2000-07-01 / Columnists


Come out and support Steven Morales, the six-year-old Far Rock boy with a life-threatening cancerous brain tumor, on Wednesday, July 12. A fashion show fundraiser is being held at The Beach Club to assist the Morales family in paying for medical treatment. The evening starts at 7 p.m. and includes hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, fashion show, music and entertainment. Tickets are $20 and will be sold at the door. To get an accurate count of those attending, contact Wave Editor John McLoughlin at 634-4000.

Just a reminder to drive slowly and carefully now that school is out. While playing ball or riding bikes kids sometimes forget about traffic, so always be alert when driving.

After last week’s incident of alleged sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl by seven boys at MS 180, the principal and dean of the school have been removed pending an investigation by the Board of Education. The two may be reinstated, but many residents are hoping that new leadership at MS 180 would bring some urgent and necessary improvements to the school.

Enjoy a night of music for the entire family when the Brooklyn Amazing Chorus, a barbershop group, performs at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Saturday, July 8 at 8:30 p.m. This wonderful evening is sponsored by the Columbiettes.

Councilman Noach Dear, who will be challenging Congressman Weiner in the next election, had a hearing before the City Council Transportation Committee on Thursday regarding airplane noise/pollution in the Rockaways, Broad Channel and Howard Beach. Dear has also sponsored legislation addressing the number of flights out of JFK and La Guardia.

After last weeks drowning in Far Rockaway of a mother and her six-year-old daughter, we feel compelled to remind the public to not swim when lifeguards are not on duty. The waters can get rough and even the best swimmer can have difficulty.

Rockaway Fun Book, a creation of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, was unveiled at a breakfast get-together at The Beach Club on Friday morning, June 30. The coloring book introduces Seamore the Seagull (named by local kids) and features facts about Rockaway through puzzles, games, maps, etc. It’s a great idea and a great book. It was designed and illustrated by Rockaway’s own Stephen Yaeger.

After investigating their records, the NYC Department of Transportation will be removing signs along Beach Channel drive between Beach 73 street and Beach 77 street. According to DOT, those signs were not supposed to be placed there. Summonses issued to cars by the police involving these signs are expected to be dismissed.

Frankie Saunders and Frazier Osborne, both recent graduates of Beach Channel High School and teammates on the school’s football team, were chosen to be part of a New York City team that challenged a Long Island team on Friday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Hofstra University. The Outback Steakhouse Empire Challenge is a collection of the best football players from New York City schools and Long Island schools. Best of luck to the two. Go New York City!

Happy Fourth of July…have fun, be safe, don’t drink and drive, and relax. And remember the changes in parking and sanitation for the holiday weekend. You don’t want to get a ticket!



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