2010-07-16 / Community

Beach 131 Street Hosts A Fourth Of July Parade

The beach block of Beach 131 Street, known as “the Block,” held their 20th Annual Fourth of July Rag-Tag Parade. The parade started on Newport Avenue and Beach 131 Street. After the reading of the names of all the neighbors who perished on 9/11/01 and 11/12/01, everyone marched to the beach wall. The strains of great American marching music were provided by Vincent Murphy, the parade coordinator.

The marchers were greeted by a cheering throng at “Old Glory Plaza.” Chairman Hank Iori greeted everyone as “Pete the Flag” raised the flag. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jillian Schneider. Updates on the happenings on the block were reported. A population explosion in the Rockaways was duly noted, led by Billy Egan’s family adding two new grandchildren, Jane Johnson and Tess Riches. A total of six grandchildren are now part of the 5th generation to live in the Rockaways over the last 90 years.

This year Walter Roberts and his family were honored. Roberts passed away last April and is missed by neighbors, friends and family. He is credited with being inspirational in the way he dealt with his illness over the last few years. He was a WWII veteran, served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, was a board member at Peninsula Hospital; he raised funds for Catholic charities, and he was active in the Rockaway Music And Arts Council. Those who knew him say Roberts was interested in improving the quality of life in the Rockaways and always made you feel a part of his extended family.

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