'Frank Skala Way' unveiled in Bayside
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Dozens of people gathered as 40th Avenue and Bell Boulevard on Saturday to help co-named the intersection in memory of the late Frank Skala.

“Frank Skala Way” is just down the street from where the longtime community activists and volunteer lived for more than seven decades. The ceremony took place on what would have been his 81st birthday.

“Frank Skala was a fiercely dedicated community activist and civic leader,” said Councilman Paul Vallone. “When it came to fighting for his community, you knew that he had to have it his way, the Frank Skala Way.”

Skala, a retired teacher, founded the East Bayside Homeowners Association and created an alumni association for Bayside High School.

He also co-founded the Friends of Bayside High School and was a former member of Community Board 11. He organized the Bell Boulevard Restoration coalition and was a member of the Coast Guard Restoration Advisory Board at Fort Totten.

Just months before his passing in 2015 at the age of 78, he was awarded the State Senate’s Liberty Medal, one of New York’s highest civilian honors.

"My father would be so excited about this,” said Bonnie Skala. “To honor my father here today is really to honor the decades of volunteer work he did for his beloved hometown."

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