2004-08-13 / Community


The firefighters from Engine265 and Ladder 121 in Arverne are to be congratulated for their quick work in pulling 13-year-old Tab Miller from the waters of Jamaica Bay, especially Firefighter Craig Mosia, who stripped down and went into the water to get the youth, who remains on a respirator at Long Island Jewish Hospital. Also to be congratulated is 15-year-old Arverne resident Saide Palmer, who had the presence of mind to call 911 and report the fact that there were two boys in the bay and then to throw his basketball to 7-year-old Devin Irwin so that Irwin could use it as a float to get to shore. One more kudo to Arverne resident Robert Denni. When Mosia pulled Miller to the dock behind Denni’s home, the Rockaway man pitched in to give the youth CPR until EMS workers arrived on the scene. All of those involved deserve a “Well Done.”

In contrast to 15-year-old Saide Palmer, who acted quickly to save one life and assist in saving another, we have 16-year-old Jamil Rosario, who took one life and attempted to snuff out at least five others. Rosario, angered by something or other that happened early Saturday evening two weeks ago, decided to start firing shots into a crowded street. Police found a dozen shells on Beach Channel Drive, along with one man who was pronounced dead on arrival at PHC and five others who were shot in various parts of their bodies, but lived to tell about it. On Friday, the New York Post had an article about the rebirth of Rockaway, in which Community Board 14 District Manager Jon Gaska was quoted as saying that at one time Rockaway was like Beirut, that was no longer true. The next day, we had a multiple shooting. Bad timing, Jon.

The one “don’t-miss” event of the summer has become the Rockaway Kite Festival, which will run at Riis Park August 21 and 22. In the two years that this festival has run at Gateway, it has become one of the premier kite events in the nation.

Emma Ford, who lives in England, got a strange assignment from her teacher. She was told that there was a “big bang” in Rockaway that had nothing to do with the creation and she was told to find out what that big bang was. Ford found The Wave on line, but not knowing what had recently happened in Rockaway, she had no way of tracking the story she needed. She Emailed us to find out if we could help her, and we answered with the story of American Airlines Flight 587 and its crash into Belle Harbor nearly three years ago. That was just what she needed, and we hope she got an A for her efforts.

The Rockaway Artists Alliance celebrated its tenth anniversary last week with the opening of its new exhibit, “The Perfect Ten” at its Fort Tilden gallery. The show will be available for viewing on weekends through the end of the month.

It seems that lots of Rockaway kids will be involved with the Republican National Convention, if only in a small way. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joanie Omeste found out that kids are used to blow up the 100,000 balloons that will drop from the roof of Madison Square Garden when President Bush is nominated. She called Coach Greg Carter in Far Rockaway and the coach quickly agreed. Officials from the convention will be in Rockaway on Monday to speak with the kids who will blow up the balloons.

Gerry Cronin, who is running as a Republican against Congressman Anthony Weiner, ran into the incumbent at a mainland meeting last week. Rockaway resident Cronin said that everything was very cordial and that he challenged Weiner to a debate on the issues. We wonder if any local civic organization would like to sponsor the debate sometime in October.

Lots of local people were unhappy when Jilly’s, on Beach 116 Street, closed its doors for good. The local T-Shirts and sweatshirts that Jilly produced could be seen all over the peninsula. The apparel, with such logos as “Rockaway Playland,” “Irish Town” and “rockapulco” were a big hit. Well, they are back and can be purchased at the Rockaway Sunset Diner or at rockawayapparel.com and rockawaybeachclothing.com.

Will State Supreme Court Judge Simeon Golar run for Congressman Gregory Meeks’ seat in the House of Representatives? That seems to be the question. Somebody filed petitions in his name, but Golar said that he was not interested in giving up his Supreme Court seat to run for the House. Then, he reversed ground and said he would run. Keep tuned to see what will happen.

The Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) will host a juried Art Show and Sale in Atlantic Beach on September 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this comes just one week before the Rockaway Music And Arts Council (RMAC) hosts their annual Fall Festival in Riis Park.

The Wave received some negative comments on the National Night Out Against Crime fireworks display that was shot from the beachfront at Beach 116 Street. Most of those who complained said that they expected fireworks on July 4, but not in early August and that the loud booms right on the beach frightened their animals. “I literally fell out of my chair when the fireworks flew,” said one man of the evening.

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