2000-12-30 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Congrats to Deputy Inspector Gary Scirica (101 Precinct), Captain John Miller (100 Precinct) and the men and women who serve in both precincts for Rockaway’s overall decline in crime over the past year. We salute their dedication and commitment and wish them a safe New Year.

G-Man took a hiatus this week from writing – the flu got the better of him. He’ll be back next week, but wishes everyone a Happy New Year!

We applaud the Parks Department for trying to beautify Rockaway, but when they place trees and shrubbery around the community they need to think about weather conditions. The trees along Shore Front parkway are looking rather dead (for the lack of a better word)!

Beach 35 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard was flooded on Tuesday after a water main busted. With such cold temperatures, it’s common for piping to freeze and bust. The block and surrounding area were closed to traffic while repairs were made.

More than a foot of snow is being predicted for this weekend. Make sure to have the shovels handy and don’t forget to get some salt for the sidewalk and driveway. And for those with heart or back problems, leave the shoveling to those ambitious kids who come knocking at the door. It’s truly worth the money.

The Wave received praise from many readers for our recent articles featuring Kwanzaa, Christmas, Chanukah and Eid ‘ul Fitr (the Islamic holiday that commemorates the ending of the Ramadaan). With Rockaway being such a diverse community, we feel it’s appropriate to educate our readers on the customs, celebrations and traditions of their neighbors. Associate Editor Joan Ward George was responsible for the gathering of the information for these articles.

With another RFP being issued for the Arverne Urban Renewal Area, we can’t help but wonder if it will take 35 more years to get something done in Rockaway. We’ve seen RFP’s come and go and development ideas fade into the wind over the past three decades. Why should we think this RFP will be any different?

Census 2000 numbers are being released as this paper is going to press, but the initial speculation is that New York’s population has declined. This could result in our state losing two congressional seats – one possibly being Congressman Weiner’s. If this happened, the entire peninsula may be represented by Congressman Gregory Meeks, the present representative on the east end of Rockaway.

Rockaway is producing some up-and-coming music talents. This week we did a story on a rising rap star, Mr. Wood$, who was born and raised in Arverne. A few months back we wrote about Superb, a rap talent from Edgemere who’s a member of the American Cream Team. Both men have some big plans for the future, and Rockaway could benefit from both. We wish them luck and urge them to remain positive role models for the kids of our community.

The Wave staff wishes all our readers, neighbors and friends a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.


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