2000-05-27 / Columnists


One of Rockaway’s own has made it big. Belle Harbor resident Greg Siff, who is the host of the Disney Channel’s "Z-Games," played Greg Brady on NBC’s television movie "Growing Up Brady." We recognized Greg’s talents when we wrote a story about him last summer (The Wave, June 19, 1999). Congratulations to Greg and his family.

Rockaway needs some spring-cleaning and the Rockaway Action Committee is ready to take on the task. Join the civic group today, Saturday, May 27, at 8 a.m. on Beach 116 street. The clean up will start at the boardwalk and head to the bay. If you care about your neighborhood you’ll join in on this effort to beautify Rockaway.

Our deepest sympathies to Congressman Anthony Weiner on the loss of his brother, Seth Weiner. A hit-and-run driver killed Seth while he was crossing the street near his home in Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Weiner family.

We warned you…but you didn’t listen! Last Saturday morning was the beginning of the summer parking rules for the Rockaway Park and Belle Harbor area. There were at least five to 10 cars ticketed on each block in the early morning hours. We believe that the local police should give a warning notice on the first day and then start ticketing the second day.

It may not happen this year, or even next year, but sources tell us that the Postal Service might look to add on to the 11692 post office, therefore eliminating the need for the 11693 and 11694 offices (which are both rented properties). Keep an eye out for any expansion of the 11692 facility…

Congratulations to Bob Curry, owner of the new music store at 86-07 Rockaway Beach boulevard (Dayton Shopping Center). R&B Music Box offers a great selection in country, jazz, pop, reggae, gospel, latino, R&B, and hip-hop. Best of luck to you and much success.

Could it really be that something will happen with the courthouse on Beach Channel drive and Beach 92 street after 30 years of being vacant? Looks like it…the New York City Economic Development Corp. has chosen a proposal by developer Ira Schwartz, which calls for the courthouse to be an office building and town hall. Residents will get the opportunity to meet Mr. Schwartz at the Tuesday, June 6 meeting of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, 8:00 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 301 Beach 92 street.

Rain prevented the Rockaway Park Business Development Association’s (RPBDA) annual golf tournament from taking place last Friday. So, get your clubs ready, because it has been rescheduled for Friday, June 2. Proceeds are used for the continued beautification of Beach 116 street. If you care about your local business district, come out and show your support. Register at JKS Printing or Rockaway Video.

Residents are not happy with the commute on the Q35. We’ve received several calls that it’s taking more than an hour for the bus to travel from Flatbush avenue to Beach 148 street. Once again, transportation to and from Rockaway remains a serious problem.

Far Rockaway’s summer carnival at Seagirt boulevard and Beach 17 street kicked-off this weekend. Running through June 4, the carnival offers super rides, games, petting zoo, kiddieland, and food. Fireworks are on Saturday nights, May 27 and June 3. Gates open 5 p.m. weekdays and noon Saturdays and Sundays.

Congratulations to the Loyola Knights baseball team on their second consecutive BSLI championship, with a 9-1 season of league play. Special congrats to Richard George, jr. for stepping up to the plate in the bottom of the last inning of the game with two outs, bases loaded and his Knights’ team down one run. Richard’s line drive to right field netted two RBI’s and the championship title. Richard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard George, sr. of Rockaway Park.

Funding for repairs to the Dayton-Seaside buildings is in place, but the courts have to give the final approval. What’s holding it up? Who else -- the City of New York. The city’s lawyers haven’t decided if they should go about getting funding on their own or just let the owners do the work. The city needs to quite stalling and let the owners start the work. Isn’t this what the city wanted from the owners? Or, is the city’s true colors showing and all their lawyers are concerned about is the tax dollars and getting rid of the owners? We’ll find out soon enough…

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