Locals from the Rockaway peninsula were honored on Saturday, February 4 at the annual African American Heritage Month Awards Reception, held at the Langston Hughes Library and Cultural Center, Queens Library, in Corona. The Rockaway Artists Alliance was awarded the Cultural Organization Award. There to accept the plaque was president Geoff Rawling and Keisha Frazier, who wrote a poem about art. Linda S. Plummer, a real estate broker from Remax Realty in Rockaway Park, was given the Business Award for achievement. Pictured are (from left) Isaac Parsee, who was given a Lifetime Achievement Award; Frazier (holding the RAA’s award); Rawling; Yvette Watts, who was awarded the Borough President’s Special Recognition Award; Andrew P. Jackson, Executive Director of the Langston Hughes Library and Cultural Center; and Plummer.