2000-07-22 / Columnists


First we don’t get enough lifeguards to open our beaches. Now, some of the lifeguards we do have are smoking pot while on duty. Polly Kreisman of WB 11 News at Ten caught with a hidden camera lifeguards on Rockaway’s beaches smoking pot on the job. Is it safe to go in the water?

A few safety reminders for the public… 1) Do not drive around a school bus that is flashing its lights and has its stop sign out. Even during the summer months kids are getting off and on these buses for school or camp; 2) Remind your children to look both ways before crossing and cross at a light; and 3) When driving please be cautious of children crossing or playing in the street. Let’s have a safe and fun summer.

As we’ve mentioned before, the new trees and shrubbery look great along Beach Channel drive, from Beach 108 street to Beach 116 street. But, who is going to be responsible for cleaning up the debris gathering in the shrubbery?

Congratulations to Arverne resident Rhia Warren, who was recently selected to be the superintendent of Community School District 29. Warren has been a longtime educator who presently serves as principal of IS 226 in District 27.

This Sunday, July 23, you do not want to miss "Legends of Rock ‘N Roll", a concert sponsored by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council and Gateway Recreation. Come early and bring your chair for this entertaining event (which, by the way, is free). The concert is at Fort Tilden and starts at 6 p.m.

Tenants of Edgemere Houses should be proud of Jamel Cummings, once a resident and now a rising rap star known as "Superb." He is part of the group American Cream Team and their first CD will be out this summer. His solo album will be out by late fall. Keep up the good work Superb and continue making Rockaway proud!

Rockaway’s only music store, R&B Music Box, has relocated to Beach 88 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard (two stores down from The Wave). We wish them the best of luck and hope residents from all ends of the peninsula stop by R&B for their music needs.

There is a sewer project underway between Beach 59 and Beach 61 streets, so you might want to avoid those blocks by taking Beach Channel drive. The sewer project is in response to the new housing in that area.

Our apologies to the organizers of the 100 Precinct Community Council cruise. We stated that there were 160 people on the cruise, but we were off by 100. The number was actually closer to 260. Either way, it was a great event -- one to remember!


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