2005-12-23 / Letters

Letters

Traffic Lights Needed On Beach 17 & 19 Streets

The following letter was sent to Constance Moran, Queens Borough Commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation

Dear Commissioner Moran,

I am writing to request that a traffic study be conducted between Beach 17 and Beach 19 Streets on Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway. This location is known as a speed zone, and has been the cause of fatalities and accidents in this area.

On September 8, 2005, Tamika Regan’s life was tragically cut short after a hit and run driver mowed her down at this intersection. The suspects still have not been apprehended for this crime. It is imperative that you conduct a survey of this area and install traffic devices that will prevent another family from having to endure the pain of losing a loved one. My constituents are in an uproar over this issue and no longer will stand by and see another life lost.

Commissioner Moran, I thank you in advance for your assistance in helping with this serious matter. For further information please contact Steven Jones at my Rockaway District office.

COUNCILMAN JAMES SANDERS, JR.

Preserving The Peninsula And Jamaica Bay

Dear Editor,

When you think of Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula, only one thing should come to mind, and that is simply that you cannot have one without the other! Without the peninsula to buffer the bay from the ravages of the Atlantic Ocean, there would be no bay; without Jamaica Bay, there would be no Rockaway peninsula! Many times in the past, when history and fate have decided in either/or situations, one thing is decided over the other.

The entrance to the bay and Rockaway inlet has been moved by natural forces from east to west, and while doing so, changed the inlet’s direction from north to south to the present northeast and southwest. In turn, the channels and creeks in the bay have also been changed in directional flows.

To see what I mean by this, think of the following experiment. Drop a tree in the bay, and place the trunk at the Far Rockaway/Edgemere across the peninsula and into the ocean. Now stick a pin in the center of the treetop, grab the trunk with your fingers, and move the trunk to the left. The trunk is the inlet, the limbs the main channels, and the branches the many creeks of the bay. Now you get my drift, if you will.

At present, the marshes of Jamaica Bay are washing away at an alarming rate, due to the deterioration and removal of the centuries-old topsoil by stronger tidal currents. Marshes cannot grow on bottom sand.

The actions of summer and winter storms are gradually washing away our beachfront, which has to be put back with dredged sand from offshore or other locations.

Both conditions have been presented in my “Historical Views of the Rockaways” column many times in the past, as well as some possible solutions to hold off total destruction, which will be the inevitable result caused by the coming of the Earth’s fourth interglacial period being brought on naturally. I have heard a recent report that the Earth’s magnetic poles are now moving closer together, and as a result seasonal changes will end in the long run. Of course I could be wrong, but you never know.

Imagine the Earth spinning around the Sun without a tilt, and the same weather the year round at various latitudes along with a warming atmosphere, as well as no ice anywhere in water world!

The Rockaway peninsula is still waiting for a beachfill and more stone jetties east and west, and now a report has it that topsoil will be dumped in the bay, in the form on dredge spoils from some other area. The question is whether this will be a clean fill, or the contaminated variety.

Will the same thing happen to this topsoil that happens to beachfills? It sure will! So once again I propose that East Rockaway Inlet be closed up, and a new inlet opened on Long Beach Bar to the east. Remove the stone hook jetty threat, and let the natural flow of sand along the shore continue.

Next, close up Rockaway Inlet, and open a new canal at Beach 108 Street in the middle of the peninsula. At the same time, build a solar-operated pumping station in Far Rockaway with a connection to a huge water main along the north shore of Jamaica Bay. Now fresh seawater can be pumped into the bay, and waters of the bay from all directions can drain to a central inlet. The inlet was at this point, plus or minus a block or two, in 1776. It might also be feasible to install a floodgate to be used during storm threats for bayside flood control. It is also possible for the pumping station at Far Rockaway to be adapted for a hydroelectric generator operation, with another at the Floyd Bennett Field end of the line.

I sincerely believe that all this is within reason and can be implemented without a great expenditure out of the Congressional pork barrel!

The future of the peninsula and the bay depends on good planning, and I cannot forget when yours truly attended a symposium on rising ocean levels at Hofstra University in 1985. All computer models of the effects on the New York City area did not include the Rockaway peninsula. When I inquired, the speakers just shook their heads and shrugged their shoulders, and the answer was very plain: the Rockaways did not exist anymore according to the computer models. Will those computers be right?

EMIL LUCEV

Belle Harbor Steak And Seafood Exceptional

Dear Editor,

We are writing to thank Mike and Jimmy from Belle Harbor Steak and Seafood for the wonderful job they did for our parent’s fiftieth wedding anniversary. We had 28 guests for Sunday brunch and everything was just perfect! From the bagel platters to the fresh fruit and pastries, Mike and Jimmy provided everything we asked for. Every meal was beautifully presented and served piping hot.

The staff, led by Sheila, was right on top of everything. Hot coffee, crispy bacon and service with a smile kept every guest happy (and that’s not an easy task with our large family)! Most importantly, Frances made sure the mimosa glasses stayed full!

We have used Belle Harbor Steak and Seafood for catering in our home and frequently order lunch to our store. We have nothing but good things to say about them. Belle Harbor Steak and Seafood is an asset to this neighborhood and we wish them continued success. If you have not yet eaten there, we recommend you give them a try. If you are already a customer but don’t know about their brunch, go see them on a Sunday; you won’t be disappointed!

Again, a million thanks. You and your staff made an important family occasion very special.

CAROL AND SCOTT DENARO

Stealing Christmas

Dear Editor,

I would like to think that during the holiday season most people are full of good will toward man and best wishes to their neighbors. This letter would be addressed to a specific person if I knew who it was, but since I don’t I’m sending it to The Wave in the hopes that they read it and repent for their actions and possibly remediate by doing something kind for someone. Beach 114 Street was renamed in honor of my brother, John, a NYC firefighter who was killed on September 11, 2001 at the WTC.

On Saturday, December 17, my mother purchased a Christmas wreath and hung it by wire on the pole which houses the sign honoring her son John. She called me immediately to tell me what she had done. I told her I thought that it was a wonderful idea and I couldn’t wait to see it.

On Sunday I got another phone call from my mother in tears. She had gone back to Beach 114 Street, and the Christmas wreath had been taken. It hadn’t remained on the pole for one day.

It is devastating for me to think that someone could be so lacking in compassion and could hurt someone like my mother who is so filled with love and who was just trying to do a nice thing to honor her son at Christmas. I hope this someone’s New Years resolution is to become a better person and if need be, use my mother as example.

DEIRDRE HEFFERNAN

Time Has Passed

On B. 116 Street

Dear Editor,

I’ve kept quiet, and reserved judgment on the new parking layout for 116 Street because as with any change, you must give it time. 

Well, time has passed and its not even completed yet.  It’s ten days until Christmas, usually a busy, hectic, joyous time in any shopping area.  Not so on Beach 116 Street, especially the beach block.  Before we read or see any more pictures and articles about how pretty and wonderful it is, lets look at some facts. 

The project started right after the “DFD’s” were gone, or as we in retail say, “back to school” time.  OK, so we sacrifice a potentially busy season for the betterment of the community.  The construction and street closings (lets not forget the condo construction at the end of the block) killed our whole fall season.  Now let’s realize that we haven’t done any business, so we can’t bring in our winter and Holiday stock in full, because we can’t afford it. Let’s also throw in the fact that the total number of parking spaces has been reduced by at least one-third (I’ll do the math for anyone who’d like to challenge that), and let’s not put in the meters so that people taking the trains, construction workers from the condos, or people from the surrounding buildings that need long term parking can leave their cars indefinitely.  Sounds like a well thought out plan to me!  Talk to anyone on the street (if you can find them) and the overriding sentiment is “there is never any parking,” or “I circled the block three times and left.” 

I’ve spoken to friends and customers alike up on Beach 129 Street who’ve all said they can’t be bothered with the inconvenience of Beach 116 Street.  If the Chamber of Commerce was the body that spearheaded this, perhaps they should have considered some sort of subsidy for all the lost commerce by the small businesses, the ones that are here for our convenience.  This was a poor plan that has, and will affect the locals that own and operate these small businesses.  Talk to any store employee or owner up and down Beach 116 Street, their revenues are down by as much as 60% and more.  To whoever masterminded this mess, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

PAUL MASTROS

MOCEAN

Too Many Political Letters

Dear Editor,

It was with great interest and some amusement that I read the “Historical Views” section dealing with the dividing line between Rockaway Park and Belle Harbor. Those who have been here for many years will remember the insurance firm of Walter H. Blum and Sons, located on Beach 116 Street. In their front window they would display photos of interest and other items. One of those items I remember very clearly was a zoning map of the west end. It showed the dividing line running down the middle of West End Avenue (now Beach 122 Street) from the bay to the Boulevard, then proceeding west to Beach 126 Street and thence to the ocean. I suppose that property values and homeowner associations are continuing to fuel this debate.

On another note, I think that The Wave takes pride in being Rockaway’s hometown paper. As such, items of local interest are a priority. I for one am becoming tired of the letters to the editor dealing with national issues. How many “Bush lied” letters do we have to endure? Stick with the local issues – that’s what the people want to read and it’s what The Wave has always excelled in.

 PETER GALVIN, MD

Don’t Undermine

The Troops

Dear Editor,

This is a reply to Michael Terino’s “What Was This Man Thinking” in Letters to the Editor.

Michael wrote:

“I can’t erase from my mind’s eye the most god-awful exhibition of disrespect and contempt that the President of the United States showed towards the people of this country and the young men under his command and the rest of the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice. Nor did he show an ounce of compassion or caring that a commander would show when ordering the troops to lay down their lives for his and corporate America’s oil war.”

Bing writes:

I can’t erase from my mind’s eye the most god-awful exhibition of disrespect and contempt that the Dictator of Iraq showed towards the people of that country and the young men under his command and the rest of the thugs who tortured, murdered and raped tens if not hundreds of thousands of their own people.

Saddam Hussein, who thumbed his nose at the UN resolutions time after time, who used WMD against his own people (this has been satisfactorily proven) and who, if he would have heard you talk about him the way you talk about our elected (by majority) officials, would first cut your tongue out and then have you watch while he took out your family one by one.

Michael, I am sorry for the way you think that our elected American officials are the evildoers in this war. Before we took the war to them, the terrorists attacked a US Embassy, and directly on our own soil in the eight years before President Bush was elected. Since then our civilians have been safe while our brave volunteer troops take the war to them.

Please take to heart that I, as a volunteer veteran, cannot understand why you can’t back the troops who are keeping you safe. As Commander in Chief, President Bush is one of those troops. Please, in all of your infinite wisdom, try to find a way to not undermine our troops, our country, and our sacrifice to the rest of the world.

God Bless America. Love it or leave it, oh and by the way, keep your winter holiday season, it’s Christmas. Merry Christmas.

ROBERT “BING” STRASSBURG

Three Cheers For Rockaway Park/Homeowners Inc.

Dear Editor,

Congratulations to John Lenihan being named “Man of the Year,” and Steve Stathis and the Graybeards for receiving the Association Recognition Award.

As previous homeowners, my husband and I are delighted that renters are welcomed into the membership of the Rockaway Park Homeowners/Residents, Inc. We will continue to work with Ed Re, the Lenihan family and the many active members to improve the quality of life in the Rockaways.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

JIM AND MARY KELLY

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