2000-08-12 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Residents of Gateway boulevard in Far Rockaway are celebrating "Gateway Day 2000" today, Saturday, August 12, from 12 noon to 7 p.m. The street festival includes music, entertainment, horseback riding, and a dedication ceremony with officers of the 101 Precinct. Sounds like another great day for Rockaway -- come out and enjoy the festivities.

With a lack of lifeguards and no lights on the boardwalk between Beach 98 street to Beach 105 street, the residents of Beach 101 street are quite fed up. Most are summer residents who rent bungalows to enjoy the beach and surrounding area. The Parks Department’s continued neglect of our prize resource is a snub in the face to all of us. Complaints should be forwarded to Councilman Al Stabile, 718-843-5283, and Richard Murphy of the Parks Department, 718-520-5907.

Beach 129 street merchants, along with the Chamber of Commerce, will have a street fair on Sunday, August 20, from 12 noon to 9 p.m. There are a number of events and activities planned throughout the day. Read The Wave for further details.

We like the idea of Mayor Giuliani’s to have a statue of Frank Sinatra built in the Time Square area. Why stop with Sinatra? We can have statues of Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Ricky Nelson, Richie Valens, Janice Joplin, and so on and so on…Hey, even better, we can bring the statues to Rockaway and have them encircling Whalemena!

Arverne Civic Association will meet on Monday, August 14, 8 p.m., at Macedonia Baptist Church to discuss the mosquito problem plaguing the area. The Department of Health will be represented to discuss spot spraying of vacant lots and clean up of Dubos Point.

Talking about mosquitoes, Broad Channel is under attack by these bugs. Jon Gaska of Community Board 14 is speaking with the Health Department about spraying, but without evidence of a West Nile Virus threat in our area we might not see any remedy in the near future.

We appreciate the fact that storeowners sweep and clean up in front of their stores, but it would be great if they didn’t dump the garbage down the sewers (which runs into Jamaica Bay). How about using a garbage can?

If you’ve noticed, or maybe you haven’t, the Doppler Radar Tower is up and standing in Floyd Bennett Field. About two weeks ago, during one of the storms, the Doppler ball fell off the tower. So, it looks like the Doppler will not be operational for awhile, to the delight of many who fear that radar emissions from the Doppler threaten our health.

Captain Miller, the new commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, has jumped right into his job. He was seen walking "the beat" on Beach 116 street over the weekend. It’s great that the new captain is so visible. We hope that he continues his predecessor’s efforts to "clean up" the merchant strip.

New York City Housing Authority has removed the ban on dogs in its public housing developments. This policy change will affect the tenants of the six public housing developments in Rockaway -- Hammels, Carleton Manor, Arverne, Edgemere, Beach 41 Street, and Redfern. A toll-free dog-complaint hotline is now available for tenants: 888-895-DOGS (3647).


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