2000-02-12 / Columnists


Gotcha! Another perp went the way of the wind after last week's edition of The Wave hit the newsstands. Richard Stratton, who was wanted in connection with five burglaries in the area, was arrested by local police thanks to a tip. That makes three "Most Wanted" fugitives from justice caught in one month, for a grand total of 77 fugitives apprehended by the two local precincts with the assistance of The Wave.

Subscribers to America Online (AOL) should not open an e-mail with the subject title "hey you." It's a virus that steals your password and passes the virus to everyone on your buddy list. Norton's Anti-Virus will pick it up, but the first thing you should do if you get it is to delete the file.

Residents of Beach 138 and 127 streets were without water last week because of frozen pipes. Locals told The Wave that Lew Simon was instrumental in getting the Department of Environmental Protection to finally come down over the weekend and resolve the problem. DEP is planning to replace the water mains on these blocks before next winter.

Congrats to Belle Harbor resident Janelle McManus, who scored the 2000th point of her high school basketball career on a free throw. This was a first for Bishop Kearney High School.

What goes up must come down! Gregory Robinson, reputed leader of the Regulators, a violent drug gang that operated from the Edgemere Houses, was convicted of felony assault and drug and weapons possession on Thursday, February 3. He faces up to 25 years in prison.

Community Board 14 wrote a letter to Borough President Claire Shulman requesting "concrete assurance" about the future of Technodome and suggested other ideas for the area that might be more feasible.

There are plans underway by the Fire Department to replace the EMS station at Beach 72 street with a new and modern facility on Rockaway Beach boulevard between Beach 48-49 streets. Community Board 14 voted to support the project at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 8. Members of the Frank Avenue Civic went on record as opposing the site of the facility.

Make sure to read Beverly Baxter's "On The Beach" column. She has dived into the Wavecrest Gardens "low-income housing" matter and will continue updating readers on the issue.

It's not too late to purchase tickets for the Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade and Cultural Committee installation dinner dance at Antun's on Saturday, February 19. There will be a bus from Rockaway to the catering hall for those that prefer not driving. See the ad in this week's paper for more info.

Black History Month is celebrated throughout February. Libraries and churches on the peninsula are offering literary and musical tributes to African-Americans. Take a look at "It's What's Happening" to catch these programs, which are great to take the kids to. It's important to recognize and celebrate diversity in America!

Community School Board 27 will meet on Thursday, February 17 at 8:30 p.m. at MS 180, 320 Beach 104 street. Those requesting speaking time must telephone School Board 27 on any business day and up to 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting.



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