By Stephen E. Lipken
Over 3,000 enthusiastic citizens filed down North Avenue at the Seventh Annual New Rochelle Street Fair on Sunday, September 8th, with multiple vendors, food, art, jewelry, toys and crafts. There were several educational booths ranging from gun control, charity, colleges, a special garden, and a display raising donations of food. There was even a chance to throw balls to dunk a Police Officer, funding the Police Benevolent Association.
Sponsors included City of New Rochelle Corporation for Local Development (presenting sponsor); Empire City Casino; Suez Water NY; New Rochelle Radiology; Montefiore New Rochelle; Ridgewood Savings Bank; The Rockwell; News 12 Westchester and AJ’s Burgers.
Partners were Department of Parks and Recreation; New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce; BID and Volunteer New York!
Exhibitor grow! Lincoln Park Administrator Linda Tarrant-Reid noted, “We are located on the campus of the former Lincoln Elementary School. This is a Legacy Garden because we tell the story of the Lincoln School Desegregation Case of 1961. We decided to put in a Community Garden to tell the story. The Garden has grown to 10,000 square feet with 60 raised beds. Our gardeners are giving a portion of their harvest to 5 soup kitchens and food pantries throughout the growing season.”
Another exhibitor, Shelli Katz, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America said, “We are part of the Moms Demand Action Westchester local group. MDA is a grass-roots non-partisan organization fighting for public safety measures that protect people from gun violence.”
“Apostle O’Dell Lyerly Foundation (AOLF), Inc. is a public charity registered with the NYS Charities Bureau,” Chair Mark Lyerly remarked. “We provide new foot socks to homeless shelters in New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers. We also serve homebound seniors in the local area by delivering cooked rotisserie chickens and nutritional shakes.”
“This year’s Street Fair was an enormous success, bringing together thousands of neighbors for a day of fun, food, drink and games—while also introducing residents to dozens of community and civic organizations,” Mayor Noam Bramson stated. “I am grateful to the organizers, volunteers, and sponsors who made the Street Fair possible and, as always, grateful to live in such a wonderful city.”