2001-09-22 / Front Page

Attack Brings Cancellations, Changes to Peninsula Events

Attack Brings Cancellations, Changes to Peninsula Events

By Howard Schwach

The terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in Manhattan has forced many of the individuals and groups on the peninsula to rethink things that they had been planning.

A number of events that had been planned for the weeks following September 11 have been cancelled altogether or modified to fit the mood and needs of the nation.

The major change is in the date of the primary election for both citywide offices and for the city council.

The election, which began on September 11 and then was cancelled, will be held on September 25, from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Those who voted on the original primary day will have to go to the polls once again. All of the original votes were nullified by the cancellation.

Since candidates in the citywide elections need forty percent of the vote to become a party candidate, a runoff election may be necessary. That election will be held on Thursday, October 11. The general election is still scheduled for Tuesday, November 6.

A number of local events have been cancelled:

The Fall Festival scheduled for September 22 and 23 at Riis Park, sponsored by the Rockaway Music and Art’s Council, has been cancelled.

While the organization intended to move ahead with the festival, it was cancelled on Thursday due to an edict from the Mayor and the Police Commissioner canceling all street fairs and festivals.

The informational meeting scheduled to allow the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and Keyspan Energy to address the community on the issue of the construction of a new facility at the old LILCO plant has been cancelled.

"We felt that this was not the time to hold such a meeting, with so many in Rockaway having been touched by the World Trade Center disaster," a LIPA spokesperson told The Wave. "We send our prayers and condolences to those who have been hurt by the attack. We will reschedule the meeting for a later date."

No date has yet been set for the meeting.

The Bloomberg campaign has cancelled the candidate’s appearance at the Beach Club on the evening of September 24. The cancellation was part of all of the candidate’s decision not to campaign in the wake of the World Trade Center Attack.

Also cancelled was the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Blanche II Day Care Center that was scheduled for Friday, September 21. No new date has yet been set.

In addition, the Rita Daly Run, scheduled for September 29 at 11 a.m. has been cancelled.

There are some events that will go on, but that have been changed in focus in wake of the attack.

The McCabe Run, held in honor of the memory of Francis M. McCabe, is run in Forest Park each year on September 30. While the money from the run is usually donated to a charity, this year all of the proceeds will go to the Broad Channel Volunteers towards the purchase of a new ambulance. The Volies lost their ambulance under the rubble that once was the World Trade Center. The four volunteers who manned the ambulance survived with relatively minor injuries and with memories that will not go away.

On the evening of Sunday, September 23, there will be a "Rockaway Reaching Out" candlelight vigil at Fort Tilden at 7 p.m. Those who attend are asked by the sponsors to bring candles and flowers.

The event is sponsored jointly by the RMAC, Gateway National Recreation Area, the Rockaway Artist’s Alliance, the Rockaway Theater Group and the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce.

On that same evening, at 7 p.m., the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department and the Broad Channel Athletic Club will hold a vigil of their own at Memorial Field on Cross Bay Boulevard in memory of those who were lost at the World Trade Center.

A third Rockaway candlelight vigil will be held at 6:30 on Sunday at Ladder Company 134 (The Big House) on Central Avenue between Mott Avenue and Foam Plane in Far Rockaway. The vigil is being sponsored by the Reverend Leslie Mullings of the Community Church of the Nazarene, Bishop Rubin Mitchell of the Jesus Family Ministries, Frederick Lewis II and the Inwood Ministerial Coalition.

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