2001-10-27 / Columnists


The Wave and the League of Women Voter’s will sponsor a political forum for all of the candidates in the 32nd Councilmanic District on October 29 at 8 p.m. at Beach Channel High School. Unlike previous forums held in Rockaway, we have invited all four of the candidates on the ballot for the general election. The panel will consist of a representative of the Chamber of Commerce, who will moderate the panel, a representative from The Wave, a representative for the league and four other panelists, each one designated by one of the candidates. The Wave urges all residents to attend.

With the general election now only two weeks away, the candidates for city council in the 32nd District have been seen in Rockaway "working the crowds." Waldbaum’s and the subway station on Beach 116 Street seem to be the two major targets of those seeking votes, although many of the activities on both ends of the peninsula drew lots of politicians last weekend. Joann Ariloa was seen handing out red, white and blue ribbons at Waldbaum’s. Her opponent, Joe Addabbo has been seen working the subway station for the morning commute. The two mainlanders will probably split much of the vote in that portion of the district and need Rockaway votes to push them over the top.

The ceremony in honor of local emergency responders held last week at PS 114 by Community School Board 27 was standing room only. It was a touching and well-deserved honor. When local city firefighters and police, joined by local volunteer units, marched into the auditorium, they got a standing ovation from the crowd. Congressman Anthony Weiner gave a rousing speech that urged the crowd to applause, and school board president Steve Greenberg told of his personal experiences in lower Manhattan on September 11.

Ex-Democratic Congressman Floyd Flake is reportedly ready to endorse the Republican candidate Mike Bloomberg for mayor rather than Democratic candidate Mark Green. Flake, the pastor of the 14,000 member Allen AME Church has reportedly met with the candidate and has worked out a plan for the continued revitalization of the Jamaica area where the church is situated.

More than $2 million dollars has been set aside by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for water quality improvement projects around New York City. There are five funded projects, one in Staten Island, three in Brooklyn, and one that encompasses both Brooklyn and Queens. Locals want to know why Dubos Point, an area that many call a "mosquito magnet" was not included in the plan. Obviously, Rockaway is not a major priority where the DEC is concerned.

What we now know as the Internet began in October of 1969, thirty-two years ago this month. At that time, ARPAnet, sponsored by the Department of Defense, got online for the first time. It was not until the early 1970’s, however, that the amenities we know today as e-mail and instant messaging got their start.

There were two breakfast meetings on the peninsula on Sunday of last week. The Jewish Community Council held its Legislative Breakfast in Far Rockaway (they like to call it West Lawrence, but we all know better) while, at the same time, the 100 Precinct Community Council held its October fest Breakfast in Rockaway Beach. Both were well attended and both served a good purpose. That was also true of the many vigils held at the same time on the same day a few weeks ago. There was one in Far Rockaway, one in Fort Tilden and one in Broad Channel. It would be nice sometime for the entire peninsula to get together to hold such activities as a vigil or a breakfast.

Work has started anew on the LIPA site on Beach 108 Street. Workmen were busy on the site on Friday, just two days after the meeting between the company and the community to address the community’s concerns about the project. LIPA hopes to have the new substation on line before the snow flies. The old, antiquated substation will then be removed and work will begin on remediating the site.

Nadia Murphy and her garden minions were all over the west end of the peninsula last weekend, planting daffodil bulbs that will bloom next spring. Murphy says that each bulb planted is a prayer for a person who was lost at the World Trade Center and that, when they bloom, it will be a tremendous memorial to their lives and their memory.

Remember to have a safe Halloween. Young children should not be on the street alone after dark and, if possible, kids should "Trick or Treat" in their own neighborhoods and with adult supervision.

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