2005-07-22 / Community


By Joanie Omeste, Executive Director, Rockaway Chamber of Commerce

Joanie OmesteJoanie Omeste The Rockaway Chamber Annual Dinner Dance is scheduled for Thursday, September 22 at 6:00pm at Russo’s on the Bay.

We are very excited about our group of honorees this year.

Dr. Kathleen Cashin of the Board of Education will be receiving the “Leadership in Education Award”; Oraline Davis of Citibank will receive the “Leadership in Business Award”; Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will be receiving the “Helping Hands Award”; St. John’s Episcopal Health Center South Shore will receive the “Lifetime Community Commitment Award”; and “Merchants of the Year” will be awarded to Daisy Johnson of Miss D’s Playgroup and Salvatore Araimo of Strands Unisex Salon.

Invitations will be mailed out shortly, and we look forward to seeing all of you at another wonderful Chamber event.

The five finalists chosen to come up with a proposal for the Flight 587 Memorial on Beach 116 Street were announced last Thursday.

They are Freddy Rodriguez born in Santiago, Dominican Republic and a resident of Flushing; Krzysztof Wodiczko & Julian Bonder of New York City; The Lipsky Group, Donald Lipsky, Sag Harbor, NY; Barbara Grygutis, Tucson, AZ; and Linda Covit of Canada. Their PAST work will be on exhibit at the Beach Club on August 3rd 4th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Then on August 30th and August 31st the actual proposals for the memorial submitted by the artists will be on display at the offices of the Department of Cultural Affairs, 330 West 42nd Street, 11th Floor.

Bus transportation will be arranged to and from Rockaway for people who wish to view the display. You can read all about the progress of the Flight 587 Memorial by going to www. nyc.gov, in the search box enter ‘Flight 587’ which will bring you to all information regarding this project.

One of the processes of beginning a business improvement district is sending out surveys to the property owners and business owners of the area to assess which issues are of most importance to the proposed district.

The surveys have been returned and a report was created from the information.

Lack of Parking, Panhandling and loitering were overwhelming as 72-74 percent of respondents cited these issues as the major problems of the neighborhood.

Among services needed were sidewalk and street sweeping, nighttime security/foot patrol and holiday decorations all in the higher 60%’s. I know you’re probably thinking that everyone knows this already….but having the documentation is extremely helpful in getting the city to assist us with the needs of this community. Survey results are available by calling the Chamber office (718) 634-1300 or e-mailing your request to rockawaychamber@aol.com.

Please put the words “survey results” in the subject line.

Grateful thanks go to BID Steering Committee member, Chun Tom of Rockaway Perfumes, for all his hard work in preparing the survey.

Chamber board member, Barbara Morris will be hosting the 10th Annual Sand Castle contest on Beach 116 Street on Sunday July 31 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Every year families, beachgoers and contestants are delighted by creating and viewing sandcastles and other sand works-of-art of all shapes and sizes. Trophies and other fun prizes will be given to all participants.

Attention to all restaurants in the Rockaway Community.

The Queens Economic Development Corporation is inviting our community to participate in the Discover Queens Restaurant Week scheduled for September 19th through September 23, 2005. Restaurants have to offer a three-course dinner for $19.64 in celebration of the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Some restaurants might consider two three-course dinners for $19.64. The price does not include tax or gratuity. The participating restaurants will be listed in three full-page special feature ads on August 1, 8 and 15 in all 16 editions of Times Ledger Newspapers and free to all participants.

A participation form needs to be filled out by the restaurant so that the correct information appears in the full page ad listing.

The forms are available through the Chamber office.

This is a great opportunity to promote your restaurant and get involved an a city-wide promotion. Please call the Chamber office for more information or if you have any questions.

And finally….don’t forget to mark your calendars for the New York Kite Festival at Jacob Riis Park Bay 9 on August 20 and 21 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Kite flying, musical entertainment, plus the kids kite making tent which lets children of all ages design, create then fly their own kites will guarantee fun for the entire family!

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