2003-01-18 / Letters

Nothing To Offer Town!

Nothing To Offer Town!

Dear Editor;

I see so many new houses on the Rockaway peninsula and I wonder, why would anyone want to move their family here? This town, this community has nothing to offer its residents. Our beach is great in the summer (where the surfers get $50 fines for using the waves).

I just wrote a check for my increased real estate taxes and I know I get nothing back for them. I raised 5 children in Rockaway and they couldn't wait to get out over the bridges. I spend some time every week with a branch of my family in Rye, New York, which made me realize what a community could add to the quality of life.

The schools open up their gyms at night and after school for the students and town to use for basketball practice and games. The "Y" has 2 pools in use constantly, for all ages and teams who represent the town in races. The town has recreational facilities for their senior citizens, exercise classes, bridge games, arts and crafts, health information talks, trips, etc, etc. There are baseball and soccer fields in different parts of town for teams of all ages. There are community socials for teens, for singles, for families to get to know each other. The merchants have window painting contests at Halloween for the kids. Yes, they pay higher taxes but they get a lot in return. We don't even have a movie or a bowling alley. Where do people, any age, go for recreation? Over the bridges?

Why doesn't the Rockaway Park and Belle Harbor Property Associations get together and see that this town is worth living in. Rockaway is a democratic "stronghold" but they control a "poor" town, a "backward" town, an unfriendly town. Why, you can't even but a pair of shoes in Rockaway Park. How sad.

P.S. Might I add that many parts of town are ripped up by an inefficient low bid construction company. What a mess!

DOROTHY RYAN


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