Pleasant Plains, Prince's Bay, Richmond Valley Civic Association to switch meeting site to CYO/MIV Center Published: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 10:31 AM
Mark D. Stein
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - PLEASANT PLAINS - An active South Shore civic group held its monthly meeting Monday night, with 35 members of the Pleasant Plains, Prince's Bay, Richmond Valley Civic Association filling a portion of St. Mark's United Methodist Church. The meeting place in Pleasant Plains was one of the main discussion points, and
CYO/MIV Community Center at Mount Loretto (Staten Island Advance File Photo)
members voted to switch locations to the CYO/MIV Center at Mount Loretto, in the same neighborhood. Janine Materna, president of the group, proposed the change, citing more room, better seating and audio equipment. She said it was time the group began growing; she's hoping that each monthly meeting should have more people than the one before. For large gatherings, she said, the site would serve the civic group better than St. Mark's, which charged the association $500 a year to use the site. The group, which boasts 185 members, will make the move in September. Ms. Materna reported that the group has collected over 1,000 signatures opposing the methadone clinic operated at Staten Island University Hospital, Prince's Bay. She said the group is in the process of setting up a meeting with Anthony Ferreri, the hospital's chief executive officer (CEO), Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) and other politicians representing the South Shore of Staten Island. In addition, five speakers discussed small business on Staten Island.
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