2004-01-23 / Columnists

Beachcomber

The tragic death of a family by carbon monoxide once again warns local residents to buy and install an inexpensive monitor in their homes. Most people place the carbon monoxide detector right next to their smoke detector to better monitor their home. The lives you save might be yours and your families.

Those who are interested in becoming a member the District 27 Community Education Council that will replace Community School Board 27 in July, have to send in their application by March 16. The applications are available at schools, at the regional office and at the Department of Education's Website. Three officers from each of the district's parent associations will vote on May 11 to fill the eleven-seat boards. The parent association officers will elect nine members, while the Borough President will appoint two. The final member will be a non-voting student member appointed by the regional superintendent. Parent As soc iation officers cannot serve on the new CEC and the nine parent members must be parents of a child in one of the district's schools. There will be a separate High School Community Education Council as well as a Special Education CEC that parents of those students may apply for.

For those who like to plan in advance, this year's James Sullivan Memorial Queens County St. Pat rick's Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 6 at 1 p.m. By the way, the street renaming in honor of Sullivan will be held on February 28, at Beach 105 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Jennifer Langston, 27, of Pennsylvania pled guilty to being drunk and talking on her cell phone when she struck and killed Glenn Clark. As part of her sentence, Langston had to carry a picture of her victim on her person for five years. When the family of the victim gave her a picture of Clark in his casket, however, she asked to be relieved of carrying the picture. The judge refused. She now has to carry Clark's casket picture for the next five years.

If you like freezing ocean water, keep February 21 open. That is the day the "Take The Plunge For Cystic Fibrosis" will take place on the beachfront at Beach 98 Street. Last year, the event took place with a foot of snow on the beach and the water at frigid numbers. This year's promises to be more of the same, but the organizers always raise lots of money to fight CF. There will be both pre and post-plunge parties at Vaughn's Pub on Beach 98 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

The Broad Channel Volunteers will hold their 99th Annual Dinner and Installation at the Broad Channel American Legion Hall on February 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased through members of the volies or from the Noel Road firehouse.

Beginning with this week's edition and running for a month, The Wave will run an unprecedented series of articles entitled "The Health of Rockaway." The series is sure to frighten some and to cause anxiety in others. Be sure to watch for each article in the series as it is published.

The snow on Wednesday night and Thursday morning caused some problems during the morning rush, but the streets were cleared quickly by the Sanitation Department and there were reportedly few dangerous situations on the peninsula.

There are those who are jaded enough to believe that the chancellor's plan to do away with social promotion in the third grade is simply a move to get the mayor reelected in 2005. The reasoning goes something like this: At the end of this year, thousands of third graders will be left back, all of them poor readers. Therefore, thousands of poor readers will not be eligible for the fourth grade reading test in the election year. That alone should raise the city's reading scores by a couple of points, allowing the mayor to stump on the fact that he raised reading scores and that his takeover of the schools has been successful. What a conspiracy that would be if it were true.

Fees at Gateway National Recreation Area will double on February 1. Special use permits for such activities as fishing, off-road vehicle access, camping, community gardening and car-top boating will rise to $50 from $25. The annual permits go on sale at Fort Tilden and Floyd Bennett Field on January 24.

The Beach Club will host "Murder At The St. Patrick's Day Parade," from the Killing Kompany on March 5 at 8 p.m. Enjoy a good dinner and solve the case of who killed the grand marshal.

Joan Gordon, the Local Instructional Supervisor (LIS) for a number of Rockaway schools and a woman who we have often written about in our pages, is gone. She has been "replaced" by the Region Five office, according to a memo sent to local schools last week. Karen Stavis, who has been a math facilitator and staff developer for District 27 prior to becoming the region's math supervisor, will replace her. We want to offer our congratulations to Stavis and to wish her good luck. She has a tough job in front of her.

We always thought that being a member of the United States Con gress was a high point for any politician. We wonder then, why Representative Anthony Weiner wants to run for Mayor while Senator Chuck Schumer is gearing up for a run at the New York State Governor's slot.

It's often amazing how the same set of facts can touch off two different newspapers stories. The Port Authority recently put out a news release stating that 15,000 riders or so were using the new AirTrain service on a daily basis, about half of what the PA expects to see when the service hits its stride. A New York Post story on the release was headlined, "PA Admits AirTrain Is Slow To Take Off," while the same story in the Daily News is headlined, "AirTrain On Track To Reach Rider Goal." Isn't journalism wonderful?


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