2001-01-13 / Columnists




Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer officially kicked off her candidacy for borough president this week. She made a formal announcement at her Rockaway campaign headquarters. Pheffer wasn’t the only candidate seen "schmoozing" at the gathering last Sunday afternoon. The other candidate was Chris Jorge, the Neponsit resident and community activist who’s seeking the city council seat presently held by outgoing Councilman Al Stabile. It should be interesting to see how Rockaway fares with all these homegrown candidates in campaigns for various positions.

Taxi and Limousine Commission officials were in Rockaway on Monday, stopping "dollar" vans and cabs to make sure they were complying with laws and regulations. Several vans and cabs were seen being towed away.

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Several residents called and stopped by The Wave’s office on Monday to complain about being ticketed on Shore Front parkway. During the recent snowfall, cars were parked on the center median because snow was piled up along the street. Since the Sanitation Department hasn’t removed the piles of snow, people were still parking on the medians as of Monday. The residents felt that the 100 Precinct should have notified them that ticketing would start. Captain Miller informed The Wave that unless there’s a notice in the media, all parking regulations are enforced as they normally would be.

The new traffic light at Beach 62 street and Beach Channel drive takes ages to change. Most people are driving through it because they think it’s broken.

Just to confuse us once again...the sign at the intersection of Beach 92 street and Beach Channel drive is back to a "Stop" sign. It originally was a "Stop" sign and was changed to a "Yield" sign. Residents were concerned this would cause an increase in accidents, so the sign was changed back.

New York’s blood banks have been reporting supplies of less than 30 percent of their optimum level, resulting in a need for more donors. Peninsula Hospital Center will be having a blood drive on Wednesday, January 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Maureen O’Hara to schedule an appointment.

Of all the names being mentioned for the city council race next year, one of the most interesting is Palmer Doyle. Palmer, a New York City fireman and longtime civic activist, is quickly becoming the "people’s candidate." Many are urging Palmer to officially throw his hat in the ring.

Let there be light! The subway platforms across Rockaway have new lighting being installed. This should increase safety on the platforms.

The sidewalks on Beach 116 street are broken up in several spots and the merchants are up in arms. It seems that the Sanitation Department’s plows took chunks of the sidewalk away as they swept by.

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