2001-07-28 / Columnists


The tragic deaths of three young girls in the raging tides of Reynold’s Channel once again underlines the fact that swimming in the Atlantic Ocean when there are no lifeguards present on the beach is a dangerous sport. Parents should be aware that the tides along the Rockaway coast are always dangerous, but particularly early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

The Board of Election’s decision to follow the letter of the law and remove polling places from senior citizen’s homes on the peninsula will have a massive effect on the upcoming election. Especially hard-hit will be Alan Hevesi, whose poll numbers show lots of strength with non-minority senior citizens – precisely the people who live in those senior citizen’s housing and nursing home complexes.

There have been many reports of the Parks Department enforcement agents racing their dune buggies on both the beach and the boardwalk. This creates a dangerous situation for those napping on the sand as well as those walking on the boardwalk. Supervisors should tell their workers that our beach and boardwalk are not a NASCAR facility and that speeds should be kept down for safety.

The West End Temple will host its annual "Krazy Sizzling Fun Summer Auction" on Sunday, August 12 at 7 p.m. This year’s auction is an important one because it will include memorabilia from the collection of the late Rabbi Joseph Weiss. Admission and refreshments are free. The auction will be held at the temple, 147-02 Newport Avenue.

The Rockaway Music and Arts Council (RMAC) Sunset Picnic Concert hosting Rock and Roll favorites, The Dimensions and Shirley Austin Reeves (the lead singer for the Shirelles) was a big hit. More than 500 people showed up under beautiful skies and chilly temperatures to see the show and it was a blockbuster. Fans of Reeves were dancing in the aisles and would not allow her to leave the stage when the concert was over. It was a fitting tribute to former Wave publisher Leon Locke, to whose memory the concert was dedicated.

Even Rockaway old timers could not remember a time when traffic was so tied up on our two exit bridges. The traffic leaving Rockaway at about 6 p.m. going over the Cross Bay Bridge was backed up on both Beach Channel Drive and Rockaway Beach Boulevard to Beach 100 Street. The traffic exiting Rockaway over the Marine Parkway Bridge (which is under construction and has only one lane in each direction), was even worse. One family exiting the evening’s concert at about 9 p.m. took more than an hour to go from Fort Tilden to the Brooklyn end of the bridge. That has to be something of a record.

Remember to check out Peter Vallone, one of the Democratic candidates for mayor, when he attends a luncheon sponsored by The Wave and by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce on July 31. The luncheon, which will be held at Pier 92, will begin at noon. Tickets are $20 and those who want to attend should contact the chamber office.

Plans are once again under way to dump toxic waste from New York Harbor into borrow pits in Jamaica Bay. Plans such as these by the Army Corps of Engineers have been defeated a number of times over the past several years, but it looks as if they are serious this time. We can only hope that they will lose one more time and that our bay will continue to cleanse itself of the garbage we have plowed into it for years.

There are a number of ferry services that would love to get the chance to service Rockaway as a commuter ferry. Their participation, however, depends on subsidies, National Park Service approval and a chance to include JFK Airport and Port Elizabeth in the mix.

Palmer Doyle, who did not file a sufficient number of petition signatures to stay on the city council ballot will probably lose his battle. Chris Jorge, who handed in 1,200 signatures and probably needed more, tells The Wave that she believes she will survive Lew Simon’s challenge. If she does not, that will leave Simon as the only Rockaway candidate and will give him a much better shot to win the primary.

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