2000-03-18 / Editorial/Opinion

A Stepchild Named Rockaway

Once again, Rockaway has been forgotten. In a booklet titled "A Calendar of Events in Celebration of the Millennium," published by Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, it is interesting to see a month by month listing of different cultural, environmental, historical, and musical events for the year 2000 throughout Queens. Great idea--but there is only one event listed in Rockaway for the entire year. That's in October, and it's a month long art celebration by the Rockaway Artists Alliance.

What about all the other events we have throughout the year? The Rockaway Music and Arts Council's Fall Festival, Rockaway's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Festival, exhibits by the Rockaway Museum, all the activities at Gateway National Recreation (Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Riis Park, Floyd Bennett Field), Annual All-Women's Lifeguard Competition, Dancing Under the Stars, the many concerts during the summer months, and so much more it would take this entire page to list.

Actually, we're not surprised. We expect this from Shulman, who has constantly treated Rockaway like the stepchild of the borough.

The booklet should be pulled off the shelves and reprinted. Rockaway is tired of always getting the short end of the stick!

Dever Deserves Honor

It's a rare occasion when you'll get a room of Rockawayites to agree on something, but the latest movement to have Middle School 180 renamed the Gerald R. Dever Middle School is an issue that unifies us all. Dever was a longtime guidance counselor at MS 180 and a highly respected community activist. Dever's impact can be felt by the many Rockaway and Broad Channel students who only speak fondly about him.

We urge everyone to sign a petition, which can be found in stores and schools, to rename 180. This is a great way to remember a great man and to thank him and his family for their invaluable work on behalf of Rockaway.

Supporting Steven

Last week we reported about Steven Morales, the six-year-old Far Rockaway boy with a life threatening malignant tumor. Steven's story has moved the community, with a growing response to support the family's medical expenses. Time is of the essence and we are asking everyone to come out and support Steven. On Sunday, March 26, from 1 to 5 p.m., a fundraiser will be held at Seaview Towers Community Room, 333 Beach 32 street. There will be entertainment, food, raffle prizes and an opportunity to meet the Morales family. Other fundraisers on the west end of the community are planned in the near future, but support is needed now. Donations, payable to "Steven's Choice," can be mailed to Full Gospel Tabernacle, 361 Beach 42 street, Edgemere, New York, 11691. Give Steven a chance at life…

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