2000-11-04 / Columnists


Since it appears that the Fire Department will not stop the work at the Beach 116 street firehouse, local politicians are advocating that there be an increase in manpower at the Fort Tilden firehouse (Engine Company 329). Presently there are four firefighters and the request is to increase that by two more. Officials at the FDNY should give us this, at the very least!

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7. Yes, this is an important election because of the Presidential and U.S. Senate races, but locally we have choices as well. Read The Wave’s editorial (page 4) to get an idea of who we think is best for the community. Most important – Don’t forget to vote.

Steven Morales, the seven-year-old Far Rockaway boy who battled brain cancer for the past two years, died Monday of his illness. The brave young boy was the recipient of lots of love and sharing from The Wave and the entire Rockaway community this past year, when a series of fundraisers were held in his behalf. He succumbed to the cancer Monday afternoon at Long Island Jewish Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Steven is at peace now, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Morales family as they mourn their loss. Service and funeral information is available in the obituary section of this paper.

Our apologies to the Rockaway Rugby Club. In last week’s Wave, we incorrectly identified the group as the Rockaway Rotary Club in a picture caption. Sorry guys!

Veterans can now receive healthcare services at the Joseph Addabbo Health Center, 1288 Central avenue. Working with the Department of Veterans Affairs, primary care and preventive services will be offered through the Addabbo Center.

We commend our local police on a "job well done" this Halloween. Everywhere you looked there were police cars, undercover officers or beat cops. This not only made residents feel safe, but it also acted as a deterrent to kids who wanted to get "stupid". Zero tolerance paid off as only six summonses were issued to youths for loitering and throwing eggs. The police reported no property damage and a relatively quiet night compared to year’s past.

Once again, in a show of unity, the Neponsit Property Owners Association, Belle Harbor Property Owners Association, and the Rockaway Park Association will host a holiday cocktail party at the Washington Hotel on Sunday, December 10. Tickets are available through all three civic organizations. Reserve a seat ASAP!

While we’re talking about civics, the Rockaway Beach Civic Association did a fabulous job with this year’s Halloween parade. It was a great success, with hundreds of kids from all ends of the peninsula. Keep up the good work and thank you for your efforts on behalf of Rockaway Beach.

So, it seems that "Big Al’s Topless Go-Go Bar" caused a stir around the neighborhood. Calls and e-mails flooded the offices of The Wave and local politicians when residents began to notice a sign announcing this adult entertainment bar at the Park Place Seaport on Beach 116 street. Once The Wave was alerted of the sign early Friday morning, we began to make a few phone calls and quickly found out from reliable sources that it was joke. Guess it was a little early for April Fools, but perfect for Halloween – it scared the heck out of everyone! By the way, Beach 116 street falls in a Red Zone, which prohibits adult establishments within close proximity to residential neighborhoods.

Wave Editor John McLoughlin is on vacation next week, so all stories, concerns, comments, praises, and complaints (be gentle!) can be given to Associate Editor Joan Ward George or Editorial Assistant Paula Montemorano.

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