Paying attention to our teachers
- Subject: [cg] Paying attention to our teachers
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2003 19:20:00 EST
Mike Steffens is a NYC fireman/EMS, helps grow trees in Brooklyn.In case you thought they grew by themselves - nope, trees don't grow on trees in NYC, they need help from volunteers like Mike who helps run a volunteer nursery out next to the Floyd Bennett Field Community Garden and is a great friend of community gardens.
Well, trees don't grow on trees, and neither do people who give a damn about others and their community - they need good examples to follow. Mike writes about one grand gentleman who kept teaching until the end.
As Arthur Miller said, "Attention must be paid."
Clinton Community Garden
Subj: CYBERHARBOR: A sad passing for Greenpoint Mike Steffens
Date: 10/31/03 6:37:50 PM Eastern Standard Time
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Good Day all,
My Grandfather in Law, Bill Studioso AKA Willie the Barber passed away in his sleep today at his sons home in Alloway New Jersey at the age of 97 after a long fight against cancer.
Bill was a founding member of the Friends of India Street Pier in Greenpoint, Brooklyn back in the 1980s and fought tirelessly for nearly 20 years for community access to the waterfront, against transfer stations and a whole host of other community ill's. He was somewhat infamous for sitting in an elected officials office and not leaving until he had spoken his mind.
Despite moving to New Jersey he continued to write elected officials on behalf of his old neighborhood and never minded the various little kids who he helped teach the ABC's by letting them copy his letter of the day to the politicians.
He is survived by his 4 kids, 13 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren many of whom carry on his legacy of community based environmental activism throughout NYC, NJ and LI.
Be well all