2002-02-02 / Columnists

Beachcomber

The Wave family would like to offer its condolences to the family of Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd Cummings, who passed away last weekend. She was a tireless advocate for her community and she will be missed.

We have received a number of responses to our question about the location of the Chase Manhattan Bank. Herbert Nathan E-mailed to say that the bank was located in its own building on the southwest corner of Beach 84 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. According to Nathan, there was a Dr. Goldberg, a dentist, on the second floor and that Dr. Goldberg lived on Beach 70 Street. Ann Donnelly-O’Flaherty, who once lived on Beach 91 Street, told us that it was located in a small shopping center on the corner of Beach 84 Street. She remembers that there was a Pantry Pride supermarket in the center as well. Miriam Mullin called to say that the bank was in its own building on the corner of Beach 84 Street and that the dentist was in the building next to it. She remembers that there was a candy store next door to the bank and that a dentist named Dr. Hartman and a lawyer named Granirer were above the candy store. Next door to that building was Deutch’s Furniture Store, she remembers. Mary Reynolds remembers it on the southwest corner as well, next to Nathan’s Candy Store. John Wilson agrees that it was on that corner, across the street from Whalen’s Drugs and "Latties Bar and Grill."

The power of the Internet can be seen once again in the case of the altered FDNY statue. Although it is now a dead issue, the national online petition protesting the altered statue gathered more than 100,000 signatures in eleven days. The petitions will be delivered to city hall in the near future.

In this age of plastic, beachcombers and history buffs are finding mother of pearl, abalone and shell beads and buttons washed ashore on beaches that have been filled in the recent past. There must have been a local button industry at one time that satisfied the need for ornamental buttons and the like for clothing makers.

Republican Joann Ariola, who recently lost the city council race to Joe Addabbo, has been appointed by Mayor Mike Bloomberg as his liaison to the community boards in southern Queens. She will be working for the city’s Community Assistance Unit. Joann will reportedly earn $65 thousand a year in her new post, considerably less than she would have earned as a councilwoman.

We think that it is clear that doing away with the commuter tax was a big mistake. You remember what happened. In 1999, during a battle over a vacant suburban seat in the State Senate, Joe Bruno and Shelly Silver cut a deal involving the open seat and the commuter tax. Audrey Pheffer, always the good Democratic soldier, voted with Silver. That has caused a $500 million yearly hole in the city budget. What has to be done now is that all of those Democrats who voted for the dissolution of the tax, including Pheffer, have to rethink their vote and reinstate the tax.

The new City Council speaker. Gifford Miller, is in favor of bringing back the tax, as is Silver, but Republicans seem less eager to reinstate the fee.

In the olden days, towns once paid trappers a bounty for wolves and other animals that were a nuisance to the town. John McBride of Breezy Point, suggests that we have licensed trappers in New York City today that could be used to hunt down and trap the wild dogs that have been causing a problem here in Rockaway. The majority of them are exterminators who most often go after squirrels and raccoons, but he suggests that the city should put a bounty on wild dogs and set the trappers loose.

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is contemplating buying KeySpan Energy’s generators. An agreement made when LIPA was formed as a public agency provides its right to buy all of the facilities previously owned by LILCO, including the Rockaway plants. There will be a hearing on the subject on February 14 at the Beach Club (Beach 116 Street and the Boardwalk) at 2 p.m.

The Broad Channel Volunteers are selling pages in their yearly journal to raise money for a new firehouse and to replace an ambulance lost in the collapse of the World Trade Center. Those who are interested in advertising in the journal or who simply want to support this worthy organization, should contact Thomas Larkin at the Noel Road firehouse. The journals will be distributed to everybody who takes an ad and to those attending the BCVFD’s annual dinner-dance on the evening of February 23.

The Parks Department is once again looking for men and women to serve as lifeguards on Rockaway beaches this coming summer. Unlike last year, however, the training program will be held at the Far Rockaway High School pool rather than in Astoria. Applicants must undergo a physical exam and a background check and must be at least 16 years-of-age at the completion of the course. Free instruction begins at the Far Rockaway High School pool on February 11. Those who are interested may call (212) 830-7880 or log on to the Parks website at www.nyc.gov/parks.

The first annual Graybeard Dinner Dance mentioned in Kevin Boyle’s Column, "Boyle-Ing Points," has sold out. People are asked not to show up hoping to get in, because there are no tickets to be had. "Wait till next year," Boyle says, thinking he plays for the Brooklyn Dodgers.


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