2001-01-27 / Columnists




Residents beware of a handwritten personalized letter stating: "Would you consider selling your home to a prospect of mine?" signed by Martin Sharon. This is a Queens broker soliciting our area for listings. Do not fall for this old trick!

Could it be that Rockaway’s most eligible bachelor – Democratic District Leader Lew Simon – is engaged? Well, that’s what he is saying...and he swears it’s not a joke. The lucky lady is Breezy Point’s own Grace McCloskey. We’ll have to see if this is true...or just a publicity stunt to prepare him for his expected city council race.

Don’t miss the opening of RAA’s "Interior – Exterior" exhibition, to be held today, Saturday, January 27 (reception at 3 p.m.). The exhibit will run until March 11 and can be viewed on Saturdays from 12 to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The gallery is located in "sTudio 6" at Fort Tilden.

The Wave welcomes aboard our newest member of the team – Sports Editor Emanuel Jalonschi. A sports buff and experienced writer, Emanuel has been entrusted with expanding the sports coverage in Rockaway and Broad Channel. We ask all sports organizations, schools and interested parties to get to know Emanuel. He can be reached at The Wave office or by e-mail at emanueljalo@hotmail.com.

State Senator Malcolm Smith will host a town hall meeting to address issues of concern to the Rockaways on Thursday, February 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Beach Channel High School. Don’t miss this chance to have your voice heard and to hear what our Senator promises to do for us!

Beach Channel High School’s band performed for President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary and their daughter Chelsea at a welcome home celebration last Saturday. The band has been gaining recognition for its musical talents over the past few months, and they definitely deserve it. Congrats to all the participants...and keep up the good work!

According to the Queens County Economic Development Corporation, the greatest influx of immigrants to the Rockaways in recent years are from Jamaica, Guyana, and the former Soviet Union. The diversity of our community should be considered an asset and it’s time that some cultural institutions start popping up around the peninsula.

Another hat has been tossed in the ring for the city council seat presently held by Al Stabile. Alex Lutz, Stabile’s chief of staff and former editor of The Forum of Queens, has announced he will be seeking the position in next year’s election. Wow! There are now almost eight or so names being mentioned for this seat.

After waiting for more than a year, the Department of Transportation will be putting up signs in April announcing that Sunday parking is free on Beach 116 street from September through May. Because of the beach crowd, from May to September we’ll still have to feed the meters.

Watch out when giving money to strangers. The Wave received a number of calls from people complaining that someone is knocking on doors asking for money to join a civic group. The best way to decide on joining any group or organization is to get something in writing, attend a meeting and find out who is involved.

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