2001-03-31 / Columnists


Our community suffered another great loss last week.  Rabbi Joe Weiss of West End Temple, a spiritual and community leader in Rockaway for more than 50 years, passed away. Many will miss Rabbi Weiss, known for being a gentle man who offered words of wisdom and support to many in our community. The Wave and the entire Rockaways extend sympathies to the family.

Last Saturday, March 24th, at the Bayswater Jewish Center (Darchay Noam), Far Rockaway resident Gian Jones announced his candidacy for City Council District 31, which is currently held by Councilwoman Juanita Watkins. Some 25 people attended the announcement where Jones cited the establishment of a credit union in the district, increased funding for youth services, improving police-community relations, and resolving the Far Rockaway mall problem as key points of his platform. Additionally, he said there has to be less division between Far Rockaway and mainland Queens.

This is the final Wave under the leadership of Managing Editor John McLoughlin, who is pursuing a new opportunity. Since coming to The Wave in June 1998, and being promoted to editor in September 1999, John has expanded the role of The Wave in the community, increased coverage of peninsula-wide events, and has made many layout and style changes with the assistance of a professional team. The Wave wishes him the best of luck.

Gateway National Recreation Area in conjunction with Floyd Bennett Cricket Club broke ground on a cricket playing field this past Thursday afternoon. The groundbreaking ceremony was a result of nearly eight months of talks between the club and Gateway to develop a championship quality pitch, which will be constructed on the northwest corner of Floyd Bennett Field (adjacent to the historic Hangar Row complex). There are plans to eventually add both bleachers and a clubhouse area. Eric Shivnarain is leading this project.

The Wave received several calls from concerned residents regarding a new video store that has opened on Beach 116 Street, which appears to offer more than movies. There are "adult toys" sold as well. While most residents are not offended by the sale of adult videos, they are concerned that children and teenagers will be able to see the adult items that were displayed in the glass-enclosed front counter (which we will not explain any further).

It was hard to determine if the B.C.A.C. fields at the Broad Channel Day Camp site meant for swimming or playing ball. Poor drainage has led to stagnant water puddles throughout the property. B.C.A.C. members are lobbying the Parks Department and elected officials to remedy this problem A.S.A.P. or children will not be able to play on the fields for this little league season. By the way, this site is part of a multi-million dollar restoration project that is expected to take several years to complete.

Rockaway Beach Civic Association will meet on Tuesday, April 3, 8 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 301 Beach 92 Street. There will be a guest speaker from the New York City Parks Department.

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