2000-06-10 / Columnists


As the 2000 election heats up for the presidency and U.S. Senate in New York, it looks like we’re going to have some action right here in Rockaway. It is expected that Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer will be challenged this year by Anthony Stasi, State Senator Malcolm Smith by Cynthia Jenkins, and Congressman Anthony Weiner by Councilman Noach Dear. Let the races begin!

While we’re talking about elections, we would like to congratulate Augie Agate, Democratic district leader, 23 A.D., Part A. Augie has received the endorsements of the Republican and Democratic parties for civil court judge. We wish him the best of luck. Remember to look for Augie’s name on the ballot in November.

We finally found out what the story is with the day care center on Beach 44 street and Beach Channel drive. It has taken longer than expected because of contractor default. Completion date has been pushed to early winter.

Gary Nulls will be mentioning Steven Morales, the Far Rockaway six-year-old with a life-threatening brain tumor, on his evening radio show on Sunday, June 11. Tune into 1050AM from 8 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Nulls is a nutritionist and advocate for alternative medicine.

Congratulations to MS 53 in Far Rockaway for winning first prize in the 1999-2000 Fleet Youth Enhancing School Spaces program. The contest encourages students and staff to improve the interior of their schools. MS 53 students earned this honor by transforming an unused corridor into an overlook museum and multicultural serenity garden.

Rockaway Park is being spruced up with new trees and plants along the center median on Beach Channel drive between Beach 116 street and Beach 108 street and on Shore Front parkway. It’s nice to see the city invest in beautifying our community.

Brooklyn’s borough president has pledged $25 million for the restoration of Coney Island’s boardwalk to return it to its old time glory. It would be nice if Queens Borough President Claire Shulman made the same pledge to Rockaway’s boardwalk. With only a year and a half before she completes her term, Shulman could leave a real legacy if she could bring Rockaway’s boardwalk and beaches back to life.

Arverne residents met last Monday to discuss mosquito infestation in the area. Stagnant water, where mosquitoes breed, is a problem in Rockaway, especially with many vacant lots filled with tires and debris. Residents are urged to organize clean ups in the area to held combat this problem. Shovels and brooms, as well as cooperation with the Department of Sanitation, can be obtained by contacting Community Board 14.

Looks like the Beach 102 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard vacinity is the site of a "renaissance" in Rockaway. The Sands Point office building, presently under construction, will most likely be the new home to the Neponsit Adult Day Care Center and Hammels Senior Center. Also, the empty stores next to the former Surfside Cinemas (now a physical therapy office) will be an exercise and fitness gym. There is also someone interested in converting the empty lot next to the former Surfside Cinemas into a miniature golf course. These are great additions to the new housing being constructed a few blocks away on Beach 98 street.

This weekend marks the first ever Rockaway movie weekend beneath the moon and underneath the stars. The Rockaway Artists Alliance will entertain you with two evenings of classic cinema -- Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10. Catch "Horsefeathers" Friday and "West Side Story" on Saturday. Both movies start at 8:30 p.m. at Fort Tilden and are free.


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