2000-11-18 / Columnists


Could it be true? A Glatt Kosher deli on Beach 116 street. According to a sign posted on a storefront (next to Blockbuster Video), it looks like we are finally getting a kosher deli here in Rockaway. We hope it comes to be. It’s a refreshing change from the discount stores, Chinese restaurants and hair salons that are common to our neighborhood.

Talking about food, Rockaway has produced a world-renowned chef. Formerly of Beach 114 street, Michael Daly is presently on a five-year world tour as Chef Tournand, heading to places such as Germany, Sweden, England, and Ireland. His mother, Bridget Daly, still resides in Rockaway and is very proud of her son. Michael has said he will come home to Rockaway to open a Bistro style restaurant at the completion of his tour.

Our community has suffered another loss...Reverend Maddox passed away earlier this week. Maddox was a spiritual leader who served as president of the Beach Channel High School Parent Association and was involved with many community organizations and activities. He will be greatly missed by his Rockaway friends and neighbors. Our thoughts and prays are with his family at this time.

First there were the 19,000 ballots that were disqualified in Florida. Then there were the 141 Wisconsin students who voted four times each. Now there are the eyewitness accounts of people seeing more than one person in a voting booth at the same time -- right here in Rockaway! Voter fraud? Maybe. Rockaway might want to protest – rally in the streets – and demand a recount and revote (popular catch phrases these days!)

This is the last weekend for the farmer’s market in the schoolyard at P.S. 42, Beach 66 street. It’s your last chance until next year to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as baked goods, at the market. There will also be raffles for free turkeys and other goodies, so make sure to stop by.

Another crazy driver was seen around town...on Wednesday afternoon a white Mercury Sable, license plate V962AU, passed two cars going eastbound on Beach Channel drive at Beach 120 street. The driver crossed the double yellow line, went into the westbound lane, and sped ahead of the other cars. Hey buddy...we hope you got to where you wanted to go without killing someone.

Congrats to David Bernstein, son of Wave General Manager Sanford Bernstein, on graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in Illinois. David graduated from Beach Channel High School last spring and entered the Navy in the late summer. We wish David the best of luck and most success.

In response to Engine Company 268 being temporarily relocated to Beach 92 street, the FDNY hierarchy has placed two additional firefighters at the firehouse near Fort Tilden (Engine 329). This was done to reduce concern among residents that the west end of the peninsula would be vulnerable to increased response time. Kudos to Palmer Doyle for bringing this issue to the forefront.

November is National Alzheimer’s Month. Four million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and 19 million Americans have a family member with Alzheimer’s disease. In Rockaway, JASA, located at 131 Beach 19 street, and Neponsit Adult Day Care Program, located at Young Israel of Far Rockaway on Beach 9 street, offer programs to address the needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s.

We wish all our Rockaway neighbors a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Remember to be thankful...and remember your less fortunate neighbors who could use your love and support as the holiday season approaches.

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