2001-03-03 / Columnists



The Wave and the Rockaway community suffered a great loss last Friday, February 23. Wave Publisher Leon Locke passed away after suffering a stroke a few days earlier. Leon was more than a businessman.... he was a man of the community. He gave many hours to helping the community, whether it was a volunteer EMT, festival chairman for RMAC, founder of the Rockaway Museum, or serving on Community Board 14. He used his paper to serve the community, advocating what was best for Rockaway, He truly loved this community. He will be missed...

To honor Leon, the staff of The Wave has organized a memorial ceremony on Tuesday, March 6 at 5 p.m. on Beach 116 Street (meet in front of West End Realty). The American Flag will be flown at half-staff and testimonials will be given in honor of Leon. The community at-large is invited to the ceremony.

Today, Saturday, March 3, is a great day to be Irish – and to live in Rockaway! The 26th Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. today on Beach 129 Street and Newport Avenue and heads down to St. Rose of Lima Church on Beach 84 Street. Come out and support this wonderful event and all the honorees.

Mark your calendars! The American Cancer Society will have a Relay for Life on Saturday, June 9, 2001, starting a 6 p.m. and ending 10 a.m. Sunday morning at the Beach Channel High School track field. For those interested in walking to support this cause, you’ll want to attend an organizational meeting on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Beach Channel.

There has been an increase in illegal dumping in the vacant lots across the peninsula. If anyone sees this dumping going on, or wants to report a garbage-ridden vacant lot, call the Sanitation Action Center at 212-219-8090.

While we’re talking about garbage, the sanitation trucks need to pull closer to the side of the road when doing pick-up. Along Rockaway Beach Boulevard the garbage trucks block two lanes of traffic as they backup rear-end first.

Postal problems have plagued Rockaway for some time. Finally residents can get answers and air out their complaints at the next meeting of the Rockaway Park Association, Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. Congressman Weiner and the regional postmaster will be present.

A toll clerk on the Gil Hodges-Marine Parkway Bridge was seen taking a token from a driver, simultaneously throwing out garbage onto the street.

It’s official... Rockaway Park’s own Palmer Doyle has announced his candidacy for the City Council. Doyle, a firefighter and civic activist, is a Democrat who will most likely face Joseph Addabbo Jr., Lew Simon, Chris Jorge, and a host of others in the primary.

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