2000-12-02 / Columnists


Congrats to Gary Scirica, commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, for his promotion to deputy inspector. Since taking command, the 101 Precinct has experienced a steady decline in crime statistics. Scirica will remain as commanding officer of the 101 Precinct.

Although Rockaway’s crime stats show our neighborhood is safer now than in years past, it is still important to be alert this holiday season. Watch your wallets, pocketbooks and be careful near ATMs. We want everyone to have a happy holiday season, so be aware of what’s happening around you.

There’s a proposal to build a new 700-seat elementary school at 1295 Central avenue (former site of Far Rockaway Jewish Center) to combat the overcrowding in the schools on the east end of the peninsula. Projected completion and occupancy would be September 2003.

Last week Vincent Chiarchiaro wrote into The Wave’s Bag of Mail and asked if anyone remembered a Joe Kelly, a man who dedicated himself to organizing activities for the youth of the Rockaways. Kathleen Buckley, sister of Joe Kelly, called The Wave to say that Joe is presently living in California and would be very happy to read the letter by Mr. Chiarchiaro.

Dan Tubridy has told The Wave that he has taken back the property that once was Pier 92 and he is offering it for private parties during the winter. Anyone interested in renting or purchasing the property for the purpose of opening a restaurant can contact Dan.

Looks like Shaun Ruskin, personal trainer at Harbor Health & Fitness and writer of The Wave’s Fitness Forum column, is really going places. His column has just been accepted by another newspaper off the peninsula and he is quickly becoming recognized as somewhat of a "fitness guru". Shaun’s writing talents were recognized by Wave Editor John McLoughlin, who is a client of Rockaway’s top personal trainer.

Captain John Miller of the 100 Precinct told the attendees of Wednesday night’s Community Council meeting that in a 28-day period more than 140 tickets were issued to cab companies on the peninsula for various driving infractions. Locals have been complaining that cabs are speeding around our streets and zooming through lights -- a recipe for a serious accident!

It seems that political junkies and columnists are getting rather excited about the idea of President Clinton running for mayor of New York City in next year’s election. Actually, one of the first to mention it was Kevin Boyle, former Wave editor, who wrote a column for the Washington Post about the possibility of a Mayor Bill Clinton.

Twenty-three days left to Christmas. If you haven’t started shopping, you best do so now...and keep it local. Support your neighborhood stores. They’re the ones who hire your neighbors, donate to local causes and charities, and most important, have made an investment in our community.

We are saddened to hear of the passing away of Eleanor Davenport, wife of Reverend Dr. Arthur Davenport and first lady of First Church of God. She was beloved by many in the Far Rockaway community and will be missed. We ask all Rockawayites to keep their prays and thoughts with Ms. Davenport’s family and friends at this time.

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