2002-11-30 / Community

Pictures And Punchlines

A Comical Look At The People, Places and Things In Rockaway
By Gary G. Toms

While visiting an Arverne 
            resident affected by the City's encroachment plan, Community Board 
            14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska was viciously attacked and beaten 
            senseless. As the resident pounded on Gaska as if he were a $2 
            steak, the resident screamed, "You let them rip up my sidewalk? I'll 
            rip out your 
  throat!"While visiting an Arverne resident affected by the City's encroachment plan, Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska was viciously attacked and beaten senseless. As the resident pounded on Gaska as if he were a $2 steak, the resident screamed, "You let them rip up my sidewalk? I'll rip out your throat!"


In celebration of their historic victory, members of the Republican Party threw dirt on a grave filled with members of the Democratic Party at a memorial service this week. Borough President Helen Marshall, pictured without hard hat, surprised everyone by announcing she was switching her party to, as she described, "Get with a winner!" As Marshall flung her shovel, she gleefully stated, "Take that Senator Daschle! I never liked you anyway."In celebration of their historic victory, members of the Republican Party threw dirt on a grave filled with members of the Democratic Party at a memorial service this week. Borough President Helen Marshall, pictured without hard hat, surprised everyone by announcing she was switching her party to, as she described, "Get with a winner!" As Marshall flung her shovel, she gleefully stated, "Take that Senator Daschle! I never liked you anyway."
Hey, remember the Oscar-winning film "Rain Man?" Look at this guy. Move over Dustin Hoffman. "Fifteen minutes to Judge Wapner...yep. Fifteen minutes to Wapner."Hey, remember the Oscar-winning film "Rain Man?" Look at this guy. Move over Dustin Hoffman. "Fifteen minutes to Judge Wapner...yep. Fifteen minutes to Wapner."


Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) Executive Director Curtis Archer (pictured hunched over) stunned group members at a recent meeting by showing up drunk. A Wave photographer caught Archer as he was on the verge of falling off his chair in a drunken stupor. During a tense moment at the meeting, the members restrained Archer as he sang, "Ah, ah, ah, ah...stayin' alive, stayin' alive!"Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) Executive Director Curtis Archer (pictured hunched over) stunned group members at a recent meeting by showing up drunk. A Wave photographer caught Archer as he was on the verge of falling off his chair in a drunken stupor. During a tense moment at the meeting, the members restrained Archer as he sang, "Ah, ah, ah, ah...stayin' alive, stayin' alive!"
"No, things did not turn out as I had planned, but I'm doing a lot better than  Martha Stewart!""No, things did not turn out as I had planned, but I'm doing a lot better than  Martha Stewart!"


"Palmer, I've got to tell you... 'Braving The Waves' is a GREAT book. It's just a....great book! It is such a great book. G-R-E-A-T! You just don't understand how great it is! (10-second pause) Did I tell you how great this book is Palmer?""Palmer, I've got to tell you... 'Braving The Waves' is a GREAT book. It's just a....great book! It is such a great book. G-R-E-A-T! You just don't understand how great it is! (10-second pause) Did I tell you how great this book is Palmer?"
While conducting a seminar entitled "We Shall Overcome", Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer repeatedly interrupted NAACP Far Rockaway Chapter President Ed Williams by standing up, giving him the finger, and making facial distortions. Williams appeared to be in a state of shock and disbelief.While conducting a seminar entitled "We Shall Overcome", Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer repeatedly interrupted NAACP Far Rockaway Chapter President Ed Williams by standing up, giving him the finger, and making facial distortions. Williams appeared to be in a state of shock and disbelief.


At a recent Rotary Club luncheon, Rotary member Mike Aarons (fourth from the left) stated that he was leaving the real estate industry to work as a ventriloquist. He then introduced a life-like dummy figure of Congressman Gregory Meeks, and performed a portion of his new act, "Aarons and Meeks." "We're going to knock'em dead in Vegas," said Aarons. The Rotary member's lips did not move an inch, as "Greggie" asked, "Gee, are there any black people in this chapter?"At a recent Rotary Club luncheon, Rotary member Mike Aarons (fourth from the left) stated that he was leaving the real estate industry to work as a ventriloquist. He then introduced a life-like dummy figure of Congressman Gregory Meeks, and performed a portion of his new act, "Aarons and Meeks." "We're going to knock'em dead in Vegas," said Aarons. The Rotary member's lips did not move an inch, as "Greggie" asked, "Gee, are there any black people in this chapter?"


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