2000-07-29 / Columnists


There’s lots happening around Rockaway over the next week, so don’t miss out! The Rockaway Irish Festival will be on Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Beach 108 and 109 streets. Night Out Against Crime is on Tuesday, August 1 at Beach 116 street, starting with the Rockaway Sandcastle Contest at 12 p.m. and ending with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.

We beg the Parks Department to clean up the bay wall along Beach Channel drive, from Beach 116 street going west. Empty bottles, garbage, etc., line the wall. Also, those who fish off the bay wall should clean up after themselves.

Want to make Rockaway a better place to live, work and play. Make sure to attend the town hall meeting with Public Advocate Mark Green and local politicians on Sunday, August 6, 1:30 p.m., at On Our Way Learning Center, 264 Beach 19 street. By coming out to for this meeting you will send a message to our elected officials that you want to improve our community.

Beach 36 street, on the bayside, continues to flood when it rains, thanks to catch basins that haven’t worked properly for years. Residents of the block fear that the standing water will lead to more mosquitoes. Will someone help this block? Community Board 14? Councilwoman Juanita Watkins?

Talking about mosquitoes, the New York City Health Department has said that they are not presently spraying Rockaway since there appears to be no threat of the West Nile Virus. The Health Department has been trapping mosquitoes in Far Rockaway for the past few months and has not detected any signs of the virus. More information on spraying locations can be obtained by calling 1-877-WNV-4NYC.

Rockaway’s soup kitchen for 10 years, the Claddagh I.N.N., is in need of support. To keep serving the many families in need of food and clothing, the soup kitchen is asking for residents and businesses to attend its gala fundraiser/art show and auction on Thursday, August 17 in The Beach Club’s Ocean Room. Tickets are available at the door and includes live music, dinner and drinks.

The Wave says farewell this week to Heather Dalton, who has been the editorial assistant since September. Heather has accepted a position with a magazine. Although it is a sad day for the editorial department, The Wave looks forward to working with its new editorial assistant, Paula Montemorano, who has served us ably as an intern during the summer months. God’s Speed, Heather! You will be missed.

The boardwalk at Beach 109 street is still closed. What’s up with that? The Parks Department says that they are waiting for wood. Maybe they should have ordered the wood during the winter so the boards would be up to par by Memorial Day.

Cheers again to the Good brothers, Steven and Kenny, for opening up their doors again for another successful fundraiser for Steven Morales, the Far Rock youth who is battling brain cancer and staying ahead of the game. Kudos, too, for the upcoming activities for National Night Out Against Crime next Tuesday. The Beach Club is truly a community-oriented business. We sure could use more of them.

Don’t forget that CRIMESTOP-PERS have raised their pay out on tips to up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest or an indictment of a most wanted fugitive from justice. With Rockaway having the most successful program in the city, its time for our concerned citizens that help the police locate these felons to cash in on their efforts.

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