2000-08-05 / Columnists


Deerfield Area Association will have its first Intergenerational Festival on Saturday, August 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Bayswater Park on the corner of Beach 32 street and Beach Channel drive. The day’s activities will include a health fair, senior and immigration workshop, and a variety of sporting events. Come out and enjoy a great day!

Steve Cooper, president of the Edgemere Civic Association, and Wave Editor John McLoughlin will be on the "Queens Grapevine" this Saturday, 9:30 p.m., channel 56 (QPTV), discussing various issues affecting Rockaway.

Kudos to the organizers of the 100 Precinct Community Council Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 1. It was a fantastic evening that brought out the best of Rockaway! It’s too bad that the fireworks had to be postponed because of rain, but we look forward to seeing the great show Labor Day Weekend. Keep reading The Wave for details on the fireworks show, possibly the same day as when the Viking Ships arrive in Rockaway.

Take time on Sunday, August 6, at 1:30 p.m., to attend a town hall meeting with Public Advocate Mark Green and our local elected officials. The meeting will be at On Our Way Learning Center, 264 Beach 19 street, Far Rockaway. See you there!

Rockaway’s farmer’s market is back every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the schoolyard of P.S. 42, 430 Beach 66 street (off Beach Channel drive). The market lasts until November 22, 2000 and includes fruits, vegetables, organic produce, crafts and baked goods.

"Today Show" weatherman Al Roker has roots in Rockaway. In a Newsday article this week Roker says he grew up in Rockaway, Canarsie and St. Albans. We can add Roker to the growing list of famous individuals who started out with sand in their shoes.

Summer is flying by -- and what a summer it’s been. Not one day reached 90 degrees in July and we saw more rain than in previous years. Hopefully we will have a few nice weeks as summer comes to an end (and school begins).

We remind you again to be careful when swimming in the ocean. The sandbars are dangerous -- before you know it the ocean floor can collapse or drop off. We want this to continue being a safe summer for all residents and visitors.

Congrats to Marina Callaghan and the organizers of this year’s Irish Festival. The weather kept some people away, but spirits were still high. People from all over -- some from Upstate New York and others from way out on Long Island -- enjoyed the two days of festivities. The music was great, as usual, and it was a wonderful weekend for Rockaway.

Plans to revitalize the shopping center on Beach 102 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard are shaping up. Once an active strip, the closing of Surfside Cinemas, JG Footwear, and other stores resulted in vacant and boarded up storefronts. It is expected by this fall that several new businesses will be opening, including an exercise club, a spa (massages, facials and mud baths), and a hairdresser. It will be nice to see that area "come back alive".



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