2000-08-19 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Due to last weekend’s rainfall, both the Intergenerational Festival at Bayswater Park and Gateway Day 2000 in Far Rockaway were canceled and will be held today, Saturday, August 19. The Intergenerational Festival, sponsored by the Deerfield Area Association, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bayswater Park, Beach 32 street and Beach Channel drive. Gateway Day 2000, from 12 noon to 7 p.m., will be at Gateway boulevard and Mott avenue in Far Rockaway.

Also this weekend will be the Beach 129 Street Fair, sponsored by the street merchants of the block and Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways. From 12 noon to 9 p.m. there will be street dancing, children’s activities, "Little Miss" and "Little Hunk" contests, and much more! Don’t miss the fun…

Blood banks throughout New York are in desperate need of donations. Give blood on August 22 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the main lobby of Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, Beach 50 street and Beach Channel drive. Your donation can save a life!

Extending the center median from Beach 140 street to Beach 125 street along Rockaway Beach boulevard is definitely going to happen. The project, which was proposed about two years ago, is back on track. It is expected that plans will be available for the community to review by September and construction beginning in the spring or fall of 2001. Other parts of the project include reconstructing the roadways, curbs and sidewalks on Rockaway Beach boulevard from Beach 120 street to 140 street and Newport avenue from Beach 116 street and Beach 125 street.

Plans for Viking ships to dock in Rockaway on Sunday, September 3, with a full day of activities on Beach 116 street, are moving ahead smoothly. Stu Mirsky, citywide coordinator of the Viking event and a Rockaway resident, said, "Although Saturday belongs to Manhattan's Riverside Park and Monday to Bayridge in Brooklyn, Sunday is Rockaway's day, a day of bay to beach celebrations from one edge of the peninsula to the other, with sailing and parades on Jamaica Bay, water displays and fireworks and singing and dancing in the streets -- a fitting way to end Rockaway's Viking summer."

We were saddened to here that Bob Curry, who recently opened R&B Music Box on Rockaway Beach boulevard at Beach 88 street, passed away last Friday evening. Bob, a former resident of the SUS housing on Beach 85 street, was a success story -- getting his life on track after facing several challenges, finding an apartment in Far Rockaway, and opening up a new business. He was a good man and will be missed by all who knew him.

We’ve received a number of complaints about the Waldbaum’s parking lot on Beach 113 street and Beach Channel drive. Every time there is rain, the parking lot floods. What makes it worse is that the sewers back up, causing waste to mix with the water. We urge Waldbaum’s to remedy the problem in their parking lot and the city to repair the catch basin located near the post office.

Talking about the Waldbaum’s parking lot, a guard service has been employed to prevent unauthorized parking. A flyer was distributed earlier this week stating, "You may no longer park here if you are going to the beach, going to the post office, getting on the train, or shopping anywhere else in the neighborhood. If necessary we will tow away unauthorized vehicles in order to bring about compliance."

Ever since the city resurfaced Rockaway Beach boulevard two years ago, there has been "ponding" on several corners, including Beach 90 street. Whenever it rains, water collects and remains stagnant. This doesn’t help the mosquito problem we have been facing this summer.

According to the latest stats, both the 100 and 101 precincts in Rockaway faced a reduction in cops assigned to the area. We have to give credit to both precincts for doing a good job with its resources, but we still would like to see more cops patrolling our streets -- especially "beat" cops.


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