2001-07-14 / Columnists


Rockaway resident Rachel Shapiro, who attends Midwood High School, was recently named by the Daily News to its All-Brooklyn High School softball All Star Team. The junior shortstop hit .571 last season with 28 RBI’s. She also scored 21 runs. In addition, her 95 GPA and 1400 SAT scores have earned her a summer of study at Harvard University.

The Park Nursing Home on Beach 115 Street is the only Rockaway site for the blood drive now being conducted to allay the critical blood shortage in the city. Donations can be made between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Many in the community are looking forward to the July 22 RMAC Sunset Picnic Concert at Fort Tilden. The concert, which begins at 6 p.m. is being held in honor of former Wave publisher Leon Locke, who was a devotee of Rock and Roll as well as of the organization. The concert will feature Shirley Austin Reeves, the lead singer for the Sherelles as well as the Dimensions.

The question over what the $4.4 million dollars earmarked for Gateway National Park Service will be used for grows stranger by the day. Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton announce that the money is for a new pool, something that Rockaway has been asking for lo these many years. Gateway announces that the money is for "rehabilitation purposes." Schumer Tells The Wave that the money is earmarked for a pool, but that the House and Senate Conference Committee has to specifically write that into the bill. Anthony Weiner tells us that he is pushing for the pool and then tells a daily paper that the money is for "a phased restoration of the park."

School districts have been told by the chancellor to be ready to make big cuts in the district budgets. You can bet that the money budgeted by this district will come from school programs and not from the bloated district office budget. In the previous administration, for example, there was a superintendent, a deputy superintendent and an assistant to the superintendent at the top. Now, there is a superintendent, two deputy superintendents and an assistant superintendent for middle schools.

The Ram’s Horn Diner will soon become the Rockaway Sunset Diner. Word is that the new eatery will open in mid-August.

If you are into making your own Gefilte Fish (and, who isn’t), you should stop by the Far Rockaway library on Central Avenue on July 16 at 7 p.m. That’s when Jayne Cohen, the author of "The Gefilte Variations," will conduct a Reading Club event with the community.

There will be no Rockaway Irish Festival this year, according to local sources. There has been no indication, however, of why the yearly event has been stilled. Some say that it lost money over the past few years and others blame the mayor’s ban on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages at outdoor festivals such as that one.

The condolences of the entire Wave family go out to the family of Rabbi Max Scholar, who died recently. He will be missed.

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