2001-02-17 / Columnists



Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer has contacted Parks Commissioner Henry Stern to discuss the lifeguard situation for the upcoming summer. She has requested that Far Rockaway High School be named as a site to offer lifeguard-training courses. In a letter to Stern, Pheffer said, "I believe having more available sites to train prospective lifeguards will increase the number of applicants, benefiting everyone." We agree and commend Audrey for jumping on this issue right away before another summer season is upon us.

The Department of Transportation has determined that additional lighting is needed in the vicinity of the Marine Parkway Bridge. A new steel lamppost equipped with a 250-watt high-pressure sodium luminaire will be installed at this location during the second quarter of 2001.

New York City lost a man who served us during the financially difficult years of the 1970s – Mayor Abe Beame. It’s interesting that none of the daily newspapers or tv newscasts mentioned that Beame had a home in Rockaway. He was one of many well-known people who resided on the peninsula at one point or another.

Next time you have a few minutes, check and see if your home address is visible from the street. In case of an emergency, you want a speedy response from emergency units. Don’t let a hidden or faded address posting be the culprit that increases response time.

The Wave has been applauded by many of our readers for the extensive editorial we are providing for Black History Month. In cooperation with StyleComMedia, we have printed several pages each week this month related to culture, heritage and history. To top off this month’s celebration, The Wave is co-sponsoring a town hall meeting addressing issues of the Black community on Saturday, February 24 at 3 p.m. at Far Rockaway High School. Make sure to attend...there will be great panelists and great discussion!

The award for The Most Dysfunctional Government Agency must go to the United States Post Office. The rates keep rising, but service continues to decline. In Rockaway we’ve experienced this firsthand. All our mail is sent to either Brooklyn or down to the Far Rockaway office for distribution and the postal carriers on the peninsula will soon be operating only out of the Arverne office. The G-Man has touched on some issues with the Post Office, but The Wave editorial staff plans to go even further. It’s time to find out why Rockaway is being dumped on again!

It was announced this week that Far Rockaway High School’s Principal, Thomas Cunningham, will be the new principal at Townsend Harris High School, located on the campus of Queens College. Cunningham was recognized for starting several new programs at FRHS. We congratulate Cunningham on his new position, although we selfishly wish he could remain here in Rockaway.

The Wave’s been told that Joan "Large Mouth" Mettler is a campaign advisor to city council candidate Chris Jorge. Seems like Jorge’s candidacy is doomed from the beginning if this is true!

The fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis held last Saturday was an absolute success. Hundreds of people came out to take the plunge in the ocean and then party at the Boulevard Tap & Grill. For those who would like to make a donation, you can send a check payable to the Cystic Fibrosis Fund, c/o Ann Morrissey, 170 Bedford Avenue, Breezy Point, NY 11697.

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