By Rennie C. Weber
"If every neighborhood had a group as articulate, organized
and loyal as the Turtle Bay Association, the city would be better
off," Henry Stern, Commissioner of NYC Parks, said at the annual
Turtle Bay Volunteer Party given on Saturday afternoon, January
9, at the Metropolitan Cafe on First Avenue.
What is it that makes so many bright, capable people volunteer to
serve on committees for Turtle Bay? We decided to find out by questioning
a few party attendees.
Lily Morris is a very active member of TBA's Environment Committee.
Whenever a group sets out to do things that beautify the neighborhood,
Lily is there. "After all,"she said, "whatever affects
it, affects us."
Leah Gadlow is a member of the Newsletter Committee. Her articles
on historical happenings in Turtle Bay have added color and depth
to the publication. She tells us she joined TBA because she f eels
the neighborhood does a lot for her and she wants to do something
Morris Tarragano, a long- time Turtle Bay resident and member of
TBA's Special Events Committee, has seen many changes taking place
in the area. Why is Morris such a committed volunteer? "I'm
involved with so many things going on in the city," Morris
told us. "It's only natural that I be active with my neighborhood
Ruth Lieberman is a new volunteer who helps out in the office. She
said she became interested in TBA when she learned how the organization
was working to block Donald Trump's 90-story tower. "This is
a wonderful neighborhood. I want it to stay that way."
Millie Margiotta, a TBA vice president, joined the association in
1980. There's scarcely anything going on at TBA that Millie doesn't
have a hand in. Why such commitment, we asked her. "I love
this neighborhood. And I have a strong desire to right any wrongs."
Terri Heveran, who serves on the Newsletter Committee, perhaps summed
it up best with her comment:"When I moved back into the city,
I expected it to be, you know, like a city, but living in Turtle
Bay, I get a real sense of community and belonging to a great neighborhood.
It's worth the effort."
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