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Juvenile Diabetes Walk-A-Thon raises $70,000 toward cure

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They are $70,000 closer to a cure.

On Saturday, May 18, the Fifth Annual South Queens Juvenile Diabetes Walk-A-Thon to Cure Diabetes, organized by the International Society of Saints Cosma and Damiano, raised $70,000. All of the funds will go directly to juvenile diabetes research.

The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club, one of many organizations involved, donated a $500 check to the cause.

The walk was emceed by KTU’s own Goumba Johnny. The kickoff featured fun and games for all ages at the Ave Maria Catholic Academy in Old Howard Beach.

“We’re going to walk for a cure for diabetes and it starts here,” the host said. “And we’re doing it every year until we find a cure.”

Walk organizer Joe De Candia said this year has been tough for everyone in the neighborhood because of Sandy, but the community still came out to give their support.

“Everybody knows the devastation this area has gone through in the last six months.” De Candia said.

“And it was a little tough for everybody to get through, but this is a worthwhile cause we all fight for.”

Co-organizer Joe Mure said the day was about the children who suffer daily from the disease, and promised those present a cure was on the way.

“I promise you,” he said. “We’re working, we’re taking a step closer to finding a cure and hopefully we’ll be there one day soon.”

Councilmember Eric Ulrich applauded the work of De Candia and Mure for organizing the walk and looked forward to the day juvenile diabetes is no longer a problem.

“But until that day comes we must do everything that we can,” he said. “We must walk, we must raise awareness and we must fund the necessary research to find a cure.”



Sandy’s heroes celebrate 85 years of service

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While the night marked 85 years of serving its community, the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department dedicated its annual dinner/dance to all of those who pitched in during Sandy — particularly the men and women who were on duty that night.

Volunteers, friends, family and local leaders celebrated another year of community service on Thursday, January 31 at Russo’s on the Bay. State Senator Joseph Addabbo and Councilmember Eric Ulrich were special honorees, along with former Assemblymember Audrey Pfeffer and former State Senator Serphin Maltese. “Our own firehouse took more than five feet of water, destroying every piece of apparatus we own, and caused extensive damage to the building and equipment,” said treasurer and former chief Mitch Udewitch. “Even during our nightmare, we continued to serve our community, as the new Howard Beach Civic Association began using the department building as a food pantry, a soup kitchen [and a] clothing drop off for area residents. As the devastation became clear, members of the community began stepping forward and helping.”

Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder, the night’s presiding officer, swore in new and returning members of the fire department, including Chief Jonah Cohen, who has served a number of terms in the position.

The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club gave a $1,000 contribution to the firehouse. Several donations have been made to the department in the months after the storm. A slew of fire companies from around the country gave equipment, fire trucks and ambulances to the West Hamilton Beach department after its entire arsenal was damaged by flood waters. In December, Duane Reade/Walgreens donated $25,000, which Cohen said would probably go toward a new ambulance.



Snow can’t stop Howard Beach Halloween!

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Howard Beach held a "Post Halloween Festival"

After an unexpected October snowstorm canceled Howard Beach’s traditional Halloween parade down Cross Bay Boulevard, the Howard Beach Kiwanis extended the holiday for an additional weekend to host their “Post Halloween Festival” on Saturday, November 5 at St. Helen School.

“We still had to do something for the kids,” said Howard Beach Kiwanis Club Secretary Dino Bono.

About 100 attendees filled the school’s parking lot for face painting, inflatable rides and a photo booth. A DJ spun tunes all afternoon and 20 kids took home $25 American Express gift cards as prizes for the best costumes.