2006-12-01 / Community

Light 'The Little North Pole' On December 2

In what has quickly become a Rockaway holiday tradition, the "Little North Pole" will once again turn on its myriad of lights at the home of Joseph and Maritza Mure in Neponsit next Saturday, December 2, to the enjoyment of thousands of boys and girls of all ages.

The switch that turns on thousands of lights and dozens of animated figures at 144-03 Neponsit Avenue will be hit for the tenth straight year at 6 p.m. sharp, according to Mure, who practices law as a defense counsel in Brooklyn.

"It took 16 guys to put the reindeer on my roof," Mure told reporters last year. "My whole house is covered with lights and I don't even know how much it costs me in electricity each year. But, it's worth every penny if I can help ease the pain of kids who suffer with this awful disease." Once again, the opening night festivities will include food and drink from The Beach Club, The County Tyrone Pipe Band, The Rockaway Theatre Company with traditional Christmas Carols and a surprise guest. The annual event has evolved from a quiet opening that was attended by approximately 200 people to a "holiday block party" that draws in excess of 1,000 people and closes the block to traffic for hours. Once again, Santa is expected to drop in on the festivities.

There will be special appearances by Tony Sirico, aka Paulie Walnuts of "The Sopranos," emcee Goumba Johnny from WKTU 103.5 FM and guest of honor, Santa Claus. Donations will also be accepted for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Diabetes Treatment Center at Peninsula Hospital. Mure says that he hopes to raise in excess of $10,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, an organization that he serves as president. In case of rain on Saturday, the lighting ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 3.

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