2000-10-21 / Columnists


According to Councilman Al Stabile, there will be improvements to the playground and basketball and handball courts along Shore Front parkway at Beach 73 and 74 streets. The work is expected to begin next year.

John Nies of Breezy Point is the new varsity girls basketball coach at St. Edmunds Prep. Mr. Nies is formerly the junior varsity coach at Bishop Kearney High School.

Robert Spata of the Gerald Dever Middle School (MS 180) was named the 2000 New York State Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. We congratulate him on this honor, but we’re sure many people in our community would disagree with the NASSP’s choice.

MetroCard Bus will be in Rockaway on Tuesday, October 31 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the C-Town parking lot, Beach 90 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard. Residents can apply, purchase or add value to their MetroCard.

Don’t forget about next week’s Community Dialogue, hosted by The Wave and Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways. It will be on Tuesday, October 24 at Beach Channel High School. Doors open at 7 p.m.; program promptly starts 7:30 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to interact with local elected officials and those running for office. See you there!

Zachary Rosen of Belle Harbor has the honor of having a bill introduced in the state legislature named after him. "Zach’s Bill", sponsored by State Senator Malcolm Smith, calls for all children under the age of 14 to wear protective gear while riding a scooter. Smith said that Zachary "inspired" him to sponsor this legislation after the nine-year-old told him of how a friend was hurt while riding a scooter. Keep up the good work Zack – maybe we’ll be endorsing you for elected office one day!

Support the fireworks for next year by attending the 100 Precinct Community Council Octoberfest Breakfast this Sunday, October 22, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Knights of Columbus. The honorees this year are Sara Berger, Jerome Rashkis, and Jate (Yes, it’s Jate..this is not a Wave typo!) Doremus. Contact Liz Sulik, Palmer Doyle or stop by West End Realty for tickets.

Congressman Anthony Weiner bet his colleague, Congressman Eliot Engel, that the Mets will win the upcoming Subway Series against the Yankees. Weiner, a lifelong Mets fan, went as far as to promise Congressman Engel, a Yankees loyalist, a Juniors cheesecake if he’s proved wrong. Engel will pony up a famous Bronx S&S cheesecake if the Mets win.

With the announcement that Delta will be expanding its facilities at JFK, we can only expect more flights. According to Delta, the expansion will allow 175 daily departures by 2005, increasing to 222 daily departures by 2019. Daily domestic flights are expected to increase from 36 to 140 departures by 2014. Are our elected officials doing anything about this? Probably not, since most of them get paid off from the aviation industry!

Supporting our local merchants is something we always advocate, but the conditions on Beach 116 street really need to improve. We saw someone urinating on the corner of the street during daylight hours. There also appears to be an increase in those who hang out on the corner and sit on the sidewalk. We are asking our local police to increase efforts in that area.

While we’re talking about Beach 116 street, the firehouse on that block is undergoing some work on the floor. The problem is that Engine Company 268 has been moved 25 blocks further down to join with Engine Company 266 while the work is done (which could be six months to one year). In addition, Ladder 137 (also operating out of Beach 116 street) is being moved to an outside cage in front of the firehouse and the renovations being done on the Marine Parkway bridge will delay response from Brooklyn fire companies. Locals are concerned that an increase in response time could result in possible deaths in a serious enough fire. Call Councilman Al Stabile, 718-843-5283, and tell him to have Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen delay the work until after renovations are complete on the bridge.

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