2002-11-02 / Columnists


On Monday night, NBC-TV's Scott Weinberger did an "exclusive" interview with Stan Molin, the father of First Officer Sten Molin, who was flying American Airlines Flight 587 when it crashed into Rockaway. The "teaser" for the story was Molin saying, "They're doing a hatchet job on my son." If you read last week's Wave, you will note that the front-page headline was the same exact quote from Molin. It's fun to be in front of the networks and the daily papers, and they should not claim that something they have is exclusive when the story has already been in another publication.

We were driving north on Cross Bay Boulevard last weekend in Howard Beach when we heard sirens and saw flashing lights behind us. We moved over, fighting the traffic next to us as well as the traffic on the cross street. It created a dangerous situation, and we looked over to the speeding car that was now to our right to see what kind of emergency responder it was. We were surprised to see that it was Congressman Anthony Weiner, driving his red jeep, with the red lights in the front window flashing the siren roaring. It is hard to understand, however, why a congressman would need get someplace so quickly that it is necessary for him to blow traffic lights to get where he's going. Perhaps he had an important meeting that he was late for, but that still does not justify him using lights and sirens to get where he is going.

The new lines for our City Council seats have been drawn by a committee and they leave us pretty much where we have been for the past ten years - split between two council seats. The east end will retain Jim Sanders, while the west end will keep Joe Addabbo. There is some word that the original plan put Breezy Point in a district with Staten Island, which would have been illegal, because lines have to be "contiguous." The committee already uses the fiction that there are people who live along the subway line between Broad Channel and Rockaway to maintain these lines, but there is no way they could justify placing Breezy in with Staten Island. We wonder if the gated community asked to be placed with Staten Island rather than with Rockaway.

Noted local artist Patrick Clark admitted to a crime at the 100 Precinct Community Council's Oktoberfest breakfast last week. He admitted that he had stolen a shopping cart advertisement for John Lepore and his insurance agency from the local Waldbaum's store. Doesn't everybody have one of those at home," Clark asked jokingly, but a couple of people in the audience raised their hands to indicate that they had done the same.

Gus Alfieri is having an article about the Beach 108 Street playground published and he needs some photos of players in the park. He is particularly looking for photos of Dick or Al McGuire, who frequented the playground since it was nearby their father's bar (now Snug Harbor). If anybody has any photos, they can contact him at 631-265-7142 or at aalf@optionline.net.

We are happy to announce that Associate Editor Gary G. Toms, "The G-man," will be receiving awards in November and December. The Solid Rock Seventh Day Adventists Church, 52-05 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, will present the first award, for investigative reporting, on November 9 at 11 a.m. The Deerfield Area Association will present the second award, for outstanding reporting and community service, during their annual gala on December 14, which will take place at the Imperial Ballroom (VFW) in Inwood. Rumor has it that he may hit the trifecta, as another prominent Rockaway organization contacted The Wave to note that they intend to honor him in the future as well. More details will appear in future issues.

Broad Channel is Jamaica Bay's only inhabited island. Now, it is also the focus of a Newsday "Names of New York" column. The article points out that The Channel has also been called the "Venice of New York" and "The Gateway to the Rockaways." According to the article, Broad Channel has 2,630 residents.

An organization called "Voice of the Faithful," is spreading through out the Catholic community, speaking out against pedophile priests and the church's handling of the controversy. One such group is forming on the Rockaway peninsula. Bishop Daly, however, has banned the groups from using church property for meetings. According to Frank DeRosa, a spokesperson for the Brooklyn Diocese, the Bishop has decided "not to make parish and other diocesan facilities available for meetings of The Voice of the Faithful. He is concerned with the potential the meetings might have to foster disunity." The new Rockaway group, which includes a cluster of seven Rockaway churches, has been working to hold meetings and to boost membership.

It looks as if the spin on airport expansion has begun. A New York Times article last Sunday points out that LaGuardia Airport in northern Queens is much safer since the runways were expanded to allow for a "margin of error" that they didn't have previously. It is only a matter of time before the Port Authority asks for runways at JFK to be expanded to provide the same type of safety net at that airport, even though the runways at JFK are already long enough to provide a large margin of safety.

Not only have fees for parking tickets gone up, but other fees related to towing illegally parked vehicles has gone up as well. The regular towing fee has gone to $185 from $150 and the fee for towing larger vehicles has gone up to $370 from $150.

Dan and Peter Thomas, 35, are twin brothers who grew up in Neponsit. Today, Peter, a lawyer, lives in Forest Hills. His brother, Dan, a medical malpractice lawyer, lives in Manhattan. Their father, Charles Thomas, is judge on the Queens Supreme Court. The two brothers are producing a new television show called, "Queens Supreme," which is expected to be a mid-season replacement on CBS-TV. The hour-long show will focus on the doings of the Queens courts, which is in Kew Gardens.

The producers from the FOX 5 morning show "Good Day NY" visited The Wave this week to film an interview with former editor Kevin Boyle. Boyle discussed the upcoming release of his new book "Braving The Waves: Rockaway Rises...And Rises Again, which focuses on how Rockaway was affected by 9/11 and the Flight 587 crash. We indicated that it would be shown this week, but the producers noted the segment would air on November 11 or 12, the anniversary of the fatal crash.

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