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More about what you may have missed at the Going Green in Queens event:

Multi-talented Heidi Harrison Chain was there to tell us that she hosts a program on Queens Public Television called “All About Queens” Mondays at 9 p.m. on channels 34 and 56 and Tuesdays at noon on channels 56 and 84. It is a television interview show produced by Peter Ticali about Queens residents, students, businesses, agencies and services, all of which may be available and of interest to Queens residents. She has already covered a wide range of important topics and are welcoming suggestions for future shows that will benefit our Queens communities. If you have questions or suggestions, please contacts heidichain@yahoo.com or the production company, The Creative Impressions Group, at allaboutqueens@aol.com or actionteevee@aol.com

Friends of Travers Park, a branch of the Jackson Heights Beautification Corp., has worked with Queens Community House and other Jackson heights organizations, Parks and Recreation, and other government officials to clean and restore a troubled area to create this park. They invite you to visit.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy provided funding for a workshop by Queens College’s Peter Schmidt on the ecology of Meadow Lake.

New York state Public Service Commission, 1-888-ask-PSC1 or www.dps.state.ny.us, told us how to handle complaints about regulated utility service and gave energy tops and coloring books urging youngster to conserve energy and water.

State of New York Office of the Comptroller, www.yourmoneynewyork.com, was ably represented, making visitors happy by searching for their forgotten fortunes. What a special, welcome service this has been for a great many people.

EPL Environmental Advocates, www.eplvotersguide.org, advertises that it is “the only organization in the New York State Capital tracking the environmental votes of state legislators. Although you may appreciate the service they provide, contributions are not tax deductible.

The Sierra Club, founded 1892, fights climate change and advocates conservation and responsible use of earthy’s ecosystems and resources. For more information contact LindsayMoseley@sierraclub.org or 202-548-4584, or www.sierraclub.org/youth for updates on Building Bridges to the Outdoors — simple steps to connecting children with nature.

New York League of Conservation Voters, www.nylcv.org, advocates 20 steps to improve New York’s economy and environment. It also follows how City Council members vote.

EarthShareNewYork.org, 212-822-9567, is an umbrella for groups protecting earthly things and spaces worldwide. This group tells us they make funding easier by making our one contribution spread to multiple favorite environmental and conservation organizations together in workplace charitable giving campaigns.

Magic Exterminating Company, 718-961-9000 or 516-767-1700, www.magicexterminating.com, had expert advice about getting rid of unwanted pests and keeping them away. For the little folks, they provided crayons, coloring books with nice nature pictures and prizes for the best you ng artists.

The Prudential Insurance Company of America—Long Island Central Agency, jeanette.whitehead@prudential.com, 516-357-8700 ext. 7501, or fax 516-357-8891, provided data on how to properly assess your insurance needs - their costs, benefits and alternatives.

Find 10 wonderful tips from grassrootsfundgraising.org or 888-458-8588.

Now, I must confess, even though we have tried to give you as much contact information as possible since the Going Green event, limited space has prevented my telling you as much as we would have liked. The best thing to do is watch for the announcement of the date of next year’s event. The same things may be there with new and different additions, and there may be an entirely different group.

One thing we must tell you — we are grateful to Queen Parks and Recreation, especially the folks at Al Oerter Recreational Center, our sponsors and Fred Kress for all the hard work putting on this spectacular event every year

See you in 2011.

Updated 5:57 pm, October 10, 2011
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