2002-10-12 / Columnists


Jerry Cronin, the Broad Channel man who is running hard for Governor on the Right To Life ticket, will take part in a debate of all seven of the gubernatorial candidates this Sunday on ABC at 11 a.m. Besides the "Big Three," the debate will also include candidates from the Green Party, the Libertarian Party and the Marijuana Reform Party. Cronin is the founder of the Monsignor Ferris Life Center in Rockaway.

The position of Bay Guardian might have come just at the right time. At a meeting of the Jamaica Bay Task Force last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) made a presentation that made clear the fact that the corps has convinced itself that dumping toxic bay spoils into the east end of Jamaica Bay will somehow improve the bay. The DEC reports that filling in the borrow pits with the toxic materials will help the flushing motion in that end of the bay. Most of the local environmentalists oppose the plan and it is hard for those who do not know about such things to understand how placing toxic material in the bay will improve it.

Most of the New York delegation (including the entire Queens delegation) in Congress is ready to allow President Bush some latitude in attacking Saddam. Greg Meeks, however, is not. "The president has to show us something that he has not up to this point," Meeks told reporters. "If not, it appears that we might be doing this for political reasons." Meeks told reporters that he fears a serious fallout in friendly Muslim nations such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Just because you have money in your account at Greenpoint Bank on Beach 116 Street, don't think that a check that you give to another person written on that account will be cashed by the bank. A Wave editor went to the bank last week with a check and plenty of identification. Although the bank employees knew him and had a way to verify the check's signature, bank vice president Charles Batyr refused to cash it because the person it was written to did not have an account at the bank. A check of two other local banks revealed that they did not have similar restrictions. It seems clear to us that if the money is in the account, that person's signature can be verified and the person with the check has the proper identification, then the bank has an obligation to honor the check.

John Lepore of All State Insurance called to say that most of those who have not yet rebuilt their homes in the area that flight 587 impacts have not done so because the city has not yet issued permits for them to rebuild. In most cases, says Lepore, the insurance companies have paid off but the city won't allow the rebuilding effort.

The rusting trailers that were adjacent to the piece of land that will soon be used as a "Tribute Park," have been moved away from that site to the parking lot behind the Exercise Club building. We have been told that the construction trailers are from Breezy Point because there is a restriction against parking such trailers at Breezy. We have also been told that the trailers were removed not because of The Wave's editorial two weeks ago, but because Duane Reade will soon break ground for its new facility on the site. The plans are for the front of the building, not the rear, to face the park.

St. Camillus has been without a bus stop sign in front of the Red Door Shop for far too long, according to those who frequent the area. Perhaps it is time for the city to put the sign back in place.

Be careful where you park. Fines for the most serious parking infractions (parking in a bus stop or at a fire hydrant, for example) have recently risen to $110 from $55. In all, fines for 32 offenses have gone up so that the city can realize a $62 million windfall for its depleted budget.

A decision has been made by the president of the Committee In Memory of Flight 587 to take the remains of all of those who have been identified from the crash to the Dominican Republic for burial. The remains that have not been identified will be buried together in several large mausoleums in the Trinity Cemetery in Washington Heights. The ceremony at Trinity Cemetery will be held on October 12, a month before the one-year anniversary of the crash.

Approximately 200 residents showed up for the Rally For Peace in Israel at the Knights of Columbus Hall last Sunday. Most of those who were scheduled to speak did not show. Anthony Weiner came about five minutes before the end of the rally and did say a few words, but Greg Meeks, Audrey Pheffer, Michelle Titus, James Sanders and Joe Addabbo did not. Neither did Israeli Counsel Yahel Vilan. Monsignor Martin Geraghty of St. Francis de Sales Church was the hit of the show with his speech and blessings in Hebrew.

Beginning February 1, 2003, you will have to dial 1 + a ten digit number even when you are dialing inside your own area code. For example, if you live across the street from The Wave and are calling us from your home, you still have to dial 1-718-634-4000 in order to call us. The phone company says the change is necessary because of all of the new communication possibilities. The phone company urges residents to change their automatic dialing equipment (computers, fax machines, cell phones, etc.) to insure that they are properly programmed for the new plan.

Three weeks ago, The Wave ran a front-page picture from a fire that was taken by a Newsday photographer. This week, Newsday ran a picture from the Tribute Park groundbreaking that was taken by a Wave photographer. Such cooperation between newspapers, even between a daily and a weekly, is unusual, but we believe that a weekly that covers an area such as Rockaway and Broad Channel should be working closely with the daily papers and their reporters who regularly cover the same "beat."

The talent was great, the venue was close to home and the price was reasonable, but the turnout for the Tribute Park Concert held by the Chamber of Commerce at Beach Channel High School was disappointing. That has been true of many concerts held in Rockaway in recent years, and one has to wonder why that is so.

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