Health Safety Fair

April 6, 2008 at 9:11 pm 2 comments

I’ve condensed and done a bit of editing to the press release that crossed my screen. If you saw the original, you might just thank me, though poor writing shouldn’t take away from what is an otherwise welcome event in our neighborhood.


Sponsored by the 112th precinct community council and the Rego Park Lions Club, and offering many important services for you, your property, and your family.

April 13, MacDonald Park 11:00 A.M. to 2 P.M. There will be entertainment (including a DJ). In the event of rain, the event will be at the Forest Hills Jewish Center at 106-06 Queens Blvd.


Weather permitting, the 112th precinct will VIN-etch your car for free at the event. No appointment necessary. All vehicles carry a federally assigned number known as a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), an ID number that ties a car to its owner. Having the VIN marked permanently on a vehicle’s windows steers thieves away. The precinct council had purchased the equipment to etch the numbers into the glass and process the cars. It is nearly invisible, so it will not affect your car’s appearance. Drive over to the Queens Blvd. side of MacDonald Park for this service.

The NYPD is working with the NY State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Operation Safe Child will be used with the state AMBER Alert program to give parents additional tools to keep their children safe. On April 13th, the NYPD will take a high-resolution photograph of your child and digital fingerprints to produce a Safe Child ID card. According to the Division of Criminal Justice Services’ website, the cards contain a child’s name, biographical information (date of birth, gender, height, weight, hair color, eye color, etc.), and a fingerprint image of both index fingers. The card takes less than two minutes to make and its size fits a wallet or pocketbook. In addition, parents can choose to store the fingerprints, basic biographical information, and photographs of their children in the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) database. The information is only available to law enforcement officials in the event that the child is reported as missing. The database is not available for any other purpose, and no one else will have access to the information


There will be free health tests provided by Parkway Hospital and Forest Hills Hospital and the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

The Rego Park Lions Club will be collecting used eyeglasses to help people who cannot afford them.

Forest Hills Rego Park CERT
Our Forest Hills Rego Park Community Emergency Response Team will be at the event and you can volunteer to become a member and receive free training from the NYC Office of Emergency Management. The role of the CERT is expanding. Our CERT has been asked to volunteer to help with the April Papal visit to New York. In addition, our team has been active in educating the community about emergency preparedness. We have been asked to work with FEMA and we have helped our neighbors in Astoria during the blackout.

Other Organizations
Many other organizations and government agencies will be at the health safety fair to provide important information for our residents. Social Security, Medicare, FDNY, and HPD are some of the agencies that are participating at the event.


Entry filed under: Forest Hills.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anonymous  |  April 7, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Again, poor writing, good events. Just another “Chain” letter!

  • 2. karbeth  |  April 7, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Very clever!


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