2000-04-08 / Columnists


Congratulations to Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey for being recognized as a "Woman of Achievement" by the New York City Council. She was presented a citation for her years of work as an educator, advocate and leader. Dr. Chapey is a true role model for women in our community.

While we’re on the topic of locals being recognized, Coach Greg Carter of the Rockaway Sports Association was recently featured in Newday’s Queens Profile. Carter puts endless hours into providing recreational activities and alternatives for the youth of our community. He has, and continues through his tireless efforts, to make a difference in the lives of many kids in Rockaway.

Mario Russo, longtime community activist and organizer of "Dancing Under The Stars," has been reappointed to Community Board 14. Mario is one of the longest serving members of Community Board 14, with 25 years under his belt.

Barbara J. Morris of West End Realty is happy to announce that her sister Sunshine is back home in Wilmington, North Carolina, after spending a few more weeks in Ireland than expected. Sunshine had injured herself while on vacation, and was unable to leave Ireland. You’d think Sunshine would have come home with a brogue instead of an injury! Well, best wishes and a speedy recovery Sunshine…

Congratulations to Captain Gary Scirica and the men and women of the 100 Precinct. Crime is down 23 percent from last year in the 100 Precinct, making it the safest precinct in New York City. The safety factor, along with our beautiful beaches and small town atmosphere, should make Rockaway very marketable to young couples and families.

Word on the street is that the 100 Precinct cops have been told to "beef-up" traffic summons writing. So beware--check your meters, don’t curbside park on Beach 116 street, and don’t double park on Beach 129 street.

There are many flaws with the new meters on Beach 116 street. One is the disadvantage for seniors and the disabled (those with the blue disabled sign hanging from their rearview mirror), that is, having to walk from their car to the muni-meter back to their car to place the payment stub in the window. The other flaw affects motorcycle owners. Where do they put their payment stub?

Big news! Zoe, daughter of Wave Editorial Assistant Heather Dalton and husband Sean, has become queen of the throne….potty that is! Zoe, who hasn’t even hit the two-year-old mark, is successfully working on her potty training skills, to the pleasure of her parents.

Tired of the same old food. Try something with a taste of the Caribbean. Chef Patrick Gardener has opened Patrick’s International Caribbean & American Cuisine on Beach 112 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard. Wave staffers have frequently ordered lunch from Patrick’s and have nothing but high praises for the food.

KidsmART afterschool program, sponsored by the Rockaway Artists Alliance, has started its second year at Middle School 180. The students are having fun and learning at the same time.

Don’t miss our "guest columnist" this week. Kevin Boyle, past editor of The Wave, has submitted his Boyle-ing Points column. This column has always been a favorite of many Wave readers.

Congratulations to four Rockaway teens--Mike Gambino, Bob Willis, Joe Taylor, and Sean Higgins--who led the way for their St. Edmund’s Varsity hockey team to capture the championship of the Catholic High School Hockey League. These four young men started out in hockey playing roller hockey for the Rockaway Rockies when they were only six years old. Good job guys!



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