Jamaica, N.Y. – Councilman Ruben Wills of the 28th District of Queens really knows how to throw a celebration. The goal was to honor and highlight community. The festivities began at noon on Sat. Aug. 24 at the Baisley Pond Park Extension with a Bike Blessing to commemorate the untimely passing of Sean Bell, who was unarmed and killed by policemen. Pastor Richard Hogan of Divine Deliverance Ministries prayed for the family, including Bell’s former fiancee, his father and all of the riders which included strong representation from N21S Motorcycle Club of Roosevelt, Long Island.
Passers-by could not miss it. The landmarks were six gigantic bouncy houses, one of which was literally an inflated mini-mountain for kids to try their little hands at rock climbing. There was three deejays, a cookout and several sponsorship/partnership groups present under tents like the NYC Parks Dept., Hope is Key, Forever Young, HealthPlus, the Gap, Furthering Fathering and the NYC Police Dept. Those in attendance received free books, clothes, popcorn and child identification kits – and much more. Ms. Guyana could also be seen walking and talking with the crowd in a yellow gown.
The Bell family was in attendance, including Mr. William Bell, the father of Sean Bell, spent some time with the NY Fatherhood Examiner discussing issue regarding our youth and how to reach them. He now heads up the Sean Elijah Bell Community Center on Sutphin Blvd, where more than 40 children were served in last year’s summer program. He said,” Children today are different than us coming up. The kids nowadays need someone to listen to them…and regarding the pants sagging on our young boys, young ladies can put a stop to that!”
Councilman Wills was very available and engaging. His presence was felt as he listened to and conversed with all comers. He even said this to the NY Fatherhood Examiner, “We really want to get the dads involved and create opportunities for them and their families…We need to start some programs to teach responsible co-parenting.” Amid all of the fun, food and festivities, Councilman Ruben Wills aggressively seeks to make a positive impact for the betterment of Queens with a rare political ingredient - integrity.