Star Of Queens

By Queens Courier Staff |

Marc Haken
Retired teacher and member of Community Board 8

JOB: Marc Haken is a retired teacher of JHS 109 in Queens Village. He has been a member of Community Board 8 (CB 8) for approximately 20 years, leaving for a temporary stint at Councilman Weprin's office.

RESIDENCE: He is a resident of Holliswood.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Haken has one child and three grandchildren. He is an extremely active member in his community, serving as the President of Hilltop Village Coop #4 for 28 years and the President of Friends of Cunningham Park, a non-profit organization on a mission to maintain Cunningham Park in pristine condition.

CAREER GOALS: To address the needs of Holliswood and CB 8.

PROUDEST MEMORY: Haken persuaded CB 8 to allow the Mets to build a stadium for their farm team at St. John's University. It resulted in the Mets donating $25,000 to the Little League and various contributions by St. John's University.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Providing services and activities for youth.

FONDEST MEMORY: Haken said that his work at Cunningham Park - including a butterfly garden, planting a Japanese Cherry tree grove, and implementation of a bat house - to populate the park with bats to eat mosquitoes instead of spraying hazardous chemicals - provides him with his favorite memories.

BIGGEST GRIPE: That young people are not more involved in their communities. All he sees is &#8220gray hairs” at Community Board meetings. Another gripe of Haken's is public library funding. He feels that the government should give enough funds, for the library to remain open 6 or 7 days a week.

INSPIRATION: His dad, who always admonished, &#8220You can't always take, you have to give as well.” Haken says his community activism is his way of giving back.