2000-06-17 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Last week we mentioned that the 2000 election year will be an exciting one in Rockaway, with several campaigns heating up. After we went to press we learned that community activist and Far Rockaway businessman Michael Duvalle will be running against Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings in the Demo-cratic primary. With Assembly-woman Pheffer, Senator Smith and Congressman Weiner being contested also, this should be an interesting few months. All we ask is for the campaigns to keep it clean and talk about the issues!

FYI…Those who use yellow taxis should know that it is a New York City law that the drivers use EZ-Pass and inform the passenger of the discounted rate. Many people are not aware of this and get scammed by the drivers. A yellow taxi was pulled over on the Cross Bay bridge last week for not using the EZ-Pass lane and attempting to charge the customer regular price over the bridge.

Kudos to Community Board 14 and District Manager Jon Gaska for leading the charge to improve the Far Rockaway shopping district. This fall the sidewalks along Mott avenue from Beach Channel drive to Cornaga avenue will be replaced and trees will be planted along Mott avenue. This resulted from a meeting with Borough President Claire Shulman, the Department of Transportation and the Parks Department. These improvements, combined with the renovations planned for the Mott avenue subway station, should help spruce up the neighborhood. Now we would like to see something happen with the Far Rock Shopping Center…

Last week a teen in Long Beach was swimming when no lifeguards were on duty and drowned. The ocean can be dangerous, so it’s important to remember to stick to swimming during the hours that lifeguards are posted. It’s better to be safe than sorry! Mother Nature can defeat even the best swimmer.

Long lines were seen last weekend at the toll plazas at the Cross Bay bridge and Marine Park-Gil Hodges bridge. It’s time for the MTA to add more cash lanes to allow traffic to flow at a quicker pace, reducing traffic congestion.

Want to enjoy an evening cruise around Manhattan? Residents from all ends of Rockaway are invited to the annual 100 Precinct Community Council cruise on Thursday, July 6. The cruise includes buffet dinner, DJ, and dancing under the stars. The ship leaves from Beach 108 street and the bay, departing promptly at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at The Beach Club or West End Realty or by contacting Palmer Doyle, Liz Sulik, or Sandee Doremus. Proceeds benefit the fireworks show during Night Out Against Crime.

Addabbo Family Health Care Center, York College, and the College of Aeronautics are presently looking at 6200 Beach Channel drive, a vacant building, which was once a home for wayward girls. Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings has allocated $150,000 for a feasibility study to determine how the site can be used and the Addabbo Center has hired an architect. Both colleges are interested in offering classes and having offices at this site and the Addabbo Center is looking at the site as an alternative to its present location on Beach 67 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard. These all sound like great ideas…we just hope something really does happen!

Mosquitoes are starting to come out…so here are some "alternative" solutions. Increase Vitamin B and drink apple juice and tonic water (separately). These remedies have been recommended since the body admits an odor, which mosquitoes do not like, after ingesting these substances. Good luck!

According to District 27 Superintendent Matt Bromme, who spoke at the June 13 meeting of Community Board 14, there will be some new leadership in local schools by September. Bromme pledged to continue working towards raising reading and math scores, increasing attendance, and utilizing schools properly. Bromme also said he is planning a long term study of every school in the district to access the performance of the administration, teachers, students and programs.

First the New York City Parks Department doesn’t provide Rockaway’s beaches with an adequate number of lifeguards. Now, the New York City Police Department is not providing an adequate amount of police officers to cover the extra people who come down to Rockaway for the day. Last weekend there was only one beat officer on Beach 116 street, with hundreds of people piling onto the beach and surrounding areas. We need to demand that New York City and our elected officials stop shortchanging Rockaway residents of the services we deserve.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in Rockaway. Have a great day….and enjoy the socks, ties, and cologne…


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