The rain held up for Friday’s Summer Community Fun Day in Howard Beach. More than 2,000 children attended the event, sponsored by S.T.A.R.S. Youth Center, which featured two inflatable bouncing castles, face painting, games, and arts and crafts.
“It was a difficult year for all of us,” said Frances Scarantino, founder and president of S.T.A.R.S., “but especially for the neighborhood children. I wanted to start off the summer season with a fun and free event for our area’s children.”
Scarantino dug into her own pocket to pay for the rides, giveaways, all the prizes for the games and the other necessities when she was informed by the city Parks Department that there wasn’t enough funding.
Enjoying the festivities here are Dania Sugranes, left, Sara Kaye, Logan Scrivanich, Scarantino, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, Samantha Simonian, Kylie Hastings, and in front, Kerry Scrivanich.