2006-03-10 / Community

Beachcomber

In Miriam Rosenberg's story about City Councilman James Sanders' open house in last week's paper, the tragic death of Andre Anderson in an accident on Shore Front Parkway was termed a "hit and run accident," when in fact, it was not. The driver stopped and police said there was "no criminality involved." The Wave regrets the error.

Police have identified the body of the man found along the beachfront on Beach 14 Street last week. The body of Michael Cunningham was found about 7 a.m. on Thursday, February 27. Cunningham had recently checked himself out of the Peninsula Hospital Center, a fact confirmed by the hospital in a prepared statement that noted that he had left "against medical advice." Police say that Cunningham's death appears not to be suspicious, but decline to give further information. A spokesperson for PHC declined to say why Cunningham had been at the hospital or how long before his death he left that facility, citing the health care privacy act.

John Laporta, 44, a Level 2 sex offender who lists 159 Beach 119 Street as his address, was never convicted of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy as a quote in last week's Wave suggests. The man who was quoted in Brian Magoolaghan's story was actually referring to another registered sex offender who lives in Rockaway. We regret that a member of Laporta's family, and not diligence in our reporting, brought the confusion to light. According to law enforcement sources, Laporta was convicted on October 8, 1985 of raping a woman of undisclosed age.

Curran's Meats on Beach 129 Street has a great recipe for the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dish that we all love. Take a 2-pound, well-trimmed corned beef, boneless brisket or round; one small onion; one clove of crushed garlic and one small head of green cabbage cut into six wedges. Pour enough cold water on the corned beef in a five-quart Dutch oven, just to cover the meat. Add onion and garlic and heat to boiling. Cover and simmer until the beef is tender, about two hours. Remove beef to warm platter and keep it warm. Skim fat from broth and add the cabbage. Heat to boiling and then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Carve across two or three faces of the brisket. Cut thin slices at a slight right angle, always across the grain.

District 27's Community Education Council is down one member. The Department of Education is seeking candidates to fill that seat. Members must have a child in the public school system and must undergo an application and investigation process. Applications are available on line at the DOE's Website, www.nycenet.edu/ councils or by calling 718-642-5805.

Sean Minardi Emailed us to tell us that his family moved the Sunset Diner building from New Rochelle in the early 1970's. "The building was shipped on a barge from New Rochelle down the Hudson River to Jamaica Bay," he wrote. "My uncle's family (Brownie Moving and Heavy Hauling) formerly out of Long Island, was proud to haul the diner and keep it open and operating. It is sad to learn that the building may be destroyed and possibly even sadder that there is no land in Rockaway to hold a new diner."

In its latest newsletter, the Rockaway Homeowners and Residents Association says that the Parks Department has asked the organization its feeling about man-made dunes on the beachfront. The newsletter says that the group voted "several years ago" to "institute a policy of preserving all naturally made dunes and to stop creating any more man-made dunes." Our recollection is that the organization led the fight to destroy the natural dunes and we have had many discussions with members and officials that reinforce that recollection. Isn't it wonderful how history can be changed so easily with the stroke of a pen. By the way, in that newsletter, the organization takes credit for many events in which it played only a minor part. We call that the "Lew Simon Syndrome," and it is not very becoming.

The Whippets are back. No, we're not speaking of the thin, long-legged dogs in general of the most famous of the breed who disappeared into the ether after escaping from JFK Airport a few weeks ago. Rather, we're talking about the Nitrous Oxide (n2o) cartridges that kids favor for a quick high. The cartridges, which were found by a Broad Channel resident in the community's children's park recently, are generally used for dispensing whipped cream. Dentists use the gas to sedate patients and that is why the gas that makes a person giddy is generally called "laughing gas." It is not funny, however, when local kids use the gas for kicks. When not dispensed correctly, it can be dangerous.

Sales of new homes nationally fell for the second time in three months and that fall was far deeper than experts had predicted. There is lots of evidence that the five-year housing boom is slowing, those experts say. The rate fell by a full five percent in January after a 3.8 percent drop in December and a seven percent drop in November. The Northeast took the largest hit, with a 14.9 percent plunge in January, following a 23 percent fall in December.

Nobody is quite sure what the consequences will be of the sale of Keyspan Energy to a British Utility. Keyspan, which provides power through the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to Rockaway and Long Island. LIPA officials say that the company is beginning an investigation of the impact of the sale and that there is a possibility it might look elsewhere for power after the takeover.

Sharon and Mendy Bauman will be the guests of honor at the annual Ohab Zadek (Belle Harbor Jewish Center) dinner, which will be held at the synagogue ballroom on March 24, directly after evening services.

It looks as if the owners of the Executive Motor Inn on North Conduit Avenue have cut a deal with the city and will soon reopen, hopefully without the prostitution that had been rampant in the building. We have been trying to find out who owns the building, but the owner's lawyer, the only one to make public statements, won't say and the building records are buried deep in the bureaucracy.

There was a time when The Wave was the only media outlet taking photographs at the Rockaway St. Patrick's Day parade. It was lonely, but it allowed us to get all the pnotographs we needed with relatively little trouble. Recently, however, with Mayor Bloomberg marching each year, there are now a gaggle of both still and television cameras at the event, all crowded around the mayor. Most of them disappeared once the parade started, and by the time the parade got to Beach 128 Street, they were all gone. Few ever even use a photograph.

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