What hurricane? MeadowWood at Gateway residents finally celebrate Irene-postponed Family Day

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Leaping into Autumn: Children at the MeadowWood at Gateway Condos on Flatlands Avenue had smiles across their faces all day as they took a ride down an inflatable slide during the complex’s Family Fun Day.
On a roll: Janiyah Ruiz enjoys the rides at the Family Fun Day.
MeadowWood barbecue cook Sapo prepared burgers for everyone at the party.
After a day full of rides, (from left) Tania Mitchell, Tamia Bryant, Elijah Bellinger and Dearah Walthour enjoy some watermelon.
Friends and family members catch up on neighborhood gossip at the MeadowWood at Gateway Family Fun Day on Saturday.

Call it a “We survived Hurricane Irene” party.

Hundreds of residents from MeadowWood at Gateway condo complex on Flatlands Avenue and Jerome Street flocked to the East Campus Courtyard on Sept. 10 for games, food and some good old-fashioned companionship from a special Family Day that the hurricane-turned-tropical-storm had postponed — twice.

Organizers said the Family Day festivities were supposed to take place on Aug. 27. In the event of foul weather, it was supposed to take place the next day.

But Hurricane Irene put a crimp in all of their plans, forcing the Family Day to be held on Saturday.

Residents took everything in stride as kids tackled inflatable super slides, games and rides organizers had prepared for them, while adults gobbled up hamburgers, hotdogs and other barbecue delights.

But they didn’t only feed their stomachs. They also fed their souls as they chatted with family and neighbors, both new and old.

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