2005-06-03 / Columnists


We wish the daily newspapers would find out where Rockaway is. The tragic police car accident that left one officer paralyzed from the chest down occurred at Rockaways Turnpike and Pearl Street, in nearby Lawrence. The officers were speeding to a robbery call at Beach 38 Street when the car hydroplaned in the rain and crashed into a light pole. In their reports, the Daily News said that the accident was “in the Rockaways,” while the New York Post said that it was in “the Bayswater section of Far Rockaway.”

Captain Paul Piekarski, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct warns lifeguards that parking illegally nearby the beach and putting their orange shirt in the window to ward off tickets will no longer work. The CO says that permits are available to genuine lifeguards and tickets will be given to illegally parked cars without the permits.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is once again asking your help in keeping track of “Floatables.” As the name suggests, “floatables” are waterborne waste material that floats. The DEP is looking for volunteers to record the various types of floatables that wash up on our beaches in an attempt to save the sea life that often gets entangled in the floating debris. The entire process takes volunteers about 20 minutes per week, checking the beachfront about an hour after high tide each day. Those interested should email at ozonelayerlle@cs.com.

Remember to mark your calendar for The Rockaway Museum Fundraiser, which will be held at Pier 92 (Beach 92 Street, behind McDonald’s) at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. There will be some artifacts and photographs from Far Rockaway High School, music and, of course, good food.

The Twelve-Towns YMCA will be running a summer day camp program at the St. Virgilius School in Broad Channel this year. The cost of the camp is $99 per week and registration is ongoing at the Noel Road school.

The Wave has learned that MS 180, the school that was once called “The School of Champions,” but has now fallen on hard times will be redesignated in September when it becomes the “Scholar’s Academy,” a district gifted program. The word is that the school will become MS 257. When we called the Department of Education to check, we were issued a statement from Region Superintendent Kathleen Cashin that said, “The new number [for MS 180] has not been solidified and we are moving ahead with the school’s renaming as the “Gerald R. Dever School.” The now-disbanded school board voted on that designation several years ago.

On May 6, City Councilman James Sanders presented PS 105 with a check for $35,000 to be used for the purchase of new computers. Unfortunately, the amount was reported as $3,500 in that issue of The Wave, a typo that we regret. We trust that the mistake did not cause anybody an inconvenience.

Police throughout the community are warning that the summer brings not only warm and sunny weather, but bicycle thieves as well. Riders are urged to safeguard the bikes by making sure they are put away property lwhen not in use and that all open windows are closed when nobody is around. “Try not to make your property their property,” urges Captain Paul Piekarski, the CO of the 100 Precinct.

At a time when the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to outlaw computer Spyware, some hacker has come up with a new twist – Ransom-ware. It seems that the hackers have found a way to lock up the electronic documents in your computer and then demand money over the Internet to unlock them. This will probably impact large corporations rather than individuals, but you can never tell.

On the morning of the last Rockaway Park Homeowners and Residents meeting, The Wave got a telephone call from Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s office advising us that the mayor would be at the meeting and urging us to cover the meeting. We did, but he didn’t show up, sending his Queens DOT Commissioner instead. It’s going to be hard for him to say that he really cares for the “other four boroughs” if he does not keep his commitments.

While the most recent studies show that the majority of people like the smoking ban now that it has taken hold in restaurants, Republican Mayoral candidate Tom Ognibene has vowed to revisit the ban should he be elected. The Conservative Party, which has consistently fought the smoking ban, is expected to endorse Ognibene.

The Rockaway Republican Club, which has been having trouble getting a charter from the national organization because of interference from district leaders Ed O’Hare and Terri Ariola. The local club is reportedly backing Eric Ulrich and Rosemary Duffy in a hope that they will be more interested in the growth of the Rockaway organization.

Those local boaters who use Verizon for their cell phone service can access the Coast Guard quickly and easily this summer by dialing “*CG” on their phones. While Verizon says that boaters should continue to use maritime channel 16, the cell phone option for reporting emergencies and potential emergencies will be there if needed.

The Department of Education held an election for members of its Community Education Councils a few weeks ago, and hardly anybody showed up to vote. Strange, particularly when you consider the fact that all the eligible voters are parent association members and dedicated to making the schools better for their children. Could it be that the parent-experts know that the CEC’s are just rubber-stamps for the superintendent and did not want to waste their time voting in such an election?

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