2003-08-08 / Columnists



Mayor Mike Bloomberg visited the memorial to those who died on American Airline’s Flight 587 while he was visiting Bani, in the Dominican Republic. He told reporters that he was so touched by the memorial that he wanted to see one like it at the scene of the crash in New York City. As we all know, the scene of the crash was Beach 131 Street and Newport Avenue. A comment such as that is probably not going to increase the mayor’s popularity with neighborhood people, most of who want nothing more than to rebuild and get on with their lives.

Two of the reminiscences in The Wave’s special 110th Anniversary issue, "Life in the Bungalows" and "Sense Memories," were written by Jacqueline Farish. Her name, however, was omitted from the printed copies. We want to acknowledge her contribution to the success of the issue and to apologize for our omission of her byline.

Joseph Duggan, a Breezy Point resident, outranks himself. Duggan is both a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and a Lieutenant in the FDNY. Both of his carets melded together recently when he took over the duties of assisting a fire company in Baghdad to get back up to speed.

A stash of documents from the past made available on the web is a tough thing for historians to pass up. That the documents are from the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, make the new access even more compelling. Harvard Law School, which is funding the project, has already posted many of the documents to the web at www.Nuremberg.law.Harvard.edu. The trials in the German city lasted from 1945 to 1949.

For A time during the 1970’s Jay Steingold was a familiar name to most Rockaway residents. He was the administrator at St. John’s Hospital in Far Rockaway for a while, and then became the executive director of the Rockaway Local Development Corporation before it was gobbled up by the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation. Jay resurfaced recently in the pages of Newsday, where he was featured in the "Fresh Start" section. He has become a mediator who works for the mediation center in Hempstead.

In last week’s edition of The Wave, we lost focus and said that Patrick Russell was the man responsible for the September 11th Memorial in Tribute Park. Of course, Patrick Clark is the artist who is doing the memorial. Patrick Russell is the head of the Park Nursing Home. Sorry for the mix-up, but sometimes (oft times), age rears its ugly head and we have a senior moment.

The Irish group, "Cherish The Ladies," will be featured at the RMAC’s next Sunset Picnic Concert to be held at Fort Tilden at 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 10. The female group, which played to standing room only last year, is expected to draw large crowds again this year. Those who plan to attend are urged to come early and to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. The concert is sponsored by the RMAC, The Gateway National Recreation Area and JP Morgan Chase.

Melodrama Books, the first bookstore in Rockaway in recent memory, opened last weekend to great fanfare. The store, which is located at 10-25A Beach 20 Street (Central Avenue) in Far Rockaway, features current best sellers as well as religious books, children’s books and cookbooks. Those with specific interests in multi-cultural books are urged to take a look.

Many of those who saw the Rockaway Theatre Company’s version of "Fiddler On The Roof" over the past few weeks reported that it was better than the Broadway version. Kudos to all those involved, and we look forward to your next presentation, "Barefoot in the Park," on August 15.

The picture of the police officer scanning the beach with his binoculars that appeared in Kevin Boyle’s column last week has quickly become an icon for the way people have been treated both last year and this year on Rockaway’s beaches. While Councilman Joe Addabbo keeps telling people to "go on doing just what you have been doing without fear," it is clear from the picture that police have something else in mind. One letter to The Wave this week relates the story of a family that was enjoying a day at the beach, sitting in a circle to enjoy each other’s company, when a cop broke the circle, looked around and then left without saying a word. Though the people did not get a ticket or a summons, the incident speaks volumes about what this precinct has done to stifle the enjoyment of those who use the beach.

The Second Annual Rockaway Multicultural Festival will be held this Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at O’Donohue Park (Beach 17 Street and Seagirt Boulevard) in Far Rockaway. The festival will feature free food, entertainment, dance, concerts and "a spirit of unity." The festival is sponsored by PRYSE and the Weed and Seen Program.

Those who are looking for a delicious light summer meal should get to the Harbour Light Restaurant on Beach 130 Street and Newport Avenue for its Mushroom Salad and a loaf of its special garlic bread. It is a taste treat.

After taking over the business of Lowitt Labs, which has been in business in Rockaway for more than 75 years, the CVS Pharmacy is in the process of taking over other local family-owned pharmacies. We understand that it is good business for the drug giant, but we question whether it is good for the community to have all or our eggs in one pharmacy basket.

NASCAR is looking for a site for a race track in the New York metropolitan area. Before you say that there are few automobile racing fans in this city, think again. The traffic between the city and places such as the Pocono Speedway, Dover Downs (in Delaware) and the road track at Watkin’s Glen in upstate New York is tremendous. Why not the eastern end of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area?

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