DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. - Dobbs Ferry kids and their thankful parents filled the Embassy Community Center on Thursday afternoon for a storm-relief "Kids Movie Day" sponsored by the Dobbs Ferry Recreation Department and Police Benevolent Association.
"We saw that the library was packed all day with parents and children who were trying to find something to do while the power is out," Dobbs Ferry Police Officer Justin Kamke said. "We put this together, bought some food and drinks and got a donation from the Stop & Shop (in Dobbs Ferry). It should give the parents and the kids a needed break."
Dobbs Ferry Recreation Supervisor Matt Arone and staffer Mike Dominici were among those who organized the popcorn, juice, coffee, cake and other refreshments as dozens of children sat quietly to watch an animated feature length movie screened on equipment supplied by Rooney Tunes Entertainment.
Dobbs Ferry moms Kristen and Rachel (no last names, please) spent some time chatting at the rear of the Embassy hall while their children watched the movie.
"We've been without power -- no I-Pads, Internet, television -- since Monday, so this is a nice thing for the kids and for us," said Rachel, who has a three-year old and five-year old. "Kristen has power, so we've been visiting her, too."
Kristen's 10-year-old and six-year-old had been "going at it" since the village schools closed Monday, and Thursday's news that the schools would remain closed Friday made the movie day a welcome event.
"We have power, but when the kids are home from school they pretty much drive each other crazy," Kristen said. "We needed a break for sure."
Arone said the welcome sign would be left out for the rest of the day to youngsters who wished to come to the Embassy Community Center to enjoy the games and facilities.
"We wanted to offer the kids a safe place to come and enjoy some time out of the house," Arone said. "This has been a tough week for everyone, so the place is open until 11 p.m. (Thursday) for kids."