100th Precinct Holds NNOAC Event On 108th Street
On Tuesday, August 6th, the 100th Precinct Community Council and Transit District 23 sponsored the NNOAC event on the west end of the peninsula with the help of the Department of Parks and Recreation. DJ Eddy Pastore played fun tunes such as the “Electric Slide” and other hits as families enjoyed activities such as face painting, caricature portraits, taking pictures with characters such as Tigger and Winnie-the-Pooh and a chicken toss game. Free popcorn, cotton candy, ices and goodies such as glow-in-the-dark rings and necklaces were also given away to young visitors.
Martial arts groups like World Champions Karate Center, Rock Jitsu and a Tai Chi group from Kingsborough Community College and members of the Pepper Steppers World Champion Double Dutch team put on demonstrations for viewers.
100th Precinct community Council President Danny Ruscillo noted that many of the entertainers that were on hand had volunteered this year as opposed to getting paid as the council and Rockaway are still recovering after Hurricane Sandy.
“All of those that usually get paid came out for free.”
The caricature artist had come from Manhattan to volunteer his time. Many of the other volunteers included locals.
“When times are bad, people come out around the Rockaways to help,” Ruscillo said.
Along with families, officials such as Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Veronica White, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, Assembly District Leader and City Council Candidate Lew Simon and Queens Borough President Candidate Melinda Katz were also in attendance.
Police Officer Michael Cohen, of the 100th Precinct, and Police Officer Desmond Bodon, of Transit District 23, were each presented with Cop Of The Year Awards. These were awarded by the 100th Precinct Community Council.