2004-05-21 / Community

Annual CURC Walk/Run A Community Success

Contributing Editor
By Miriam Rosenberg

Annual CURC Walk/Run A Community Success


Walkers linked their arms in unity as they began the walk from Carlton Manor on Beach 73rd Street to Bayswater Park on Bay 32nd Street.Walkers linked their arms in unity as they began the walk from Carlton Manor on Beach 73rd Street to Bayswater Park on Bay 32nd Street.

By Miriam Rosenberg

Contributing Editor

Clear blue skies and warm weather made conditions perfect for the many participants in The Collaboration for Unity in the Rockaway Community’s (CURC) 1st Annual Rockaway Fun Walk/Run for Community Unity and Health Awareness on May 15.

"We’re showing them the positive side of Rockaway today. We are a good, strong community," said Fern Zagor, Chief Administrator for Community and Mental Health Services at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center in Far Rockaway and the Project Manager for PRYSE.


Jesse Velez (from RDRC and Chairman of CUBE – Community United for Better Education) made the walk a family outing. He brought his children – Priscilla, Mateo, Josiah, Jessica and Esther to the event.Jesse Velez (from RDRC and Chairman of CUBE – Community United for Better Education) made the walk a family outing. He brought his children – Priscilla, Mateo, Josiah, Jessica and Esther to the event.

As his son Julian sat on top of his shoulders, Curtis Archer (the Executive Director of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corp.) talked to the crowd before the walk began.

"For too many years there have been two Rockaways," said Archer. "One Rockaway, unified. That is what we are going to work towards. Not just with this walk, but with everything."

City Councilman James Sanders, Jr. told the walkers "We have to do more of this. Summer is the best time in the Rockaways."

Beach Channel High School’s band led the walkers from Carlton Manor on Beach 73rd Street, down Beach Channel Drive to Bayswater Park on Bay 32nd Street. At the park, health and informational tables were set up by organizations such as Addabbo Family Health Center, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, the AIDS Center of Queens County and the Queens Borough Library.


Officer Michael Valentino joins walkers such as Valerie West (RDRC) and Glenda Nesmith (101st Precinct Community Council President) before the walk begins at 73rd Street.Officer Michael Valentino joins walkers such as Valerie West (RDRC) and Glenda Nesmith (101st Precinct Community Council President) before the walk begins at 73rd Street.

There were also peewee races for the children and the Beach Channel Steppers performed.

CURC is an umbrella group that has many Rockaway organizations under it to better serve and unify the community.


Curtis Archer, Executive Director of RDRC, told everyone that it was time to unify Rockaway – not just with the walk but everything. His son Julian hitches a ride on daddy’s shoulders.Curtis Archer, Executive Director of RDRC, told everyone that it was time to unify Rockaway – not just with the walk but everything. His son Julian hitches a ride on daddy’s shoulders.City Councilman James Sanders, Jr. came out to support the walkers.City Councilman James Sanders, Jr. came out to support the walkers.

Fern Zagor, from Addabbo and project manager for PRYSE, said that through the walk participants were showing community pride.Fern Zagor, from Addabbo and project manager for PRYSE, said that through the walk participants were showing community pride.Leading the walkers was the Beach Channel High School Band.Leading the walkers was the Beach Channel High School Band.

Brothers Honver, Nicholas and Cornelius Wong display their medals from the peewee races. With them is their mother Michele.Brothers Honver, Nicholas and Cornelius Wong display their medals from the peewee races. With them is their mother Michele.The Beach Channel Steppers provided some of the day’s entertainment at Bayswater Park.The Beach Channel Steppers provided some of the day’s entertainment at Bayswater Park.

Officers Kenny Beecher  (front) and Peter Rahaniotis (back) made sure that the walkers had a clear path as they made their way to Bayswater Park.Officers Kenny Beecher (front) and Peter Rahaniotis (back) made sure that the walkers had a clear path as they made their way to Bayswater Park.

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