2010-12-10 / Community

Little North Pole Lighting Warms Up A Cold Night

By Miriam Rosenberg

On a cold December Saturday night last week hundreds came out to Beach 144 Street and Neponsit Avenue to see the lighting of the Little North Pole and greet the holiday season. The annual event, at the home of Mariza and Joseph Mure Jr., benefits the Juvenile Diabetics Research Foundation and the Diabetes Treatment Centers in New York City. Last year $195,000 was raised during the month-long display.
Tony Sirico and John Ventimiglia of “The Sopranos” joins Joe Mure Jr., center, as the house is lit up for the holidays. Tony Sirico and John Ventimiglia of “The Sopranos” joins Joe Mure Jr., center, as the house is lit up for the holidays.
The Mure’s children, Christine and Michael (who was diagnosed with diabetes in 2004), were part of the ceremony.  The Mure’s children, Christine and Michael (who was diagnosed with diabetes in 2004), were part of the ceremony.
A dream come true for a child – a hug from Santa. A dream come true for a child – a hug from Santa.
Joe Mure smiles with delight as a young boy carries away his present from Santa. Joe Mure smiles with delight as a young boy carries away his present from Santa.
American Idol contestant and diabetic Kevin Covais performs. American Idol contestant and diabetic Kevin Covais performs.
The men of the FDNY’s Company 121, who made sure Santa and Mrs. Claus made it to the Little North Pole safely, pose with the guests of honor. The men of the FDNY’s Company 121, who made sure Santa and Mrs. Claus made it to the Little North Pole safely, pose with the guests of honor.
At this time of year, it’s all about the children. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg At this time of year, it’s all about the children. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg
The Louise Benes Dance Company wows the crowd. Among others performing were the Ellen Connelly Dancers, DJ Mugsy Mugs, and Joe Causi from WCBS-FM. The Louise Benes Dance Company wows the crowd. Among others performing were the Ellen Connelly Dancers, DJ Mugsy Mugs, and Joe Causi from WCBS-FM.
Dora The Explorer cards, a new teddy bear and a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Can it get any better? Dora The Explorer cards, a new teddy bear and a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Can it get any better?
Wooden soldiers and a menorah outside the Mure’s front door celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah. Wooden soldiers and a menorah outside the Mure’s front door celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah.
After the gifts, came the photos. After the gifts, came the photos.
Peter, 4, and his mom came dressed for the occasion. Peter, 4, and his mom came dressed for the occasion.
Emcee, 103.5-FM’s Goumba Johnny (left) and Joe Mure welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to Beach 144 Street. Emcee, 103.5-FM’s Goumba Johnny (left) and Joe Mure welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to Beach 144 Street.
The Mure home is awash with lights just seconds after its lighting. The Mure home is awash with lights just seconds after its lighting.
The smile from this little girl says it all. The smile from this little girl says it all.

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