Led by a combined band from two high schools, the fourth annual
Huntington Awareness Day parade marched up New York Avenue Saturday in a
theme of unity in the community.
Classic cars, a dog parade
within the parade, various community organizations, a Marine honor
guard, firefighters and others participated in the march which ended in a
fair in the parking lot north of the Long Island Rail Road station.
Political leaders, including U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, County legislators
William Spencer and Lou D'Amaro and members of the Town Board, joined
The Whitman and Huntington high school bands marched
together though alternated playing time. Leaders of both districts
marched with the bands.
Several people who have contributed to
the community were recognized for their efforts, including Alvin White,
Dee Thompson, Alfred Sforza and Charles Gumbs. Sforza, who is 99 years
old, is a keeper of Huntington history and known as "Freddy the
Shoemaker." Gumbs, 83, is a member of the Huntington Knights of
Columbus who worked in the trucking industry
and who, as a member of the armed forces stationed in the Middle East
in the early 1950s, was a champion middleweight boxer.
Two men who died in the last year, State Rep. James Conte and
Lawrence Kushnick, the chairman of the Huntington Township, were honored
wtih a release of balloons in their name and a prayer led by the Rev.
As has happened in the past, a vintage car
stalled trying to clear the LIRR station underpass as the marchers ahead
of the cars came to a halt. This year, a 1940 Ford carrying Supervisor
Frank Petrone was the victim; the car's owner said he had flooded the
engine and the car's passengers left the car. The owner eventually got
it started and drove it away.