2000-07-15 / Columnists


Here we go again -- the annual shuffle of Rockaway’s police captains. Deputy Inspector Morley of the 101 Precinct has been transferred to borough command, Captain Scirica of the 100 Precinct has been transferred to the 101 Precinct, and the 100 Precinct’s new commanding officer is Captain Miller. We wish Morley, Scirica and Miller the best of luck in their new positions.

Attention all fishermen…the seniors that attend the Neponsit Adult Day Health Care Center are planning a fishing trip and are in need of rods and reels. This recreational outing benefits the seniors therapeutically, both physically and mentally. Contact Senior Activity Therapist Beth Gutman to make a donation. The center is located on Beach 9 street in Far Rockaway (Young Israel of Far Rockaway).

Last week’s community cruise, sponsored by the 100 Precinct Community Council, was perfect in so many ways. More than 160 people were aboard the ship for an evening of dinner, dancing, and great conversation. The proceeds benefit the fireworks display on the Night Out Against Crime, which will be Tuesday, August 1.

Best of luck to Zandra Myers in her new role as managed care specialist for the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaways, located at 10-11 Nameoke street. Zandra has served the community is so many ways, from being involved with the Claddagh I.N.N. to previously working for Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd- Cummings. Anyone with questions regarding HMOs (Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance) should contact Zandra.

Kiwanis Club of Rockaway will have a pancake breakfast on Sunday, July 16, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the St. Rose of Lima auditorium. All proceeds will benefit Rockaway’s own Whale-amena.

The Wave’s editorial department welcomes two of our summer interns: Paula Montemorano and Tawana Blount. Both are college students with an interest in journalism. Paula is from Belle Harbor and Tawana is from Far Rockaway.

Mark your calendars -- Rockaway’s 19th Annual Irish Festival is on Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Beach 109 street. Make sure to stop by at least once during the two day event, which features vendors, music, entertainment and plenty of food and drinks.

First Lady Hillary Clinton, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, was expected to be in Rockaway on Thursday afternoon. Her first destination was the JASA buildings on Beach 19 street and next she was to go to 102-00 Shore Front parkway. Hopefully our elected officials will not take this visit just as a photo op, but as a time to advocate on behalf of Rockaway’s needs.

Reason for the no parking Saturday, Sunday and holidays in Belle Harbor was evident as one of our Wave employees arrived home on a Monday and found two empty Snapple bottles, a paper bag and other beach related debris on his lawn.

Dog owners in the area are advocating the Parks Department to put to use one of the closed sections of the beach by permitting them to bring down their dogs and letting them run around. The suggestion is for the Parks Department to allocate two hours a day at such a location for dogs.

Service at the Rockaway Beach Post Office is getting worse. Box mail on Wednesday, July 12 wasn’t ready until 1 p.m. The Post Office has to start addressing late mail and poor service throughout our community.

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