2000-07-08 / Columnists


There’s a plan afoot to bring in five "Viking" style boats into Rockaway over the Labor Day Weekend. Something like our own OpSail. The tentative date is September 3 and four of the five ships would be at Beach 116 street. The fifth one would be at the old coast guard base since the mast can’t clear the Marine Parkway bridge. The only glitch in the plan is the National Park Service has said "no" to using the coast guard base. We’ll keep the community updated on these plans…

Would you believe it? Cameras built for use on the Voyager and space shuttles were invented by a Rockaway resident. Rockaway does have a high-tech industry!

Don’t forget to support Steven Morales on Wednesday, July 12. Steven, the Far Rockaway boy with a cancerous brain tumor, is receiving medical treatment not paid for by health insurance. The fashion show fundraiser will be at The Beach Club from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $20 (sold at the door) and include horsd’ oeuvres, music, and a fashion show. Even the KTU 103.5 Party Crew will be broadcasting live from the fundraiser. So, make sure you don’t miss this special evening for Steven and his family. Contact John McLoughlin at The Wave office for more info or to find out how you can help.

We received a call at The Wave from a local resident complaining about lifeguards parking their cars along Shore Front parkway. The irate woman said the lifeguards should park in the paid parking lots along Rockaway Beach boulevard or ride their bikes to work.

Additional copies of "Early Rockaway In Pictures" is on its way to the Rockaway Museum. The first batch sold out almost immediately. Reserve your copy by leaving a $5 deposit at the museum, which is housed in The Wave building.

Happy anniversary to Harry and Margie McGuirk. The couple, who have been writing The Wave’s "Meet The Irish" column for more than 20 year, is presently spending time in Ireland.

Kids ages 12 to 15 will have something to do that’s fun and safe this summer thanks to the 100 Precinct PAL Summer Youth Program. Instruction, games and competition in handball and basketball will be held in the schoolyard at MS 180 from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. starting Monday, July 10. There is no fee and lunch is served. Registration is from Monday, July 10 through July 12 in the MS 180 schoolyard.

Rockaway Fun Book, a creation of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, is taking some heat from locals. It seems that one community was accidentally left out on the map of the Rockaways that was printed in the book. Rockaway Beach was not on the map, which is ironic since some of the new housing and plans for development (ie: courthouse) are taking place in that area.

Police really cracked down on firecrackers this Fourth of July. The minute something went off, cops were on the scene looking for the "culprits." Some residents felt the police rained on their parade, while others were grateful for a quite, peaceful evening.

Three men were indicted last week for the murder of Maria Medina, a tenant leader at the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway. Medina was shot by a stray bullet in early March. A trial is probably six months to a year away, but we only hope the final verdict is life in prison for these three men.


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