2001-01-06 / Columnists


Rockaway got hit hard last week-end with about a foot of snow. The Sanitation Department shou-ld be recognized for clearing the streets in a timely manner, although we heard some complaints about snow removal from residents of beach blocks.

Rockaway’s Chamber of Commerce will host a "Business After Hours" gathering at The Beach Club on Monday, January 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to meet other business owners and hear the Chamber’s plans for the future. Call the Chamber office on Beach 116 street to reserve a seat.

About two weeks ago Howie Schwach wrote in Short Takes about how homeowners can get a 10 percent reduction over the next 24 months on their gas heat bill. Some were unable to reach the person he suggested to call. Here is the info – Keyspan Energy, Gordon Baxter, 1-877-723-0082, EXT 354.

The 100 and 101 precincts are looking for men and women to join the Auxiliary Police. If you’re interested, call either precinct for information on classes being offered.

Rockaway was featured on "America’s Most Wanted" last Saturday night. Javon Capers, a.k.a. The Joker, a former tenant of the Edgemere Houses, is ranked as the fifth fugitive on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. We didn’t appreciate that the show referred to Rockaway as a "strange" community. We’re only allowed to call ourselves strange!

With all the snow, the Sanitation Department is asking the public to be patient with the slow removal of garbage and recyclables. The Sanitation Department is about a day behind, but keep placing your garbage and recyclables out on the normally scheduled day. By Sunday, January 7, the department will service any refuse and recyclables that remain uncollected.

We thought that we could get a break from politics after the extended presidential campaign, but we were wrong. It seems the politicians are gearing up early in what will probably be some hard fought races. Next week City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, most likely a candidate for mayor, will be meeting with The Wave editorial staff. The Wave has also developed a new "friendship" with Councilwoman Helen Marshall, who is considering the borough presidency race. Marshall spoke to Publisher Leon Locke and told him she enjoys reading our paper. Ah...the politicians never rest!

Help the St. Camillus Special Olympics go to Ireland in 2002. Make sure to stop by the Kerry Hills Pub on Sunday, January 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. for a fundraiser to support the Olympians.

Local teachers rallied outside the Beach 116 street subway station on Thursday afternoon in hopes of bringing attention to the contact dispute they are having with the City of New York. The United Federation of Teachers planned these protests throughout the city.

Crown Chicken on the corner of Beach 116 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard was observed serving customers Thursday afternoon although a closed sign from the Department of Health was posted on the front door.

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