2001-06-02 / Columnists


Beachgoers will probably not know until the Memorial Day weekend which beaches will be open and which will be closed. The lifeguard stands put on all of the beaches recently gave no clues to those beaches that will be closed.

Opponents to the new power generator being sited at the existing LIPA power plant in Bayswater will not find it easy to generate community opposition to the plant. Many who live in the area understand that the new generating capability is necessary to power their homes during the summer peak load season.

The Lawrence Cemetery Restoration Project is looking for assistance in Rockaway. Many of those buried in the old cemetery are original settlers of Rockaway. Those who are interested in Rockaway’s roots should contact the association at 4 Palmer Road in Commack.

Students of Mrs. Rickerby’s fifth grade class at PS 183 are all excited because they recently received letters and autographed pictures of President George W. Bush. The class had written letters to the president congratulating him on his inauguration.

The Rockaway Park Homeowners/Residents Organization has started a unique co-op deal whereby members can buy home heating oil at reduced prices. This is something that organizations in other areas of the peninsula should look at.

The Museum of the City of New York is planning an exhibition of old postcards, some of them depicting Rockaway scenes. The exhibit, to be called "Lost New York in Old Postcards," will be at the museum (1220 Fifth Avenue) from August 11 until November 25.

Would-be thespians should get themselves to the Bayswater Jewish Center on June 18 and June 19. The Bayswater theater company will be casting on those dates for a new production of "Come Blow Your Horn," to be showcased at the center.

Lew Simon recently announced his candidacy for the City Council seat being vacated by Al Stabile at a Neponsit Homeowners Association meeting recently and his nominated himself at the county Democratic Party designating meeting last week. The party, by the way, decided not to designate an official candidate in that race.

Locals are not sure how the change in the sex shop laws will affect the Golden Video Shop on Beach 116 Street. If the proposal passes, it would eliminate the 60-40 loophole that the local shop operates under. Instead, customer activity and volume of sales, along with physical features of the shop would dictate whether it could stay open or not.

Al Stabile was recently removed from his long-time position as president of the Ozone Howard Little League, and there are allegations of wrongdoing associated with his tenure, but nobody is certain at this point just what is going on and none of the people who do know are talking about it.

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