2002-12-28 / Editorial/Opinion

Moving Into The Year 2003

Moving Into The Year 2003

We look at the new calendar sitting on our wall and wonder what the New Year will bring to Rockaway. The year 2001 was a horrendous one for Rockaway, with more than 70 residents lost in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11 and five more lost in the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 into Belle Harbor just two months and a day later. Last year, 2002, was, in a sense, a year of renewal and remembrance, a year for memorials and for digging in and moving on. Now, we enter 2003. We hope that the year will move Rockaway forward in its efforts to revitalize the community. There are several key areas that need to be addressed this coming year. This may well be the make or break year for housing in Rockaway. If Arverne By The Sea actually builds some units and sells them, then other housing and commercial development will surely follow. If not, then the future may again be bleak for economic development on the peninsula. The new schools chancellor has made many promises and there are rumors of major changes on the education scene, including the breakup of District 27 and its merger with other, neighboring districts. Will the promised changes; the rumored changes make a difference in Rockaway classrooms? That remains to be seen. Our politicians have promised us once again that there will be an improvement in the transportation area, that the commute to Manhattan may become less onerous. Given the financial restraints of the city, we do not believe that will happen, but it must if middle-class commuters are to be drawn to our new housing. This will be a year of change. Nobody knows that the days will bring, but we at The Wave hope that this will be a successful, healthful, happy and peaceful year for all of our readers.

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