2011-12-16 / Community

Holiday Lights Brighten Downtown Far Rockaway

By Miriam Rosenberg


Children from Raising Hope Day Care perform “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” before the lights are lit. Children from Raising Hope Day Care perform “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” before the lights are lit. Downtown Far Rockaway was lit up with holiday spirit Monday evening when RDRC hosted this year’s tree lighting ceremony. ‘The Lights of Hope,’ as they are being called, includes decorations for the Christmas and Hanukkah seasons at the triangle at Central and Cornaga Avenues. This year’s event was sponsored by HealthPlus, National Grid, Madelaine Chocolates, Dunkin’ Donuts, RDRC and RocaHealth.



The children from Raising Hope Day Care get a hardy round of applause after their performance. The children from Raising Hope Day Care get a hardy round of applause after their performance.

State Assemblymembers Phillip Goldfelder and Michele Titus light the holiday display. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg State Assemblymembers Phillip Goldfelder and Michele Titus light the holiday display. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg

A couple of area youngsters get an up-close view of this year’s Christmas tree. A couple of area youngsters get an up-close view of this year’s Christmas tree.

It was Dunkin’ Donuts and hot chocolate for everyone following the lighting. It was Dunkin’ Donuts and hot chocolate for everyone following the lighting.

Traffic passes by the just lit Christmas tree in downtown Far Rockaway. Traffic passes by the just lit Christmas tree in downtown Far Rockaway.

Pastor Dennis Loncke (left), from Arverne by the Bay, offers a prayer to open the ceremony. Also pictured is RDRC’s CEO Kevin Alexander. Pastor Dennis Loncke (left), from Arverne by the Bay, offers a prayer to open the ceremony. Also pictured is RDRC’s CEO Kevin Alexander.

A menorah stands tall to celebrate Hanukkah as a Christmas tree’s lights shine in the background. A menorah stands tall to celebrate Hanukkah as a Christmas tree’s lights shine in the background.

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