1999-10-09 / Columnists

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Congratulations to former Wave staff member Karen O’Mara Swett and her husband on their newborn baby boy, Jonathan Erik Swett. He arrived September 26, two weeks and five days late, weighing a healthy nine ounces, nine pounds and 22 inches long.

Wayne of Plum Tomatoes on Beach 129 street renews our belief in customer service. Standing behind the counter taking orders, Wayne greets customers with a smile on his face and cheer in his voice. Keep up the good work!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Women should contact their doctor or local hospital for a mammography.

Things are looking worse for St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. Employees received a letter that their health benefits will be terminated as of November 1.

Check your E-ZPass statements. Locals have discovered that they are being charged the $1.25 fee for the Cross Bay bridge instead of it being free.

Subway commuters had to make a detour on Monday morning, October 4, when the train bridge became stuck in the open position for several hours. Shuttle service was quickly provided.

The Wave received more than a dozen calls from residents on Tuesday morning, October 5 complaining that construction on the Gil Hodges bridge caused traffic delays of 50 minutes or more. A MTA spokesperson said the traffic delays were due to a stalled car on the bridge.

Breezy Point resident Kerry Kearney was featured in the Long Island edition of The Voice as "Best Guitarist." Kerry spent the summer on the road opening for the Allmans and in mid-September his CD was released.

Get ready for some more noise! The U.S. Senate approved a bill to increase flights out of several major airports across the nation; two of those airports being JFK and LaGuardia.

Watch out for that indentation in the street going eastbound on Beach 32 street and Seagirt avenue. It keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Fifteen years and $54 million later, a step has been taken to resolve the Dayton-Seaside tax matter. The New York City Corporation Counsel filed a foreclosure of tax liens with the Supreme Court of New York on Friday, October 1.

Warning: Fans of the Rockaway Rugby Fishead column might suffer withdrawals for the next two weeks. The team is traveling to England, Ireland, and Wales on a "world tour," so they won’t be submitting a column until they return.

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