2003-10-24 / Columnists



Vandals again struck the west end last weekend, using a pellet gun to break car windows on a number of streets and reportedly hitting some store windows in Beach 129 as well. This is a continuing problem, usually one of teenagers who have been drinking on the beach or on the steps of some home or community building. It is a quality of life problem that needs to be addressed not only by the police, but by religious and civic institutions as well as by individual parents.

Every newspaper has typos. In fact, even trade books are plagued with typos these days, something that we did not see ten years ago. While every paper strives to keep the number of typos to zero with multiple proof readings of the paper, some always mange to sneak in. The New York Post had a doozy last week. In its Saturday edition, the Post had an editorial proclaiming that the Boston Red Sox has finally beat the "Curse of the Bambino" by beating the New York Yankees in the seventh game of their series. The only problem being, the Yankees won the game. The paper apologized the next day, saying that it had prepared two editorials – one if the Yankees won and another if it lost. Obviously, the wrong one was transmitted to the printing facility. Everybody got a big laugh at the Post’s expense, but this is a case of "let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Unfortunately, it happens to all of us, if not on the grand scale of the Post’s gaffe.

Geoff Rawling, the president of the Rockaway Artists Alliance, was honored this week by Newsday by being named one of its "Everyday Heroes." Rawling was named for his murals and his work with children in the wake of September 11, 2001.

The Harry S. Truman Democratic Club will meet on Sunday, October 26 at 20-34 Seagirt Boulevard in Wavecrest Gardens to present the Democratic candidates who will be running in the November 4 election. Expected to appear at the meeting are Joe Addabbo, James Sanders, Ira Margulis (running for Civil Court Judge) and a number of Supreme Court candidates. This is your chance to question the candidates, and all are welcome. Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and Frank Gulluscio lead the club.

More than ten years ago, the federal government required an additive in gasoline that would make it burn cleaner. It turned out that the additive added to the cost of gasoline, reduced gas mileage and caused a more deadly pollution of our air and water. Now, the government is mandating another additive and New York State will obey that mandate beginning on January 1. The problem: that additive will add approximately forty cents to each gallon of gas, kicking up gas prices in New York City to more than $2.27 a gallon beginning New

Year’s Eve.

Belle Harbor resident Ellen Piccolo is showing her art work at an exhibition entitled, "Around the Waterfront," at the Prince Street Gallery on West 25 Street in Manhattan. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs at the gallery from October 28 until November 22.

Congratulations to City Councilman Joe Addabbo and his lovely wife Dawn, who are expecting their first child in the near future.

Federal disclosure forms have revealed that Congressman Anthony Weiner has raised more than $1.5 million for his campaign fund. The question insiders are asking is, what office will Weiner run for? While he faces reelection for the House of Representatives next year, he is reportedly looking at Gracie Mansion rather than at Washington, D.C. "There are some days that I am 100 percent certain that I am going to run for mayor," Weiner told Daily News reporter Michael Saul. "Other days, I cannot even imagine myself running for that office."

The BBC has reported that a German man has been arrested for training his dog to give the Nazi salute. Nazi symbols and gestures, including words and actions that can be interpreted as condoning Nazism are illegal in Germany. The court will also decide whether to punish the dog, whose name is "Adolph."

Caroline Kennedy, who is in charge of fundraising for the New York City Department of Education, was at PS 42 in Edgemere last week to celebrate the beginning of the Penny Harvest Program in New York City schools. The program, which runs from October 27 until November 26, give school children the chance to recycle pennies in order to help their communities. A number of School District 27 schools participate in the long time program, which teaches many lessons.

While few of the old-time Far Rockaway High School alumni still live in Rockaway, many of them still read The Wave each week. The coordinator of the Homecoming Day program that will run this Saturday, October 25, beginning at noon at the school, would like to invite any of those old-timers who can make it to return to the school for the day’s festivities, which include a good football game.

On Sunday, October 26, at 1 p.m., Beach 93 Street and Shore Front Parkway will be renamed in honor of Captain Walter Hynes, FDNY, who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

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