Events, Panels Look at Rockaway Recovery Efforts After Sandy


    Today the Food Bank for New York is holding the Far Rockaway NY Rising Conference, a neighborhood event that features a wide range of presentations focused on “remembering, recognizing and rising” one year after Hurricane Sandy. Until 4pm at the Community Church of the Nazarene (1414 Central Avenue) local pols, city representatives, Red Cross reps and Food Bank for New York reps will be on hand to discuss the critical role of food preparedness during events like Sandy. Food Bank for New York will also unveil two mobile disaster response centers which it purchased with support from the American Red Cross. The centers will be used to conduct benefits outreach, including SNAP screenings and free tax preparation, in the hardest-hit areas. The units also have built-in satellites and telecommunications capability. The Food Bank will send the mobile units on the road this month.

    Then, this evening at 6:30pm, Councilman Donovan Richards is hosting the “Sandy: One Year Later” panel and community discussion at the Queens Library at Far Rockaway. City and community representatives will give brief updates on the work that they have been doing around the Rockaways. That will be followed by a community discussion on the recovery effort. All the event details are here. Also this evening at 7:30pm, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn will hold a commemoration and healing Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea (1920 New Haven Avenue), also in the Far Rockaways. Details on that here.

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