2005-04-01 / Community


For a week or two, the folios (the issue date on the edge of each page) were wrong, giving the correct date, but the wrong year. Very few people obviously look at the folios (including our staff), but we caught it after two weeks. Only one reader, Ethel Lockett of Far Rockaway, called to point out our error. Good eyes, Ethel.

Congratulations to realtor Barbara Morris, who was recently honored as one of Queens’ Woman Heroes by Borough President Helen Marshall. The award was made in honor of Women’s History Month at Borough Hall. Morris, who owns West End Realty, is active on Community Board 14, the Rockaway Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways and other organizations. Barbara is also the founder of the highly-successful Sand Castle Contest held on the beach each summer.

A City Council committee has passed a proposed introduction that would mandate the Department of Buildings to keep a list of all Cell Phone towers erected in the city. There is some concern that the towers constitute a health concern for those who live nearby, but many experts deny that the towers can cause health problems. Because of that dispute, a spokesperson for the Council says that there will be a further investigation into whether resident’s health is placed at risk by the base stations. The towers are revenue-producers for the owners of the buildings the towers are placed upon and many would be loath to give up the extra income should there be a proven health problem, however.

Surprise, surprise! The National Guard is having trouble meeting its quota in the wake of the war in Iraq. Squeezed by higher goals and declining enlistments, the Army upped the maximum age for reserves and National Guard recruits – to 39 from 34. We guess that the guard’s new motto will be “We’re looking for a few older men and women.”

It’s a typical New York City story in the reign of Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Dara Sclar, who lives in Brooklyn, saw Department of Sanitation trucks idling in front of her home, spilling garbage onto her lawn. She went out to speak to the drivers of the two trucks. One shut down his motor. The other, who was drinking coffee and reading a newspaper, according to Sclar, blew her off. She called 311 to complain. She then went out to run some errands. When she came back, she found a ticket for $100 on her door, written by a Sanitation Department supervisor who said that she had garbage on her lawn. “They made my lawn dirty and then gave me a ticket for it,” the incredulous woman told reporters. The Sanitation Department reacted to her ire by telling her, “Tell it to the judge.” When the mayor ponders on why middle-class residents are leaving the city in droves, he should think of Dara Sclar and thousands of other such as her who are beaten down by the bureaucracy and by revenue collection in the form of tickets and fines.

Congratulations to two local basketball players who gave their all even though they fell short of moving to the NCAA’s “Sweet Sixteen” this year. Claire Droesch of Belle Harbor plays for Boston College. She scored 23 points in each of the two games she played in this year tournament. Her team lost to Duke, one of the nation’s powerhouses. Rashawn Clark, who played for Beach Channel High School, now plays for Iowa State. His team lost North Carolina, but Clark was player of the game in his first round game against Minnesota, where he scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds and had four steals. Droesch is a senior and will probably be moving on to play B-ball in Europe, while Clark is a starter as a freshman.

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein will host a meeting for parents of District 27 students at MS 137 on May 19 at 6:45 p.m. The new school is located at 109-15 98 Street in Ozone Park, just off Atlantic Avenue, a block or two east of Cross Bay Boulevard. Look for the White Castle and the bowling alley. The school is right behind them. Klein will take questions about problems in the district’s schools as well as general questions about the DOE.

At least 78 of the new homeowners at Ocean Pointe at Bayswater, the newly-developed homes at Beach 36 Street between Beach Channel Drive and Edgemere Avenue, have emailed The Wave to complain about the construction of their homes. “We bought here believing that we had achieved our dreams,” one email said. “Instead, this has turned out to be a nightmare.” One of the major problems seems to be with the heating system in the one and two-family homes. “We were told that we would not have a forced air system, but that is what we got,” One complaint said. “We are constantly cold and nobody will address the problem.” The Wave is investigating the allegations.

Police from the 100 Precinct have a fixed post nearby Beach 129 Street and Cronston Avenue, at the Yeshiva where a Hotzoloh Ambulance was marked with racist graffiti a few weekends ago. Police reportedly continue to develop evidence against the local youth who they believe perpetrated the bias crime.

The Rockaway Museum will host a series of workshops where children ages 6 to 12 can make their own pinch pots adorned with Native American designs. The workshops will be held at the Arverne Branch of the Queens Public Library, 312 Beach 54 Street at 4 p.m. on Fridays, April 15, 22 and 29. Admission is free.

When PS/MS 43 and its sister special education school was built nearby the boardwalk on Beach 28 Street, it was noted that the school was surrounded by empty lots and that there were no sidewalks. With new construction in the area, the problem is exacerbated by heavy equipment and lots of mud, forcing school buses to leave kids off in dangerous areas and to many students walking in the middle of the street.

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