2011-04-29 / Letters

Giving Thanks To Gaffney

Dear Editor,

As I grew up in the Rockaways, in Far Rockaway and especially Arverne in the early 1960s, it was the summer capital on par with Coney Island. The beaches from Atlantic Beach Bridge to Riis Park were filled daily.

It was a place that was culturally diversified with all walks of life. Through the years of the 1980s and 1990s, the waterfront community declined due to lack of funding, training, affordable housing, jobs and lack of recreational programs.

What happened is that it suffered eventually with repetition of crime within the youth in community. There grew a flower in the garden of darkness. His name was Jeremiah C. Gaffney, who owned a funeral service in Inwood.

I founded a program called the Jazzy Rockers in 1979, a pro-am basketball program which mixed high school students along with college and semi-pro basketball players who competed in some of the high publicized basketball tournaments in the city. The members of the Love, Peace and Unity must maintainaBaverageandhaveasolid attendance record for their four years in school.

Gaffney has given the Jazzy Rockers, now formally known as Love, Peace and Unity, the funding because he believed in the cause. He believed in making a difference to the youth and continued to fulfill a commitment to making a difference.

All of the players that have put on a Jazzy Rocker jersey, or are currently wearing a Love, Peace and Unity uniform, male or female, want to give continued thanks to Jeremiah C. Gaffney for his support.

CEO – Love,
Peace and Unity Movement

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