2000-10-28 / Columnists


Here are the answers to last week’s Halloween Quiz…(1) The Druids first celebrated what we call Halloween (2) People dresses up to scare away evil spirits (3) Samhaim means end of summer and was celebrated to usher in the new season (4) Pamona is the goddess of fruits and gardens (5) Halloween falls the night before All Saint’s Day. Each is worth 10 points…if you scored 0-20, let’s call you Casper; 21-40, you’re a sorcerer’s apprentice; and 41-50, you devil you!

Along Beach 89 street and the freeway, the fence has been partially removed. Cars and school buses have been seen driving over the sidewalk and under the freeway, which is illegal. DOT should get down there immediately and put up a new fence before there’s an accident.

Rohnique Posey of Far Rockaway, who is a rising star in boxing, will be the in a preliminary bout at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, November 4 at 7 p.m. He will be fighting Richard Lee Hall. This fight for the welter weight title can be seen on HBO.

Sunday at 3 a.m. turn your clocks back…and get an extra hour of sleep. Actually, you might want to do this before you go to bed Saturday night so you don’t wake up confused!

Residents of Rockaway, Broad Channel and Howard Beach will have an opportunity to speak out against an increase in flights out of JFK Airport at a town hall meeting on Monday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel, 209 Cross Bay boulevard. The Port Authority will be represented, as well as City Council Transportation Chairman Noach Dear.

Have fun this Halloween, but remember – safety first! Using shaving cream, eggs, toilet paper and other items to deface property (houses, cars, buildings, etc.) is illegal. The local police will maintain a "zero tolerance" policy with anyone, any age. Parents and storeowners will also be held responsible this Halloween.

Palmer Doyle completed his term as president of the 100 Precinct Community Council this week. We thank him for his work on behalf of our community and his effort to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. We urge Palmer to remain active in the community. His leadership, dedication and hard work have benefited our community. We also would like to welcome and wish the best of luck to Jerome Rashkis, the incoming Precinct Council president.

The farmer’s market has reopened in the schoolyard of P.S. 42 on Saturdays through November. The market has become a popular happening in Rockaway, attracting people from all over the peninsula with its quality fresh fruits and vegetables.

We are asking the Rockaway community and all the houses of worship to come together in prayer for Steven Morales, the seven-year-old Far Rockaway boy who has an inoperable cancerous brain tumor. Steven has been a strong little boy up to this point, but the tumor’s activity has increased, making it harder for him. Please keep Steven and the Morales family in your thoughts and prayers…

Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Cultural Committee announced this week the slate of honorees for the March 2001 parade. They are: Honorary Male Grand Marshal, Robert Spata; Honorary Female Grand Marshal, Barbara J. Morris; and the deputy grand marshals John McLoughlin, Liz Sulik, Mary Dever, PO Hector Tello, Michael Shea, Father Casey, Rosella Sampol, Ellen Connolly, Sean Kirby, Mary Alice Lane, and Mary Rooney.

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