2003-08-01 / Editorial/Opinion

Many Positives In A Rockaway Summer

Many Positives In A Rockaway Summer

The focus in these pages recently has been on the fight over beach and boardwalk access rules, the spate of shooting in the east end, the "hard news" stories that are the bread and butter of every newspaper. Sometimes, however, it’s good to "stop and smell the coffee," to look at all of the good things that go on in our beachfront community during the summer months. And, there is a lot to look at. Many positive things go on in Rockaway during the summer, stories that are pushed aside or diminished by that "hard news." There are the special events, such as the highly-visible "Rockaway Kite Festival," which draws competitors and kite aficionados from all over the east coast and the Rockaway Music and Arts Council’s (RMAC) Festival in September. In addition to those special events, there are ongoing events to fit any taste. The RMAC hosts a series of free concerts at Fort Tilden on a number of summer evenings. Called "Sunset Picnic Concerts," they draw hundreds of local residents for each concert. For those who would rather dance than listen to music, there is the Tuesday night "Dancing Under The Stars" series at Beach 84 Street and Shore Front Parkway. The Rockaway Theatre Company (RTC) is running a series of Broadway shows this summer at its Fort Tilden venue. The present show is "Fiddler On The Roof," with "Barefoot In The Park," slated for later in August. The Graybeards, one of the charity-focused groups in the community, recently held its Family Fun Run on the boardwalk. Last weekend was the annual Sandcastle Contest, in which more than 60 contestants took part. On August 5, there will be fireworks on the Beach 116 Street beachfront as part of the 100 Precinct Community Council’s annual Night Out Against Crime. In addition, there is the Rockaway Artists Alliance ongoing exhibitions at Fort Tilden, the Beach Volleyball contests, the street fairs and more. Rockaway in the summer can be a positive place to be. Just get out and enjoy.

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