2017-12-06 / Features

UCCA Celebrates Holidays With Second Annual Tree Lighting


(L. to r.): LaGuardia Airport General Manager Lysa Scully, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, Lt. Governor of New York Kathleen Hochul, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, Council Member Costa Constantinides and his family. 
Photos Jason D. Antos (L. to r.): LaGuardia Airport General Manager Lysa Scully, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, Lt. Governor of New York Kathleen Hochul, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, Council Member Costa Constantinides and his family. Photos Jason D. Antos The United Community Civic Association (UCCA) held its second annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in McManus Memorial Park on 81st Street in East Elmhurst.

Many neighborhood residents came to the December 4 event to enjoy holiday refreshments of hot chocolate and delicious cookies provided by the Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Co., and enjoyed beautiful Christmas carols sung by the choir of the William Spyropoulos Greek-American School.

The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony is sponsored by House Democratic Caucus Chair Joseph Crowley, and is co-hosted by the UCCA and Council Member Costa Constantinidis, as well as the Port Authority of NY & NJ.


The choir of the William Spyropoulos Greek-American School performed traditional Christmas Carols. The choir of the William Spyropoulos Greek-American School performed traditional Christmas Carols. Congress Member Joseph Crowley, unfortunately, was not in attendance because he was in Washington, DC on business.

Also in attendance were Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, NYS Senator Michael Gianaris and CB 1 District Manager Florence Koulouris, as well as LaGuardia Airport General Manager Lysa Scully and the Lt. Governor of New York Kathleen Hochul.

“We were very pleased that the event turned out so well,” said UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo. “The choir was wonderful and everyone had a joyous time.”

The tree will remain lit past New Year’s Day.

—Jason D. Antos



CB 1 District Manager Florence Koulouris, LaGuardia Airport General Manager Lysa Scully, Council Member Costa Constantinides and his son, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, NYS Senator Michael Gianaris and UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo. CB 1 District Manager Florence Koulouris, LaGuardia Airport General Manager Lysa Scully, Council Member Costa Constantinides and his son, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, NYS Senator Michael Gianaris and UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo.

Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, Lt. Governor of New York Kathleen Hochul, Council Member Costa Constantinides, LaGuardia Airport General Manager Lysa Scully, CB 1 District Manager Florence Koulouris and 114th Precinct Commanding Officer Captain Osvaldo Nunez pose with the choir of the William Spyropoulos Greek-American School. Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, Lt. Governor of New York Kathleen Hochul, Council Member Costa Constantinides, LaGuardia Airport General Manager Lysa Scully, CB 1 District Manager Florence Koulouris and 114th Precinct Commanding Officer Captain Osvaldo Nunez pose with the choir of the William Spyropoulos Greek-American School.

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