2002-06-22 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Barbara Morris, the owner of West End Realty in Rockaway Park, has brokered several deals that will allow Rockaway to have a fireworks show this July 4. Morris contacted several funding sources and, with the assistance of the Chamber of Commerce, she got it done. The schedule now calls for the fireworks display to begin at 9:30 p.m. on the Fourth from the foot of Beach 116 Street.

There was a misunderstanding in last week's Beachcomber. We said that there was a dog run at Riis Park, but there is not. Dogs are welcome at Fort Tilden (that was the misunderstanding), but they must remain on a leash and their owners have to buy a seasonal "activity permit" for $25 in order to use that beach. We still think, however, that there should be a beachfront dog run somewhere in Rockaway.

One of the stipulations in the new school governance bill is that members of the central board will no longer have a salary or perks as they did in the past. The five borough presidents, however, have reportedly asked for a "secret" plan that would pay the new board members up to $60 thousand each and provide a million dollars for their staff as well as for an office at borough hall. And, you thought that this law was going to change things?

Papa's Pizza, the new pizza and ice cream shop on Beach 129 Street, has begun a program that would give any elementary student who reads five books over the summer a free piece of pizza or a free ice cream cone. Parents would have to certify that their child read the requisite number of books. It really is a small thing, but it is an example of what a local businessperson can do to improve the educational process.

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department hopes to give its building fund a boost with its Second Annual Hawaiian Luau and Pig Roast, to be held at the Beach Club on Friday, July 12, from 8 p.m. until 12 midnight. All of the proceeds go towards building the department a much-needed firehouse on Cross Bay Boulevard.

The people who run Riis Park wanted to remind Wave readers that the park provides a mile of lifeguard-protected beaches, picnic areas that allow barbecuing, brand new playgrounds, bike paths, basketball courts, pitch and putt golf and food concessions. The parking lot holds 9,400 cars.

Gifford Miller would not be the City Council Speaker were it not for term limits and neither Jim Sanders nor Joe Addabbo would most likely be sitting on that council. Term limits knocked out the incumbents and gave "new blood" a chance at winning, which is just what the voters wanted. Now, however, Miller is looking for ways to overturn the term limits initiative รข013 an initiative that was approved not once, but twice, by voters. The law proposed by Miller could become law even if Mayor Bloomberg vetoes it (as he is sure to do) if two-thirds of the council members vote to override the veto. Any of the members who got in only because of term limits and now want to overturn it so they can run as many times as they like, deserve a quick ticket to oblivion. It certainly looks as if some politicians have no respect for the "will of the people."

Don't forget that this weekend brings Rockaway the third annual "Movies By Moonlight" at Fort Tilden. Friday night's movie is "Some Like It Hot," while the Saturday movie is "The Wizard of Oz." Both movies will be shown beginning at 8:45 p.m. Those who attend are urged to bring their own blankets, beach chairs and snacks.

The first of this year's RMAC's Sunset Picnic Concerts will be held at Fort Tilden on Sunday, June 30 at 6 p.m. The concert will feature the folk music icon, Oscar Brand in his second appearance at the Rockaway venue.

Many Rockaway residents were literally left in the dark in late May when the lights went out at the Kings Plaza Mall in Brooklyn, a popular destination for west end residents. When the mall's generators died, those inside the mall were left in absolute darkness. The only illumination came from skylights, and hand-held flashlights that some of the security guards carried. In some stores, the power failure caused the security gates to drop and shoppers were trapped inside the shops with no light. Kings Plaza is not tied in to a local provider. Rather, it generates its own electricity.

The Marine Parkway Bridge was closed down for two days this week, and there is some question of why that happened. The Wave learned about a week ago that many of the bolts holding the bridge together had to be replaced because they were not rust-resistant. We called the TBTA and they told us that it was nothing, that the bolts had to be sprayed with rust-resistant paint, not replaced. Then, the bridge closed down for two days. Makes you wonder!

The 100th edition of The Wave was printed about nine years ago. We knew that there were copies all over the peninsula, stocked away by local residents to pass on to their children. Recently, however, the special edition turned up (like everything else does) on E-bay. The edition, which sells for $3 at the Rockaway Museum, had already received 11 bids and was up to $24.72 when we last looked.

Evening and overnight flights over the west end of Rockaway were supposed to stop this month, but they are continuing unabated. It may be perception, but it seems that the planes have been flying over the peninsula at a lower altitude lately. Way back in January, we were promised a new and innovative flight path that would cut "70 percent" of the flights over Rockaway. The FAA made that promise to both Congressman Anthony Weiner and to the community. Where do we stand? Right back where we started from.


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