2003-07-18 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Beachcomber

The Education Department has finally announced the names of those educators who will serve as instructional supervisors for specific schools in Rockaway. The Wave asked for this information in May. Instructional supervisors report to Kathy Cashin, the Region Five Supervising Administrator. If it all sounds new and strange, that’s because it is. In any case, Rita Giaramita (who will also serve as district superintendent) will supervise PS 42, PS 43, PS 47, PS 105, PS 114, PS 183, PS 197, PS 215 and PS 225. Joan Gordon will supervise PS 104, PS 106, MS 53, MS 180, Far Rockaway High School and Beach Channel High School. Michelle Lloyd-Bey (the past superintendent) will oversee MS 198.

The Rockaway Music And Arts Council (RMAC) hosted its second Sunset Picnic Concert of the season last Sunday at Fort Tilden and it was a well-attended success. Dean Karahalis once again led the Long Island Pops Orchestra in a stirring tribute to America. The RMAC’s next concert will be held on Sunday, July 27 at 6 p.m. at Fort Tilden. The show will be a Tribute to Frank Sinatra featuring singer Jerry Cardone.

The people crowded the boardwalk like sardines from Beach 116 Street to Beach 117 Street, from railing to railing. We estimated the turnout at about 1,500, but there was no way to be sure and there were few police on hand to give an "official police estimate" of the crowd. Nevertheless, Sandy Doremus, a representative for City Councilman Joe Addabbo (who was collecting petition signatures on the boardwalk) told us that she did not believe that most of the people crowded on the boardwalk were interested in the beach and boardwalk access rules. "They are all here because of the Beach 130 Street controversy," she told us. She is wrong. The majority of the people on the boardwalk were there to protest the restrictive beach and boardwalk rules. We don’t know where Addabbo was that evening (he pleaded previous commitments), but, judging by the talk on the boardwalk, he lost lots of political currency with Rockaway voters for not showing his face at the rally.

If you missed the first family night at KeySpan Park sponsored by the Peninsula Hospital Center, you still have a chance to get tickets for the second this summers evenings at a Brooklyn Cyclones game. On Friday, August 1, the hospital will host 200 fans in the grandstand as well as 300 fans in the bleachers (it’s lots of fun out there with the REAL Cyclones fans). Those who are interested in a grandstand seat need only donate $25 per ticket to the hospital. A donation of $20 gets you a bleacher seat. Those interested should contact the hospital’s public affairs department. Get on board quickly, however, because tickets are going fast.

Author Mitchell Axlerod will be reading his acclaimed baseball book, "Little Billy and Baseball Bob," to young readers at the Busy Bee Learning Center (Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 111 Street) twice on Saturday, July 19. The first reading will be held at 11 a.m., the second at 5 p.m.

A number of readers have called to talk about the increasing cost of tokens on the Cross Bay Bridge. Although those with EZ Pass can still use the bridge free of charge, those Rockaway residents who do not want to get the electronic device for one reason or another (they mistrust government, they don’t want anybody to know when they pass over the bridge, etc.), will now have to pay forty percent more for tokens. The TBTA agrees that the cost has gone up, but they really wish that the tokens would go away entirely. They much prefer that everybody use EZ Pass, a payment method that is much cheaper and easier for the agency to maintain.

The work done on the Duane Reade parking lot’s entrance to Beach Channel Drive has made the area much safer, if everybody will obey the new rules. We watched several cars coming from the parking lot this weekend make left turns onto Rockaway Beach Boulevard or proceed straight into Beach 116 Street. Both of those moves are now illegal under the new changes mandated by the city’s Department of Transportation and implemented by Duane Reade.

People have been asking about The Wave’s new writing corps this summer. We have three college interns working with us this summer, and all three have been pursing and writing stories at a record clip. The three are Elizabeth Roth (Hofstra University journalism program) Tommy Hallissey (Hofstra University journalism program) and Mara Lander (University of Michigan writing program). We are sure you will be seeing many Wave bylines for the three for the remainder of the summer.

Many off-duty firefighters and police officers who were on the boardwalk last Wednesday for the beach protest quickly changed gears when smoke and flame appeared on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Dozens of them raced to the scene at Patrick’s Restaurant and helped with both firefighting and rescue efforts. One off-duty firefighter, Dennis Bares, was slightly injured in his rescue attempt.


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