2001-05-05 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Politicians and would-be politicians are scrambling to get on board the ferry subsidy issue. It will probably be one of the major issues in the upcoming election if the issue is not resolved by then.

Parents of young children on the West End are up in arms over the proposed program of pre-kindergarten classes at PS 114 for the coming year. Those who do not get entry to the coveted program are and who send their children to private pre-K and kindergarten programs are worried that their children will not get a seat at the public school in the future.

The Peninsula Hospital Center will hold its annual Family Health Fair at the hospital grounds on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Included are such events as health screenings and informational seminars.

The Chamber of Commerce is to be congratulated for its recent Bravest and Finest awards luncheon. It is important that those who provide the peninsula with the finest emergency response services in the city should be recognized by the community for that service.

Another weekly Queens newspaper has dumped Mayor Giuliani’s weekly newspaper article, joining The Wave, which dropped the feature some time ago. The Queens Courier dropped the weekly article because of the mayor’s trashing of School Board member Terri Thomson.

A "blue-ribbon panel" of scientists and other experts will meet at Jamaica Bay this week to figure out why the bay’s wetlands have been disappearing at an ever-increasing clip for the past 50 years.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host an exhibit entitled: Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years. The exhibit, which will run at the museum (1000 Fifth Avenue) from May 1 until July 29, will feature many of the gowns worn by the former First Lady during her time at the White House. Those who have seen the exhibit at the Kennedy Museum in South Boston call it a "must see" for Kennedy watchers.

On one day in 1993, 38,573 people took the test to become New York City police officers. More than 31,000 passed the test. When the test was given in December of last year, only 8,162 people filed to take the test. Slightly more that 5,000 people passed the test.

Six seniors from Stella Maris High School were recently honored for their participation in the CSJ Leadership Program. They are: Mamie Summers, Rosina Murray, Georgette Pastor, Victoria Carter, Sarah Loftus and Karroll King.

There will be no A Train service between the Rockaway Boulevard station and the Rockaways from Saturday, May 5 until Monday, May 7 from 12 a.m. on Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday morning. The process will be recreated the following weekend as well.


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