center and has been with Parks since April 19, 2004. Joe came to Partnerships from the Police Athletic League in the Bronx, where he ran Afterschool and early intervention programs for at-risk youth. Since joining the Partnerships team, he has worked with communities on both sides of the Highbridge to launch a cross-borough campaign to support efforts to restore the Highbridge. In the Bronx, Joe worked closely with Samaritan Village and other local organizations to establish the "Take Care of Highbridge Health Fair." In Manhattan, Joe has led over 400 children from six local schools on trail and bike hikes along the Park. He has also worked with the Department of Environmental Protection on a water safety program. Joe is currently working with community leaders on a campaign called "Bridging the Gap." This campaign will include summer youth street teams, a youth poster contest, and other community events. For his dedication to this important initiative, Joe was nominated by Catalyst Program Director Tamara Greenfield, Director of Partnerships Jason Schwartz and Deputy Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey.

Submitted by Kenya Lewis


On Sunday, June 11, Forest Park staffers and volunteers from the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference lent their expertise to tackle some of the "heartier" trail maintenance projects in the Park.

The volunteers were led by Joe Gindoff, the NY/NJ Metro Trail Crew Supervisor, who guided them in making improvements to the entrance of the Blue Trail. Volunteers unearthed hidden stairs, dug trenches and strategically placed boulders to slow down the erosion and block off foot traffic. Other projects included maintenance of the rustic fence that cradles the trail.

The New York/New Jersey Trail Conference is a nonprofit organization established in 1920 for the building, maintenance and preservation of hiking trails. The Metro Trails Crew is comprised of conference members who volunteer for trail maintenance projects in the five boroughs.

The Trail Conference has partnered with The Forest Park Trust, Inc. for the last two years. They have assisted in establishing a Trail Maintainers Crew, making improvements to the trail design and published the trail in the New York Walk Book. This year, the Council will help the Trust in recruiting volunteers for these special Crew Days.

Submitted by Josephine Scalia


"If at first you don’t succeed, find out if the loser gets anything."

Bill Lyon

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