C R Y D E R P O I N T 8 OCTOBER FAMILY FUN DAY FAMILY FUN DAY DRAWS 5,000 TO WHITESTONE PARK 8 CRYDER POINT COURIER | OCTOBER 2015 | WWW.QUEENSCOURIER.COM Photos courtesy of George Mirtsopoulos, Alfredo Centola and We Love Whitestone BY ALINA SURIEL Sunday was a fun day taken to another level in Whitestone. More than 5,000 people were packed into Francis Lewis Park on Sunday for the 109th Precinct’s second annual Whitestone Family Fun Day. The festival—co-sponsored by the We Love Whitestone civic group— was fun for all ages but particularly geared toward the youngest members of the community. Activities included face painting, an on-site balloon artist, two inflatable bouncy houses, fresh cotton candy, a DJ and an NYPD rock wall. The biggest attractions of the day were the pony ride feature and an on-site pumpkin patch with pumpkin painting activities. Additionally, Mets mascot Mr. Met himself made an appearance. Precinct Community Council President Chrissy Voskerichian said that drawing out so many people effectively gained positive public exposure for the police department. It was the first opportunity to meet local police officers for many attendees, and the station aims to facilitate especially strong relationships with young people to teach them to feel safe in the hands of law enforcement. “These events are all about community-police partnerships and relationships,” Voskerichian said. “It’s about working together in good times and bad and showing that one can’t exist without the other.” Deputy Inspector Thomas Conforti slides on potato sacks alongside other offi cers from the 109th Precinct.
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