1999-12-25 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Since we took a look at some political races on the west end of the peninsula, we decided to see what was happening on the east end. Seems that District 27 School Board member James Sanders, jr. is a potential contender for the city council seat in 2001. That seat will be vacated by Juanita Watkins, who can't seek the office again due to term limits.

Popeye's Chicken will be opening soon in the Dayton Shopping Center. We hope they do well, but we don't see much of a difference between Popeye's and Kentucky Fried Chicken, the previous occupant of that site.

There is a movement underway to rename JHS 180 after Gerry Dever, the longtime school counselor who passed away a year and a half ago. This is a great way to pay tribute to one of the most decent men in our community.

Don't miss the new Political Pundits page starting this week. Chatting with Chapey, Simon Says, and other political news can be found on that page. It will also be the site of commentary on our local elected officials.

Still haven't made your plans for New Years? Get together with some of your neighbors at a Rockaway restaurant on the beach. Best price in town. See ad on page 16 for more details.

The other day a resident of Rockaway bought a bowl from Pottery by Susan and went to Harbor Bakery to have the bowl filled with cookies. Everyone at the bakery thought it was a great idea. Maybe the baker and the potter should get together.

With 45 percent of Rockaway residents not covered by health insurance of any sorts it is time to support the state's efforts to provide for the uninsured. Even if it means raising the price of cigarettes.

Beware the change in the 'No Parking' sign on Beach 90 street and Shore Front parkway. Residents of 8800 Shore Front parkway have been ticketed because they do not realize the change. Why the change? There is a handicap ramp off the Dayton property.

People have moved into the new homes on Beach 98 street (Rockaway Park Estates) just in time for the holidays. After so many years of seeing vacant lots on that site, it is nice to pass by a house with Christmas decorations.

This is The Wave's first time since 1914 that the front page is full color. We couldn't help but get into the holiday spirit.

Have a Merry Christmas. Eat plenty, laugh a lot, and create some more beautiful memories.

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