2004-10-08 / Community

Beachcomber

A cookbook author and food product designer from Woodstock has contacted The Wave to find out what we know about Tuckee-Cups. Seems that his mother remembers eating the noodle cups filled with chow mein on the Rockaway boardwalk in the 1940’s and he wants to replicate it for sale. Sounds good to us. We’ve been trying to revitalize the delicacy for years. If anybody has some story about Tuckee-cups they’d like to share with the world, let us know.

The Riverhead Foundation, which often rescues beached turtles, whales and seals on our beaches, has a good deal for the holiday season. For $20, a parent can adopt a seal, sea turtle or whale. The donation brings a certificate of adoption, a bio of the animal and two pictures. For another $10 you can get a stuffed animal and a laminated sighting card to put under the tree. Those interested can contact the Riverhead Foundation at its Website, www.riverheadfoundation.org.

A number of locals have indicated their anger over this year’s public school calendar. Spring break is usually scheduled for a time that includes both Easter and Passover. This school year, however, the two holidays are nearly a month apart and the school vacation has been scheduled for April 25 to April 29. Passover begins on April 23. Easter falls on March 27. Locals are complaining that the holiday allows only one day for the Easter vacation. “This is discriminatory,” one parent told The Wave. “They should have scheduled the holiday around Easter.”

The Broad Channel property that went for the highest bid during the August city auction – $990,000 – is already up for sale by a private realty service in Forest Hills. The asking price for the property located on Cross Bay Boulevard North of East 20 Road, is $1,395,000, and the sales agent says he has already received bids in that ballpark. Real estate really is the best investment!

A Canadian City that is hosting a peace weekend in July of 2006 has blocked some activists’ plans to build a memorial dedicated to those who fled America’s draft during the Vietnam War by moving to Canada. The proposal was denounced by the VFW and other American veterans groups. The City Council in Nelson, Canada, then passed a resolution that all new memorials built on public land had to have “widespread community support.” It then ruled that the proposed “Our Way Home” memorial did not have that support and banned it.

With school back in session, police are reminding drivers to slow down and pay attention around our schools. They’re also reminding drivers that it’s against the law to pass a school bus that is stopped with its Stop sign displayed.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg says, “I am not an automobile racing fan.” Because of that, the dream of a NASCR superspeedway is gone. Auto racing has become the most popular sport in America, drawing hundreds of thousands of fans to venues around the nation for 38 weekends a year. The sport has a growing fan base in New York City and has been looking for an urban venue for a new track. NASCAR officials wanted a site “within view of the Empire State Building.” Now that Staten Island is gone as a possible site, how about the Arverne Urban Renewal Area? Think about it. The Chamber of Commerce should contact NASCAR officials and invite them to take a look around.

Ferry ridership is down across the board for private ferry operators in New York City. According to a recent study, the average daily weekday ridership in 2003 was 64,063. This year, that ridership is down to less than 50,000 each weekday. “We’re back to where we were before 9/11,” said one major ferry operator, blaming the drop on the reopening of the PATH station at the former World Trade Center site. The report, however, does not bode well for those who want to see a regular commuter ferry service between Manhattan and Rockaway, despite the fact that the Port Authority has recently put out a request for proposals for ferry service that would connect Rockaway, JFK, Brooklyn and Wall Street.

Bayswater residents are seeing the stately, old homes and majestic trees slowly disappearing under the developer’s rapatious desire to build multiple unit homes on what were once single-family properties. While the developments are legal under present zoning regulations, residents complain that the new developments impact negatively on both resident’s quality of life and the beauty of the community. “Are we helpless to watch disinterested builders, outsiders to our community, convert all of our magnificent homes into substandard housing on every block,” one resident wrote to The Wave recently. Perhaps a zoning change to match the changes recently made in Forest Hills and other central Queens locations is in order.

We often wonder why the daily newspapers in New York City call Israelis who work for the Arab cause “Peace Workers,” while Arabs who work for the Israeli cause are called “collaborators,” a pejorative word that recalls those who worked on the side of the Nazis in World War II.

Local politicians and union officials met at the Duane Reade store on the Upper East Side last week to protest the store’s “oversized and unsightly signage.” “Duane Reade has refused to address the issue,” said a local assemblyman. “In fact, they haven’t responded in any way to the businesses and people who live and shop in the neighborhood.” That should sound reasonably familiar to Rockaway residents.

Wave columnist Stu Mirsky, who writes the popular “Rockaway Irregular” column will soon have a book of his columns published by XLibris Publishers. The book, called “Irregularities,” is the second Mirsky book to be published.

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