The fireworks display scheduled for August 1 as the highlight of National Night Out Against Crime was, as you know by now, postponed. The unpopular and difficult decision to postpone the fireworks display was not a unilateral one and was made only after very careful consideration, a sleepless Monday night and conversations with each and every National Night Out committee member. We also had numerous contacts and conversations with Fireworks by Grucci, the National Weather Service and with Quadrozzi Concrete, the company that generously picks up the substantial, annual cost of the tugboat and barge.
Several years ago during weather conditions somewhat similar to this year’s, the decision was made to go ahead with the display in spite of the weather. The cloud cover was less extensive than it was this past Tuesday night and the only thing the crowds were able to see was pretty clouds turning different colors.
The 100 Precint Community Council that works so hard to raise the money to pay for these fireworks, the community members who support the fund raisers, the businesses who generously take ads in the annual NNOAC journal and our residents deserve better than a view of brightly colored clouds while standing on the boardwalk shrouded in fog, mist and showers.
There is no question that fireworks are an expensive proposition. They do however, draw crowds to the business district as well as visitors and tourists who might not otherwise visit Rockaway. The fireworks are not only nostalgia, but an invitation to the future and because they are such an expensive attraction, the benefits from the display should be maximized. This would not have been the case on Tuesday night in view of the weather.
Please remember that the fireworks were not cancelled – but merely postponed. We will have them this summer. We will also make sure they are rescheduled for a time when advance notice can be given and/or included in another publicized, scheduled event.
Special thanks must be given to Messrs. Good at The Beach Club. They put much time, effort and financing into being the perfect hosts for our National Night Out and other events. The postponement of the fireworks was particularly disappointing for them and their Tuesday evening patrons. The Beach Club is truly deserving of the community’s business. Over and over it gives back to the community it serves.
***Note to the anonymous author of a letter to the editor written several weeks ago requesting we "baby boomers" step aside and let younger people take over. We "baby boomers" have always encouraged and welcomed others to join us. It’s not always easy being involved because "doers" must be prepared to accept criticism as well as credit and for some this prevents them from joining in. In view of our "baby boomer ages" and because we have worked hard over the years and have earned our rocking chairs, most of us would gladly turn things over to others. Please, give us your name and telephone number so that we may call on you. Our telephone numbers and names are a matter of public knowledge and are easily found. We await your call and those of any others wishing to help.
In the meantime, we are all disappointed but we thank you for your understanding. Keep a eye out for fireworks notices in the near future.