2000-10-07 / Columnists


How about following the rules of the road people? We recently saw 14 cars pass a school bus that had its "Stop" sign out. Take a chill pill…and stop rushing so much. Waiting two minutes won’t kill you…we can almost guarantee that hitting a child would.

October is an important month for many reasons…it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – don’t forget to make an appointment for a mammogram; Domestic Violence Awareness Month – take a stand for your life and the life of others; National AIDS Awareness Month; Computer Learning Month; Lupus Awareness Month; and so many more we have no room to continue listing them.

Mark it on your calendar now…The Wave and the Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring a Community Dialogue on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Beach Channel High School. We are bringing together all our locally elected officials, and those challenging them, to sink our teeth into the issues. All civic associations are urged to get involved. Contact Liz Sulik of the Chamber or John McLoughlin of The Wave for more information and how you can get involved.

Thank you to the Parks Department for placing garbage cans on the beach. Usually during the non-summer months Parks removes cans, therefore most of the garbage ends up on the beach, boardwalk or street. Hopefully this will keep our neighborhood a little cleaner. Just a reminder -- don’t litter.

Since Queens Buildings Commissioner James Leonard, a Belle Harbor resident, has been indicted on charges related to corrupt activities in the workplace, there should be an investigation into his handling of the closing and proposed demolition of Neponsit Health Care Center. It seems that Leonard’s close political ties may have clouded his judgment on numerous occasions.

Rockaway Action Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 11, 7:30p.m., at Stella Maris High School. The guest speaker will be Joan Gomez, director of Nursing Administration, Peninsula Hospital Center. All are invited.

Looks like Rockaway isn’t any closer to getting the Riis Park swimming pool. Funding for the pool was taken out of this year’s federal budget. Is this any reflection on the clout Senator Schumer and Congressman Weiner have on Capitol Hill?

The roadbed at Beach 108 street and westbound Rockaway Beach boulevard is beginning to sink again. DOT needs to get out there before it gets worse.

Checkpoints are visible around the peninsula as local police crack down on drivers without seatbelts and not using their signals. Remember to take all safety measures when driving.

There has been an increase in the number of burglaries on the west end of the peninsula. Local police urge residents to lock their doors, close garages, and keep outside and inside lights on.

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