2000-01-29 / Columnists


One more criminal is off Rockaway's streets. Last week's edition featured Petey Acosta, a fugitive on the Most Wanted list. After The Wave hit the newsstands, a call came into CRIMESTOPPERS with a tip to Acosta's whereabouts, which led to an arrest. The continued efforts of our local police and The Wave's Most Wanted program are successful once again!

We wish Councilman Stabile a speedy recovery. He has been under the weather for some time. Get well soon!

Coach Greg Carter of the Rockaway Sports Association recently was a guest on a sports talk show on WLIB (1190AM). He talked about the positive sports programs offered to kids in Rockaway, specifically the lacrosse program popular in Far Rockaway. Lois Lopez, a lacrosse player on Coach Carter's team, spoke about the benefits of lacrosse in his life.

Just to correct an error from last week's edition, Carey Grant of MS 180 was the winner of the MS 180 spelling bee and Shante Pierson was runner-up. It was the other way around in the photo caption.

This weekend, Sunday, January 30 from 1-4 p.m., the Rockaway Museum will open with its new exhibit, "Time In A Bottle." Stop by…attendance is free.

D. Brian Heffernan, a local community activist, has organized a task force to address revitalization efforts in the various merchant/business districts in Rockaway. He has brought together civic and political leaders in hopes of bringing some positive changes.

Put this date on your calendar-- the Federal Aviation Administration's hearing on airplane noise pollution is on Thursday, February 3 at 7 p.m. at the Ramada Inn at JFK Airport. If there is a good showing from Rockaway the FAA will hear our concerns.

Recent snow and ice were the cause of a number of accidents around town. In Broad Channel a Q53 bus was out-of-service after an icicle fell from a light pole and hit the bus' front window, causing it to crack.

The Wave received a number of calls about Rockaway cabs raising their fees during the recent bout of snow. This is illegal and should not be tolerated. Immediately contact the cab company and, if necessary, file a complaint with the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Dogs, cats and kittens are in need of loving homes. If you're interested in adopting, stop by the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways at Beach Channel drive and Beach 114 street.

Sanitation crews deserve credit for doing a good job after the snowfall. The main roads in Rockaway were cleared right away, making the local commute a little easier.



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