2001-04-14 / Columnists

On the Beach

On the Beach

By Beverly Baxter

I had been away for a few days, so I am still playing catch-up! First, I want to congratulate Howie Schwach as our new editor at The Wave. I am certain he is more than up to the task, and having worked side by side with Leon Locke for so many years, he will certainly continue Leon’s vision and purpose of this community newspaper. I want to extend my best wishes to friend and former editor, John McLoughlin, who has decided to venture into the paper business as a partner of a mainland newspaper. We won’t have to miss him too much or for too long, though. John will continue to be visible and active around our town. He was a great friend, great editor, and he brought a certain sensitivity to his job. I really valued and appreciated his opinions and his friendship. Good Luck, John!

In glancing through the most recent issues of The Wave, I’ve noticed a few more people who have decided to throw their hat into the local political ring. On the Republican side, we now have Alex Lutz, Joann Ariola, and John Macron. As a registered Republican, I would like to know more about Belle Harbor resident John Macron who is an Attorney. I am familiar with both Alex Lutz and Joann Ariola, and although Joann is a formidable and personable candidate, I have often told her that she needs to become a "Rockaway girl."

There is a glaring difference between one who comes down to march in our parades and shake hands at our functions, and one who lives the issues that are germane to our particular community. Joann obtained much of her "training" as Councilman Stabile’s Chief of Staff. She has been around the political scene for quite a few years.

Alex Lutz is Stabile’s current Chief of Staff and has his endorsement; however, I haven’t seen Mr. Lutz around very much. I would like to hear more from local resident John Macron. I understand he has the endorsement of the Gateway Republican Club. Also in the ring is Robert Curran. Although I don’t know his party affiliation, I am very impressed with this very bright and active long-time Rockawayite. Mr. Curran can bring fresh ideas to the seat and he will certainly give Rockaway a strong voice in the council.

One thing that we need to bear in mind is that although competition is good for politics, too much of it may be just that! You must remember that when Al Stabile first ran in 1993, there were many dynamics to his campaign. And with each election, the dynamics change. One thing Stabile underestimated was the importance of the Rockaway vote. When he first ran, we kept telling him that he had to win Rockaway. The numbers were here. It proved to be true. He barely won the mainland, his own backyard! He was elected because he won Rockaway, even by a small margin. The lesson here for all of you who have decided to vie for this seat is that competition may be good, but most likely the candidate who takes Rockaway will be the one that takes the seat. Common sense will tell you that if we divide and slice the voting block here too much, we will lose. It’s a matter as simple as united we stand, divided we fall.

The 100 Precinct Community Council will host its annual New York’s Bravest and Finest Awards next Thursday, April 19. the luncheon will take place at the Washington Hotel at 12:30. This year the council will honor 14 people from the N.Y.P.D, N.Y.F.D, and the E.M.S who have distinguished themselves in our community. As in the past, the event promises to be a lovely afternoon. Tickets may be obtained from either The Chamber of Commerce, The Salon, West End Realty, or Allstate Insurance who is the corporate sponsor of the event.

Congratulations to Kathy and Walter on their recent nuptials. The couple were married on Palm Sunday at the First Congregational Church. They will reside in their new home in Belle Harbor. Best wishes to you both and many years of wedded bliss!

See you…On the Beach!

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