Normally this page would be full of events and happenings around town. With Coronavirus causing most, if not all events and meetings to be canceled, we can only list the events taking place remotely, or with social distancing in mind.
Think you might have COVID-19? The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center is now offering testing at 1288 Central Ave. Testing takes place on Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the general public. Senior citizens can get tested on Mondays from noon until 3 p.m. Call 718-945-7150 to request an appointment. Two new testing centers have also opened in Far Rockaway. One is at the Sorrentino Recreation Center (18-48 Cornaga Avenue) and the other is at Beach 39th and Beach Channel Drive.
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is offering free virtual emotional support groups via Zoom in response to the COVID-19 crisis. They focus on different aspects of emotional support including coping with grief, loss, stress, and anxiety. To register for the free virtual support groups, contact the SJEH Wellness and Recovery Center at 718-869-5096, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am - 5 p.m. Classes are available in English and Spanish, and Zoom details will be provided upon registration.
Still need a mask? Throughout the weekend, select locations in Far Rockaway will be giving away free masks, plus offering the ability to complete the Census or register to vote. Locations include Reads Lane & Oak Drive in Far Rockaway on Friday, July 3, 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; Healy Ave & Bay 24th, on July 3, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and Bayswater Park on Sunday, July 5, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. This event is sponsored by Addabbo, Pheffer Amato and various organizations.
Food Help for Seniors/Disabled
Are you a senior or disabled person who lives between Beach 149th and Beach 96th Street and unable to get food during the pandemic? Contact Lew Simon or Jeanette M. Garramone for help at 718-945-1216. If you are able to donate any canned goods or food items to this cause, you can also reach out.
Kevin "Soupy" Campbell is back with yoga on the beach. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, join him on Beach 104th at 8:30 a.m. to get your Om on.
Read for a Free Haircut
Kids ages three to 21 are welcome to participate in the Far Rockaway Watchdog’s “Read for a Free Haircut” event on Sunday, July 5, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Bayswater Park. All barbers are licensed. Must wear a mask and show proof of a completed Census form.
Support the NYPD March
On Saturday, July 11, the Graybeards are hosting a march to show support for the New York Police Department. The march will begin at 11:30 a.m. on the boardwalk at Beach 121st Street and will continue along the boardwalk and up to the 100th Precinct on Beach 95th Street. Friends and families are welcome to bring flags and homemade signs to show support. There is no political agenda behind this event, so please leave those at home.