2003-11-21 / Columnists



The Rockaway Museum, which is housed in The Wave Building on Beach 88 Street has begun a membership drive. The museum is asking for donations from residents to keep it active and open. The museum’s board plans a new and innovative exhibition early in the new year and wants to keep its doors open for school visits as well as for adults. Those interested in financially assisting the Rockaway Museum should see the advertisement in this paper.

One of the family members at the flight 587 memorial on November 12 had an interesting proposal, one that would satisfy the family members who want a permanent memorial in Rockaway and perhaps the local residents as well. She asked that one of the properties where the plane crashed be turned into a children’s park, with a playground and benches. A small sign on the fence surrounding the playground could denote it as "The Flight 587 Memorial Playground." That would give family members a focus for their grief and would provide a new place for local children to play. Seems like an upside for everybody.

Pouring rain has become the tradition for November 12 memorial for those lost when American Airlines Flight 587 crashed into the streets of Belle Harbor. It rained heavily last year and it rained again this year. One strange phenomenon, the sun came out briefly just as the bells of St. Francis de Sales church rang out and the chorus began to sing "Ave Maria." Even the jaded television and other media types on the press riser across from the stage were slightly awed by that quirk of nature.

Speaking of the memorial service, the Red Cross did an outstanding job taking care of women who were overtaken with grief during the ceremony. A team of Red Cross volunteers surrounded the wailing women, quieted them and walked them quickly off site to an area where counselors stood ready to work with the d istraught mourners.

A number of Broad Channel residents called to say they thought wastewater had been dumped into Jamaica Bay, last week. According to a Department of Environmental Protection spokesperson, Tuesday and Wednesday’s rain caused a "combined sewer overflow" condition. The overflow happens when storm sewers back up. The rep said this happens somewhat often.

The Graybeards will sponsor a production of "Peter Pan," produced by a professional company, to be performed at St. Francis de Sales Church on Saturday, November 22 at 1 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited for this low-priced fun activity. Those interested in purchasing tickets should call the organization at 718-634-6812.

The Wave has been handed a petition signed by approximately 50 people who want to save the Claddagh Inn soup kitchen. They accused the local politicians of taking the Beach 73 Street property where the soup kitchen stands. In fact, that land has been part of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area for 35 years and everybody knew that the soup kitchen would have to go once the development of that land began. The same is true for the Addabbo Family Health Center, which will move to 6200 Beach Channel Drive and the old Loeb and Mayer Meat Packing Company.

The wind was so strong last Thursday afternoon that some electrical wires were blown down on the west end and the scaffolding blew clean off the 100 Precinct building on Beach 93 Street. The peninsula was lucky, however that there were no lasting power outages to report.

The Beach Club on Beach 116 Street is running a series of holiday parties on Thursday night during December. We understand that some of the December dates are already booked, but others have space for more revelers. The 7 p.m. events include both a hot smorgasbord and a cold smorgasbord, a pasta station, dessert and a DJ. The Goods, the proprieters of the Beach Club as well as the Rockaway Sunset Dinr, are attempting to creat as new "Party Spot." Those interested should contact the Beach Club.

The new Seaside Deli has opened at Beach 99 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Opened by old Rockaway hands, Mike and John (with more than 35 years of experience in the retail business), the new deli features fast and friendly service. Try their daily breakfast and lunch specials, or go in for some needed dairy products.

Anybody more than 45 years old will remember where they were when the got word that President John F. Kennedy Junior had been shot in Dallas on November 22, 1963. The resulting investigation, called "The Warren Commission," because it was chaired by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, was not received warmly by the populace and has been in dispute ever since. Now, Channel 7 and a number of cable stations will be providing new coverage of the assassination. The shows set for the anniversary use new crime scene tactics and computer animation to get to the bottom of the fort-year-old murder. Will the conspiracy theorists believe what they see? Probably not, but that’s what keeps history so interesting.

The top ten baby names in New York City are in. Ashley is the top girl’s name, with Emily and Kayla running closely behind. Michael is the top boy’s name, with Justin and Daniel running second and third.

Doris from Rego Park has died. That might not mean anything to you, but it will bring pangs of sympathy from any sports fan who religiously listens to WFAN Radio. Doris was a constant call in to Mike and The Mad Dog and other shows on the station. She was an inveterate Mets Fan and she was one of the most knowledgeable listeners to call in. She will be missed as a part of the New York City scene that makes our city different than any other.

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