2003-09-26 / Columnists



Few Rockaway residents who go to the new Gateway Mall in Brooklyn know that the exit they use to get to the mall from the Belt Parkway is named after a Brooklyn Dodger baseball player – Carl Erskine. "Oisk," as he was affectionately known by baseball aficionados, pitched for the Dodgers in the post-World War II, era, teaming with Don Newcombe to give the team a one – two pitching rotation that could not be matched by many teams. He played his entire career with the Dodgers, beginning as a rookie in 1948 (in Brooklyn) and retiring in 1959 (in Los Angeles). He finished at 122-78, pitched in five World Series and threw two no-hitters. It’s no wonder they named a street after him.

The Green Acres Cinema will hold a special event for senior citizens on Monday, September 29. There will be a showing of "Thanks A Million," a 1935 movie starring Dick Powell and Fred Allen. The film and a soft drink will cost seniors $1 at the 1 p.m. showing.

A few Bayswater residents have come up with a novel way to use part of the $300,000 that the community will soon get from LIPA as a result of the new peaking facility built in Bayswater. They want to place a boat ramp in Bayswater Park that would replace the closed Beach Channel High School ramp. Sounds like a good idea, since the money has to be earmarked for recreation and environmental concerns and since there is no other boat ramp in all of Rockaway.

Bridal Creations by Lavida held their own fashion show in Far Rockaway recently. Simultaneously, the REMA Fashion Show went on – and The Wave reported the two as being part of the same event.

The King’s Chorus, a group of 14 or 15 men who sing barbershop harmony, wowed the crowds at the Rockaway Music and Arts Council (RMAC) Fall Festival at Riis Park last weekend. The group says that it is looking for new members, for "men who love to sing." The group holds a weekly meeting each Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 86 Street and 13 Avenue in Brooklyn at 8 p.m. Those interested can contact the group at 718-338-4421.

Pride, the U2 tribute band that recently put on solid performances at Paddy K’s will return there on November 1. A Wave review by Brian Magoolaghan, in last week’s paper, misstated their show schedule information.

Those Rockaway residents who love the Concorde when it is not passing over Rockaway homes, will soon be able to buy a piece of the plane as memorabilia. Air France has announced that it would auction off the souvenirs, ranging from the seats the pilots sit in to the plates and silverware used for meals on the speedbird. The sale will be held in Paris on November 15, but locals can get into the bidding through the website for Christie’s Auction House.

The Washington Hotel in Belle Harbor, which has celebrated many weddings and Bar Mitzvahs over the years, has been sold. Rumors in the community are that the land that now houses the hotel as well as the land that serves as its parking lot, will soon be developed as new, single-family homes.

A few Broad Channel residents have called to say that the children’s park on Cross Bay Boulevard and Ninth Road is being used each day at lunchtime by students from the St. Virgilius School a block or two away, giving the young children who regularly use the park a hard time. One parent of a young child called the school to complain and was told that the school has no control over the students when they are not in the building. The parent says that she was told that the school has no responsibility for the students even though it is during the school day and the kids are wearing the school uniform.

A dead crow found in Inwood, just over the Far Rockaway – Nassau County border, has tested positive for West Nile. While the location at which the bird was found is being kept under wraps, sources say that it was found at the Inwood Country Club, just over the border.

Wave editorial cartoonist Robert Sar-noff is looking for people who have memories of the jetties that once lined the Rockaway shorefront, some of which still exist today, He wants to compile a book called, "Tales of Ye Ol Jetty," and is looking for people who want to share their memories with him for the book. "Did you fish from the jetty," he asks. "Did your mother warn you to get off?" "Did you pick mussels from the jetty?" "What memories does the jetty conjure up?" Contact Sarnoff at The Wave.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently issued a report on Jamaica Bay that the "nature of the bay has been altered dramatically by dredging and other construction projects that have changed the flow in the bay and have effectively isolated certain sections." The report says that only twenty-five percent of the bay’s original 16,000 acres of wetlands remain today.

It seems that the controversial press conference held at the site where flight 587 crashed on November 12, almost two years ago, had the intended outcome. It is now unlikely that the ad-hoc memorial wall at Beach 131 Street and Newport Avenue will not be removed prior to this year’s anniversary date. We have been told that a meeting was held recently by Congressman Weiner with family members to address a permanent memorial in the area. In addition, we have heard that the families have turned down the settlement plan put forward by both American Airlines and Airbus Industries and that the question of what caused the crash may soon be revived in the courts.

There was another street naming for a firefighter that died on September 11, 2001 last weekend. Beach 69 Street and Bayfield Avenue was renamed Firefighter Stephen P. Russell Memorial Drive.

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