2000-06-03 / Columnists


Make sure you go to the following important meetings -- our community’s future depends on it: On Monday, June 5, the Arverne Civic Association will have the NYC Health Department discussing mosquito control plans at 7:30 p.m. at Bethel AME Church, 215 Beach 77 street. On Tuesday, June 6, the Rockaway Beach Civic Association will have Ira Schwartz, developer of the courthouse on Beach 92 street and Beach Channel drive, at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 301 Beach 92 street. On Tuesday, June 13, Community Board 14 will meet at 7:45 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, with presentations by School District 27 Superintendent Matthew Bromme, a representative from Gateway National Recreation speaking about ferry service, and a report of the Economic Development Committee.

Something has to be done about cleaning up the vacant building on Beach 62 street and Beach Channel drive (once a home for wayward girls). The community board announced at its May meeting that a vocational/technical school has taken an interest in the property, but that could take awhile before something develops. We think the city should cut down the three-foot high weeds and fence in the surroundings.

The beaches are open! Are they? Well, in Rockaway it doesn’t seem like it. Over the Memorial Day Weekend the following beaches were closed to the public: Beach 44 to 57 street, Beach 61 to Beach 75 street, and Beach 109 to Beach 113 street. The Parks Department has been tight lipped about how long these closures are expected to be for. We will not accept the Parks Department closing half of our beaches -- our economic lifeline -- another summer! Residents must speak out against this assault on Rockaway.

Want to catch a good flick? Well, you won’t have to travel too far. Thanks to the Rockaway Artists Alliance, residents can see two movies at Fort Tilden…on Friday, June 9, laugh with the Marx Brothers in "Horsefeathers" and on Saturday, June 10, enjoy the finger-snapping "West Side Story." Both movies start at 8:30 p.m.

Make it your business to find out about what’s happening with business in Rockaway. The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways invites residents and merchants to attend their annual meeting on Monday, June 12 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be at The Beach Club, 129 Beach 116 street, and will discuss the Chamber’s recent activities and plans for the future.

Can anyone tell us how long it’s going to take to complete that day care center on Beach 44 street and Beach Channel drive? It seems to be years, but what else is new in Rockaway!

Come out to support a friend in need…join the Keane family in raising funds for Anne Keane, the Rockaway teen hit by a car last week. The fundraiser will be on Sunday, June 4, starting at 3 p.m., at Tavern on the Bay (The Bridge), 92 street and Beach Channel drive.

After months of rumors and questions, the corner of Beach 116 street (formerly Beach Drugs) will be the new home of a Crown Chicken. The store will also offer donuts. We’re sure that this place will do marvelous with the summer crowd. Best of luck!

Residents of Rockaway will soon be receiving a $50 rebate check from LIPA. This is part of the rate cut and Shoreham settlement plan Governor George Pataki announced two years ago. This rebate follows the $232 rebate check from LIPA in 1998.

Congratulations to MS 180 and computer science teacher Michael Kotowski. One of his classes won an award in the District 27 Computer Project Contest for their multimedia project on planet Mars, a copy of which will actually travel to Mars aboard a NASA space probe.

Good news… For the second month in a row, the cancerous brain tumor that six-year-old Steven Morales is living with has remained stable. His body has responded positively to the new treatment. Please keep supporting the Morales family with their medical expenses by sending in donations to "Steven’s Choice", c/o Full Gospel Tabernacle, 361 Beach 42 street.

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