Back-to-School Festival in Marine Park

Kids enjoy last drop of summer fun

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Weee!: Six-year-old Sophia Russell takes a trip down the slide.
Train time: Best buds Sasha Netis and Julianna Feldman ride the fun train at the festival.
Smooch: Jon Shaffer, a science teacher, at gives his daughter Carly a kiss.
Relay girls: (From left) Beth Traiman, Nicole Carrozza, and Kathy Smith raised money for Relay for Life at the Back to School Festival.

Kids and parents alike kicked off the school year in style with food, carnival rides, and lots of sunshine at a Back-to-School Festival in Marine Park on Saturday.

“It seemed like the kids were having a great time, and it was a beautiful day,” said Nicole Carrozza, who was promoting a Relay for Life event being held next summer.

There were super slides, a spinning kid ride, and — best of all — the Justice League Bouncy House!

“My daughter really liked the Justice Leauge Bouncy House,” said Jon Shaffer, a science teacher at PS 255, who came to the festival with his daughter Carly.

The event, which was funded and organized by state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Marine Park), is held to raise funds to cover the costs of running the Marine Park Civic Association.

But, for the most part, festival patrons were unaware of the civic service they were providing — which was considerable, at $3 a ride.

“We just love carnivals,” said Shaffer. “It’s a beautiful way to end the summer.”

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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