2005-09-16 / Columnists


By Joanie Omeste, Executive Director, Rockaway Chamber of Commerce

Joanie OmesteJoanie Omeste Less than a week away to the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce Dinner Dance. On Thursday, September 22nd at 6:00pm at Russo’s on the Bay, come celebrate with the Chamber and all of your neighbors as we honor outstanding members of the community. Dr. Kathleen Cashin will receive the “Leadership in Education Award,” Oraline Davis will be honored with the “Leadership in Business Award,” Ralph Tragale of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is receiving the “Helping Hands Award,” Luis Hernandez will be accepting the “Lifetime Community Commitment Award” on behalf of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and our “Businesses of the Year” are Sal Araimo, Diane Liello and Gerri Stansky of Strands Unisex Salon and Daisy Johnson of Miss D’s Playgroup. It’s an exciting lineup and we have some fun surprises in store.

Many thanks to Keyspan for sponsoring the Cocktail Hour, Trainor & Seplow for sponsoring the Awards and Madelaine Chocolate Novelties for the delicious treats.

Some tickets are still available by calling the Chamber office at (718) 634-1300. We look forward to seeing you there!

Kudos to the Rockaway East Merchants Association. The Beach 20th Street Fair held on Saturday, September 10th was a huge success. Hosted by REMA and organized by the inexhaustible LaVida Jervis of Bridal Creations and RDRC, it was an amazing and fun day. Highlighted by a fashion show, music, arts and crafts and incredible weather made the entire day delightful. Congratulations to REMA on making a difference.

If you were lucky you got a glimpse of Lynden Miller and Nadia Murphy co-designers of the Tribute Park garden design who were on hand to oversee the installation of the plantings which visibly add such beautiful life to the park. As you may know Lynden Miller, Speaker Gifford Miller’s mother is the award winning garden designer who designed public gardens at the New York Botanical Gardens and Battery Park City.

Councilman James Sanders recently announced his funding of The Doe Fund for the Mott Avenue and Beach 20 Street business district. Many thanks go to him for bringing this much needed service to the Far Rockaway area.

It is over a year ago now that Councilman Addabbo introduced the Chamber to the Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing and Able program to clean the streets of the Beach 116th Street business district. Judging by the success of the program we know Far Rockaway will be pleased.

The Doe Fund program not only changes the streets from littered to clean but also changes the behavioral pattern of both store owners and patrons to the area.

People take more pride in a cleaner area and all the store owners have begun relationships with the Doe Fund employees who are eagerly welcomed as part of the community. Many thanks to Councilman Sanders!

The New York Kite Festival was a blast this year. Great kite flying weather on both days contributed to the attendance of over 10,000 people. The Kite Flyers were featured on Good Day New York and NBC’s Weekend Today featuring weatherman Joe Murano reporting the weather from the Festival and learning some kite flying himself. Z-100 was also on hand to play music and hand out giveaways. Music for both days was very generously donated by Ariel Acoustics, The Sixth Boro Band, The Solid State Band and Linda & Patrick. Again, many, many thanks to our sponsors for without them, no Kite Festival… ..Keyspan, The Port Authority of NY & NJ, Arverne by the Sea, Gateway National Recreation Area and Councilman Joe Addabbo.

The Queens Business Solutions Center is a satellite office of the New York City Department of Small Business Services and provides free, quick and reliable information on a range of critical business issued. SBS can help with acquiring a business loan and making arrangements for the loan, navigating government and regulations cutting down on “red tape”, finding insurance, assistance with special programs and resources that can help you do business with the City, business incentive programs and getting emergency assistance plus hiring and training, they can help you get pre-screened qualified job candidates to meet you needs.

They have a dedicated team of professionals ready to work with you at no cost, you can reach them by calling Marcello Rios, New York City Business Solutions center, Queens, (718) 557-5796 or emailing mrios@ grantassociatesinc.com, you can also find out further information at the SBS website www.nyc.gov/smallbiz.

Congratulations to FDNY’s Battalion 47 who celebrate their 100th Anniversary this week!

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