2000-05-20 / Columnists


Illegal conversions, apartments illegally occupied, SRO’s, negligent landlords, and landlord-tenant laws will be discussed at the next meeting of the Rockaway Park Association on Thursday, May 25, 7:30 p.m., at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. Anthony R. Mordente, Esquire, and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer will discuss these issues and other community concerns. You don’t want to miss this meeting, especially if you live near a "problem" house.

Just a reminder for Rockaway Park and Belle Harbor residents about the start of car-jockeying season…this is the first weekend. Until September 30, residents can’t park on the street from midnight Friday to midnight Sunday. You best heed this reminder or you’ll most likely be ticketed.

An independent work crew was seen putting up school crossing signs in front of The Wave and on a few other blocks in the area on Monday morning. The nearest school is 10 blocks away. The crew also removed the "Snow Emergency Route" signs and the "Illegal to Pass Stopped School Bus" signs. We’re still trying to figure out why they did this…

If you haven’t stopped by the new Ciro’s Bakery on Beach 129 street you are missing something great. The place is beautiful and reminds us of the shops in Manhattan, where you can sip on an expresso while striking up a conversation with a neighbor. We thank the owners for making this investment and wish them the best of luck.

Sit under the stars with family and friends while enjoying a classic movie. You won’t have to go too far to do this. The Rockaway Artists Alliance will be sponsoring Movies By Moonlight on Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10 at Fort Tilden. "Horsefeathers" will be the feature film on Friday night and "West Side Story" on Saturday night (showtime is 8:30 p.m.). And the best part of all…it’s absolutely free! Make sure to catch these flicks and make these nights a success.

Kudos to the staff of Assembly-woman Audrey Pheffer’s office. Since November, a Rockaway Beach woman has been requesting that the Department of Sanitation remove a dead dog on Beach 84 street and the freeway. After months of no action she called Pheffer’s office and within 24-hours Sanitation came out.

By this time next year, new storm and sanitary sewers will be installed along Rockaway Beach boulevard from Beach 90 to Beach 94 street, on Beach Channel drive from Beach 88 street to Beach 91 street, on Beach 88 street, and De Soto road between Beach 92 and Beach 94 street. This capital project, recently announced by the Department of Environmental Protection, is for the purpose of alleviating flooding in these areas.

It’s back…the pothole on Beach 112 street has returned. It was patched up about a week ago, but it has sunk in again. The city always does such a quality job!

This Sunday, May 21, the 100 Precinct will be sponsoring an anti-auto theft reduction program from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (weather permitting) at the precinct house, 92-24 Rockaway Beach boulevard. See the article in the paper explaining each program offered.

Wave Historian Emil Lucev is doing his annual beach walk and it will appear with photos and text in an upcoming addition of The Wave. He’ll be reporting on the conditions of the beach as we head into the summer season.

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