2011-07-29 / Community

No NNOAC Fireworks This Year

By Nicholas Briano

Rides for children are among the several things to do during NNOAC. Rides for children are among the several things to do during NNOAC. It’s a Rockaway tradition that has grown over the years. Both children and adults have come to look forward, every August during National Night Out Against Crime (NNOAC), to the spectacular fireworks display off the Rockaway beaches.

Last year’s fireworks were cancelled due to bad weather and this year, unfortunately, the fireworks display has been cancelled again but for other reasons. According to 100 Precinct Community Council President Danny Ruscillo, whose council organizes the NNOAC events, the display is about be priced out.

“In the past years the bill from the Finance Department of the FDNY has been waived due to the council being a police community non-profit organization,” Ruscillo said. “The city has now determined they will no longer waive this expense.”

As a result, that expense has made it impossible for the council to afford the fireworks display. The fee for an FDNY inspector can vary based on several factors that make determining the cost too unpredictable to guarantee the council can afford it.

“This additional expense varies for the inspector from the FDNY, based on the time and the number of inspections made that day at the site,” he continued. “Every year a Fire Chief Inspector is onsite for the day having total authority regarding the fireworks, from delivery, set-up, until the end of the display.”

This year’s NNOAC is set to take place on August 2, along Beach 108 Street from Rockaway Beach Boulevard to Shore Front Parkway. The festivities start at 4 p.m. and last through 10 p.m. The council received a refund from last year’s cancelled fireworks show and is using the money to provide an expanded list of rides, games and activities for children.

NNOAC will feature a live performance from Rockaway natives Alive-NKickin from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. On hand for the festivities will be various law enforcement agencies, National Park Service, rides, karate shows, Stan’s Pepper Steppers, the NYPD K-9 unit, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, face painters, caricature portraitists, give-a-ways, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, entertainment, DJ Teddy, and many informative organizations.

The 100 Precinct will also hand out their annual Cop of the Year award and raffle off two bicycles for children.

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