2002-11-23 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Have you seen these books? The Wave archive has bound volumes of the paper from the beginning. Six volumes are missing from the archives, 1893, 1894, 1895, January to June, 1896, 1960 and 1961. The earliest books were believed given by the publisher at that time to somebody he owed money to in return for a discharge of that debt. The two older books were lost during a move. If you have seen any of these bound volumes of The Wave, or know where they might be, please contact The Wave.

Local author Kevin Boyle will hold a book signing at The Wave offices (88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard) at noon on Saturday, December 7. Boyle's book, "Braving The Waves," has sold out at The Wave, but more will be on hand on that date. Those who previously purchased the book may bring it with them for Boyle to sign or may purchase the book on that day. The book is also available on Amazon.com, The Gift Is Love (Beach 116 Street) and Sammy's Variety (Beach 129 Street).

A number of residents have contacted The Wave to complain that they have been pelted with rocks from the elevated structure while they were driving through Arverne. Most of the rock-throwing events take place after school each day, but a recent event that severely damaged a woman's car took place on Saturday afternoon on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 53 and Beach 54 Street. This has been an ongoing problem and the NYPD has addressed it on numerous occasions, but it seems to be getting worse as of late.

There are rumors throughout the community that the community center the developers of Arverne By The Sea are mandated to build will be run by the YMCA organization. This would be good news for Rockaway and would go a long way in scotching the older rumors that the center would be open only to residents of the new project.

Was that Rockaway resident Kevin Boyle holding hands with Hillary Clinton at the memorial for the victims of flight 587 last week? Seems that Boyle had just met Clinton, thanks to Senator Chuck Schumer, when the service began and everybody was asked to hold hands. You can bet there was a lot of fumbling going on. You can run, Kevin, but you can't hide - not even from Hillary.

We wonder how Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer feels now that the city desperately needs the tax money generated from the commuter tax. Now, Joe Bruno, the majority leader of the State Senate, says that it will never return. Audrey voted to repeal the tax because the Democrats had cut a deal and she always votes with the party leadership. Audrey continually told anybody who asked at the time, however, that the city could always bring it back if it were needed. Well, Audrey, it's needed and we will probably never be able to get it back.

Santa Claus and his elves will once again visit the Beach Club on December 7, thanks to the 100 Precinct Community Council. Admission is $12 a person (kids under 3 years-of-age pay only $3). Every child will get breakfast and a picture with Santa. Those interested can contact the Beach Club or the Rockaway Sunset Diner.

We have been saying for a year now that we believe that the Airbus A300-600 is a dangerous aircraft, that both its engines and its tail are suspect. On November 12, the anniversary of the day when AA Flight 587 crashed into Rockaway, another A300 had engine problems after takeoff from JFK and had to return to the airport. How many incidents will it take before the FAA grounds the plane for thorough inspections?

Aviation experts in England and France keep reiterating how important the Concorde is to their nation's transportation infrastructure. Meanwhile, most of the planes fly half-full because a round-trip on the British Airways version is $12,652 while the same trip on the Air France Concorde is $10,404. Add a ten percent tax to each and you can see that the plane is only for those with a great expense account or for those who don't care how much money they spend - mostly lawyers, entertainment and professional sports types, we have been told. Rockaway residents suffer noise and pollution every day so that those rich yahoos can get to Europe a couple of hours earlier than they could on a regular jet flight. We suffer this indignity because our federal officials are afraid to anger the two European nations, whose ego is all bound up in having a supersonic transport while we don't.

Drivers beware! For as long as we have been driving, we have believed that you can make a left turn from a two-lane road to a two-lane road from the right lane. One case in point in Rockaway is the stretch of road that runs between the LIPA property and the back of Waldbaum's in Rockaway Park. That two lane road dead ends at Beach Channel Drive and most drivers make a left onto that road. We have always made the left from the right lane because we want to be on the "inside" for the stores in that area. Now, however, police officers from the 100 Precinct have begun to give tickets for making that turn. We are going to check with the Motor Vehicle Bureau to find out the legality of the move, but that might take weeks. Meanwhile, drivers in that area should be wary of making that particular turn from the right lane.

The Rezoning Committee of Community School Board 27 will host another meeting on changing the school zones throughout Rockaway. This is an important meeting for anybody who has children in Rockaway schools. The meeting will be held on Monday, November 25 at PS 105, on Beach Channel Drive across the street from the Peninsula Hospital Center.


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