2005-12-16 / Community

Clean Streets, Holiday Lighting And ‘Bravest And Finest’ Luncheon

Joanie OmesteJoanie Omeste The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, Inc. wishes you all the best for a peaceful happy holiday season. We are proud to have served the Rockaways this year and hope you are pleased with the many things the Rockaway Chamber has helped bring to you in 2005.

The Doe Fund – We hope you have seen the improvements with having the Doe Fund’s Ready Willing and Able Program clean the streets of Beach 116 Street. Of course, thanks go to Councilman Joe Addabbo, Jr. for continuing to fund the project. We are extremely proud to have helped institute this program in the Far Rockaway business district along Mott Avenue and Beach 20 Streets. This is thanks to our partnership with Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation and funding by Councilman James Sanders.

We hope you are happy with the holiday lighting you see all over the peninsula. We listened to business requests regarding having the light strands installed earlier and we hope you noticed they were actually up before Thanksgiving, giving the entire area a festive look for shoppers and storeowners. You will note that this year, we didn’t come knocking on anyone’s door for a contribution towards the lighting as we did last year. The Chamber was able to get this year’s holiday lighting through restructuring a State Grant.

The Annual Bravest & Finest Luncheon in April honoring the Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Department personnel serving the Rockaway Peninsula had more than 200 uniformed personnel in attendance, with a performance by Aerial Acoustics (Rockaway’s own Dorothy Wagner with Dennis Smith), and a visit from Dominic Chianese, Uncle Junior of the Sopranos.

We hope the event conveyed to our wonderful uniformed personnel the respect to which they are due and certainly deserve.

This year’s New York Kite Festival in August drew over 15,000 people and had many more elements than the previous year.

was on hand for giveaways; NBC did their morning show from the site; and music, contributed by Rockaway bands, played all day. Kite flyers attended from all over the country bringing their spectacular giant kites. We had a lot more colorful activities for the kiddies, and this is thanks to our sponsor Keyspan.

The Second Annual Halloween Parade drew over 150 children from the Rockaway Peninsula, led by the Beach Channel High School Marching Band.

A wonderful time was had by all.

We were completely overwhelmed by such a positive response and the way the parade grew from last year.

We doubled the amount of parade floats we had last year…okay it was from one to two….but it was double!

The pirate ship float created by Noni and Dean Signoretti and the Humpty Dumpty float created by Pete’s Painting really enhanced the uniqueness of the . Thanks go to our sponsors Ocean Grande Condominiums, the Beach Club and Brown’s Hardware.

The Chamber this year was closely involved in the selection of the Flight 587 Memorial. With this came the complete reconstruction of the parking on Beach 116 Street. Thirty percent more parking has been instituted; the concrete revetments that everyone had been complaining about for years are gone and beautiful new decorative light poles grace the area. We know that there have been issues with the muni-meters and signage, but all those issues are being addressed and should be resolved within the next week. And, finally…Tribute Park…it is even more beautiful than anyone could have imagined. People are using it and are quite happy with their experience at the park, whether it is paying respects, finding the name of a loved one or just enjoying the loveliness of the Park. The Chamber would also like to take this time to thank the entire Rockaway Community.

is only through the participation of our neighbors, our partners and our businesses who give generously of their time and their money, of their historical knowledge and their vision for the future, of their integrity and their humor that allows us to function on a daily basis. The Chamber cannot do what it does without our businesses and our neighbors, and for that we gratefully thank all of you and wish you all the best for a successful 2006.

If you would like to become a member of the Rockaway Chamber, the fee for small businesses is $150 per year which comes to $12.50 a month or $2.89 a week…hey $2.89 a week!

Please call (718) 634-1300.

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