2001-05-26 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Those who are interested in learning about the game of Cricket should go to the Fort Tilden Drill Grounds on Saturday, May 26 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The fundamentals and game play will be taught.

The Democrats recently gave their nod for the Borough President slot to Helen Marshall rather than to our own Audrey Pheffer. That leaves Pheffer in a tough primary with Marshall for the slot. No matter what, Pheffer still retains her assembly seat.

The tragic accident that killed a four year old boy last week is another reminder that drivers must be careful when transiting city streets. There are always kids playing nearby and speeding and kids can be a recipe for disaster.

Many Rockaway residents who forgot what day it was found themselves with tickets on their automobile windshields when the parking restrictions began at midnight last Friday night. It always seems as if police wait for that midnight deadline to begin immediately giving tickets to the forgetful.

There is no longer and doubt that there will be a shortage of lifeguards for Rockaway beaches this summer and that a number of beaches will be closed on a rotating basis. The Parks Department will be working with the community board to make a list of beaches to be closed.

The Ryan Visitor’s Center at Floyd Bennett Field will be rededicated on May 23 as part of a 70th anniversary celebration of the opening of the airfield that served, at one time or another, as a civilian airport and as a Naval Air Station.

Fourth grade reading scores in a number of Rockaway elementary schools in the most recent tests, leading to some optimism that a turn in the school’s fortune’s might be in the offing.

The Rockaway Theater Company and the Rockaway Music and Art Council will kick off their theater season with "Come Blow Your Horn," at the Post Theater in Fort Tilden on June 2. Opening night will include a champagne celebration, music and dancing as well as the show. Neil Simon has been invited to the event.

The Peninsula Hospital Center will be providing a free course on adult CPR for all interested residents at the hospital on May 11 at 6 p.m. Advanced registration is necessary. Those who are interested should call 625-6900 to register.

It is expected that a new drug store will soon open on Beach 116 Street where the Oriental House once did business. That new store is just one of a number of changes for the shopping strip.


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