2003-08-15 / Community

Unity In Rockaway Community Celebrated

Contributing Editor
By Miriam Rosenberg
Unity In Rockaway Community Celebrated By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor


Both the 100 Precinct and the 101 Precinct worked hard to make the festival a success. Pictured, from left, PO Peter Rahaniotis (community affairs officer for the 100 Precinct), Inspector Lindahll (CO of the 101 Precinct), PO  Bobert Badani (crime prevention, 101 Precinct), PO Mike Valentine (community affairs, 101 Precinct), Detective Willie Ol­media (community affairs, 101 precinct) and PO Kenny Beecher (community affairs, 100 Precinct). All pictures by Miriam Rosenberg.Both the 100 Precinct and the 101 Precinct worked hard to make the festival a success. Pictured, from left, PO Peter Rahaniotis (community affairs officer for the 100 Precinct), Inspector Lindahll (CO of the 101 Precinct), PO Bobert Badani (crime prevention, 101 Precinct), PO Mike Valentine (community affairs, 101 Precinct), Detective Willie Ol­media (community affairs, 101 precinct) and PO Kenny Beecher (community affairs, 100 Precinct). All pictures by Miriam Rosenberg.

Gray skies and occasional rain didn’t stop Rockawayites from "Celebrating Unity in the Rockaway Community" last Saturday at the Second Annual Rockaway Multicultural Family Festival held at O’Donohue Park on Beach 17 Street. The main sponsors of the event were PRYSE (Project for Rockaway Youth in Safety and Education), The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Healthy Center Inc., Weed and Seed, and the New York Police Department.

The celebration was combined with the National Night Out activities that the 101st Precinct had canceled earlier in the week due to bad weather. Throughout the day, services as fingerprinting children and crime prevention tips were made available by the NYPD to those came to Donohue Park.

The Festival brought the citizens of the Rockaway Peninsula together to celebrate each other’s culture through music, dance, games and information about vital programs that are available for all of those living in the Rockaway.


Stan’s Pepper-Steppers double-dutch routines.Stan’s Pepper-Steppers double-dutch routines.Weed and Seed’s coordinator, PO Mary Cranic Bacheler with State Senator Malcolm Smith.Weed and Seed’s coordinator, PO Mary Cranic Bacheler with State Senator Malcolm Smith.

Cynthia Molyneux (center), the director of the summer program at the Community Church of the Nazarene, poses with two of the youths who performed at the festival, Felicia Reid (left) and Ann Harper.Cynthia Molyneux (center), the director of the summer program at the Community Church of the Nazarene, poses with two of the youths who performed at the festival, Felicia Reid (left) and Ann Harper.

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