2000-06-24 / Columnists

Beachcomber

How does a day in the sun watching single outrigger canoe and kayak racing sound? You don’t have to travel too far…on Sunday, June 25, at 8 a.m., at Beach 95 street and the ocean, there will be an eight-mile race featuring the talents of competitors from New Zealand, Australia and Hawaii. Support this event, which also kicks off a new outrigger and kayak club in Rockaway.

Now on sale… "Old Rockaway, New York: In Early Photograph"… available at The Rockaway Museum, located in The Wave building. It’s $12.95 -- come out and get a piece of Rockaway’s history.

After the Department of Transportation did a study on the need for additional traffic controls at the intersection of Beach Channel drive and Bay 32 street, a traffic signal has been approved for the location. Installation will be performed by contract and work is tentatively scheduled to be completed by November 30.

A woman on Beach 129 street was in her backyard recently and was bit by a tick. It is believed that the tick is from wild raccoons that have been spotted around the neighborhood. If you see a raccoon, contact the New York City Department of Health at 212-442-9666.

Starting Saturday, July 1 the boardwalk between Beach 113 and Beach 115 streets will be alive with activity. More than 50 vendors will be selling everything from hand crafted jewelry, crystal figurines, gift items and leather goods to beach hats, sunglasses, skin care products and beach related items. It will run every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day Weekend. Look for the ad in this week’s edition for more info.

According to an article this week in The Post, its seems there is a feud brewing over Riis Park between the New York City Parks Department and National Park Services. NYC Parks Commissioner Henry Stern believes that Gateway National Recreation has mismanaged Riis Park and should be back in his agency’s hands. Stern has requested Mayor Giuliani to pursue the matter. Gateway’s new superintendent, Marc Koenings, said more money is being put into Riis Park than ever before and expects continued improvement.

Seventy-five…that’s how many criminals have been taken off the streets since inception of The Wave’s "Most Wanted" stories. Last week’s front page story about David Boudreau led to the perp turning himself in after calls flooded the 100 Precinct regarding his whereabouts. Maybe it’s not popular or "politically correct" to feature criminals on the front page, but it has consistently shown that it works. Even the NYPD wants The Wave’s program to go citywide. So, we see our choice as clear…work with the police to get the murderers, drug dealers and dangerous individuals off our streets, therefore making Rockaway a safer place for all of us to live, or go with fluff just to make the neighborhood "look" good. We are not for smoke and screens, but truly making our community a great place to live, work and play!

Congratulations to Stan’s Pepper Steppers, Far Rock’s double-dutch team. They won the 27th Annual American Double-Dutch League World Invitational Tournament 2000 at Stony Brook University on June 17. This makes the team the undefeated world champions!

Rockaway residents can read about Steven Morales, the Far Rockaway boy with a brain tumor, in this Sunday’s Newsday. The family is still in need of financial support to cover the medical expenses for his treatment, which has proven to be helpful up to this point. Each treatment is in excess of $5,000. A fashion show fundraiser is in the planning stages, so keep reading The Wave for details. Donations payable to "Steven’s Choice" can be sent c/o Full Gospel Tabernacle, 361 Beach 42 street.

This week was one filled with joy and sadness at The Wave. Angel Colon, our youngest staff member, has moved to Long Island and completed his last day of work at the paper on Wednesday. While we are happy to see Angel (who is 18-years-old) pursuing new dreams, it was tough to see him go after four years of service to The Wave. We will miss him greatly and wish him the best of luck in all that he does. We know that this honest, determined, hard working and ambitious young man will reach the stars. Thanks for renewing our belief in young people…keep making us proud!


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