2001-02-03 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Treat you and your sweetheart to a Valentine’s Day celebration at The Beach Club, and lend your support to the 100 Precinct Community Council’s Fireworks 2001 display. On Wednesday, February 14, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Ocean Room, there will be a candlelight dinner and DJ. Tickets are available at The Beach Club, 129 Beach 116 street.

The death of Rockaway’s own Al McGuire has resonated throughout our community. While McGuire is known for his success in basketball (and his membership in the Basketball Hall of Fame), many from Rockaway remember him and the McGuire family from their bar on Beach 108 street.

Mark it on your calendars! Rockaway’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2001. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. on Beach 129 street and Newport avenue.

The Wave, in conjunction with StylesComMedia, will sponsor a community forum addressing issues of the Black community on Saturday, February 24, 2001. The forum, to be held at Far Rockaway High School at 3 p.m., will have panelists and attendees discussing issues such as education, economics, culture, arts, etc. Over the next three weeks we will provide more information on the panelists that will be involved. We look forward to seeing the community come out to participate in this forum.

The first reports regarding the ferry service out of Gateway National Recreation (Riis Landing) brings good news and bad news. The good news is that commuter service would be offered from Rockaway to South Street Seaport, along with nature tour and party boats. The bad news is the service will cost $10 each way for a combined total of $20 (plus $2 for parking in the Riis Park lot). We really don’t know how many of Rockaway’s commuters could afford $100 a week in travel expenses. Either it’s back to the drawing board with this plan or our elected officials need to get us a subsidy to make this ferry a reality!

Through the efforts of Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, new center medians will be constructed to beautify the community. Far Rockaway will receive a center median on Reads Lane and the Belle Harbor / Rockaway Park neighborhoods will see an extension of the malls from Neponsit down to Beach 126–125 streets along Rockaway Beach boulevard. Both projects are expected to start next fall 2001.

Councilman Stabile told Wave Editor John McLoughlin this week that he was upset that Senator Malcolm Smith, Assemblywoman Pheffer and Congressman Weiner didn’t originally include him in the town hall meeting held Thursday evening. Stabile said, "As the only Republican in this area, I have the most direct voice to our mayor and governor and yet it was evident that this meeting was for Democrats only." He continued, "I do not accept any excuses such as my invitation was overlooked, it fell through the cracks or it was a mere oversight...I wonder if my inclusion would not have been overlooked, fallen through the cracks or been a mere oversight if I was not a Queens borough president candidate set to oppose one of those included in this meeting from the start."

Support the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department at its 96th Annual Officers Installation Dance on Saturday, February 24, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel. There will be a buffet dinner, DJ, beer and soda. Tickets can be purchased at the firehouse on Noel road.


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