Island Park Civic gives love to hometown heroes


Members of the Island Park community gathered at the Bridgeview Yacht Club on Feb. 10 to honor a handful of hometown heroes for the civic association’s Love Your Troops 2018 Dinner Dance.

It is the ninth year for the annual tradition and the night’s honorees were U.S. Marine Robin Galant, Army veteran Mickey Hastava and Navy sailors Alfonzo and Joseph Ruocco.

Proceeds from the event this year go to the Long Beach Waterfront Warriors, a group that helps offer a much-needed vacation to wounded soldiers, and Hooks for Heroes, a nonprofit that provides veterans and first responders with fishing trips.