Huntington Station, NY - September 9, 2013 - Community unity was celebrated once again under bright skies and sunny spirits as Suffolk Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D-Huntington Station) joined U.S. Congressman Steve Israel, Town of Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone, fellow Suffolk Legislator William Spencer (D-Centerport) and other local dignitaries at the Fourth Annual Huntington Awareness Day Parade and Fair on Saturday, September 7th in Huntington Station.
In recognition of their lifelong spirit and presence in the Huntington Station community, the parade honored Alfred Sforza and Charles Gumbs as grand marshals. Sforza, 99, is perhaps better known as "Freddy the Shoemaker," the unofficial Huntington historian. Gumbs, 83, is a member of the Huntington Knights of Columbus and was a middleweight boxing champion. Spectators lined New York Avenue to show support for the community and hundreds attended the day-long festival at the Northwest LIRR commuter parking lot. Legislator D’Amaro has served on the planning committee for the event since its inception. This year’s event also included an inaugural pet parade.
“Huntington Station remains a proud community, and our 2013 Awareness Day was once again a great family event for residents and friends from all surrounding neighborhoods,” said Legislator D’Amaro. “I applaud and thank the many wonderful volunteers, especially CoChairs Dolores Thompson and Keith Barrett of the Huntington Station Business Improvement District who I know have worked tirelessly over the past year to ensure that this special day would again be fun, memorable and enjoyable for all.”