2001-03-10 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Due to poor weather conditions, The Wave’s memorial ceremony for Leon Locke was postponed until Friday, March 16 at 5 p.m. in front of West End Reality on Beach 116 Street.

BCAC Little League is holding a final registration on Wednesday, March 14 at the AC club house located on Noel Road from 7 to 8 p.m. Children not registered by this date will be subject to a late fee and put on a waiting list.

Congratulations to the organizers of this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Mayor Giuliani made a final appearance in this year’s parade. Rudy has been marching with us since he was a candidate, about eight years now. This year’s parade was the largest ever and was well attended by residents of the peninsula.

The "well-forecasted" blizzard kept many children home from school and parents home from work on Monday. Many residents awaited a replica of the ‘96 snowstorm that made Rockaway a ghost town. Although the snow didn’t accumulate to predicted heights, roads and sidewalks were still icy.

Seems that gambling is coming to the Rockaways. An OTB restaurant is seeking a permit to locate out of the Irish Circle. This issue will be discussed at Community Board 14’s meeting on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:45 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Beach 92 Street.

There will be a youth forum today, Saturday, March 10 sponsored by Senator Malcolm Smith. The event will give youngsters an opportunity to be heard on issues important to them. The forum will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Elks Club, 1410 Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway.

Regarding the story we did about the sewage problem in Deerfield, Far Rockaway, nothing has changed to date. Sewage continues to plague residents as their cries for assistance are ignored by politicians and city officials. Look for an update on the situation in next week’s paper.

This is the last weekend that A train service will be interrupted. The last few weeks work was being done on the span from Beach 90th Street station and the Broad Channel train station. Many were hassled, having to take the provided shuttle buses or driving their own vehicle.

The flood at the intersection of Beach 36 Street and Old Rockaway Beach Boulevard just seems to be getting larger and larger. That area could use a sewer and catch basin project ASAP.

Mary Kelly of old Beach 64 Street has an 80th birthday celebration coming up. Her party will take place at St. Gertrude’s where she is a member. "Ms. Flip", as she is more commonly known, is a well respected and recognized elder in the African American community.


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