Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Council Member Ulrich Joins Civic Group to Beautify Traffic Triangle

Sal Bacarella, Sal Simonetti, Charles Jensen, CM Eric Ulrich, Garden Works employees, Carol Ann Provisiero, Madeline Castellano, Maria Provisiero, Elizabeth Madafferi, Paul O'Neil, and Pauline Simonetti gather for a group photo after completing the project.
Council Member Eric A. Ulrich (R-Queens) joined members of the Our Neighbors Civic Association of Ozone Park on Saturday morning to clean up and beautify Ruoff Triangle at Rockaway Boulevard, 101st Avenue and 87th Street. The project, funded by the civic association, included clearing the area of overgrown brush and planting new trees, flowers and shrubs. The area has now been transformed into an inviting area for local residents and passersby to relax on the benches and get some shade. Instrumental in carrying the effort out were Sal Simonetti, civic president, Sal Bacarella of Garden Works landscaping of Astoria and CM Ulrich, who served as civic president before his election to the City Council.

Ulrich said, “It’s great to see residents and civic members taking it upon themselves to improve their neighborhood. This triangle has gone from being run-down and overgrown to a beautiful area that goes a long way towards making the intersection much more welcoming for pedestrians.

Simonetti said, “Our civic group had some money to use on a project, and this seemed like a great way to do something everyone in the community could enjoy. It’s nice to do something that will help spruce up the area and provide a nice place to relax.”