2001-04-28 / Columnists


There will soon be a Request for Proposal (RFP) by the National Park Service seeking a developer for a sports complex at Floyd Bennett Field. The plan is expected to include many of the same amenities as the Chelsea Pier in Manhattan. Some local activists have fought similar development plans in the past and are expected to do so again.

The Queens borough Public Library will be holding a used book sale at the Peninsula Branch, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, on Saturday, April 28, Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1. Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and weekend hours are from 1 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

If you are interested in the part that Queens played in the Civil War, then a new exhibition at the Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, is for you. The exhibition will run from April 25 until July 29.

Residents have noted the poor condition of Short Front Parkway. The North side of the roadway has large cracks every twenty feet or so and the roadway seems to be breaking up in many areas. This major thoroughfare needs the attention of the DOT and it needs it badly.

Bulldozers were busy on the beach last week, trying to knock down the large eroded areas so that the beaches will be ready for the coming summer season. In some cases, the bulldozers seemed to be fighting a losing battle with the shifting sands.

For those of you who do not know, here is some arcane information that might show up on one of those ever-popular quiz shows: What is the name of the land on the Rockaway side of the Joseph Addabbo Bridge (formerly the North Channel Bridge)? Give up? It is called the Rules Bay Hassock. Addabbo, by the way, was reelected to Congress 12 times.

Harry McGurk and his wife called from Dublin to say that he appreciates the Rockaway people who call or who visit while he is in Ireland to talk about his column and the Irish community in Rockaway.

City parking regulations make it clear that it is illegal to save a parking spot anywhere in New York City by placing garbage cans, cones or anything else along the curb. The public streets belong to the public and public parking spots are to be accessed on a first come, first served basis.

Educators in Rockaway are waiting for the final decision on whether District 27 will be granted a Magnet Grant by the Federal government. The grant would go a long way in restoring interest in some of the Rockaway middle schools. The decisions are to be announced in June.

While the Doppler radar is not yet operational at Floyd Bennett Field due to technical problems (the radar dome was blown off the tower by a storm earlier in the year), the FAA is saying that it will probably be on line before the summer storm season.

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