2005-05-13 / Community


In last week’s Wave, we ran a front page photograph of runners on the boardwalk in the premier Rockaway race, the Ocean Run. In the caption, we said that the run was sponsored by the Rockaway Rotary Club. In fact, it is sponsored and funded by Sweet ‘N Low and is organized and promoted by the Rockaway Rotary Club.

The passing of Arverne activist Sarah Colson has saddened us

all. While the editorial board of The Wave did not always agree with Sarah’s ideas or her tactics, there was always a great respect for her dedication to her community and to the school children she represented for so long before hostile school boards and superintendents. She was one of a kind, the “real deal,” and she will be missed.

City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz is the first politician who supported Independence Party chair Lenora Fulani to back away. Moskowitz announced this week that she would not seek the Independence Party line in her upcoming run for the Manhattan Borough President seat. In her announcement, Moskowitz said that Fulani’s refusal to repudiate her anti-Semitic remarks led to the break. Other politicians such as Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Senator Chuck Schumer and City Councilman James Sanders, continue to seek her party’s endorsement. By the way, local political activist John Baxter, who is Fulani’s District Leader in Rockaway, says that we have it all wrong. “When the politicians look at the good work that [Fulani] is doing in her community, it outweighs anything she might have said in 1989.”

Local stained glass artist Patrick Clark, who designed and built the glass cupola for the Rockaway Tribute Park, made the New York Times this week for another project he is working on – this one in Manhattan. Clark is restoring the glass dome in the gentlemen’s bathroom in the historic Hotel Carlton. The hotel has been shuttered since the 1940’s and Clark told the paper that the grime and old cigar smoke that covered the stained glass ceiling made the glass look black. We hope to see Clark’s Rockaway creation prior to this year’s anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11.

The Parks Department just doesn’t get it. Last week, we ran a letter from Dorothy Lewandowski, who is the Queens Borough Commissioner for Parks. Her letter was in response to some pictures we ran the week before, showing department bulldozers wiping out some budding beach dunes on the west end. She said that she was “disappointed” at The Wave for running the pictures of “our practice of leveling the beach surface.” She says that the pictures show “routine beach maintenance” that consists of “leveling wind-blown sand that accumulates over the winter.” She added that the leveling keeps sand from blowing onto local streets and stops beach erosion. In fact, that is just what natural dunes, which are constantly forming on the beach until they are wiped out by department bulldozers, are supposed to do. The dunes serve to keep the sand from blowing away and stop erosion. She invites us to come to the beach to see for ourselves, but we suggest she go to someplace such as the National Seashore in Providence, Rhode Island or to the Outer Banks in Carolina, where the dunes are protected by federal law, not destroyed by know-nothing bureaucrats because they were made by nature and not by man.

The Beach 105 Street Station in Rockaway on the subway’s A Line is reportedly the least used station in the entire New York City system. A recent article in the New York Times suggests that “only a few riders a day” use the station and that it should be closed down to save costs.

Anthony Weiner is making points in his drive for the Mayoralty by speaking his mind. At a recent forum in Chinatown, the candidates were asked if Asian-Americans would have a big voice in his administration. Each of the other Democratic candidates reportedly said that they would search for Asian-Americans to fill key slots. As the report of the meeting said, “Ferrer, Fields and Miller essentially groveled.” Weiner, however, said “I’m not going to hire people by nationality or by quota.” It’s unusual to see a politician who won’t kowtow to special interests.

The Buckley to Kennedy Run, now in its 25th year, will be run on May 22. The race begins in Brooklyn and ends with a post-race party at Riis Park. It is perhaps one of the most enjoyable runs of the season, coming as it does over the Marine Parkway Bridge.

Little League season has begun throughout Rockaway and Broad Channel, and it is time once again to thank all of the men and women who give so much to our kids by volunteering for the sports programs in our community.

The city has unveiled plans to make Coney Island into a “year-round entertainment destination” by adding a hotel, a spa on the beach, open-end cafes on the boardwalk an outdoor covered midway and other amenities. “Our goal is to capitalize on Coney Island’s world-class waterfront location and transform the area into a year-round destination,” Joshua Sirefman the president of the Coney Island Development Corporation, told Daily News reporter Deborah Kolben. By the way, Sirefman is also the chief of staff for Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff. Perhaps that’s why Coney Island gets all of the gravy while Rockaway gets all of the beans. By the way, the city’s plan calls for a subway from Manhattan to Coney Island to bring visitors to a newly-renovated aquarium and a solar-paneled subway station. Makes you wonder where the politicians who are supposed to represent Rockaway’s intrests are, doesn’t it?

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