Pastor Leslies Mullins, of the Community Church of the Nazarene in Far Rockaway, offers a prayer before the ceremony begins. Community leaders, politicians and residents got together at Mott and Central Avenues in Far Rockaway on Wednesday evening for the ninth annual holiday lighting ceremony.
Among those attending the event were Community Board 14's district manager Jonathan Gaska, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, and representatives for Assemblywoman Michele Titus, State Senator Malcolm Smith, Councilman James Sanders Jr. and the mayor's office.
Following the lighting, hot chocolate and donuts were given to all who attended courtesy of the local Dunkin' Donuts and its owner Andrew Langer.
|Children from RDRC's Beacon school program and the PAL gather to watch the lighting of the display, which has a Christmas tree, a menorah for Hanukkah and a Kinara for Kwanzaa. Among those joining local children for a photo are RDRC's Kevin Alexander, a representative for Assemblywoman Michele Titus, CB 14's Jonathan Gaska, Fred Simmons standing in for Senator Malcolm Smith, Y. Phillip Goldfeder of the mayor's office, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and from RDRC Valerie West and Linda Plummer. |