The Rockaway Rotary attempted to hold its annual window painting contest twice in the past two weekends but was rained out on both days. The contest, sponsored by the Rockaway Rotary Club with the support of local merchants on Beach 116 Street, is meant to foster community spirit by offering a wholesome activity and some friendly competition for students in local schools. The event, originally scheduled for December 5, was rescheduled for December 13 due to heavy rain. Unfortunately, bad weather struck again, causing the cancellation of the event. In spite of the weather, 31 students and 10 Rotarians showed up in the rain. Rockaway Rotary event chairwoman Dr. Debbie Cirrincione said, "We have decided to cancel the event this year as it is getting too close to the holidays but we will try again next year. We would like to thank all of the local businesses that offered their windows for painting, the local schools that eagerly participated, Dunkin' Donuts which was ready to serve free hot cocoa to all the participants, Geoff Rawling of the Rockaway Artists Alliance, who stood by both days waiting to judge the contest and Lenny Kohn of Rockaway Graphics who donated the trophies and medallions." Dr. Cirrincione added that all students who were signed up for the event will receive medallions in recognition of their participation. Pictured: Rotarians Dr. Debbie Cirrincione (third from left) and Barbara J. Morris (third from right), with some of the students who came out in the rain in the lobby of Capital One Bank on Beach 116 Street. The students represent Scholars' Academy, PS/MS 114Q, St. Rose of Lima School, St. Francis de Sales School, Beach Channel High School, St. Camillus School and Channel View High School. 063p1_xlg.jpg

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