2006-06-09 / Letters

Letters

All letters submitted to The Wave, including those sent via e-mail, must contain names, addresses and phone numbers. All letters are subject to editing and publication at the discretion of the editors. The Wave will no longer publish letters in which the name is withheld, unless, in the opinion of the editorial board, there is a compelling public interest to do so.

Action Center

Has Helped Kids

Dear Editor,

The Action Center, founded by Aria Doe, Executive Director, is a wonderful program for my daughter Shamika and other children. This program has helped my daughter to discover talents that I did not even know she had. For example, in January 2004 she joined the Action Center at Beach Channel High and learned how to play the trumpet. She learned to read music notes through the Action Center program and when she took music class at MS 53, it was easy for her to learn. In December 2004, she became part of MS 53 Marching Band and they participated in the May 2005 Rockaway Memorial day parade.

In addition to the parade, she also was in the MS 53 band's winter and spring concert. In March 2006, I changed my daughter's school from MS 53 to PS 225 because we moved. I signed her up for the Action Center after school program. This time my daughter choose to participate in the dance class. This dance class has given her the ability to express and improve her dancing skills to a higher level of creativity. The Action Center youth and adult staff are positive role models for my child.

For example, during my daughter's dance lessons and other activities, she was taught to respect and get along with other Action Center children. This has also allowed her to build friendships with other students. On Friday, May 26, 2006, my child went to a banquet given by the Action Center where fifty children were given awards. On Friday, June 2, 2006, the Action Center put on an end-of-the- school year show at PS 225. This show allowed my daughter as well as other children to show their talents taught to them by the Action Center staff. For example, choir, dance, piano, and fashion were all part of the children's performances and they all did a beautiful job thanks to the Action Center. I hope that the Action Center stays around for a long time because the program is a safe place for all children. I also hope that the Action Center will be in all schools on the Rockaway peninsula. To the Action Center, staff thank you for motivating our children. Mrs. Aria Doe, thank you for believing in our children and creating opportunities not only for our children, but also for the youth workers and all your staff members.

LAILAH BOYD

Restore Anti-Terror Funding

This letter sent by State Senator Malcolm Smith to Michael Chertoff, the Secretary of Homeland Security.

Dear Secretary Chertoff,

With a sole-source motivation based singly upon intense and thoroughgoing concerns for the safety and well being of every New Yorker, I write to you asking for your most earnest consideration in restoring Anti-Terror funding to New York at a level commensurate with the risk, threat and vulnerability of our home-land.

Simply-stated, a forty percent reduction in Anti-Terror funding, amounting to a disparate loss of $83 Million for our City, is entirely unacceptable and belies rationality. Our brave City has been the locus of the most virulent and heinous attacks ever perpetrated on our home soil and we have responded with strength and resolve that is, in some sense, supra-human.

Whether we may find it palatable to admit it or not, our City is still vulnerable; we are home to a plethora of national monuments and icons, we are home to an exceeding number and kind of potential targets for terrorism, both public and private. Anti-Terror funding for our City is eminently and essentially critical for training, preparedness, deterrence, and protection. This is a prima facie fact that the DHS must assuredly understand; New York is your partner, we need to stand arm and arm, hand and hand, together, as we diligently do all that is within our power to protect and secure the homeland.

Given the foregoing, it is my stated request and humble entreaty that you move adroitly to restore Anti-Terror funding to New York City. It is quite clear that the polestar of such previous vile and treacherous attacks needs every available source of substantive funding to engage in the protection of our homeland. A forty percent cut in funding, in the hub of high-risk and home of national landmarks and treasures, is flatly unacceptable.

Therefore, I ardently call upon you to swiftly restore the $83 million in Federal Funding for Anti-Terror efforts in New York at the earliest moment possible. The security of our City, our State and indeed our Nation depends upon your cooperation in this matter of unbelievable importance.

Looking forward to your positive and progressive action in this essential situation I remain.

MALCOLM A. SMITH

STATE SENATOR, 14TH DISTRICT

Stop the Beverly Bashing

Dear Editor,

Throughout the years, I have worked with Beverly Baxter in many quality of life issues. With her positive approach and love of Rockaway, Beverly has never demanded that she get credit for any project.

As a member of the Rockaway Park Homeowners and Residents Association, Beverly has always been a team player, working with her neighbors to beautify Rockaway.

Let's stop the bashing and work together to move forward to make Rockaway, our hidden jewel, shine.

MARY DEVER KELLY

Somebody Should

Challenge Pheffer

Dear Editor;

I want to know if anybody has realized yet that all of the controversial stuff being put into The Wave by Beverly Baxter and Lew Simon is the opening salvo in the race for Councilman Joe Addabbo's "open" seat.

It's a shame that Addabbo has to leave the Rockaway's for a shot at a mainland seat in the Senate or Assembly.

Instead, he should challenge Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer for her seat.

If Addabbo doesn't challenge Pheffer for her seat, somebody should.

RICHARD VENEZZANO

Not What We Expected

Dear Editor,

Since we purchased our house on Beach 93 Street in the fall of 2000, there has been constant development in Rockaway Beach. It started with two-family houses but has progressed to larger buildings that don't always fit the community. Our neighborhood has become Developer Paradise Express in the past six years. Homeowners welcome these revitalizing efforts and the considerable increase in property value it has brought. Where the shoe pinches is that the peace that many of us have been appreciating here may soon become history.

Newcomers like me cherish this getaway from overcrowded Manhattan areas to the laid back climate of this beach community. We are fond of the old houses charisma, the ocean and the old neighborhood atmosphere. We like this place where people "know our name", neighbors say hello, stop by the do small talk and are here for you as you are for them whenever necessary. This is extremely valuable as it is seldom seen today.

So, when word spread on the street that Frame Group Developers was planning to build a six-story building on six plots of property that it had purchased over the past year, I was surprised. We had expected small condominium units like Frame is developing on Beach 101 Street.

Now, we were getting an elephant on a block of one and two-family houses built over one hundred years ago. I went over to Frame's trailer on Beach 101 Street and asked politely what their plan was. The gentleman with whom I spoke confirmed what I had been told, but said that the process was not yet started, not even the design of the thing. He said pleasantly: "It is just a project at this time."

At this point, I think that only nave people and dreamers (if any left) may believe that they can turn the clock back to the way things were in the 1990's - development is here to stay until there is nothing to develop anymore! For the past fifteen years, the city has been increasingly "delivered" to developers. Here in our neighborhood property is "as of right", which allows owners to build whatever they want until the area is

rezoned. So it is true that Frame can put an elephant across the street, as its fellow developers are trying to do at other locations in Rockaway Beach, unless the City's Department of Buildings refuses to deliver a permit.

It is logical to turn to our elected representatives, especially our councilman, for help and leadership. However, elected officials always pick the fights that they may be able to win and we, constituents, have to provide them with as much ammunition as possible so they can go to war for us. The more constituents express themselves, the more we have a chance to convince and win. I know that my immediate neighbors and I will attend the June 13 Rockaway Beach Civic Association meeting to tell Councilman Addabbo how we feel and to seek his leadership. Plans for the elephant have not even been drawn yet, let alone the necessary paper work. It is early enough that we may be able to establish a dialogue with Frame, which would take into consideration our quality of life and the one of their future customers.

I am interested in learning if there is any organized group that is already dealing with development on the peninsula as a whole. If you know about such group, please let me know. If there are people, especially among the newcomers who settled here for the same reasons as I did, who are interested in exchanging ideas about the development issue, my telephone number is (917) 572-2547. I would be delighted to speak with them.

JOELLE BALLONZOLI

Thanks For The Assistance

Dear Editor,

Thank you to the unknown and unnamed parishioners at the 10:30 Mass Sunday at St. Camillus who rushed to my side when I became weak and faint.

Thank you to the nurse who held my head in her lap until the EMS arrived.

Thank you to Tracy who stayed with me and her uncle who went to pick up my husband.

Thank you to the two EMS units who showed complete professionalism in their testing of my blood pressure and heart.

Thank you to Father Dunne who offered to help me in any way he could and who called me at home that night to make sure I was ok.

And, finally, thank you to Antoinette who drove my husband and I home.

All those mentioned all showed that God's love was in their hearts.

Thank you from my husband and I.

MARGARET FAILLACE

Give Out Moving Violations

The following letter was written by local resident Bernie Feuer to Captain Charles Neacy, the commanding officer of the 100 Pct.

Dear Captain Neacy,

We have a very dangerous situation here in the West End of Rockaway. It is that drivers do not obey the traffic laws here! It appears that the City is more interested in giving tickets for parking violations, people drinking beer on the beach (while the Mayor and his elite friends are allowed to drink wine in Central Park), and people walking their dogs on the boardwalk than giving tickets for moving traffic violations. These minor violations do not hurt or kill people, but, the complete disregard of the driving laws in the 100 Pct. can hurt or kill people.

On Beach 116 Street, the city put up signs telling turning drivers to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Yet, almost every time you try to cross Beach 116 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard on the walk sign, you have to dodge cars that come zooming around the corners and refuse to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks on the "walk sign." Why is this law not being enforced? You take your life in your hands every time you cross this intersection.

When I learned to drive in the late 50's, "Stop Signs" meant a full stop. The law says that you have to come to a complete stop. In Rockaway, very few drivers come to a complete stop. How many accidents happen because of this? When the precinct started to enforce the stop sign regulation at Beach 102 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, officers were collecting offenders left and right. If you enforced this law, besides protecting people's lives and property, you would collect more money in fines for the city than you would from parking tickets, beer drinking violations, and dog walking violations.

And what about enforcing the "No U Turn" sign on Beach 116 Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd. In disregard to this regulation, every day drivers make u-turns there.

Why can't moving violations such as these be enforced?

BERNIE FEUER

Thanks For The Assistance

Dear Editor,

Thank you to the unknown and unnamed parishioners at the 10:30 Mass Sunday at St. Camillus who rushed to my side when I became weak and faint.

Thank you to the nurse who held my head in her lap until the EMS arrived.

Thank you to Tracy who stayed with me and her uncle who went to pick up my husband.

Thank you to the two EMS units who showed complete professionalism in their testing of my blood pressure and heart.

Thank you to Father Dunne who offered to help me in any way he could and who called me at home that night to make sure I was ok.

And, finally, thank you to Antoinette who drove my husband and I home.

All those mentioned all showed that God's love was in their hearts.

Thank you from my husband and I.

MARGARET FAILLACE

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