2001-08-04 / Columnists

Beachcomber

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course held recently to train members of Rockaway’s newest response team, "The Rock," as well as the Broad Channel Volunteers was a big success. All of those who took the course passed it, a difficult undertaking. The organization will soon hold a fundraiser at the Beach Club.

New York City Transit Authority recently trumpeted the fact that its Metrocard Van was coming to every part of the city so that seniors and persons with disabilities could get reduced fare cards. The press release denoting the stops in Queens was three pages long, but there was not one Rockaway stop in any of those three pages.

Residents who live on the beach block of Beach 117 Street have lots of problems with the lifeguards who guard our beaches. Seems that the lifeguard shack on that beach draws lots of traffic, particularly just prior to the guards going on duty and at the end of the day tour. Those who live there say that the cars roar up and down the narrow street, endangering the children who play on the block. They also argue that the lifeguards block driveways and generally clog up the street during those hours. Complaints to the shack’s lieutenant have gone unanswered.

The America On Line (AOL) website recently listed the best beaches in the area. Among those to visit were Coney Island, Breezy Point (although it is not clear how a visitor could access those beaches unless invited) amd Jacob Riis Park (called "an ultraclean NY park). Later on the site noted a lesser list that included a dozen beaches, but nowhere were the

Rockaway beaches to be found. Somebody is obviously not aware that our beaches exist.

Chris Jorge says that she is still on the ballot and that she expects to win the primary election to become the Democratic candidate for City Council in the 32 District. Her petitions were challenged by Richard Burger, a surrogate for Lew Simon’s campaign, and many locals are angry at Lew for trying to clear the ballot and reduce the number of choices that voters have in the September 11 Primary.

Two of the candidates for mayor are scheduled to appear at luncheon forums jointly sponsored by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce and The Wave. Freddie Ferrer will appear on August 13 and Alan Hevesi on August 22. Peter Vallone was here last week. Mike Bloomberg has agreed to come, but no meeting has yet been scheduled. The cost is $20 and each will be held at Pier 92. Tickets are available at the Chamber office.

Save August 17 for the annual Night Out Against Crime ceremonies. Once again, the Beach Club on Beach 116 Street will be the center of activity. The day’s events begin at 12 noon. Fireworks will begin at 8:30.

The Queens Civic Conference will hold an open forum for all of the candidates running for city council in both the 31 and 32 District on August 20 at Beach Channel High School. No starting time has yet to be set.

The Rockaway Theatre Company is hosting "Guys and Dolls" at the Fort Tilden Post Theater from now until August 19. The show can be seen on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on two matinees on Sunday, August 5 and August 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets Are available at the door.

Now that the contract between the NYPD and the National Park Service to place a DWI impound lot at Riis Park is on hold, local residents wonder if the NPS, which has no legal obligation to get the community’s input, will just wait until everybody forgets about the plan and then will just go ahead and do it in the "dead of night."

Wave historian Emil Lucev says that if those studying the loss of marsh grass in Jamaica Bay really want to find the solution, they should look at the way the Aztecs built Mexico City. He won’t tell us what the answer is, but perhaps the experts should take a look.


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