2003-08-15 / Columnists



It appears that even the city experts are befuddled by the new recycling rules. One of The Wave editors called the city’s 311 number early on a Tuesday morning and asked for the next recycling date for his address. He was told that it was that day, but the recycling was never picked up. When he called back to complain the next day, he was told that the computers that figure out the recycling dates were "down."

Two weeks ago, The Wave did a picture story about the street renaming in honor of Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings. In that story we misidentified one of the family as Michael Cummings, the late Assemblywoman’s husband when, in fact, it was her brother, Keith Rhodd. We apologize for any embarrassment we may have inadvertently caused the family.

Local school boards seem to have more lives than the proverbial cat. The boards were supposed to disappear in June, to be replaced by a new form of parent involvement. That did not happen, and the boards were given a reprieve until January 1. Now, however, the legislature has yet to firm up plans for the new body, and will not hold hearings on the issues until sometime in September. Then, the U.S. Justice Department has to take a look at the plan because it may reduce minority voting rights (at one time, people actually had the right to vote for the boards, although few did). That will most likely take two months. That takes us into late November or early December. Then, there is the notification of the plan and a time period for people to apply for the new parent involvement committees. There has to be some sort of election (probably in the parent association context) and then training of the new members. If you think that will all be done by the first of the year, you have not been paying attention. The board, in the meanwhile, cannot be disbanded until the new body is in place.

Parents who are getting their children ready for school and can’t wait for that day to come should remember that School will begin on September 8 this year, the week after Labor Day. The extra vacation days are for students only. Teachers have to report to their school on September 2. The remainder of the week will be spent in training for the new curriculum and getting classrooms ready for the students.

There are not many places in Rockaway where you can enjoy a traditional lobster dinner, but there now is one more. The Rockaway Sunset Diner has a lobster special going on Friday and Saturday nights, and it has become one of the more popular attractions of the diner, along with good food and a beautiful view of the bay and the Manhattan skyline.

The crash of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island happened seven years ago last month. The families of those who died in the crash are still looking for answers as to why the plane crashed, rejecting the CIA’s video explaining the crash and the NTSB’s refusal to listen to eyewitnesses who claim to have seen a missile trail from the ocean to the doomed jetliner. Sounds like our own problems with the NTSB and AA Flight 587 nearly two years ago in November.

The 1999 edition of the New York State Earth Science Regents had a question that involved the Rockaway Peninsula and Breezy Point. Questions 54 and 55 in that test asked students to look at a map of the west end of the peninsula and to discover how and why the shoreline changed over a period of two years. It is interesting that it marks Jamaica Bay as a "Lagoon."

The Wave held a party at Pier 92 last week, to celebrate its first 110 years. Most of the paper’s staff, advertisers, and columnists joined with local activists and politicians for a great barbeque dinner under the tent and on the large deck. While most of the local pols, including Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, State Senator Malcolm Smith and City Councilman James Sanders showed up, City Councilman Joe Addabbo did not. Perhaps he is angry with The Wave for its editorial stand in favor of beach and boardwalk access rules, but that is our role – to be the voice of the community when it is being stepped on by government.

One of the reminiscences in our special 110th Anniversary Edition was not attributed. The piece about Rockaway in the late 1950’s was contributed by Helen Loye.

The shareholders in Breezy Point once again held the cooperative’s annual election last week. Steve Greenberg, who has served the co-op at chairman for the past year was re-elected with 991 votes (out of a total of 1,419 who registered for the meeting). John Conroy (929 votes), John Kelly (895), Arthur J. Smith (797) and William Tietjen (793 votes) were elected to the board as well. The Wave wishes to congratulate all of the winners. By the way, the 1,419 registered shareholders was only two more than the number needed for a quorum and to be able to vote on the issues at hand.

The Daily News recently did a piece on the largest kosher-style deli sandwich in New York City. While the Carnegie Delicatessen in Manhattan had the largest sandwich at 4 ½ inches and Ben’s in Rego Park came in at 4 inches, one of our "local" deli’s, the Mill Basin Kosher Deli on Avenue T in Brooklyn (remembers, we no longer have one of our own), came in at 3 inches. No indication of how good the meat was, but we know from personal experience that the Mill Basin Deli serves a good, tasty sandwich.

Following the Rockaway "Beach Rules" Rally, Parks and Recreation Department Commissioner Adrian Benepe asked residents, in a Wave news story, to send their opinions to his office . So far, he has received seven "form" letters, two of which were unsigned and six typed letters, according to a spokesperson for the department. Benepe’s address is The Arsenal, Central Park, 830 5th Avenue, New York, New York 10021. The Wave will continue to report on the progress of this issue.

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