2001-10-20 / Columnists


The owner of the Bay-Gull Store in Broad Channel recently called The Wave to say that she would no longer carry The Wave in her store because of an article that we printed recently that headlined the fact that a man had pled guilty in a hate crime attack at the Broad Channel subway station. Although the story said clearly in the lead that the man who perpetrated the attack came from Brooklyn, the owner was somehow angry that we were blaming Broad Channel for the attack. That could not be further from the truth. We want to remind our Broad Channel friends that we are Broad Channel’s newspaper and have been for more than 100 years. The Wave can still be purchased at other outlets around the community and by subscription, which guarantees that your community’s newspaper will come right to your home each week.

Experts in wastewater management (including a few who work for the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) tell The Wave that it will take more than three or four days for the bay to cleanse itself. Although a statement by LIPA says that people may now begin fishing and other bay activities, those experts say that it would be prudent to wait a little longer. Once again, fishermen and others who regularly use the bay are reminded to stay away for a few weeks until the bay can really cleanse itself. It was a little frightening to ride down Beach Channel Drive and see people fishing along the bay front. The fishermen were active across from the water treatment plant itself and in the area of Beach 140 Street. I was told by an observer that dozens of people were surf sailing at Plum Beach. They are in danger of getting a number of diseases. Stay away from the bay. Period!

By now, everybody who had a computer with Internet access must have received the E-mail telling them to stay away from shopping malls on Halloween. This is just another example of how spurious material gets generated and duplicated around the world without a shred of evidence that any problem genuinely exists. If we are going to survive this terrorist craziness, we have to live our lives and forget about passing along information that has little chance of being true.

The nation continues to hang together and mourn what happened in our city and at the Pentagon. A Wave editor, who regularly bids for historic items on E-bay, recently received a card from a VJ Books, book dealer in Oregon, from whom he had won an auction for an old U.S. Naval Academy tome. The card was signed by all the staff, with little notes, such as "words cannot convey what we feel for you," "truth and love are our sword against evil," "keep your spirits up, we send our love to New York," "our prayers and thoughts are with New York," and "give and take a hug willingly." It is good to see the rest of the nation boding with our city and our community, which has been so hard-hit by the terrorist attack of September 11.

The Rockaway Beach Civic Association held a forum for candidates last week, but they did not invite all of the candidates, nor did they invite The Wave to take part in the debate (although they invited the editor of a mainland paper to do so). It is hard for us to understand their agenda. We acknowledge that neither John Baxter nor Rob Curran have much of a chance to win the election for the 32nd District Councilmanic seat, but they are still candidates, they are on the ballot and they should have been invited to speak. We will always take issue with a group who deliberately decides for themselves which candidates have a chance and which should be allowed to present their ideas to the public.

The Peninsula Hospital Center’s 94th Anniversary Ball will have a decided country-western look. The ball, which will be held on October 27 at the Sands in Atlantic Beach, will honor Robert Mayer and Nancy Verdakis. Those who are interested in tickets can call the hospital at 734-2506.

Those who like to run should sign up for the Jack Moran Run, which will take place on the boardwalk (from St. Camillus) on October 20 at 10 a.m. Registration will be held on the day of the race, from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. at the church. This is a 5 K run and the weather promises to be perfect.

The city will soon decide on the developer and the development plan for the eastern portion of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. We would still like to see an outlet mall a la the Tanger Mall in Riverhead on the site. That would bring jobs and money to the community, something that a golf course or a park will not do.

Rockaway is split between two-city councilmanic districts, a fact that keeps the peninsula from getting many of the services it deserves. Part of the problem has been that those two city council members, Al Stabile and Juanita Watkins, could barely stand each other and rarely even spoke. Two of the candidates running for those offices this year, however, have told The Wave that they are more than willing to work together for the betterment of the entire peninsula. Those two candidates are the frontrunners for the 31st District, James Sanders, and 32nd district, Joe Addabbo. It would be nice to see our two council members work together, for a change.

Those who are always complaining that there is no place in Rockaway to get a decent dinner should look no further than the new Sunset Diner and the old Pier 92. The diner now has complete meal specials that are served from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. We had the beef stew recently, and it was great. Those meals run in price from $9.95 for the beef stew to $14.95 for veal and shrimp dishes. That includes soup, salad, dessert and a beverage. Pier 92 is hosting a number of specials as well. The Tuesday night buffet at $5.95 features Steak tidbits this week. On Wednesdays through Fridays, there is an "early bird special" for $5.95 that features different meat, poultry and fish dishes each evening. The price includes salad, vegetables and dessert.

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