2001-04-14 / Columnists




The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation will hold its annual dinner on May 16 at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach. The prestigious "Rockaway Means Business" awards will be presented this year to The Briarwood Organization, the Design + Development Group and to the JFK IAT/AMEC Alliance Team.

A Queens College project called Infoshare is now available on the web to all residents of the borough. Areas which can be explored include census tract information, health area information, demographic data and projections and information on public schools. The site can be accessed at www.infoshare.org.

Those Rockaway and Broad Channel Residents who were not credited by the TA for trips over the Cross Bay Bridge in recent months will find that credit on their next statement, according to TA officials.

Congressman Charles Schumer has agreed to participate in a Rockaway Town Hall Meeting to be held at a yet to be determined site on May 29.

According to officials of the Chamber of Commerce, the grant to develop a park at the foot of Beach 116 Street is "in the bag," and it is hoped that the park will be built sometime in the near future.

All of the Rockaway emergency service workers from the police department, the fire department and EMS were hopping around the peninsula Friday night, responding to two major auto accidents and numerous other calls for assistance.

Many Broad Channel residents are up in arms over the opening of a tattoo parlor on Cross Bay Boulevard. This has the makings of another battle over individual rights versus community rights much like the one that is being fought in Rockaway over the new video shop that sells sexually explicit material.

"Friend and Family Day" at the New Hope Baptist Church on Palm Sunday was quite enjoyable for those who attended as people gathered together for food and fellowship.

Two officers assigned to the 100 Precinct were injured on Friday, April 6, when their patrol car was struck by another automobile. They were rushed to Jamaica Hospital with an escort. There was some consternation on the part of the escort because it wanted to use Van Wyck Expressway, but it was closed due to construction. The officers, who had head and neck injuries, were taken up Cross Bay Boulevard instead.

The word has it that Cynthia Johnson-Woods is working on a plan to organize a reunion of Rockawayites from "back in the days." Those who are interested in making the event a success should contact her. Others working on the event are David Hooks, Jr. and Barry Moorer.

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