2001-07-07 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Steve Grossman of the American Cancer Society tells The Wave that the Relay for Life held a month ago has raised more than $60 thousand to date and more is coming in each day. The organization expects that the gross from the event will be in excess of $30 thousand.

Anybody, young of old, male or female, who would like to become a ballboy during the U.S. Open Tennis event this year should go to the U.S Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows on Thursday, July 12. Registration begins at 3 p.m. and tryouts begin at 4 p.m. – rain or shine. Only those between the ages of 16 and 90 may apply. The open will be held from August 29 until September 9.

The Rockaway Music and Arts Council (RMAC) will hold its next writer’s group meeting at Ciro’s on Beach 129 Street on July 26 in the early evening. All writers or would-be writers are welcome to attend.

Those Met fans who attend the Peninsula Hospital Center fundraiser at Keyspan Park in Coney Island on July 13 to see the baby Mets play will recognize many old faces. Howard Johnson (HOJO) is the team’s batting coach, Bobby Ojeda is the pitching coach and Edgar Alfonzo is the team’s manager.

Johnny Tejada, the hard-throwing hurler for Beach Channel High School’s baseball team last season, In the regular season, Tejada had a 3-0 record with an 0.00 ERA. In the playoffs, he was a 2.28 ERA.

Rumors abound that the Rockaway Irish Festival will not be held this year due to the mayor’s ban on alcoholic beverages being sold or consumed at outdoor festivals. The Wave is trying to find out the whether the rumors are true or not and we will pass the word as soon as we know. We do know that publicity for the event is usually out by this time of the year.

District 27 was dealt a real blow this week when Rockaway resident Rhia Warren, who was the top-notch principal of MS 226 on the mainland, left her position to become the principal of East Islip High School. Those in the know say that she left not because of the money or because of the kids, but because she could no longer take the intolerable conditions set on school administrators by Matt Bromme and his district functionaries.

The next concert in the summer RMAC series will host Phil Giordano and his Orchestra. The orchestra plays the oldies from the 30’s and 40’s and it should be lots of fun. The concert will be held at 6 p.m. at Fort Tilden and those who attend are urged to bring their beach chairs and a picnic dinner.

The Rockaway Chamber of Commerce will host its annual "Fun Book Breakfast" at the Beach Club at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10. Those interested in attending should contact the Chamber office.


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