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CALDC’s Independence Day Celebration


Fireworks by Grucci capped off CALDC’s annual Independence Day Celebration. 
Photos Jason D. Antos Fireworks by Grucci capped off CALDC’s annual Independence Day Celebration. Photos Jason D. Antos The Central Astoria LDC held another amazing Independence Day Celebration last Thursday, June 30th, on the beautiful waterfront in Astoria Park. The annual tradition drew thousands to the Great Lawn, and spilling out to every nook and cranny of the park. See page 20 for full story.

The Central Astoria LDC held another amazing Independence Day Celebration last Thursday, June 30th, on the beautiful waterfront in Astoria Park. The annual tradition drew thousands to the Great Lawn, and spilling out to every nook and cranny of the park.

The evening commenced with the entrance of the NYPD Ceremonial Unit Presentation of The Colors, and a stirring rendition of the National Anthem by Police Officer Cynthia Acerra. George Stamatiades, President of CALDC, welcomed the audience to the “best Independence celebration in New York City,” and thanked Councilmembers Costa Constantinides and Jimmy Van Bramer for their support. Councilman Constantinides told the audience that he was happy to be able to support this great annual event so aptly presented by Central Astoria and invited everyone back to all the concerts and movies during the summer. Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski also welcomed everyone to this signature event, as did City Comptroller Scott Stringer at intermission. Also in attendance was Andrew Scano, Plant Manager for NRG, prime sponsor of the event and Tania Broschart, Vice President of Astoria Bank and President of the Queens Symphony Orchestra.


(L. to r.); Councilman Costa Constantinides, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, CALDC’s Executive Director Marie Torniali, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and George Stamatiades, President of CALDC. 
Photos Melissa Mennona (L. to r.); Councilman Costa Constantinides, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, CALDC’s Executive Director Marie Torniali, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and George Stamatiades, President of CALDC. Photos Melissa Mennona The Queens Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maureen Hynes, gave a masterful performance of the sounds of Independence Day, as well as showtunes. When the sun went down a 25-minute fireworks extravaganza by Grucci lit the night sky to the oohs and aahs of appreciation of the audience. After the event many of the audience came up to express appreciation for this annual tradition to CALDC’s Executive Director, Marie Torniali, who in turn took the opportunity to thank the Parks Department and the 114th Precinct for their cooperation in putting on this great community event.



NYPD presenting the colors. NYPD presenting the colors.

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