2013-10-25 / Top Stories

Sandy Observances: Marking OneYear Since The Storm

By Dan Guarino

Observances large and small are planned throughout the Rockaways and Broad Channel as the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches.

Here are a few that are scheduled to take place.

Friday, October 25th

Moving On With Hope. PS/MS 43, ‘The School By the Sea’ is celebrating our “Triumph Over Super Strom Sandy,” with the dedication of a new mural and the planting of two trees. 9:30 a.m. at the school at 160 Beach 29th Street.

Saturday, October 26th

Hurricane Sandy Anniversary- Day Of Service. The Rockaway Youth Task Force is partnering with Culinary Kids and all interested volunteers to build a community garden, “a reminder of the beauty of the community and a symbol of our growth.”

Registration is at 9 a.m. Building the Garden will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a Sandy One Year Later Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Beach 58th Street off Beach Channel Drive.

Sunday, October 27th

Calm/Storm/Rebirth. The Rockaway Artists Alliance unveils its special exhibition which invites viewers to walk through the ‘before, during and after’ of the storm, with an opening reception from 12 to 4 p.m. Special guests the Rockaway Theatre Company are scheduled to perform. T-7 Gallery, Fort Tilden.

Seaside Library Community Celebration. Almost a year to the day the library was devastated by Hurricane Sandy; it celebrates its rebirth and reopening. The community is invited to help welcome it back home with refreshments, plenty of good books to borrow and music by Rockaway/Broad Channel’s own Breezy Grass. 3 to 5 p.m. 116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

The Book of Job. The Rockaway Theatre Company and West End Temple will host performances of dramatic readings from the Old Testament story of Job, a man who loses everything. Each performance will foster an open dialogue as the tale relates to Sandy’s survivors.

West End Temple performance, at 47-02 Newport Avenue, from 4 to 6 p.m.

RTC performance, at the Post Theatre at Fort Tilden, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are free but seating is limited. Call 718-634-0301 for West End Temple, 718-624- 0350 for RTC. Hands Across The Sand.

Setting the goal of joining “the entire peninsula community together for an event at the shoreline,” Rockaway! One Big Family!! is organizing a human chain at the beach starting at 4 p.m. Registration is at Beach 129th Street. Two minutes of silence will be observed. Water lanterns will be released. The group will also coordinate with a simultaneous event in Island Park.

An Ecumenical Prayer Service. To mark the Anniversary of Sandy a prayer service will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea in Broad Channel. All people are welcome. At the corner of Noel and Church roads. Starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 29th

Calm After The Storm: A Day of Yoga and Meditation. Free public meditation and yoga sessions will be available at the Waterside School, 190 Beach 110th Street, from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. and Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Beach 71st and Beach Channel Drive, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Programs offered at the Creative Clown, at 114-07 Rockaway Beach Boulevard will be Chi Gong/Healing at 10 a.m. and Meditation 101 at 5 p.m.

Cuisine by Claudette, 143 Beach 116th Street, will offer a smoothie demonstration from 2 to 3 p.m.

Hot Yoga Rockaway Beach and Ocean Bliss will also be offering no-cost programs to their students throughout the day.

A Conversation About Rebuilding Our Community After Sandy. The newly re-opening Seaside Library, 116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, will host an event to “pause (and) reflect on how we were transformed and united by Sandy and consider what it means to be fully restored.” 4 to 6 p.m.

A Night of Reflection.

The Rockaway Artists Alliance opens its T-7 galleries for an evening for all in the community to come together, reflect, remember and be together. There will be no presentations or speakers. Music will be provided by the Art Strings Ensemble. 6-8 p.m. Fort Tilden.

Hurricane Sandy Candle Light Service.

The Glory Light Tabernacle International Ministry in collaboration with other churches in Far Rockaway, invites all to “share your stories, testimonials as we reflect on the goodness of God.” 1410 Beach Channel Drive, Far Rockaway at 7:30 p.m.

See Happenings page 54B for more events.

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