2003-06-20 / Columnists



Tickets are going quickly for the RMAC’s USO Show, which will be presented at Floyd Bennett Field on Saturday night, June 28 at 7 p.m. The highlights of the evening will be the "big band sound," played by George Gee and his orchestra, which usually plays at the Rainbow Room, and many restored WW II aircraft. Tickets are available through the organization.

If you looked closely at the Daily News on Sunday, you might have thought that you were reading The Wave. The News featured a story about Neponsit in the Queens Section and a story about New York City’s boardwalks, including Rockaway’s boardwalk, in the Lifeline section. Both stories were generally positive, but both focuses on some of the parking problems and beach access problems that Rockaway is currently being hit with. Warren Woodbury, who wrote the Neponsit piece, is often in Rockaway covering stories and writing features. Chrissy Persico, who wrote the boardwalk piece, was in touch with The Wave recently, checking facts and finding out what was going on in the peninsula. Writers from the dailies often contact this paper for information and story leads.

MTA representative Joseph Raskin arrived several minutes late to a recent "Transportation Issues" meeting held at Far Rockaway High School. Before answering the first of many questions from residents, he apologized and admitted that he mistakenly went to Beach Channel High first, then, realizing he was in the wrong place, searched frantically for an issue of The Wave—so he could find out where to go.

New Yorkers who live nearby superfund sites suffer from higher rates of asthma, respiratory diseases and cancers, says Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum. There are two such superfund sites in Rockaway, the Edgemere Landfill (Beach 49 Street and Beach Channel Drive) and the old LILCO site (Beach 108 Street and Beach Channel Drive). The former site was cleaned a number of years ago, but remains on the list. The LILCO site is scheduled for "remediation" in the near future by KeySpan Energy. The latter site still contains many harmful toxins, and there is a possibility that those toxins have migrated north of BCD to the edges of Jamaica Bay.

An insurance institute has announced that the use of cell phones by motorists while they are driving has been "reduced by fifty percent" since the ban took effect more than 18 months ago. The officials of that institute obviously do not drive in Rockaway. An observer standing on Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive last weekend says that one in five drivers who passed that corner had cell phones plastered to their ears. In fact, that observer watched the cops pull over a driver who was on a phone, and the driver did not even bother to put the phone away while getting a ticket.

The curtain will fall on the Rockaway Theater Company’s production of "Send Me No Flowers" at Fort Tilden on June 21. The show has been playing to standing room only audiences since it was first showcased on June 5.

The Brooklyn Cyclones are sold out again this season, even before the first pitch is thrown in anger. Rockaway residents, however, will be able to see the Mets farm club play through a fundraiser by Peninsula Hospital Center. The Third Annual Cyclones Baseball Night For PHC will be held on two nights this year. On Wednesday night, July 16, there are $15 bleacher seats available for a game against the Staten Island Yankees. On Friday, August 1, there are both bleacher seats ($20) and grandstand seats ($25) available for a Staten Island Yankee game. Those interested should mail a ticket order and a check to Peninsula Baseball Night, PHC, 51-15 Beach Channel Drive, Far Rockaway, New York 11694, Attention: Public Affairs Department. Last year’s game sold out quickly and many orders were turned away.

Dayton Towers Corporation, a local Mitchell Lama housing complex, is seeking to sell a portion of its unused and undeveloped land on Rockaway Beach Boulevard for use as a shopping center. The problem for the co-ops centers around the fact that the land cannot be sold as long as the original covenants on the land (that it be used for middle-income housing) are released by the city and the state. There will be a hearing on the proposal to be held on June 25 at 22 Reade Street in Manhattan. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. and it is open to the public.

What was the most important historic event in Rockaway history? The Wave is seeking your input on the question for its special 110th Anniversary Issue to be published next month. Nominate an event and the final selection will be made by the readership next month.

Democratic District Leader Lew Simon has called for a large demonstration on the boardwalk at Beach 116 Street on July 9 to protest the newly-posted beach and boardwalk rules. Simon says that the demonstration and rally will begin a 7:30 p.m. There has been a groundswell of opposition to the rules that require people to be off the beach by 9 p.m. and off the boardwalk by 10 p.m. each night. At a recent meeting hosted by Councilman Joe Addabbo, a number of city officials indicated that the draconian rules would be enforced far less aggresively then they were last year, when a number of residents and visitors got tickets for being on the beach and boardwalk "after curfew." It is hard to understand why the boardwalk closes at 10 p.m., when Central Park, for example, is open until 1 a.m.

Remember to check out the RAA’s "Movies by Moonlight" this weekend. The movies, which will be shown at Fort Tilden at 8:45 each night, features "Young Frankenstein" on Friday night and "Willy Wonka" on Saturday night.

The Rockaway Museum, housed at The Wave Building, will be closed this coming week, June 23 to June 27.

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