Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways
The Daily Plant : Thursday, December 5, 2002
CONGRATULATIONS NOVEMBER EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH
On Monday, December 2, 2002, the following individuals were awarded Employees of the Month for November. More awardees will be listed in a few days.
Roy Tellason is the Commissioner's Employee of the Month for November.
Roy began his first tour with Parks on January 2, 1996 and stayed until April 30, 1999. After a brief hiatus, he returned on July 27, 2001. Roy works as a City Park Worker at the Zoo Garage. Roy is responsible for the Commissioner's vehicles and transportation. He attends hundreds of events with the Commissioner, ensuring that they get to their destinations safely and on time. During those duties, this year Roy spotted a man in Central Park who had collapsed. His quick calling in of this incident helped save the man's life. Roy is also the driver evaluator for administration, helping to ensure we drive safely and reviewing the rules for operating Parks vehicles. Calm and level headed, Roy is a terrific asset to the Arsenal and the Commissioner's staff.
Julio Aquino is Bronx's Employee of the Month for November.
Julio is a CPW and has been with Parks since November 4, 1985. Julio takes care of playgrounds in District 7 which includes Rose Hill Park, Poe Park, and PS 8 Playground. He cleans the playgrounds, removes waste, and keeps the sites graffiti free. His efforts have helped District 7 achieve a cleanliness rating of 94%, above our citywide average. Julio also goes out of his way to make sure the equipment, fences, benches, sidewalks, and signs are in good shape. With Julio down by the schoolyard, things get done. He was nominated by SPMO Felix Valentine.
Carlos Couso Jr. is Brooklyn's Employee of the Month for October.
Carlos is an APSW and has been with Parks since May 6, 1985. Carlos worked this summer as a seasonal SPMO Pool Supervisor. He helped oversee the busy crowds at Commodore Barry Pool and kept everyone cool during one of those hottest and driest summers on record. Now that autumn has arrived, Carlos supervises a WEP crew that removes graffiti and performs other projects boro-wide. Be-Cous-O his hard work, Carlos was nominated by PRM Arthur Decesario.
Jeremy M. Kemp is Brooklyn's Employee of the Month for November.
Jeremy is a CPW who started with Parks last year on June 7, 2001. Working with Greenstreets, Jeremy helps maintain 56 Greenstreets in District 1 and 31 sites in District 5. These districts have among the most Greenstreet sites citywide. Checking on dozens of sites each day, Jeremy performed weeding, watering, cleaning and planting. He helped keep the sites healthy, clean and attractive despite this year's drought. A just keen new employee, Jeremy was nominated by Gardener Kathleen Rosa.
Marilyn Dutes is the Capital Projects Employee of the Month for November.
Marilyn works as a Brooklyn Construction Resident, and she has been with Parks since December 22, 1997. She is just completing the oversight of the $1.5 million dollar renovation of the Marine Park Playground. This complex project included an innovative design of sea animals, coral, and a nautical boating scene. Her other construction projects include Penn Street Triangle, Bergen Beach Ballfields, Ashford Playground, and McKibbin Park. For skilled and capable performance of her duties, Marilyn was nominated by Assistant Commissioner Nancy Barthold.
THIRTEEN YEARS AGO IN THE PLANT
(Thursday, December 14, 1989)
"STAR OF HOPE" SHINES IN MADISON SQUARE
"The Star of Hope" shines again in Madison Square Park in Manhattan, after a re-lighting ceremony yesterday afternoon at sun-down. The large, five-point star, which marks the location of the nation’s first public Christmas tree, has 22 bulbs and sits atop a 30-foot cast iron decorative pole in the center of the park at 25th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues.
Congressman Bill Green joined Manhattan Parks Commissioner Patrick Pomposello and pre-schoolers from the Single Parent Resource Center and the Prince George Hotel in Manhattan for the re-lighting of the star.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
"You must not lose faith in humanity.
Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty,
the ocean does not become dirty."
(1869 - 1948)