2001-03-24 / Columnists


Rockaway’s own Mike Benn, chairman of the Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and producer of An Suil Na Gael, has two websites offering webcasts: gaeltv.com and ansuilnagaeltv.com. There will be a live webcast every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Check it out!

Jack King, president of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association, announced earlier in the week that he would not seek another term as leader of the civic group. Jack has been a dedicated community activist, improving the quality of life for Belle Harbor residents and advocating improved transportation for all Rockawayites. We wish Jack’s successor (still unknown at this time) the best of luck. He or she will have big shoes to fill.

With all the Democrats announcing to run for the City Council seat presently held by Al Stabile, we can’t forget the Republicans. Joann Ariola received the Republican Party nomination last week for the upcoming election, which has her potentially battling Republicans Alex Lutz and John Macron in a primary. Ariola’s vast knowledge of city government is a big plus against any of her challengers.

Gian Jones of Far Rockaway will be throwing his hat in the ring this Sunday for the City Council seat in the 31st District, presently held by Juanita Watkins. Jones, although a youthful 23 years old, has an impressive résumé. He is kicking off his campaign on Sunday, March 25 at 4 p.m. at the Bayswater Jewish Center, 2355 Healy Avenue.

The Wave’s crime reporter, Joan Ward George, will be speaking about the successful "Most Wanted" program that she initiated with local police several years ago at the next meeting of the 100 Precinct Community Council, Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 333 Beach 90 Street.

A follow-up to last week’s page 2 story about the Far Rockaway entertainment company that’s making a name for itself: There will be a live performance by "Thorobredz" at the FM Café, 69-33 Austin Street, Forest Hills, on Sunday, March 25 at 8 p.m.

The Wave was remiss in not mentioning that the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) was the driving force behind the tax incentives offered to Angelo Guccio to open his new laundromat on Beach 98 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The RDRC deserves the credit for adding value to our community. Keep up the good work!

To ensure the safety of children getting on and off school buses, drivers are now blocking both lanes of traffic when stopped. This prevents cars from passing while kids are in the street.

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