|The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation honored local businesspeople, community figures and RDRC employees at its 19th annual dinner dance Wednesday at Russo’s On The Bay. Wave Sports Editor Elio Velez (center), who was among the distinguished honorees, took home a “Joseph W. Stehn Community Service Award” for his consistently vibrant coverage of local sports. Photo from l to r: Fred Simmons (representing Senator Malcolm Smith), RDRC President Linda Plummer, Velez, Wave Managing Editor Howard Schwach and RDRC Executive Director Curtis Archer.Belle Solomon of Belle Solomon Realty (center) stand with business associate, Dr. Mitchell Kurk (left) and presenter George Glatter, Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department of Small Business Services. Solomon was honored with a “Rockaway Means Business Award.”William Martin of Verizon accepts his “Rockaway Means Business Award.” Imogene Lewis and John Hennessey of North Fork Bank hold their “Rockaway Means Business Awards.” From l to r: Fred Simmons (representing Senator Malcolm Smith), RDRC Executive Director Curtis Archer, RDRC President Linda Plummer, Lewis, Hennessey and Chamber of Commerce President John Lepore.Pauline Anderson receives a board member citation from RDRC president Linda Plummer.Captain Walter Salowski, Commanding Officer of the 101 Precinct, took home a special recognition award. Salowski said he is proud of the relationship between the police and community.New York Assemblyperson Michelle Titus holds her special recognition award. From l to r: Fred Simmons (representing Senator Malcolm Smith), RDRC President Linda Plummer, Titus and RDRC Executive Director Curtis Archer.Renee McWilliams (center) was crowned RDRC employee of the year. From l to r: Fred Simmons (representing Senator Malcolm Smith), RDRC President Linda Plummer, McWilliams, RDRC Executive Director Curtis Archer and RDRC Deputy Executive Director Victoria Gordon. Queens Borough President Helen Marshall congratulates the honorees.Gary Anthony Ramsay, the dapper Master of Ceremonies, jokes about being mistaken for a valet because of his tuxedo. “I’m keeping the Lexus,” he exclaimed while showing off the keys. Ramsay is an anchor/reporter for New York 1 News.Felicia Johnson accepts her board member citation.
City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. (right) with Curtis Archer, RDRC executive director.Detective Olmeda, 101 Precinct Community Affairs (center) chats with Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and Captain Selover, 101 Precinct (seated).City Councilman James Sanders Jr. pledged $100,000 to RDRC to help them purchase their own office building in Far Rockaway.Deerfield Area Association members accept their “Joseph W. Stehn Community Service Award.” From l to r: RDRC President Linda Plummer, Community Board President Jonathan Gaska, Deerfield Assn. president Barbara Smith and Deerfield members Estella Jackson, Eulene Workman and Icilma and Clement Southwell.