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City Rebuilding Topic For Talk at Civic Meeting

Westholme Civic Association to hold meeting Jan. 16.

The bay area north of Westholme in Long Beach. (Credit: Joe Kellard)
The bay area north of Westholme in Long Beach. (Credit: Joe Kellard)

John McNally, co-chair of the Long Beach committee of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program (CPR) is the featured speaker for the

Westholme Civic Association (WCA) meeting next week.

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CPR is a state program designed to provide rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities damaged by hurricanes Sandy, Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The state will use the local plan as a guide for disbursement of federal funds to storm-impacted communities, which are eligible for a maximum of $25 million.

“It is a resident-driven process whose goal is to make Long Beach more resilient to future storms while simultaneously increasing economic opportunities and protecting the city's most vulnerable areas,” reads an email from WCA announcing next Thursday’s meeting. “Over the next six months, the CRP committee will work with residents, the state, city and a team of expert consultants to develop a plan to this end.”

WCA formed late last year as an offshoot of the Westholme Movie Nights that residents Kerri Gustavson, Patrick Maguire and Amanda Tolmach staged last summer. WCA’s Facebook page states: “An organization formed to improve/maintain the quality of life for the residents of Long Beach between New York Ave and Magnolia/National.”

Other topics the civic association plans to discuss at the meeting: current agendas of the Long Beach City Council and recommendations of the Facilities Utilization Study Group of the Long Beach School District.

The meeting is scheduled for the Veterans of Foreign Wars post, 675 W. Park Ave., at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16.  


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