Stores and businesses on Jamaica Avenue had bargains galore, and there were vendors and restaurants with all types of good food. Music filled the air with The Mary Lamont Band taking center stage, as well as tunes from The Solid State Band, Plastic Soul and Blu Sykee.
Imperial Dragon Hombu Dojo performed and presented me with a beautiful karate statue in celebration of their 26th appearance at the street festival. They were great, thank you so much.
The Franklin K. Lane High School ROTC Drill Team thrilled all with their rifle performance and presentation of the colors for the ceremony. Guests included State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprashad of the 102nd Precinct.
A big thank you to the 102nd Precinct for keeping us all safe this day and every day.
GWDC board member Paul Rudolph presented me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers for another successful event. It felt so good being there even if on a walker due to my knee replacement surgery.
No one does anything alone, and I thank my part-time staff of Maureen Bermingham, Lisa Komninos, Krys Genelsa, Megan Arfmann, Lina Gao and Debbie Cronin.
It was a great day, although the Malaysian Lion Dancers and the Chutney Indian Dancers did not appear due to a date snafu.
Lastly and sadly, our prayers go to Las Vegas in their time of pain and loss. It has been a sad time, first for the hurricane victims and now this major tragedy with so many injured and killed. But they will stay strong, and we will be strong for them.
May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless the NYPD and police officers everywhere, and may God bless America.