In preparation for the 2010 U.S. Census, representatives talk to residents about the importance of taking part in the census. In the previous census, the east end of Rockaway was one of the most undercounted areas in Queens. The NYPD held its annual Rockaway Resource Day at O'Donohue Park on August 21. Tables for the Queens Borough Public Library, Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation and various local, city and state agencies lined the promenade to hand out information. There was free food provided by the NYPD, a demonstration by Miracle Boxing Street; and fashion and talent shows.
The event, which was to run until 7 p.m., was essentially over by 5 p.m. according to one vendor because of the strong winds and dark clouds that developed late in the afternoon.
|A member of the FDNY speaks to some youngsters about fire safety. Lowe's employees help children build items, such as birdhouses. A bounce house was a popular destination for many of the PAL campers who attended, including the Rockaway Beacon Summer Day Camp. Rockaway favorites, Double Dutch World Champions Stan's Pepper Steppers, show off some trick moves during a demonstration. Tables from local, city and state agencies lined the promenade from Beach 16 Street on down during the event. Shawn Slevin, left, of the Swim Strong Foundation, explains the dangers of ocean swimming. For more information go to www.theswimstrongfoundation- .org/. Peninsula Hospital provided free screenings during the afternoon. Many residents stopped to inquire about jobs with the E.M.T - Paramedics Unit of the FDNY. |