2005-04-15 / Community

Beachcomber

In last week’s paper, The Wave ran a press release from the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce about its upcoming Bravest and Finest Luncheon, to be held on April 21. In that article, the venue for the luncheon was in error. The luncheon will be held this year at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach rather than at the Beach Club. We regret any problems this error cost our readers.

Mary Dever Kelly called from Florida to ask if the Department of Education had placed her deceased first husband’s name on Middle School 180, as promised at least two years ago. The school was renamed for Gerald R. Dever, a former guidance counselor at the school in a ceremony, but the name was never placed on the building. Now that the school will become a gifted magnet school housing the district’s Scholar’s Academy in September, it might be a good time to dedicate the new school and the name change at the same time.

A Bayswater man who breeds German Shepherds says that he has several dogs that he wants to donate to police and fire personnel, particularly those who had a part in the 9/11 attack. He told The Wave that he tried to donate them to the NYPD, but was told that all their dogs are specially purchased. Then, he tried to donate them to the FDNY, but was told that, due to a lawsuit a number of years ago, dogs were no longer allowed to reside in firehouses. Now, he wants to give the valuable dogs to individual police officers and firefighters. Because he wants to remain anonymous, those interested should contact The Wave and we will pass their names on to the dog’s owner.

Now that spring is here and summer is not far behind, Susan Brady is looking to replenish the American Flags that are traditionally placed on Beach 129 Street from the ocean to the bay. Some of the flags and poles were lost last year to weather and other factors. Those interested in donating towards a flag and pole should contact Brady at 452 Beach 129 Street.

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is warning local residents that an unlicensed General Education Development (GED) home study course being offered to New York City and Nassau County residents will not lead to a valid GED diploma. Robert Collins, the owner of Long Island Home Study, was sued in State Supreme Court in Nassau County for fraud, deceptive business practices and violations of the State Department of Education laws and regulations.

On May 14, The National Association of Letter Carriers will once again sponsor at food drive at all local post officers. The food will be distributed to the needy by Island Harvest, The United Way and the Interfaith Nutrition Network.

School Chancellor Joel Klein is thinking about repealing the ban on cell phones in the schools under pressure from parents who say they want to be able to contact their kids in case of an emergency. At the same time, a daily newspaper detailed a story about kids at one of the most prestigious high schools in the city who use their cell phone/cameras to take pictures of test questions (including Regents Tests) and send them to other students who will take the test later in the day or at different sites. Another report said that one local high school student racked up bills of thousands of dollars each month because she sat in school each day not paying attention to what was going on, but text-messaging her friends, holding long “conversations” while the class went on. There are other ways of contacting a child in an emergency, such as calling the school office. The last thing a kid needs in school is a cell phone, but our current school officials do not seem to understand what goes on in school. The mayor, by the way, thinks the ban should stand.

Those who enjoy watching high-performance aircraft should plan on being at Jones Beach on the Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. On those days, the famed “Thunderbirds,” the U.S Air Force demonstration team, will be at the park. Both shows will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the best place to see the show is from the boardwalk nearby the newly-reopened restaurant. Parking gets tough, so plan on being there early and spending some time. Last year’s show, featuring the Navy’s “Blue Angels,” drew a total of 286,0000 visitors over the two-day show.

The traveling road show put on by the two men who represent Rockaway

in Congress goes on. Congressman Gregory Meeks continues to lead the show with the most trips of anybody

in the New York delegation. Meeks and his family tend toward the sun, with fact-finding trips to such sunny climes as Jamaica, Barbadoes, St. Lucia, Venezuela and Honolulu. Last year, Meeks and his 20-year-old daughter took a privately-funded trip to India. Congressman Anthony Weiner takes far fewer trips and sometimes heads away from the sunny climes so loved by Meeks. He took the longest and most expensive tax-payer funded trip to Antarctica – the coldest place on Earth. “No one can accuse me of taking a warm weather jaunt,” Weiner joked.

Enough is Enough. We want our Mets games and we want them on television. Time Warner Cable, which has the franchise in our area, has taken the games off the air in the wake of a battle with Cablevision that is motivated by pure greed on both sides. Time Warner officials are reportedly so upset with Jim Dolan’s demands for top dollar to run the MSG/ FSNY programs that they are inclined to wait until the 2006 season, when a planned new Mets station goes into operation. Who suffers? Only the fans who want to watch the team now that new players give it a chance for a winning season. Perhaps, what the Mets management should do is renegotiate with Channel 11 to put all of its games on free television now that cable refuses to carry the games.

Firefighter John Heffernan, who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, will be honored with a street in his name on April 30. The ceremony will take place at Beach 114 Street and the Boardwalk at 11 a.m. All are invited.

The Department of Education called on Monday in response to the story The Wave ran last week on the Beach Channel High School blood pathenogen story. A spokesperson for the DOE said, “We have addressed and continue to address the problem. We have revised the plan accordingly and we will institute guidance to insure that all of the pertinent rules are followed.” At the same time,

a Wave editor who visited the school on Tuesday (and who was very impressed by the demeanor of

the school) was advised that the blood pathenogen problem had nothing to do with BCHS, but

with PS 223, the special education school sharing the building.

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