|Community Affairs Unit officers, an environmentalist and a local business owner. From left to right: PO Pete Rahaniotis, Fred Simmons representing Senator Malcolm Smith, Barbara Toborg of the American Littoral Society, Harold Graham of Dragon’s Den Florist, City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr., Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, PO Kenneth Beecher and Congressman Anthony Weiner. Proceeds from the event will benefit Fireworks 2005.From left to right, the men in charge: 100 Pct. Commanding Officer Captain Paul Piekarski, 101 Pct. Commanding Officer Captain Walter Salowski, and Deputy Inspector Charles Talamo, Commanding Officer of the 107 Pct., formerly of the 100 Pct.
PO Pete Rahaniotis, Captain Paul Piekarski, PO Kenneth Beecher, Deputy Inspector Charles Talamo, past 100 Pct. Community Council President Jerry Rashkis and NYPD Sergeant Pete Mastrocovi, formerly of the 100 Pct.
Rabbi Melvyn May of West End Temple gives the invocation.
PO Kenneth Beecher holds up a container of his favorite peanut snack — chocolate Goldberg’s candy, a gift from the Community Council. Beecher, who said he is likely to retire this spring, assured his family that “Daddy’s coming home.”
Arverne By the Sea’s Gerard Romski chats with Jamaica Bay Guardian and American Littoral Society Chapter Director Don Riepe.
City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. with U.S. Army Private Sean McCabe, who recently returned from Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Liz Sulik, Peninsula Hospital Center External Communications Director and Chamber of Commerce President John Lepore, together again.
Community Council President and event planner Jate Doremus worked hard greeting guests at the door and also as the master of ceremonies.
Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and Congressman Anthony Weiner admire City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr.’s neckwear. Not from the Prada collection, from the Dada collection: the tie has pictures of his infant daughter Alexis Jules printed on it.
Arverne Action Association President and part-time photog Barbara Hillary flashes a smile.
Environmentalist and Broad Channel resident Barbara Toborg said she was proud to live “in a small town in the big city.”
Harold Graham, proprietor of Dragon’s Den Florist, talked seriously about the improvement of the Beach 116 Street shopping area and provided a lighter moment when he told the crowd he was “honored to be honored by such honorable people.”
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joanie Omeste, West End Realty’s Barbara J. Morris and Dennis Morris.