2001-07-21 / Columnists


Rockaway resident Roy Grondal says that he enjoys finding mistakes on signs. This week, he found a good one. On the boardwalk at Beach 126 Street there is a sign denoting Rockaway history. The sign talks of "Eventeenth Century" Rockaway rather than "Seventeenth Century Rockaway." You would think that the Parks Department would be able to keep their centuries straight.

Steve Grossman called to say that we had our figures wrong in relation to the Walk For Life event that was held at Beach Channel High School a month or so ago. He says that the gross will be well over $70 thousand and that the net will be almost that high because there were only "a couple of thousand dollars" in expenses. Hats off to Steve and to event chairperson Joanne Shapiro for one of the best events seen in Rockaway in recent years.

The Chamber of Commerce still has a couple of openings for its annual Rockaway Business Golf Outing. The event, which will be held on August 3 at the Marine Park Golf Course, has lots of prizes in lots of categories. The entrance fee is $100 dollars and there will be a "shot-gun start" at 7 a.m. Those interested in participating should contact the Chamber office or Kevin at JKS Printing on Beach 116 Street.

The Harbor Bake Shop on Beach 116 Street is under new ownership. Paula Pavel, the new owner and Yair Tolidano, the manager, promise that the quality of cakes and other bakery goods will not diminish under the new ownership. Paula tells us that she was the owner of the Famous Adrian Bakery in Bayside and that she and Yair have more than 25 years each in the business. The bake shop has a full line of sugar-free baked goods and a new $.99 cents breakfast special.

The Department of Transportation, responding to a Community Board 14 request, has begun to replace the sidewalks along Mott Avenue in the Far Rockaway shopping area. Trees will be planted along the avenue when the sidewalks and curbing are completed, according to Jonathon Gaska, the district manager for CB 14. The work is expected to take about two weeks and the trees will be planted in the fall.

The Wave commented last week that the star of the Brooklyn Cyclones looked to be Mike Jacobs, the team’s young catcher. Right after the article appeared, Jacobs was jumped up a classification to Capital City in the South Atlantic League. He is the first Cyclone to move up since the team began play this season. Two other Cyclones’ stars seem destined to make the "bigs," pitcher Ross Peeples and shortstop Robert Mcintyre. The team has become so popular that all if its home games are sold out for the remainder of the season and hundreds line up for bleacher seats prior to each game.

A new ruling will have a big impact on Rockaway voters come election day. The Board of Elections has found that it is illegal to have more than one polling place in each election district. That means that the senior citizen’s housing units in Rockaway will no longer house voting booths and that those seniors who want to vote will have to go elsewhere to do so. Some pols are talking about changing the law to allow for multiple voting locations, but that might take some time.

There is a great summer program for kids running in the playground of PS 225 in Rockaway Beach. The Police Athletic League (PAL) program features local youth officers from the 100 Precinct and it is free to all comers.

The fire that burned down the old Carroll Lumber Yard on Beach 77 Street last week caused major disruptions on the subway and on the cable network. Reporters for The Wave who responded to the fire scene said that it was the hottest fire they had ever covered, bar none. The smoke could be seen as far away as Ozone Park and the heat could be felt two or three blocks away from the scene.

The Wave Building on Beach 88 Street houses the "Church on the Rock," and a sign outside the building has proclaimed that fact. Until now. The sign was recently stolen from its position on the street outside the building and Pastor Gary Patrylo is wondering why anybody would want the sign bad enough to steal it in the first place.

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