2000-09-30 / Columnists


There’s a new sport that the kids in Rockaway are taking up -- bus surfing! That’s right, folks! Kids, while on their way home from school, have been seen standing on the top of Green Line buses while moving. One instance when this was witnessed the bus was so crowded that the driver had no idea what was going on. Not only are these kids just plain stupid, but this says plenty about the unsafe conditions on these buses.

It’s truly and end of an era when we see the Loeb & Mayer delivery trucks with the name whited out. With Loeb & Mayer, Inc. no longer, The Wave becomes the oldest business on the peninsula.

Congressman Weiner and his press secretary, Serena Torrey, should be ashamed of themselves. After this paper endorsed his opponent in the Democratic primary, Weiner’s staff has not returned phone calls made to his office. This is also true for other newspapers that did not endorse the congressman. Weiner is not hurting The Wave, rather, he is hurting the residents of this community by not allowing them to hear his voice. If this is his intent, then we know we did the right thing in endorsing his opponent. Grow up congressman!

Two weeks ago we reported about a boat that overturned in the ocean at Beach 124 street. We forgot to mention that Gateway Marine Towing, of Broad Channel, towed the boat.

Congressman Gregory Meeks has relocated his Far Rockaway office to 1931 Mott avenue, room 305. Telephone service will be delayed. Meeks apologizes for any inconvenience during the move.

As of October 6, 2000 the Inwood Fleet Bank will be closing. With Fleet having branches in Arverne, Far Rockaway and Hewlett, the district office decided to close Inwood’s bank.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer will officially kick-off her 2001 re-election campaign at a headquarters grand opening celebration on Wednesday, October 4. All are invited to the event, which will take place at 7 p.m. at 92-03 Rockaway Beach boulevard. Refreshments will be served.

Albert Berger, historian at the University of North Dakota and son of Sara Berger of Belle Harbor, will be interviewed on a show about the Rockefeller family. The series can be seen on Channel 13, October 16 and 23, at 9 p.m. Four generations of the Rockefeller family will be explored through interviews with family, friends, historians and biographers. Don’t forget to tune in!

It’s around town that Wave Editor John McLoughlin is a candidate for next year’s city council election. It’s a little early in the process, so don’t expect any formal announcement of whether he will be a candidate for a few more months. Others that have been mentioned as possible candidates include: Joseph Addabbo jr., Joann Ariola, Geraldine Chapey, Chris Jorge, John Seminerio, Jo Ann Shapiro, and Lew Simon. It should be an interesting race…

Congrats to Liz Sulik, John Lepore and all who put together the Chamber of Commerce 75th Annual Diamond Jubilee Dinner Dance. It was a great evening that honored some great people in our community. We also wish Sulik the best of luck as she officially takes over the reigns of the Chamber as its president.

Congratulations and a job well done are also in order for Barbara Eisenstadt, Fern Liberman, John Musumeci, and all those that participated in this year’s Rockaway Music and Arts Council Fall Festival. Although part of Saturday was rained out, Sunday was a beautiful day that attracted many people. Keep up the good work!

Commissioner Henry Stern of the NYC Parks Department recently thanked Councilman Al Stabile for adding more than $4 million in this fiscal year’s capital budget to improve playgrounds and ballfields and to continue reconstruction of the Rockaway boardwalk.

To all our Jewish friends and readers -- A happy, healthy and sweet New Year!

Department of Transportation recently completed a parking engineering survey on Beach 129 street and have determined to change the two-hour parking limits to one-hour. The Belle Harbor Property Owners, Community Board 14 and Chamber of Commerce alerted DOT to the concerns of the merchants in regards to parking.

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