2001-09-08 / Columnists


The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has stopped work on the old LILCO site on Beach Channel Drive between Beach 108 and Beach 122 Streets. The company had been working quickly to complete the new substation before the community, which has legitimate concerns about the site and the project, could get it stopped. Now, the community has some breathing room to have its questions answered by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which "demapped" the toxic site and the city’s Department of Buildings, which gave the approval to build on that site.

Little League baseball is supposed to be for the kids, but it is now obvious that it is more for the adults. It is sad to note that at least four of the young men on the Bronx’s "Baby Bomber’s" have never attended school in New York City although most of them have been here for more than a year. There are some who may think that playing ball is a full-time occupation for a 14-year-old, but that is logically not the case. It is never in the best interest of a young teenager to keep him or her out of school.

The Rockaway Knights of Columbus wants it known that it is the Brooklyn branch of the organization that sought to take over the field and parking lot used by the Broad Channel Athletic club (BCAC). In fact, many members of the Rockaway group were angry that the Brooklyn group was moving into its area of operation. "We have lots of members in Broad Channel," an official of the local group told The Wave. "We support the right of the kids to keep the field and we support the BCAC fully."

If you are a registered voter, be sure and get out and vote in the election next Tuesday, September 11. There is a primary in both the Democratic and Republican parties for Mayor, Queens borough president and other citywide offices and there is a doozy of a Democratic primary for city council in both the 31st and 32nd councilmanic districts.

We know that The Wave classified ads got lots of play, particularly those for "Garage Sales." We were reminded of that last week, however, when the paper "lost" the address of one of the sales advertised there. By Saturday noon, there were in excess of 40 people who called the paper or showed up at its office to find the address. The sale has been postponed to this week.

One of the solutions to drownings on our beachfront is to place ropes and barrels out from the beach into the surf. When we were young, there were such ropes and barrels along the oceanfront and it gave swimmers something to grab onto when they got into trouble in the water. Perhaps they should be installed at least in the area between Beach 6 Street and Beach 21 Street as an experiment to see how the work out. If they provide some extra protection, then the idea can be expanded to the rest of the oceanfront.

It is no wonder that the team from Jameson’s Pub won the 2001 Open Girl’s Basketball Championship. Of the eight girls on the team, one is a pro with a gold medal from the Olympics, another was a high school all-American last year and will play for Boston College this year and at least three others were college stars last year. Nothing like having a couple of ringers, right girls?

Keep the weekend of September 22 and 23 open. That is the weekend for the Rockaway Music And Art Council’s (RMAC) Fall Festival. The event, which features music, food, fine art, crafts, children’s activities and entertainment, will be held once again at Riis Park.

Beginning this week, The Wave will host a new columnist. Bernard Blum, long-time environmental expert and advocate will begin writing "Sprayview Sticks and Stones." We hope that you will find it both interesting and enlightening.

Al Stabile is back in the race for Queens Borough President, but it is unlikely that a Republican could win such a race in highly-Democratic Queens. Add to that fact Al’s problems with the law and his health problems and it makes us wonder why is he still in the race.

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