2013-10-04 / Community

Queens Library Plans To Celebrate Rockaway Strong

By Miriam Rosenberg


Joanne King, the director of communications for the Queens Library, addresses interested residents and organization representatives at the first planning meeting for ‘Rockaway Strong.’ Photo by Miriam Rosenberg Joanne King, the director of communications for the Queens Library, addresses interested residents and organization representatives at the first planning meeting for ‘Rockaway Strong.’ Photo by Miriam Rosenberg With the first anniversary of superstorm Sandy just weeks away, the Queens Library has approached the community to join them in a celebration of the Rockaway Peninsula.

A group of area stakeholders joined Joanne King, director of communications for the Library, at a meeting on September 18th to discuss possible plans for such an event.

“The library was thinking that the community needed not a commemoration exactly, but a celebration on or around the anniversary of Sandy to demonstrate how much we still have here and how much we rebuilt and what new opportunities exist in the Rockaways that weren’t here before,” King said.

While still very much in the planning stages the “Rockaway Strong” event – as it will be known – would take place on the afternoon of Sunday, October 27th. This will be two days before the actual anniversary of when Sandy hit on the evening of October 29th, 2012.

One of the main points is picking a location where a majority of residents can attend. Some locations under discussion are Beach Channel High School, Far Rockaway High School, the Thriftway parking lot in Far Rockaway, or the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street.

Finding a location where the event can be held even if the weather is less than perfect is one consideration.

A candle light vigil or some other form of commemoration is also on the table.

The initial meeting for Rockaway Strong was held at the Far Rockaway Library. In addition to Queens Library personnel, some of those who attended were representatives from the 101st Precinct Community Council, Operation Hope, NY Cares, Rockaway United, the Police Athletic League, Catholic Charities, the Met Council, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, and FEMA.

Any individual or organization who would like to find out more or get involved in the project can contact Joanne King at 718-990-0704.

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