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Lighting Up The Little North Pole

By Daniel Offner

The Christmas spirit is still very much alive and well in Rockaway, where each Christmas, Neponsit resident Joe Mure puts on a show for friends, neighbors and the greater Rockaway community.

Nearly a thousand people filled Neponsit Avenue at Beach 144th Street, where a stage had been setup for performances by the Scholars’ Academy Chorus, Mrs. Elaine’s School of Dance, USO Show Troop dancers, and musical guests Dani Dante, The Mad Stuntman, George Lamond, Chris Macchio of the New York Tenors, and Pepe Cardona of Alive N’ Kickin, among others.

Joe’s son, Michael Mure, was the inspiration behind the Little North Pole. After being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on Sept. 29, 2004, Mure came up with the idea to decorate their home to help benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Since it began, the event has helped raise more than $2 million for the JDRF, in the hopes of finding a cure to Type 1 juvenile diabetes.


Students with the Scholars’ Academy Chorus open the show with a performance of some holiday classics. 
Photos By Daniel Offner Students with the Scholars’ Academy Chorus open the show with a performance of some holiday classics. Photos By Daniel Offner Hosted by “Goumba Johnny” Sialiano from WKTU and Joe Causi, from WCBS, the festivities were filled with yuletide spirit. Tony Sirico, better known by his character “Pauly Walnuts” from the hit HBO televi- sion program, The Sopranos, also dropped by to wish good tidings to the good people of Rockaway.

Once the sun went down, the house was illuminated, in a spectacle of light and color that is truly a sight to behold.

And if that weren’t enough, jolly old Santa Claus himself, came out to give presents to all the good little girls and boys.



USO Girls perform a mix of military and holiday classics. USO Girls perform a mix of military and holiday classics.

Neponsit resident Joe Mure brings Christmas joy to the children of Rockaway, each year, with the Little North Pole—a yuletide benefit for Juvenile Diabetes. Neponsit resident Joe Mure brings Christmas joy to the children of Rockaway, each year, with the Little North Pole—a yuletide benefit for Juvenile Diabetes.

Swarms of people gather at the Little North Pole for the yearly festivities. Swarms of people gather at the Little North Pole for the yearly festivities.

Dancers move the audience with their performance. Dancers move the audience with their performance.

Chris Macchio of the New York Tenors gives a captivating performance at the Little North Pole. Chris Macchio of the New York Tenors gives a captivating performance at the Little North Pole.

Millions of lights help make the Little North Pole the brightest house on the peninsula. Millions of lights help make the Little North Pole the brightest house on the peninsula.

Jolly old Santa Claus and his entourage get a lift to the Little North Pole with a cavalcade of trucks. Jolly old Santa Claus and his entourage get a lift to the Little North Pole with a cavalcade of trucks.

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Nice story Danny!

Nice story Danny!


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