2001-06-09 / Columnists

Beachcomber

The Wave is attempting to reach out to those communities in Rockaway and Broad Channel that are not now fully represented in the paper. If there is anybody in those communities who would like to write a column about their community in The Wave, they should contact Howard Schwach at the paper.

While most of the focus on the upcoming election is on the City Council race for the 32 District, there is also a real horserace shaping up in the 31 District as well, where Juanita Watkins is term-limited and leaving office. As far as we can ascertain, there are six candidates for the open seat: Charlotte Jefferson, who has the nod from the Democratic Party, James Saunders, Jr., Deon Jones, Henrietta Fullard, David Hooks and Ed Lewis. Watch for more on these candidates in future issues of The Wave.

The New York Historical Society is hosting an exhibition entitled, "Independence and its Enemies in New York." The exhibition will run from June 19 through September 9 at the society’s headquarters at Two West 77 Street at Central Park.

It seems as if the newly constructed apartment building at Beach 24 Street is having trouble getting its Certificate of Occupancy. A number of people who won the lottery for an apartment in the building have been told that there is no move in date possible until the CofO is issued by the city. The developers are silent on what the problem might be.

It’s always good to see Mario Russo, who is now 86 years old, when he drops in for a Saturday morning chat about local politics and long-past events. Mario is an long-time Arverne activist and Community Board 14 member.

The Wave has received an anonymous letter alleging that index crimes in the 100 Precinct are being downgraded to make the precinct’s statistics look better. This is a serious allegation that was obviously made from somebody within the command. This paper’s policy is not to print or to respond to such anonymous letters. Since the allegation is a serious one, however, we would urge those who wrote it to come forward and provide the basis for a proper investigation.

There were a number of residents who were annoyed at the fact that ferry service from Rockaway to Manhattan had been delayed. They point out that it is hard to understand why the company that will run the service cannot find a proper boat to make the run. Oddmakers are saying that it is even money that the service will never run.

Officers at the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway will hold a rededication of the memorials for PO’s William Von Weinstein, Robert Sorrentino and Scott Gadell, all officers who gave their lives in the performance of their duties. The rededication will take place at the station house on Mott Avenue on Thursday, June 21 at 11 a.m.

Most of those in Rockaway have looked at beach replenishment as a costly but necessary evil to keep out beaches usable during the summer months. Some environmentalists, however, are charging that beach replenishment is bad for the beaches and the sea life around them. They say that it harms the shore’s natural environment, affecting turtle nests and other life by changing the makeup of the beach itself.

Many residents have responded to The Wave’s editorial about redistricting, urging that the peninsula be made whole again by insuring that it is represented by one person on both the Assembly and in the City Council.


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