2001-06-16 / Columnists


Campaign workers seeking petition signatures spread out over the peninsula, gathering signatures for their favorite politicians. Lew Simon and his crew were spotted in front of Waldbaum’s accosting shoppers as they entered the supermarket.

There certainly is more of a selection of places to eat, what with the opening of the kosher deli and the reopening of Tiberio’s on Beach 116 Street, the reopening of Pier 92 (behind McDonald’s on Beach 92 Street) and the renovations at the Tap & Grill on Beach 98 Street. Locals also look forward to the reopening of the diner as the "Surf’s Up Diner under the ownership of the Goode Family and a new drug store on Beach 116 Street. Certainly looks like a revitalization of sorts to us.

Book now for the July 19 Community Cruise. It has become one of the premier social events of the summer season. Tickets are available from the Chamber of Commerce and at West End Realty.

The word in the community is that PS 225 has really started to turn around its fortunes under the leadership of its new principal George Giberti. That is the good news from parents and staffers alike, and it is unusual to get that kind of consensus from a myriad of groups at Rockaway schools.

The Queens County American Legion parade on Friday night took lots of people by surprise despite the organization’s ad in The Wave. The parade tied up Beach 116 traffic for about 20 minutes as it passed that street. People got out of their cars, confused that they were witnessing a parade that they thought took place last Monday.

The Wave editorial board met with Charlotte Jefferson, one of the thirteen candidates for the city council seat on the East End of the peninsula and she was impressive in both her ideas and her experience. It is still a long way until the primary election, however. The primary is scheduled for September 11, with the general election slated for November 6.

Congratulations to DA Richard Brown, who just celebrated his tenth anniversary at the job.

The New York Hall of Science at Flushing Meadows Park is hosting a summer-long exhibit called "Aliens: Worlds of Possibilities." The exhibit, which will run from June 16 until September 2, is a must-see for kids of all ages.

The Queens Council On The Arts will present "Spinfrenzy," at the Knights of Columbus Hall (Beach 90 Street) on June 22 from 7 to 11 p.m. The program is billed as "a night of international DJ and turntable artists with a dance contest" thrown in.

The Outback restaurant chain will open a new outlet in Brooklyn (86 Street) with a celebration that will benefit the PBA children’s and widow’s fund. The special ceremony will be held on June 18. The Australian-theme based restaurant will open to the public on the following day.

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