2000-04-22 / Columnists

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Wave Editor John McLoughlin made his television debut last week on the "Queens Grapevine." The show’s topic was about Rockaway--past, present and future. Residents can catch the show today, Saturday, April 22, on channel 56 (QPTV) at 9:30 p.m. A photo of John with his autograph is available through his agent!

Registration is still open for the Jamaica Bay Little League. The league needs more eight to 12 year old boys to play, so sign up now. The B.C.A.C. can be contacted at its website broadchannelac.org. Opening day is set for Saturday, April 29. Read the Wave’s sports section for details.

According to Jonathan Gaska of Community Board 14, the NYC Economic Development Corp. has narrowed down proposals for the empty courthouse on Beach 92 street and Beach Channel drive. The favorable choice, and one that the community board’s economic development committee will review in May, calls for the courthouse to be a office building and town hall.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and plan on attending Rockaway’s fundraiser for Steven Morales on Thursday, April 27 at the Beach Club from 7 to 11 p.m. The evening will feature a buffet dinner, DJ, entertainment, raffles/prizes and auctioning of sports memorabilla. Steven is a six-year old Far Rockaway boy who has been diagnosed with Brainstem Glioma. His last round of radiation and chemotherapy treatments were unsuccessful, leaving Steven with a tumor that is still growing. The Morales family has chosen to have Steven treated with a special non-toxic, non-radiation alternative treatment offered in Houston, Texas. This treatment is in the process of approval by the FDA, and not yet covered by medical insurance. The cost starts at $15,000 and additional treatments can be as much as $7,200. Since starting the new treatment Steven’s motor skills have improved slightly. Tickets for the fundraiser are $30. Call The Wave to place your reservations.

The staff at The Wave want to remind one and all that April is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Make it a point to see your doctor and get an initial Colon cancer screening test. It could make all the difference!

Sixteen photos previously shown in groups of two or three throughout the peninsula are now on display in a complete set at the Rockaway Museum. Stop by and see the exhibit any Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from noon to 4 p.m.

Make it a point to practice safe driving all week. Kids from both public and religious

schools will be off all next week for the Passover/Easter holidays.

Kids 12 and under are welcome to take part in an Eggstravaganza at Bayswater Park on Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event will feature an egg hunt, arts and crafts, and face painting. The park is located at Beach 32 street and Beach Channel drive.

Rockaway Council Knight of Columbus and Columbiettes will hold their 72 annual communion breakfast on Sunday, April 30. Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. at St. Camillus Church, with breakfast immediately following at Council Hall, 333 Beach 90 street.

Women across the country will be marching on Washington on Mother’s Day, May 14, to demonstrate for gun-control measures. For more information concerning the Million Mom March, check out the Web site: www.millionmommarch.com.

Jonathan Gaska, Al Stabile, somebody. . .help! There’s a recurring pothole that grows each spring on Beach 113 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard. Already it is claiming people’s tires. Last year it wasn’t fixed until it was nearly two feet deep. Let’s not wait that long this year. Fill up that pothole now.

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