2006-03-31 / Community

Coalition for Far Rockaway Sets Goals For The New Year

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

Dr. Peter Nelson, the Executive Director at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, addresses health issues in the Rockaways. "The Rockaways is the fattest community in Queens," said Nelson. "That's why [Addabbo] started the "Lite'n Up Rockways" campaign with weigh-ins every Friday at the health center at 67-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Dr. Peter Nelson, the Executive Director at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, addresses health issues in the Rockaways. "The Rockaways is the fattest community in Queens," said Nelson. "That's why [Addabbo] started the "Lite'n Up Rockways" campaign with weigh-ins every Friday at the health center at 67-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. After being in limbo for nearly a

year, the Coalition for Far Rockaway (CFR) is rebounding with a new agenda

of goals that the organization believes

will better serve the Rockaway community. "We've been around about nine

years," said Harvey Gordon, the president

for CFR. and the executive director of the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula. "[The

overall goal] is to try make the community

a bit better." He continued by saying "The agenda

for the coalition is what we shape,

whatever we can bring up." At its first meeting on March 8, the coalition and its members centered on

healthcare in the Rockaways and the

peninsula's state of preparedness in

case of an emergency - two issues the

Kathy Rosenberg, a managed care specialist with the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula, speaks about the difficulties of the new Medicare Part D program. She suggested anyone who needs assistance with Medicare Part D should contact her agency at (718) 327-7755, ext. 17. Kathy Rosenberg, a managed care specialist with the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula, speaks about the difficulties of the new Medicare Part D program. She suggested anyone who needs assistance with Medicare Part D should contact her agency at (718) 327-7755, ext. 17. group will be revisiting at future meetings. Rabbi Robert Kaplan of the Jewish

Community Relations Council said the

coalition's agenda "reflects what Far

Rockaway is all about." He explained, "Health care has been

a focus of the coalition all along because

of the health partners out here." Kaplan said disasters such as the

tsunami in Asia in December 2004 and

Hurricane Katrina on the gulf coast

last year, has shown that "Rockaway is

just sitting here, but people have been working." In the past, CFR has worked to end

the cycle of poverty for young women in Far Rockaway with it Women's

Economic Empowerment project.

In 2004, The Wave reported on workshops CFR held on such topics as domestic violence (with Queens Legal Services Corporation), starting a small business and financial literacy. In August 2004, CFR's Women's Empowerment Committee hosted a Far Rockaway Benefits and Information Fair.

The coalition's president, Harvey Gordon of the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula, welcomes representatives of various agencies to the March 8 meeting. The coalition's president, Harvey Gordon of the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula, welcomes representatives of various agencies to the March 8 meeting. As a way to promote shopping in the Far Rockaway Business district, CFR also sponsors the annual holiday lighting ceremony in the area.

In addition to putting together a list of objectives for the future, CFR is now looking to increase its membership.

Some of the over 20 agencies that are currently part of the coalition are the Addabbo Family Health Center, Bayswater Civic Association, Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula, Far Rockaway and Inwood Ministerial Coalition, St. John' Episcopal Hospital and Peninsula Hospital Center.

Local elected officials have also lent their support to CFR.

The next meeting for the Coalition for Far Rockaway will be on April 26 at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center at 1288 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway. Contact Teresa Scott at (718) 327-7755 (ext. 13) if your organization wishes to attend.

Detective Willie Olmeda (center) of the 101 Precinct's community affairs unit and Community Affairs Officer Lou Brust (right) of the 100 Precinct explain how the NYPD is working with the Office of Emergency Management on disaster plans for the Rockaways. Also pictured is Rabbi Robert Kaplan of the Jewish Community Relations Council. Detective Willie Olmeda (center) of the 101 Precinct's community affairs unit and Community Affairs Officer Lou Brust (right) of the 100 Precinct explain how the NYPD is working with the Office of Emergency Management on disaster plans for the Rockaways. Also pictured is Rabbi Robert Kaplan of the Jewish Community Relations Council.

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