12/14/13

News from the Committee to Save Mt. Manresa

The Committee to Save Mt. Manresa hosted its 29th consecutive Saturday rally today at the entrance to the former Jesuit retreat at Fingerboard Road and Narrows Road North in Staten Island.

The Committee's goal is to see Mt. Manresa's rolling hills, old-growth trees, brick campus, chapel, and grotto be preserved as sorely-needed public parkland amid Staten Island's residential sprawl.

The Committee has reached out to everyone that may have something to offer -- elected officials, not-for-profits, celebrities -- and is actively seeking community input on how to take the fight to the next level, despite a rubber-stamp by a State Supreme Court Justice on a purchase-and-sale contract signed on the down-low by the Jesuit order and a local developer.

The Committee is sponsoring letter writing campaigns to local elected officials, the Staten Island Advance, the New York Times, the NY Post, and the Daily News, and urging supporters to speak out against the wanton destruction of this spiritual and environmental treasure.  Here's a sample letter from the Staten Island Advance.

The Committee is also Twitter-bombing His Holiness Pope Francis@Pontifex.

There is also a snail mail initiative, as follows:
His Holiness Pope Francis
Apostolic Palace, Vatican City

Upcoming events:
  • On Sunday, Dec 15, Labetti Post will host a Spaghetti Dinner to Save Mt. Manresa at 1PM, featuring Entertainer Frank James and Bill Turner and Blue Smoke. For more details about the event, visit the Committee's website. 
  • Instead of the usual Thursday meeting, there will be a Holiday Party to benefit the Committee on Thursday, Dec 19 at 8:30 PM at Liedy's Shore Inn at 748 Richmond Terrace in Staten Island.
  • At 5 PM on Friday, Dec 20, Friends of Mt. Manresa will host Hot Cocoa and Chat at the front gates of Mount Manresa, 239 Fingerboard Road. All are invited to join the Committee in getting the word out to Staten Island neighbors about Mount Manresa. 
Other news:

Mt. Manresa's sister Jesuit retreat, Inisfada, in Nassau County, has been demolished.

View Natalie Permakovia's photos of the Committee's Dec 8 rally here.

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