2000-09-09 / Columnists


Rockaway Action Committee will meet at Stella Maris High School on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. Mary Dever, a member of RAC, plans to discuss the need to improve train transportation to and from the Rockaways and would like residents to join together in advocating this issue. Also, Captain John Miller, the new commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, will be the guest speaker at this meeting.

The picture of the P.S. 114 student painting the "wave" bus stop along Shore Front parkway was incorrectly identified as Lauren Hutter on The Wave’s front page two weeks ago. The picture was of Christine Linder, a 11-year-old student at P.S. 114, and the best friend of Lauren Hutter.

This year’s Labor Day weekend in Rockaway will be remembered for many years to come. Viking Sail 2000 was a real hit with Rockawayites and the many who visited the peninsula for the day. Congratulations to Liz Sulik and the Chamber of Commerce for making this reality; Stu Mirsky, citywide coordinator, for including Rockaway in this event; and all the volunteers who worked hard. We truly appreciate your efforts to make Rockaway a great place to live and play!

This Labor Day weekend was such a hit that people are saying that we should end the summer season with fireworks every year. It sounds good and something the community should definitely consider.

Breezy Point and Broad Channel kept the Labor Day weekend going with their Mardi Gras celebrations. Broad Channel’s parade did get rained out halfway through, but the plans are already set for this Saturday, September 9, at 1 p.m. Rides, food and entertainment, as well as awards for the best floats, will be the day’s activities at the Grassy Point Pub on Cross Bay boulevard.

An accident waiting to happen is what we have to say about the exit ramp off of the Cross Bay bridge onto the eastbound Beach Channel drive at Beach 94 street. A "Yield" sign has now replaced a "Stop" sign, potentially dangerous for a street that merges traffic from several locations.

Don’t forget to vote next week in the Democratic Primary (Tuesday, September 12 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.). There are two races important to Rockaway. One is the congressional race between Congressman Anthony Weiner and Councilman Noach Dear. The other is a three-way race for the State Assembly in the 31 A.D. The candidates in that race are Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings, Dr. Taj Rajkumar and Carol Howell.

Last week the first of 35 royal blue banners that proclaim "Welcome to Downtown Far Rockaway" was hung at the corner of Mott avenue and Beach 20 street (in front of the North Fork Bank). The banners are part of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation’s effort to enhance the environment of the commercial area of Far Rockaway.

The Wave received e-mail from a Danny Lobel who graduated from Far Rockaway High School in 1946. He played football under coach Irving Resnick in 1944 and 1945 at FRHS. He’s looking for former teammates who played during those years. If you did, contact him via e-mail at Dantennis@aol.com.

There were mixed responses to Kevin Boyle’s "Boyle-ing Points" last week. Some readers were quite upset with Boyle’s "guest" column depicting Lew Simon as a cast member of the CBS show "Survivor." Others said that everyone needs to loosen up a little more and take it all in stride. We just tell Lew to keep up the good work and remember -- you’ll have the last laugh!

Beach 35 street and Seagirt boulevard has been spruced up with new plantings, flowers and shrubbery, thanks to Community Board 14.

Bayswater Park was really utilized this summer by residents of our community. It was a place for family gatherings, cricket, softball, barbecuing, tennis, and youth activities. It’s nice to see programs and activities offered that bring neighbors together.

On Sunday, September 10, former employees and local residents will have a candlelight vigil in front of the Neponsit Health Care Center from 2 p.m. to midnight. It has been two years since Neponsit was closed under a cloud of controversy.

Two weeks ago The Wave published a story -- "More Horror On Beach 129: Max Driving Family Mad." It seems that someone has made copies of the story and added that residents should boycott Beach Bagels and Two Nine Deli, both located on Beach 129 street. We urge residents NOT to boycott Two Nine Deli. The owner has nothing to do with this situation and is working to rid the block of "Max", who, by the way, has not been seen around for more than a month and is rumored to have left the country.


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