2005-04-29 / Community

Beachcomber

The battle for bragging rights on the Rockaway Peninsula will take place when Far Rockaway High School plays Beach Channel High School on the baseball diamond. On Monday, May 2 the spotlight will be on FRHS. Then, on Wednesday, May 4, the focus switches to BCHS. Both games start at 4 p.m. Come out and support your community or your alma mater.

The Parks Department is saying that the surfing only beach will extend from Beach 87 Street to Beach 91 Street, giving surfers a fairly long stretch of beachfront on which to ply their sport. Thanks have to go to Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Jr., for their work in getting this done for Rockaway surfers. Remember, no swimming on any of those beaches.

The city has announced that it will extend the deadline for filing for the upcoming police officer test. The new filing date is May 13, and applicants can choose to take the test on Saturday, June 18 (the scheduled date) or on three alternate dates: June 17, June 23 and June 26. There is no filing fee for this test.

The New York Times did a big story in its Monday Metro Section that headlined Coney Island’s revival. “After Decades of Decay, Signs of Revival Abound.” A large photograph accompanying the article, obviously taken from the air, shows the beachfront and all of the large housing projects that line Surf Avenue. We wonder then, why the Department of Parks keeps telling The Wave that Coney Island is different from Rockaway and subject to different rules because it is a recreational community while Rockaway is a residential community. We wonder what all those housing units are doing standing tall in Adrian Benepe’s “recreational community.”

The Long Island Early Fliers Club, headquartered in Bethpage, has a new exhibit featuring the Navy’s NC-4, which took off from Rockaway in 1918 and became the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Lindbergh’s famous flight several years later became more famous because he did it non-stop and solo, but the fliers of Rockaway Air Station were the first. The focus of the exhibit at the Bayport Aerodrome Society will be a model of the NC-4 with a 11-foot wingspan. Those who are interested in further information can contact the club’s president, Frank Licari at PO Box 261, Southold, NY 11971.

Both Brooklyn and Queens College have been designated as being among “America’s Best Value Colleges” by the Princeton Review. Both of the local schools are in the top 10 in their category.

Elisa Bachrow Hinken, who writes the “On The Bayfront” column for The Wave, was a member of the now-defunct Peninsula Volunteer Ambulance Corps (PVAC). Now, she wants to put together a reunion of PVAC members at The Beach Club on Beach 116 Street for either June 26 or July 10. Those interested in taking part can contact Hinken at medmainursing@msn.com.

The daffodils are once again in bloom, and the local garden clubs asked us to remind everybody that each bloom is a prayer for a person who was lost in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania that day in September of 2001.

The School of American Ballet (SAB) will hold auditions in Queens for the first time next month. The special free auditions for both boys and girls aged 8 to 10 will be held at PS 199, which is located at 39-20 48 Avenue in Long Island City on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. Those interested in further information can get it at www.sab.org.

Scott Rothenberg, who lives in Houston, Texas, emailed us to say that he had tracked down the carousel that graced Rockaway Beach Boulevard opposite Playland during the 1950’s and early 1960’s. The carousel was sold in 1957. Now, it pleases the crowds of young children at Six Flags Over Texas, in Arlington, Texas. The park’s website says that it was sold to the park by Playland in 1962 for approximately $25,000. Thanks, Scott, for clearing that up for us.

The new Community Education Council 27 is taking a stand against cell phone antennas. At its last meeting it voted to “oppose the installation of wireless communication equipment emitting radio frequency radiation on or within 500 feet of any public school facility within the demographic boundary of District 27. The council said that it believes that the controversial antennas have never proven to be safe.

The U.S. Census Bureau has been tracking the amount that Americans spend annually on housing and shelter. According to the bureau, the Northeast has the highest housing costs, coming in at $9,049. New York City comes in as the highest in the region at $12,402. The most expensive city in the nation in terms of housing costs is San Francisco (CA), which comes in as $14,552. Washington, D.C. comes in third, with many West Coast cities running the table after that.

If you are a fan of Daylight Savings Time, do we have a Congress for you. A number of legislators have proposed a bill that would extend Daylight Saving Time by two months. Under the proposed law, DST would begin on the first Sunday in March and end on the last Sunday of November. Sounds enlightening to us.

Curtis Wander called in response to the picture of Bobby Kennedy on a boardwalk in last week’s paper. We wondered if Kennedy was at Rockaway, even though it looked like the boardwalk he was standing on took a turn unlike any boardwalk in Rockaway. Wander, who lives in Rockaway, says that Kennedy was standing not in Rockaway, but in Brighton Beach. If he is right, that settles the question.

The Rockaway Museum has received lots of comment on the old Far Rockaway High School pictures that have been running in the pages of The Wave for the past few weeks. When the identifications are complete, we will print the complete roll. By the way, Edna Farrington, FRHS class of ’46, called to say that the young man on the rifle team that was shown in a picture three weeks ago with two coaches was Kenneth Curtis, who was apparently the star of the team.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg has announced that a deal has been cut between the city and the bus lines that are owned by Jerome Cooper and serve Rockaway -- Green Bus, Jamaica Bus and Triboro Coach -- will be taken over by the MTA early in the summer. Local riders who have been hearing rumors for months (sometimes from the drivers themselves) that express routes from Rockaway to Manhattan will be cut shortly after the takeover are worried that they will be forced onto the A Train should the heavilly-used express service by cut.

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