2010-12-17 / Community

Mott Avenue Tree Lighting Adds Joy To Season

By Miriam Rosenberg

At right: Reverend Leslie Mullins, right, of Far Rockaway’s Church of the Naza-rene, offered an opening prayer. Also pictured are, left to right, Eric Matza of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, and Valerie West and Kevin Alexander of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation. At right: Reverend Leslie Mullins, right, of Far Rockaway’s Church of the Naza-rene, offered an opening prayer. Also pictured are, left to right, Eric Matza of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, and Valerie West and Kevin Alexander of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation. The holiday season was ushered into downtown Far Rockaway with the annual lighting of holiday lights on Mott and Central Avenues last week. Councilman James Sanders Jr. hit the switch to light the Christmas tree and Menorah shortly after sundown last Thursday evening. The event was hosted by the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation. Helping to sponsor it were Community Board 14, Andrew Langer at Century 21, Madelaine Novelties, Capital One Bank, the Deerfield Civic Association, and the Young Israel of Bayswater.
RDRC staffers handed out coffee and doughnuts courtesy of the local Dunkin’ Donuts. RDRC staffers handed out coffee and doughnuts courtesy of the local Dunkin’ Donuts.
Red bows and multi-colored lights adorn this year’s Christmas tree. Red bows and multi-colored lights adorn this year’s Christmas tree.
Welcome to the Rockaways. Christmas and Hanukkah light up the business district in Far Rockaway. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Welcome to the Rockaways. Christmas and Hanukkah light up the business district in Far Rockaway. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg
A menorah, just a few feet away from the welcome sign, celebrates Hanukkah. A menorah, just a few feet away from the welcome sign, celebrates Hanukkah.
A cold night called for a cup of coffee for Councilman James Sanders’ chief of staff, Donovan Richards, and an unidentified young lady. Also pictured are Sanders, who flipped the ‘lights on’ switch for the display, and Clarence Josey. A cold night called for a cup of coffee for Councilman James Sanders’ chief of staff, Donovan Richards, and an unidentified young lady. Also pictured are Sanders, who flipped the ‘lights on’ switch for the display, and Clarence Josey.
Alexander and Captain Michael Liperti, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, visit after the festivities end. Alexander and Captain Michael Liperti, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, visit after the festivities end.
Businessman Alan Post and RDRC’s Rachel Ford were among those who attended the event. Businessman Alan Post and RDRC’s Rachel Ford were among those who attended the event.

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