2002-01-26 / Columnists



We have been getting lots of calls since Dorothy Dunne wrote in her column that Temple Israel would soon be closing its doors. Seems that the reports of the temple's demise are premature. In fact, the temple is open six days a week for evening services and for Sabbath services as well each Saturday. The office manager for the temple tells us that she is in each weekday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. to field any questions that might arise.

Congressman Anthony Weiner, who represents parts of Rockaway, has been recognized by the Democratic Party as an "emerging leader," and one who may change the party's image with voters. The party said that Weiner and another congressman were cited because "they can pass on the message that the new Democrats are bright, energetic and fiscally responsible." On top of Weiner's recent notice in New York Magazine, this recognition pinpoints him as one of the young leaders of Congress.

If you have kids or grandchildren, the place to take them is to Disney On Ice. Disney knows how to do it when it comes to shows that can wow kids and keep adults in their seats at the same time, and this show is a winner. It is made up of four thirty-minute segments with each segment introduced by Mickey and Minnie and their friends. One segment focuses on Cinderella, another on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a third on The Little Mermaid and the last, on 101 Dalmatians. It is indeed fun for the whole family.

We remember the days in baseball when a player who hit .242 with one home run and 12 RBI in half a season would find himself in the minor leagues. Not today, however. Enrique Wilson, who had just those stats last year, was just signed by the Yankees to a one-year $720 thousand contract. The salaries go up and it is the fans that ultimately bear the cost with $7 parking and $40 seats and $6 beers.

The fire department has scrapped the controversial plan to build a statue in memory of those who died in the World Trade Center by changing an historic statue into a politically correct statue. There was so much of an outcry that the plan was put on hold and FDNY will go shopping for a new concept entirely.

The Wave is looking for old-timers who remember the site of the Chase Manhattan Bank prior to its move into the shopping center. Some seem to think that it was on the corner of Beach 84 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, but others are not sure. Perhaps there was a dentist's office on the second floor? If you remember, let us know.

Locals have been getting calls from a group that calls itself the New York State Police and Sheriff's Benevolent Association, asking for donations to its September 11 fund. We have been told that the organization does not exist and that people who want to donate to that fund should find more legitimate ways to do it.

Those who use Rockaway Turnpike in Nassau County as your gateway out of the eastern end of Rockaway may soon find the same massive traffic jams that were created when they first built Route 878. A new complex to address the needs of the airport is being built on a stretch of land on the turnpike, just across the street from the airport, and it is sure to tie traffic in knots. Of course, those using the Marine Parkway Bridge and the Belt Parkway might find the same thing with the opening of "Gateway Center," a new shopping mall nearby Starret City.

More than 250 residents packed PS 114 on Sunday evening for a meeting with the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) sponsored by Congressman Anthony Weiner. The Congressman announced a change in flight plans that would "reduce the number of planes flying over the peninsula by 80 percent." While that is exciting news, most of the Rockaway residents in attendance were skeptical at best. The bottom line is, it all depends on the direction of the wind, and there is nobody that controls that factor.

We want to extend our congratulations to Father Sean Ogle, who will be leaving St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church after six years of service to the Rockaway community. Father Ogle has been appointed by Bishop Daily as Episcopal Vicar for the 56 parishes in Northern Queens. We wish him well.

A net "publication" called DEBKA-Net-Weekly says, "there is a spreading conviction among aviation and counter-terrorist experts that he (Richard Reid) was shoe bomber No. 2, and that American Airlines Flight 587 was brought down 40 days earlier over Queens, NY, by shoe bomber No. 1."

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