2000-12-16 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Starting Tuesday, January 2 Triboro Coach will offer two more buses leaving Beach 116 street for Woodside during the weekday mornings. The new time slots are 5:45 a.m. and 7:45 a.m.

Brian Boden, a resident of Rockaway Park and student at Xaverian High School, recently performed in Bishop Kearney’s rendition of "The Sound Of Music." Brian’s name was inadvertently left out in last week’s story about the performance.

High winds on Tuesday afternoon resulted in flooding in parts of Broad Channel and Far Rockaway, some trees being knocked down, sand being blown off our beaches, and the closure of the Marine Parkway bridge for part of the day. Looks like we’re going to have a rough winter!

While stopped at a red light on Broadway and Sunrise Highway, the driver of a Laidlaw Bus was observed sweeping dirt off the bus into the road. The license plate is 15931SA; bus number 938438. We’re always watching out for people who show total disrespect for our environment.

Congrats to the kids, parents and coaches of the Ocean Village Little League team (sponsored by PAL, NYC Parks and Recreation) on winning the borough championship this past fall. An awards ceremony will be held tonight, Saturday, December 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ocean Village Community Center.

Need a 2001 calendar? The Rockaway Artists Alliance has just published a terrific calendar, which includes artwork and dates of open meetings and events. Remember to support the sponsors of the calendar– many of them are local merchants and businesses.

Can outlet malls be in Rockaway’s future? A developer from Florida contacted Jon Gaska, district manager of Community Board 14, and flew up to take a tour of the peninsula. If East New York can get a $192 million mega mall with outlet stores, why not Rockaway? The developer will be contacting officials from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. We’ll keep you updated if anything comes of this.

In order to combat flooding on the peninsula, there are two major sewer project planned for the next year. One is from Beach 67 street to 72 street, in the Somerville area, and the other is along Rockaway Beach boulevard from Beach 88 street to 94 street.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels advised The Wave that maintenance work would require the closure of one southbound lane on the Cross Bay bridge on Monday, December 18, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It must be one of those weeks. There were robberies, shootings, murder and mayhem across the peninsula. We’ll probably hear from some readers about all the "bad news" that this week’s paper has, but, as we’ve said in the past – we don’t create it, we just report it!


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