2003-10-17 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Beachcomber

Mark your calendar for this Sunday, October 19, for the 100 Precinct's annual Oktoberfest breakfast at the Beach Club. The festivities will begin at 10 a.m.

Congressman Anthony Weiner never misses a chance for a little media time. On October 24, the last British Airways Concorde will lift off from John F. Kennedy Airport on its way to history. Weiner promises to be in Charles Park in Howard Beach to watch it pass over and to toast the final flight with a little bubbly. Given that the Concorde will pass over at 7 a.m., we wonder how many people, other than media types, will be present to share his toast. By the way, almost as if to prove a point, a Concorde broke a record last week by flying from London to Boston in three hours, five minutes and 34 seconds. The plane is visiting Boston as part of its farewell tour.

Beginning in January, Dunkin' Donuts will introduce a new line of lattes and cappuccino. Espresso shots will also be available.

Jon Keating, the owner of the East Meets West restaurant on Beach 129 Street will appear with his band, the "Rockaholics" at Paddy K's on Saturday, November 8.

According to a group who opposes the smoking ban in New York City, bars and restaurants are getting hit with people who tell the bartender that they are going outside for a smoke and then disappear without paying their bill. Bartenders and wait staff also report that they are earning far less in tips since the ban.

While Gifford Miller and the rest of the city council have passed legislation that is designed to stop unruly fans from disrupting professional sporting events, that rule should be extended to cover the athletes as well. Witness game three of the Yankee-Red Sox series, where a young thug mugged an elderly man right on the field and was punished with nothing more than a fine. Perhaps the Bronx DA should put out an arrest warrant for assault on the thug and arrest him when he next shows up at Yankee Stadium.

Vivian Carter, a block captain in Neponsit, was upset that a home construction at 143-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard had been abandoned and that the property was rapidly deteriorating. Carter took events in her own hand and grabbed her rake. She cleaned up the property, collecting more than ten garbage bags filled with junk and overgrown weeds. The community owes Carter its thanks.

Sears is going one step better than the law that mandates companies keep a job open for men and women called to active duty with our armed forces. Sears is maintaining the called-up employees health insurance and paying the difference between their military and their civilian salary. They should be commended for that activity.

More than 50 students from PS 43 in Edgemere planted 2,000 Daffodil bulbs at a park at Beach 9 Street and Seagirt Boulevard last week, as part of a citywide planning project.

The committee designed to decide how the Bayswater community will spend the $300 thousand it is getting from Florida Power and Light will make its decision within the next two weeks. Reports from the community say that the money might be slated for cleaning up Norton Drive or to plant flowers along the bay. It might be a good idea, however, for the community to rethink a boat ramp for Bayswater Park, something that would have much more of a positive impact than cleaning a stretch of road or planning flowers.

A man attending a New York Giant's game at the Meadowlands gets drunk during the game. After the game, he hits another car head-on, paralyzing a young girl who was riding in the other car. The man gets five years in prison. The family of the young girl, however, is suing the National Football League, arguing that the league has "created a dangerous situation by causing and permitting visibly intoxicated persons in great numbers to consume alcohol and then operate their motor vehicles."

Officials of the Green Bus Line and Jamaica Bus say that layoff notices will go out to their workers in about three weeks unless the city can work out a deal to transfer the private services to the MTA or to provide greater subsidies to the companies, which now get more than $100 million yearly in public funds. Their contracts with the city run out on December 31 and the owners of the lines say they will close their doors unless an agreement is reached prior to that time.

Although this has been one of the quietest election campaigns in recent memory, there will be a general election on November 4. The Wave will interview the candidates running for City Council and run those interviews in the October 24 and October 31 issues of the paper. In District 31, incumbent Jim Sanders is being challenged once again by Everly Brown. In District 32, incumbent Joe Addabbo is being challenged by Mike Mossa.

Local schools are once again reminded that The Wave runs school news each week. Those schools that want pictures and stories published in the School News section should submit those pictures and stories by Wednesday at noon for the best chance of getting them included in that week's paper. The parochial schools seem to take better advantage of the free publicity than the public schools do, but we urge all schools to get on board.


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