Spring Spruce Up


Spring is here and the Rockaway Civic Association has launched its project to restore the beach block gardens from Beach 109th Street to Beach 129th Street.  If you remember, some of these blocks had beautiful gardens, which were wiped out by Superstorm Sandy.  This past week, the Association kicked off the project on Beach 119th Street and last Saturday, April 29, began work on Beach 121st Street.  All the work is being done by volunteers and the materials were obtained through donations.  A group of Beach 121st Street residents and teenagers from various area schools participated in the work, supervised by Association board member Pat Wood.  Among those who participated were Sean Hilgendorf and Teresa Crivo, both from Scholars’ Academy, Kaleign Burke from St. Francis de Sales and Aislynn Barry from PS/MS 114Q. Residents Regina Overath and Darryl Graff also helped out. In addition to the satisfaction derived from a job well done, the kids also received community service credit for their volunteer work.

This project relies on donations of time and money from the community. Fundraising events are planned, but the biggest help comes from the local residents who volunteer. Please make a donation today or volunteer a day on the weekends to help out.  A Boardwalk Bake Sale is planned for Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tables will be set up at Beach 109th Street, Beach 116th Street and Beach 124th Street on the boardwalk.  Dust off your best cake or cookie recipe and contribute. All proceeds go to the garden project.

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