Powers Park will come alive today with a combo platter of things to do. A giant flea market hosted by the Missing Link Street Ministry has already begun as I write. Rev. Willie Bacote, who does a wonderful job for the city's underprivileged youth, has been holding the markets at Powers for years. The flea markets offer a diverse selection of items to the public at reasonable prices. Last year, I purchased a beautiful patio umbrella that sells in stores for $40 and up, for under $20. There's all kind of great bargains, which during these tough economic times every family is looking for.
The North Lansingburgh Neighborhood Watch group will also host a children's safety program at the park, beginning at 1 p.m. Led by Jim Gordon, Len Kluz, Darlene Simpson, and former Troy police officer Chris Lambersten, this group has been accomplishing great things within the 'Burgh community since it's debut in 2007. The group will be collaborating with the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Dept., Troy PD, Troy Fire Dept, Whitney Young Health Center,and the City of Troy to provide bike safety helmets, photo Id's, and fingerprinting for children, along with other informational services which benefit our community's youth and families.
Jim Gordon and the group have put a great deal of time and effort into presenting this program and deserve kudo's for bringing this wonderful event to the community.
So come on up to Powers Park, located at 111 St. & 2nd Ave. for both the flea market and the children's safety program.