2003-03-01 / Columnists

Beachcomber

The Wave got a few telephone calls from Broad Channel residents who reported that an army copter that looked like a Huey flew low over the community, circling for a few minutes at about 6:15 p.m. last Saturday. The copter circled around Shad Creek and then left, only to return at about 11:15 p.m. They say that there was an intense white light that looked more like fog that came towards the copter from the vicinity of the airport and then dissipated. There were a number of calls to 911 about the incident, but nobody in an official capacity can say that it was.

Congratulation to Liz Sulik, the hard-working executive assistant of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, who was featured in Newsday's "Queens Profile Of The Day" section on Thursday. Sulik told the paper, "I believe in this community. I think it's got more potential than any other place that I've ever been."

There is a website that details all the little alleys of Rockaway, such as Java Place, Desota Road, Gull Court, Finnard Avenue, Barbadoes Drive, Foam Court, Story Road, Ostend Place, Beatrice Court and Watjean Court. If you have never heard of those Rockaway streets, check out the website, which can be found at www. forgotten-ny.com/Alleys/ rockawayalleys/rockbeach.html.

The City Council has voted to override the mayor's veto of a ban on using cell phones in theaters and other live performances. The ban will take effect in two months. At that time, if you enter a theater for a live show, performance of lecture, or for a movie, you will have to either turn off your cell phone or set it to vibrate. Outgoing calls are also banned, except for emergencies. You may still, however, go into the lobby, away from the performance, to use your cell phone. The fine for violating the ban will be $50, but it is unsure at press time whether police or theater managers will enforce the new law.

As crime drops, so does the number of cops assigned to the precinct that has the drop in crime. That makes sense to city fathers, because lower crime often means that less police resources are needed. There are those, however, who believe that a drop in police resources always leads to an increase in crime. In any case, the 100 Precinct, which has one of the lowest crime rates in the city, lost a total of 39 officers from its allotment during the time period from 1990 to 2002.

An N-32 bus getting ready for its Rockaway run ran out of control on Wednesday and crashed into the Hempstead terminal, injuring six people, two of them seriously. One of the injured was an unidentified 38-year-old Rockaway woman, who was taken to a local in Nassau County for treatment.

Jane Fulkerson, who lives in Plentywood, Montana, is a veteran who is helping a unit of the 101 Airborne to look for pictures, obituaries or burial sites of the men who served in that unit during our nation's wars. She is particularly looking for information about Edward Joseph Zewert, who was killed in Vietnam in November of 1968. She writes that he was last recorded as living in Arverne. Anybody who has information about Zewert can reach her by Email mccolt@nemontel. net.

The One Hour Photo shop on Beach 115 Street and Beach Channel Drive now has the capability of doing APS film right on the premises rather than sending it out for developing. In addition, the shop has gone digital in a big way, printing quality pictures from disc as well as saving your film pictures to disc so that you can use them on your computer.

The City Council should stick to what it knows best - naming streets. When it gets involved in foreign affairs, its members are way out of their league. City Councilman Robert Jackson recently put his foot in his mouth when he told NPR that the council could not get together on a resolution against war with Iraq because, "New York City is the home away from home for most Jews and that [the resolution] is not in the best interest of Israel." A new resolution, however, might soon pass the council and we are sure that President Bush will take to heart what the New York City Council wants him to do. Councilman Bill Perkins says that the council "wants to share the view of New York" with the rest of the nation, but we are not sure that the council view is also the view of most New Yorkers.

Many of the bar owners in New York City will simply ignore the new ban on smoking in their establishments. The figure that the fine they might incur is just another cost of doing business in this city. One bar owner plans on holding a monthly lottery for his customers. Each customer would be asked for five dollars, half to go to pay any smoking fines and the other half to the winner. Of course, the main question is whether the enforcement of the new law will be done by the city or by local bartenders. What happens if a bartender tells a patron not to smoke, but the patron lights up anyway? The fine still goes to the establishment. It is going to be a real rat's nest to enforce, experts say.

When the smoke from the explosion at Staten Island rose hundreds of feet into the air last weekend, so high that it was seen all over the tri-state region, most of the city's residents thought "terrorism." Many Rockaway residents, however, thought not terrorism, but "plane crash." When we first saw the smoke in front of the post office on Beach 112 Street, that is what we thought, and we headed for the scene. By the time we got to Beach 129 Street, however, we thought that something had happened in Brooklyn. The police scanner, however, told us the real story as a Level Three mobilization was called for Staten Island.


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