2001-06-23 / Columnists

Beachcomber

The annual "Summer Train Show" will soon begin at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. The show, which opens June 30, features an intricately detailed journey through a children’s adventure garden utilizing large-gauge model trains. Kids will love it and adults will be fascinated.

The Cancer Relay for Life that was held at Beach Channel High School is looking to break records for a fund raiser in Rockaway and will probably reach its goal after all the collections are made. A number of local establishments assisted in making the two-day event a success. Dunkin Donuts supplied drinks late into Saturday night and then sent coffee to warm the body of cold relay walkers early Sunday morning. Harbor Bakery on Beach 116 Street sent pastries early Sunday morning and then followed them up with bagels. Madeline Chocolates sent miniature chocolate sneakers for each of the walkers.

There are 59 Community Board districts in New York City. Community Board 14 covers Rockaway and Broad Channel. Guess which district in Queens was the worst in the borough and the seventh worst in the city? That’s right, it was Community Board 14. Community Board 10, which covers an area right on the Nassau County boarder, had a "Jolt Score" of 4.21. It was the third best in the city. Our "Jolt Score" is 13.64. Don’t ask us how the "Jolt Score" is derived, because we really do not understand, but suffice it to say that our score is the worst in Queens by far and in the worst ten in our entire city.

The Chamber of Commerce and The Wave were all set to host a political forum on June 29. The invited guest were our Federal legislators – Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Tony Weiner and Greg Meeks. They were to address the community on pressing federal issues. We wanted to give a party, but nobody is coming. Each of the four legislators has turned down our offer – citing pressing appointments elsewhere, of course. It makes you wonder why they show up at election time when they want your vote, but then disappear from view when the election is over and they have won.

Rockaway is once again the forgotten peninsula. Newsday did a story on fishing in which it placed Fort Tilden in Brooklyn and then it did a story on school districts and placed District 27 in Northern Queens. Hey, guys, we’re right here, right where we have always been.

Rockaway has become a favorite destination for television and advertising videos. The beach and the eclectic housing stock close to Manhattan may make the peninsula a Mecca for producers.

With more than 20 candidates running for the various city council slots that represent the peninsula, you would think that The Wave would be inundated with press releases, but the candidates have been very quiet. The editors believe that the problem is that most of the candidates are new at the game and do not know the proper way to run a city council campaign.

The rain on Sunday morning was among the worst seen on the peninsula in many years. Cross Bay Boulevard was so flooded that a number of cars that tried to drive through the water too quickly wound up with useless batteries and a dead car.

Residents are still waiting for an announcement about the beginning of ferry service to Manhattan. It has been three weeks since the service was scheduled to begin and there is still no word from the ferry owner. Some think that the odds are growing each week that the service will never begin.


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