2000-10-14 / Columnists

Beachcomber

According to the Department of Transportation, a traffic signal has been approved for the intersection of Bay 32 street and Beach Channel drive. Installation will be performed by contract and the work is tentatively scheduled to be completed by November 30.

The Wave welcomes the newest member of its staff – Melissa McLoughlin. Melissa joins Sandy Bernstein and Carol Keenan in the accounting department.

At 7:55 a.m. Tuesday morning a Belle Rock cab was seen passing a school bus with its "Stop" sign out and lights flashing. How about safety first, guys?

While we’re talking about cabs…the drivers of our local cabs really need to slow down. Not only are they driving way to fast (especially at night), but they are going through red lights. Please be careful before someone gets killed. We are asking the local police to watch out for these violators and show them we are serious about keeping our streets safe.

Want the scoop on ferry service in the Rockaways? John Finley of Gateway National Recreation Area will be speaking about the proposed ferry from Riis Landing at the Wednesday, October 18 meeting of the Rockaway Park Association, which meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.

It’s been heard that the Paul O’Dwyer Foundation and Ancient Order Of Hibernians (AOH) are in the final stages of negotiation with Queens Borough President Claire Shulman to purchase the courthouse on Beach 91 street and Beach Channel drive. Both organizations would like to see the courthouse become an Irish cultural center.

Just in case you didn’t know, it’s illegal for kids to be driving those motorized scooters. A license is required, as well as registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles. It’s also unsafe, since most kids don’t watch out for driveways, parking lots, and pedestrians.

Register your bikes and scooters at the 100 Precinct, 92-24 Rockaway Beach boulevard, today, Saturday, October 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a great way to assist the police if your property is ever stolen or missing.

Next Wednesday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) will be sponsoring a job fair at St. Gertrude’s Tessier Learning Center, 336 Beach 38 street. It promises to be a worthwhile event, so stop by if you are looking for employment opportunities.

There have been several calls to The Wave over the past few weeks with regard to the fully-loaded back packs that elementary school students are schlepping back and forth to school each day. One mother told us that her child’s back pack held books in excess of 60 pounds on a normal day. A recent article in Healthy Kids, observed recently in a local pediatrician’s office, said that the weight of a back pack should not be in excess of 10 percent of the child’s weight, without the possibility of lower back and leg problems to look forward to down the line. Exactly how many text books need to come home every single day from school? Parents, teachers, let’s look into this. Write or e-mail The Wave if you can offer any solutions.


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