Over the years, the Town of Hempstead has worked with engineering firms, construction companies and public works organizations to help keep pedestrians and motorists safe along 1,200 miles of town roadways. Today, however, Supervisor Don Clavin and Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby worked in partnership with 7-year-old Isabella Marroquin of Uniondale, who wrote a heartfelt letter to the town requesting a “Children at Play” sign on her home street of Greengrove Avenue to help keep her family, friends and neighbors safe. Supervisor Clavin and Senior Councilwoman Goosby – joined by Town Clerk Kate Murray and Receiver Jeanine Driscoll – unveiled two new signs, and presented the young woman with a replica, featuring the same cartoon cat stickers Isabella included in her letter to the town.
“The Town of Hempstead salutes the efforts of Isabella Marroquin for being our eyes in the community and bringing a public safety hazard to our attention,” stated Supervisor Clavin. “These ‘Children at Play’ signs will serve as a reminder to passing motorists to reduce their speed and drive carefully for the safety of neighbors on Greengrove Avenue and the surrounding community.”
“Supervisor Clavin and I are proud to join with Isabella Marroquin, an amazing young woman who spearheaded this project to enhance public safety in her community,” added Senior Councilwoman Goosby. “Isabella’s caring spirit is proof that you’re never too young to change the world!”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Isabella and her family and friends have spent a great deal of time at home. Isabella noticed that cars often speed by on the narrow street that is home to many residential houses, the Maryhaven Center of Hope Recovery House, Saint Martha Roman Catholic Church, Hartnett Funeral Home and around the corner from a school.
Thanks to Isabella, two signs will be installed on Greengrove Avenue – one on the east side just north of Jerusalem Avenue and the other on the west side at the south curb line of Hempstead Boulevard.
“Thanks to Isabella, Greengrove Avenue is now a safer place for people who live, work and play in the neighborhood,” concluded Supervisor Clavin. “We are confident that Town of Hempstead neighbors will be forever grateful for Isabella’s leadership in helping to keep her community safe.”