2002-03-30 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Rockaway will be featured this Sunday morning on Channel 2’s "Sunday Morning" show that runs between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The segment, which will be hosted by Charles Osgood, will focus on all of the Daffodils that have been planted in Rockaway as part of the September 11 memorial. While members of both the Belle Harbor and the Shore Garden Clubs were present at the taping, only Nadia Murphy and her husband, former 47 Battalion Chief, Tom Murphy, were interviewed. The segment was filmed at Pat Brackley Park on Beach 124 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has decided to allow relatives of people killed aboard hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 to hear the cockpit voice recording. That is the flight where passengers challenged the hijackers aiming for a Washington, D.C. building and brought the plane down in a field in Pennsylvania. The families had asked the FBI for permission to listen to the tape from the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) so that they can have some closure and understand what happened. Federal law restricts the release of the CVR material. The FBI will hold one listening session and it will be held in Princeton, New Jersey, far from Boston, where the plane took off. We have been asking both the FBI and the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) for permission to listen to the CVR from flight 587. It is hard to understand what the problem is. What could possibly be on the tapes that the feds do not want us to hear? They will not even answer that question to our satisfaction.

Congratulations to Shumuel Hiller, named Newsday’s Profile Of The Day last week. He is the dean of Bnos Bais Yaakov, an all-girl’s yeshiva in Far Rockaway.

Last week, we said that it was the ACLU that stopped the city from placing more automatic "Red Light Cameras" around the city. Seems that we were only partially right. The new cameras were also stymied by a number of upstate legislators, who cited a number of very specious reasons for defeating the new cameras. Transportation Alternatives, a group that supplied us with this information, wonders why NYC has to get permission from the state legislature to enforce its own traffic rules. The group is right. The legislature should have no say over such local issues as traffic control and parking regulations.

The sisterhood of the Bayswater Jewish Center will host famed Jewish chef Jeffrey Nathan at a cooking workshop at the center on Sunday, April 14. Nathan will prepare and serve three "gourmet delights." For reservations and details, contact the sisterhood at 471-7771.

Anybody contacted by a person representing himself or herself as being from The Wave, either by phone or in person, should ask for a name and for some identification. There have been people making calls and appearing at local schools and other agencies, representing themselves as being from this paper. Please make sure of their identification prior to providing any information. All Wave reporters and editors carry credentials.

Beach Channel High School principal Bernard Gassaway would like to honor the memories of those graduates of the school who perished on September 11. Friends or relatives, who know of a person who died at the World Trade Center or at the Pentagon who is a BCHS graduate, should contact the school at 718-945-6900.

There are those who say that "where there is smoke there is fire," are usually right. The number of letters coming to The Wave from members of the PA 114 family lead us to believe that the charges of cronyism and bullying tactics, brought in the original letter, published three weeks ago, are probably correct. The Wave plans a future story on the issue if its editors can ever get anybody to speak on the record.

When Thomas McNulty was assaulted by a group of teenagers on Beach 130 Street a few weeks ago, The Wave addressed the story as a "wolf pack" attack on a young man who was on Beach 129 Street minding his own business. After the story appeared, we heard from a number of sources who told us that perhaps McNulty was somehow in part responsible for his attack, but we discounted those reports, until last week, when McNulty was arrested for menacing another person with a BB gun. According to the police report, McNulty called another person on his cell phone and told that person, who was driving a car at the time, to pull over. When that person did, McNulty reportedly pulled up next to him and pointed a BB gun at him. We are trying to find out if the two incidents are related, but nobody seems to want to speak about the incident.

Les Lerner, one of the principals of Beechwood, which is involved with the Arverne By the Sea development, called The Wave to assure the community that the company is "completely dedicated to the project," and that groundbreaking would take place shortly. That is good news for a community that has seen numerous development plans for the area go by the boards before the first shovel full of dirt was taken.

Katelyn Lawlor and her younger sister, Jennifer, are stellar basketball players for Bishop Kearney High School. The Lawlor sisters were at practice on November 12 when American Airlines Flight 587 fell on their home, killing their mother and brother. This week, the two led their team to a 67-31 win over Voorheesville High School to take the Class C Federation title. "The team dedicated the entire season to my mother and brother and it was important that we did it right," the elder sister said. Katelyn was named the tourney’s MVP. It will be interesting to see what college the much-sought-after senior will go to next year. She is friendly with Belle Harbor neighbor Clare Droesch. Will she wind up at Boston College? Only she can answer that question.

After reading the G-man’s column last week, entitled "This One’s For Shareena," Steve Greenberg, President of CSB 27, and Matt Bromme, the District Superintendent, have expressed an interest in helping the G-man’s niece in some way. It turns out that the situation Shareena Toms experienced is common within many schools. "I know what she went through because it happened to my children. This needs to stop, and it’s great that somebody finally wrote about it," said Greenberg.


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