2001-02-10 / Columnists

Beachcomber

The Wave staff extends our deepest sympathies to the family of Carolyn Bennett, writer of The Wave’s Par Tee News. We pray for their strength during this time. Carolyn was an amazing woman. She was an artist, golfer, member of her parish discussion and prayer group, and the mistress of ceremonies for 12 parish shows. The mother of nine children, grandmother of 23, and a great grandma to one, she was loved by many. The Breezy Point and Rockaway communities will miss her.

It’s time for the Sanitation Department to head down to the Arverne Urban Renewal Area and do some cleaning up. Tires and garbage are piling up at Beach 55 street between Edgemere avenue and the boardwalk.

The kids of the 100 Precinct’s Explorers program deserve a round of applause and thank you from the community for their efforts in removing the graffiti along the freeway at Beach 108 street. The group is under the direction of one of Rockaway’s favorite cops, Police Officer O’Brien.

So you don’t take the ride out to Long Island for nothing.... Friendly’s restaurant on Broadway in Hewlett is now closed. This location was a casualty of the franchise’s financial problems.

Are you in the mood for a swim? Well, you don’t have to wait for summer. Today, Saturday, February 10, there will be a "Take The Plunge" fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis. Registration is from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Boulevard Tap and Grill Bar, Beach 98 street and Rockaway Beach boulevard. The beach plunge will take place at 2:30 p.m. and a party will follow at the bar. There is a nominal donation requested for participating.

We’ve heard around town that the site at Beach 116 street and Beach Channel drive (former Affordable Auto location) is going to be the new home of a Duane Reade Pharmacy. Seems that Waldbaum’s plans to expand and Duane Reade will be building a new space off the bay on 116 street.

Residents who live uptown should be aware that there’s a pack of dogs roaming around the neighborhood. Two locals, one on Beach 108 street and the other on Beach 130 street, called The Wave and told us that the six or so dogs killed their pet cats. The police have been informed and recommend that residents call them if the dogs appear vicious.

For those who watch "The Mole" on ABC (Channel 7), there’s a Rockaway connection. Charlie, the older gentleman on the reality tv series, met his wife in Breezy Point and lived there for some time. I guess it’s true when they say everyone has some ties to Rockaway!

Two of Rockaway’s business owners are working with our public schools through the new Office of Corporate Partnerships at the Board of Education. Jay Velasquez, proprietor of Almost Paradise in Far Rockaway, and Nancy Hansen of Roxbury Mills, Inc. will teach students about their businesses, offering programs and internships. This public-private cooperation is good for the kids and good for the community.

The winner of The Wave’s Reader Survey raffle is Patricia McCabe. The survey data will now be compiled and within a week or two we will publish the information. We thank the community for participating and sharing their views.


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