2000-03-25 / Columnists


It's official…Matt Bromme is the new superintendent of School District 27. Chancellor Levy gave Bromme the nod on Wednesday morning, March 22. We congratulate Bromme and wish him much success!

We've heard complaints from locals that at least 15 streetlights are out between Beach 106 street and Beach 108 street, along the boardwalk, Shore Front parkway, Beach 108 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard.
Time to vote again. That's right, even though there aren't too many political signs around or ads in the paper, there is a special election for state senate on Tuesday, March 28. Polls open 6 a.m. and close 9 p.m. There really isn't much of a choice--Malcolm Smith is running on several lines--Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Working Families. Looks like the decision's been made for us!

Bay Towers on Beach 100 street and Beach Channel drive is looking good with its new windows. This is the first phase of several renovations announced for the two buildings.

Gateway National Recreation is moving forward with plans to establish a ferry pier at the old Coast Guard base in Roxbury. Now they need to find operators who are interested. Finally we're moving in the right direction regarding transportation issues. And it wouldn't have come this far if it wasn't for the efforts of Joe Hartigan, a resident of Rockaway who has put in endless hours to make ferry service a reality for the peninsula.

While we're talking about transportation…Governor Pataki's economic czar, Charles Gargano, announced the state's support of a one-seat ride into Manhattan in conjunction with AirTrain. Hope is now restored for the fight to reactivate the LIRR Rockaway Beach line.

You'll have the opportunity to say "thank you" to local EMS, FDNY and NYPD at a luncheon honoring them on Tuesday, April 11 at the Knights of Columbus. The event, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways and sponsored by Keyspan Energy, will recognize 13 heroes that have served the community in outstanding ways. Contact Liz Sulik, Harold Rochelle or the Chamber to purchase tickets.

Be careful if someone comes to your door asking to check your electric meter. Recently a guy (Black male, early 40s, approximately six-feet tall), claiming to be from United Meter Service (no listing in the five boroughs or Long Island for this company), knocked on a resident's door in the Beach 90s asking to come inside to read the meter. The resident thought it was rather odd, so he told the guy to wait a minute while he made a call to verify the company. When the resident returned to the door, the guy was leaving in a blue Buick. Police have warned locals, especially seniors, of this scam to get in a house and then rob them.

Simon Kotlar, a Rockaway entrepreneur for more than 20 years, is spearheading a major renovation of a commercial building on Beach 20 street between Mott and Cornaga avenues. The three-floor building, known for the beautiful "Far Rockaway" mural on its side wall, has been vacant for several years. Plans call for the restoration of the exterior to maintain the spirit of the 1930s and inside the installation of elevators. It will be ready for occupancy by June 2000.

Some people just don't know when to shut up. Even though his name has not been mentioned in this paper for a long time, a local "activist" still feels the need to bad mouth this paper at his so-called civic meeting. This "negative energy" is what prevents Rockaway from moving forward…

The police action was intense at 106-20 Shore Front parkway on Sunday afternoon, March 19. It was a family dispute that resulted in a report about one person having a gun. It turned out it was a situation involving an emotionally disturbed person, but police responded with the normal procedure of a Level 1 Mobilization. As usual, the 100 Precinct did a good job.


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