2000-04-15 / Columnists


What’s up with the postal service in Rockaway? Many residents and businesses are upset with the "snail mail" service. There was a time when the Rockaway Beach Station would have post office box mail available by 9 a.m. Now the mail is promised by 11 a.m., but these days that’s even a long shot. We hope to see some improvements.

Caucig Utilities, which advertises in The Wave, made one reader happy. After experiencing some difficulty with his air conditioner, the reader called Caucig Utilities (after seeing the ad on last week’s back page). The person from Caucig assisted the reader over the phone and actually resolved the problem. That’s service!

Now that spring is here, and summer is just around the corner, we think the Parks Department should give the "OK" and put up signs along the beach wall from 128 street to 140 street, which read the street number and "Belle Harbor." Several other blocks have these signs, which look nicer than the presently fading inscriptions on the walls.

Happy Passover to all our Jewish friends and neighbors. This year we have a special section featuring Passover and Easter, with recipes, songs and stories. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to reserve tickets for the fundraiser for Steven Morales, the six-year-old Far Rockaway boy suffering with a cancerous brain tumor. The event will be at The Beach Club on Thursday, April 27, 7 to 11 p.m., and will feature entertainment, raffle prizes and auctioning of sports memorabilia. Contact John McLoughlin at The Wave office for tickets.

Sandra Bookman of Channel 7 News must have forgotten about that heated election between former Sentor Al D’Amato and Senator Charles Schumer. On the evening news last Saturday she referred to Schumer as congressman.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer is a first time grandmother. The baby boy, Sam Francesco Amato, was born to Stacey Pheffer Amato and Frank Amato on April 6, 2000 at 7:25 a.m. Sam was eight pounds, four ounces and 20 and a half inches long. Congratulations to all!

Central avenue in Lawrence is a little smoother these days. There is new curbing and the street has been resurfaced.

Elected officials and residents participated in a community tour sponsored by the Arverne Civic Association on Friday, April 7. The tour (Beach 61 street to Beach 71 street, freeway to Decosta avenue) identified vacant lots and abandoned houses, clean-up of Dubois Point, repavement of streets and sidewalks, and locations that breed mosquitoes. It was a productive tour and we are looking forward to positive outcomes.

Read The Wave carefully or you might not catch the Mets coupon. Every week we are placing at random anywhere from four to 12 baseball shaped coupons in the pages of the newspaper. The lucky recipients of these coupons can bring it to The Wave office and claim two loge box tickets for the game listed. So far there have been several winners, from all ends of the peninsula. Good luck!

Soon the census workers will be knocking at your door if you didn’t fill out the form. Teams of workers are expected to hit the streets in late April or early May. Remember, the info you provide is confidential and will be used for purposes of bringing more federal, state and city monies into our community.

Since the ice storm a few months back, the streetlights have been out on Beach 81 street between Shore Front parkway and Rockaway Beach boulevard. This is dangerous at night, especially for residents walking down the block alone. We would like to see the streetlights repaired before something serious happens.

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