2002-02-09 / Columnists

Beachcomber

The people who have been "circulating" the online petition against the politically correct fire department statue are continuing their efforts despite the fact that the plan to build the multicultural statue has been withdrawn. "The petition is continuing and will do so until final plans are announced for a historically accurate memorial not based on any political agenda," the leaders of the petition drive told The Wave. "There is still a chance that they will propose some other politically-driven memorial which alters the history of what happened that day. We will not let that happen." Those who want to "sign" the online petition can do so at www.petitionline.com/flgfraise.

Members of the Rockaway Rotary Club recently visited the Ronald McDonald House at North Shore Hospital, bearing gifts for the residents of that facility. They were led by Barbara Morris.

There have been many calls to The Wave over the past two weeks asking for the date of this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade. This year's parade, in memory of James Conway Sullivan, will step off on Saturday, March 2. Watch The Wave for further details.

Paeans to the memory of Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd Cummings continue to pour into The Wave. Curtis Archer, the head of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) called recently to recount how important Cummings was to his organization. As an aside, the Governor has still not decided on the process for replacing Cummings, but insiders are betting that there will be a special election to fill the seat on primary day this year.

Environmentalists and those who want to see a commuter ferry come to Rockaway waters are ecstatic about Mayor Bloomberg's mention of "waterfront" in his State of the City address.

New York Times reporter Sarah Kershaw, a friend of Rockaway, did a nice story in Monday's paper about the plans for implementing the Arverne By The Sea plan. While some of the people she spoke to were pessimistic about the development in light of the history of the area, others thought that it would be good for Rockaway.

There is lots of talk once again about the video surveillance camera atop the Marine Parkway Bridge that reportedly "caught the entire incident" involving flight 587. There are those who are sure that the camera caught the plane exploding in flight and that the FAA and the FBI are covering up that fact to keep the public from panicking and staying away from air travel. The truth is somewhat more mundane. The media has known of the tape since the day after the crash. A Daily News reporter who saw the tape says that it shows "the white outline of the jetliner against a clear sky in a fairly steep decline. Seconds later, the outline disappears and the video shows a blurry, undefined patch as the plane apparently breaks up. Finally, dark plumes of smoke billow up from behind what appears to be a toll facility building in the foreground." Not exactly the "smoking gun video" that the terrorist theorists want it to be. Those who are interested should note that the NTSB has set up an email address for those who saw the crash. The address for the NTSB is aa587wit@ntsb.gov.

A reminder that those who are interested in becoming a lifeguard for the coming summer season can show up at Far Rockaway High School on February 11 or can get further information at 212-830-7880. Those who have access to the web can go online at www.nyc.gov/parks.

Those who attended a few Super Bowl parties last weekend report that they found the participants more interested in when the points were scored than they were in who won the game. Could it be that there were football pools right here in Rockaway? Shocking! Once again, last minute scores dashed the hopes of those who thought that they had the money in their pockets.

Newly-elected City Councilman James Sanders, who chairs the powerful Economic Development Committee, wants to hold committee hearings in each of the five boroughs. We think that it's a great idea. Now, if the Queens hearing could be someplace reasonably nearby Rockaway, rather than in Corona, that would be a plus.


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