2000-01-08 / Editorial/Opinion

Wish List For 2000

What will the year 2000 bring for Rockaway? The possibilities are endless! Rockaway is a gem, and by sticking together, we can really move mountains and take our community in new directions. Some will say 2000 will bring what every year in the past has brought, "nothing", but we would rather look at the glass half full rather than half empty. So, here we go with some of our hopes for the year 2000…

-Better transportation service from Rockaway to Manhattan. The groups and individuals working on bringing a ferry and reestablishing the Long Island Rail Road Rockaway Beach line should be supported by residents and elected officials.

-New housing throughout Rockaway Park, Edgemere, Arverne and Bayswater continue to rise and sell. Bring the people, and before you know it, we'll get the services.

-The Dayton-Seaside tax issue resolved, the buildings receive repairs and both tenants and owners put down their guns and realize the City of New York is the common enemy in this problem.

-A good Kosher deli (we have too many Chinese restaurants)

-Our elected officials respond to our needs…bringing us the best services and putting Rockaway back on the map.

-Civic associations that get along. Remember we're all in this together.

-A community/recreational center for our kids, complete with a pool, games, entertainment, etc.

-A movie theatre

-Middle School 180 renamed after Gerry Dever.

-Adjusting the bus routes throughout Rockaway, specifically the Q22 and Q35.

-Dog run and bike trail.

-A genuine surfing beach with all the amenities.

-Another try at closing Shore Front Parkway for the summer.

-Proper staffing of lifeguards on our beaches.

-Safe schools that provide the best possible education to or kids (and more parents keeping their kids at local schools after elementary school).

-Technodome--if it's coming, lets get firm financial commitment from the developers and firm support from the state and city. And if it is not coming, time to start thinking of a comprehensive plan for the peninsula.

-St. John's Episcopal Hospital financially solvent.

-The city council gets moving on the Neponsit Home, approving repairs and reopening the facility.

-Crime continues to drop throughout Rockaway and our Finest remain safe on the streets.

-Improvements to the Edgemere, Arverne and Beach 41 Street Houses under the Hope VI grant begin to take shape smoothly and provide a safer, cleaner and more developed neighborhood.

-Rockawayites remember that we are all neighbors…this is OUR home. Not his, hers or theirs, but OUR home.

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