Expand Tribute Park
I am a contributor to the Tribute Park and I still hope that the park will be dedicated, though I think that besides Patrick Clark’s mediocre sculpture there should be something reflecting the victorious wars of Iraq and Afghanistan, which indeed avenged the savage Muslim attack on the World Trade Center.
As it stands now, the most beautiful sight in the Beach 116 Street area is the Duane Reade drug store, specially that artistic sign supporting the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Courtesy At Brown’s
I was so amazed to see all the beautiful flowers on Beach 116 Street that I had to find out how this happened. I was told that the Brown’s Hardware staff did the planting to beautify the business area. Truthfully though, I shouldn’t be that amazed as the staff at Brown’s is exceptional. They are so pleasant, helpful and willing to go that “extra mile” to see that you get what you need – and even though they have thousands of items for sale in the store, they always find what you need. The paint department is exceptional too. They will mix, match, combine – just ask and I’m sure you will be happy with the service. The cashiers are all so friendly, patient that you’ll enjoy spending your money. Why do you leave Rockaway for basic household needs when it is all right there for you at Brown’s? Why?
Take Your Feet Off My Neck
Set me free – take the chains off my feet and set me free. Let me breathe the same air that you breathe. I want to learn just as you and yours learn. I want to travel place to place. I want to dance with kings and queens. I want to sit at the table with important men and women. Let me be me just as I have allowed you to be you. Do not judge me: that is not your task or your place. There is someone higher than all of us who can take care of any situation, so take your feet off my neck. I have the same rights as you.
Wrong On BCHS
I don’t know how you get your information for this, having been involved in Beach Channel for three years now as a parent on the school leadership team and now as Region’s Five’s representative to the City Wide Educational Council for High Schools. I find the content to be vague, misleading and in some out and out lies. If you want the information right maybe you should go to the source and not take people with self-serving agendas.
And, to state that the school is full of 18 year old criminals and that Mr. Monereau was creating racial unrest in the school are false. and that dozens of weapons where removed last year are out and out lies. Maybe you should have someone show up at the school meetings and talk to the people that know how the school works and how things are going on in the school on a day to day.
I was born and raised on this peninsula. I have swam, surfed, water-skied and spent one summer sitting high atop a lifeguard tower. On September 4, 2004, I found myself and a long time friend, also raised on the Atlantic, being overtaken by a nasty riptide off Beach 119 Street.
Being veterans that we were, we swam parallel to the shore, waiting for our opportunity to swim in. Fifty yards ahead of us were two little boys who were also overtaken by a rip. They panicked and were bobbing in the water like little tops. We grabbed them and signaled to the guards to help us. We barely got an arm in the air when we realized there were two lifeguards right in front of us and seven more following behind. They took the children and stayed with us the whole time, telling us to kick and breathe and not to panic. When we reached the shore, they began to administer the children with some needed oxygen. The others, simply walked back to their towers. They were humble, giving us a smile and a thanks for our help with the children. I always appreciated the lifeguards presence on the beach and I wanted to take a second and say thank you for risking their own lives to save others.
When Will It Stop?
Over the holiday weekend, my friends were driving around Coney Island. At midnight, I got a call from my friend, telling me he was into some trouble and needed me to come get him. I don’t drive for my own personal reasons, and my parents were already asleep, so I just told him I couldn’t, and went to sleep. When I awoke this morning, I had no idea how to react to the news I just heard: The “reckless” driver was arrested for the death of his underage girl friend. As I sit here with tears pouring from my eyes, I don’t even know what to think!
The only conclusion I can draw is that something is seriously wrong here. How many more teenagers do we have to lose before the Rockaway parents wake up? How could you not know that your children are reckless drivers, and are popping Ecstasy every weekend? Over the years, my social group has grown. Right now, I only know one other kid in the Rockaway’s who does not smoke or drink. And that’s a shame!
Sure, we can all just sit around and complain that there’s nothing for the kids to do here, but that’s still no excuse. EVERYONE knows what these kids do every weekend, and if you didn’t know, well now you do! Once we reach about fifteen, our decisions are our own responsibility, and usually don’t reflect parental guidance in them. Despite that, parents should still be involved. Did you know that more than half of the kids in our neighborhood have probably drank at least two beers in the last twenty-four hours, especially since Mardi Gras this weekend? That’s disgusting! And you, parents, should be ashamed of yourselves!
I bet you didn’t know that there are over-the-counter drug tests available in the pharmacy on Beach 129. They are five-panel drug tests that test for every kind of drug there is. So please, do your children the favor and test them. And it’s not an invasion of their privacy, either, because they’re living under your roof, and they should be following your “rules” no matter what. Maybe I should’ve spoken-up sooner, and I’m sorry to all of my friends that I lost already that I kept my mouth shut all these years. I just can’t deal with losing another friend.
Please, kids, stop doing drugs. You may think that you’re only hurting yourselves, but you’re putting others in serious danger. If you look at a situation and think to yourself that your parents wouldn’t approve of this, and you’ll have to lie about where you were later, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it. Even I’ve experimented with toxins, and I count myself lucky for waking up a whole lot sooner than you all have.
And, parents, drug test your children. I can think of at least five teenagers in Belle Harbor that deal marijuana, and you know what—that’s five too many. Let’s put a stop to this long-lived Rockaway problem now, because we don’t need to lose any more people behind generations of stupidity.
In Memory Of
Michael P. Sweeney
I would be very grateful if you would publish this poem I have written for my dearest and best friend. It has helped me in my grieving and I feel it would help others if they show their love to those who they cherish today, as I have done. It sure makes grieving easier when you lose your loved one as I have. As the last line of my poem reads, “As tomorrow is a long time away,” so I say “tell them how much you love them today!”
A Tribute To Michael
The wind disappears only to return another day.
The raindrops fall gently upon the earth,
To cool the dry hot land.
The sun will set, only to rise and start a brand new day.
The stars come out at night to sparkle like diamonds in the sky
The pure white snow returns to blanket the earth,
To commemorate once again
A very special Christmas birth.
The leaves and flowers will wither and die
Only to rebirth in spring
To bring their true color and beauty,
Back to the naked eye
For these are the miracles of nature that return each spring,
To inspire each one of us to bring the happiness and love
To those who you cherish in your heart today,
As tomorrow is a long time away.
JOHN M. JAONNOU
Protect The Ecology Of The Seagirt Avenue Wetlands
(This letter is in response to “Over Development’ Brings Council To Far Rockaway Neighborhood,” by Miriam Rosenberg from The Wave on Friday, September 10, 2004.)
The Seagirt Avenue building boom addressed by Councilman Avella in the article should have included impacts on adjacent Mott Bridge Creek (a tributary of Bannister Creek east of Atlantic Beach Bridge). It is a city park and is entered in the State Open Space Program as the “Seagirt Avenue Wetlands.” The crowding of too many homes up against the creek’s shoreline gives more opportunity for pollutants to wash into it and makes it less accessible to egrets and other shorebirds that feed there. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation should use the 150 foot buffer Tidal Wetlands Act regulation to protect the ecology of the Seagirt Avenue Wetlands.
BERNARD J. BLUM