By Gina Martinez
Whitestone residents got a chance to interact with officers from the 109th Precinct and elected officials at the precinct’s third annual Family Fun Day, held at Francis Lewis Park Saturday.
In attendance at the event, which featured free food and entertainment, were state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) and Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing).
The event was a collaborative effort, organized by the 109th Precinct Community Council, the organization We Love Whitestone and the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association.
It was also a huge family event with hundreds of kids and parents enjoying the good weather while participating in dozens of games and activities. Excited kids jumped in line for the popular pony rides, and flocked to a Batman impersonator for a chance to take a selfie with the caped crusader. The main attractions, though, were the inflatable bouncy castles, which kids played in for hours.
“Thanks to the 109th Precinct and 109th Precinct Community Council for the great work they’re doing here today and for the great work they do each and every day of the year in protecting our communities and protecting Whitestone,” Senator Avella told event goers. “And I want to thank my fellow elected officials, sponsors and volunteers for putting this together, I know you’re having a great time, keep it going and the weather came through for us.”
There were dozens of booths from local businesses like Fierce Dragon Martial Arts Academy, In Motion Dance Center of NY, and Metropolitan Balloons. Free food was being passed out by officers from the 109th Precinct, who helped grill hundreds of burgers and hot dogs. Popcorn was also passed out to children and there was even a smoothie machine.
Community Council President Vana Partridge thanked the families for coming out and the donors who made the day possible.
“This event is important. We hope you’re enjoying all of the free food, rides, and entertainment, all of which were brought to you through the generous donations from your local businesses and residents right here in Whitestone, and also through the generous donations of our local elected officials.”
We Love Whitestone President Alfredo Centola urged residents to visit the various booths and support the local businesses.
“Last year had about 5,000 people and I think we’re going to break that record this year,” he said. “I urge people to support the local businesses—they support us, we support them. Go on out, get involved in your community, there’s a lot that could be done. This is all done by volunteers, we need your help, this is your neighborhood.”
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