2007-04-27 / Columnists

Beachcomber

At three minutes and four seconds after 2 a.m. on May 6, the time and date will be 02:03:04 05/06/07. This will never happen again, according to Wave columnist Marilyn Gelfand, who sent us the information.

Nearly 100 people have signed up for the upcoming 50th Reunion for the Far Rockaway High School class of 1957. Some of those who will be attending the reunion, to be held at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale on June 23 are: Ruth Altman, Leona Bodner Schreier, Gail Bookvar Jurrist, Steve Brecher, Larry Brill, Brenda Ceren Rosenthal, Warren Chapman, Leon Cholakis, Marty Cohen, Ellen Cohen Levy, Roy Cravzow, Lucille Crovella Moskowitz, Allen Deitch, Lance DePlante, Joey DeResta, Dave Dobin, and Ed Erdley. More to come next week.

The Federal Court has denied a request by a bicycle club and some individual cyclists to prohibit the police from requiring bicycle groups of 50 or more to obtain parade permits before riding together on public streets. The court stressed, "The Constitution requires a balance to be struck between [the] plaintiffs' interests in riding when, and where they want, and the city's interest in ensuring that all people and vehicles use its streets effectively and safely without overburdening law enforcement resources."

Congratulations to Far Rockaway resident Pamela Black, who recently won a trip to Barbados courtesy of the Wendy Williams Experience, a hit radio program on WBLS.

Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno is unarguably the most powerful Republican in Albany. That's why it came as a surprise when Bruno, who has controlled the State Senate for 12 years, said that it is high time for the same sort of term limits for state legislators that we now have for city officials. "Timing is everything in life, and the time is right," Bruno, who has always opposed term limits in the past, told reporters. The Senate legislation would restrict the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and the Comptroller to two consecutive four-year terms. Assemblymembers and Senators would be limited to four two-year terms. The new law would not apply to incumbents, who could keep running as long as they wanted to. The Assembly, controlled by Shelly Silver and the Democratic majority, has always been opposed to term limits, but you never know.

After years of anticipation, Wharton's Pharmacy on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel has opened its doors. The shelves are filled with all the traditional accoutrements of a pharmacy and for the first time in many years, Channel residents don't have to travel to Rockaway or Howard Beach to meet their needs.

The Rockaway Museum is selling copies of Wave Columnist Emil Lucev's first book, "The Rockaways: A Postcard History Series." The book, which was reviewed in The Wave in its April 13 issue, is a hot-seller locally. Books are available for $19.99 at The Wave office at 88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. A portion of the sale will go to the museum for its school programs.

We always joke that we can make any story a "Rockaway story" for The Wave to cover, but the continuing saga of who was going to get baby Dannielyn really did become a local story when local resident Owen Baxter was quoted in the New York Post as saying, "We had to know the answer to that question: Who's your daddy?" We can't make this stuff up.

If an Assemblyman from Brooklyn has his way, shoppers in New York State will no longer have plastic bags in which to carry their groceries and other sundries home from the store. Assemblyman William Colton says that the bags end up clogging landfills and peppering the city with floating trash. He says that he was inspired to submit his bill when a dog that belonged to one of his staffers choked on a plastic bag and needed surgery. The grocery industry, however, says that the change to paper would be very expensive. A spokesperson for the supermarket industry says that the plastic bags cost less than one cent while the paper brands cost more than three cents. He charges that the paper industry is behind the bill.

City Councilman James Sanders says that there are individuals soliciting funds claiming that they are affiliated with political offices. The con artists, Sanders says, approach people on the street and offer to get them help from politicians in fixing their governmental problems - for a fee. Sanders says that government is free and that anybody who is approached in this way should call police and his office.

The battle over retaining mayoral control over the schools is heating up even though the State Legislature is not slated to vote on making the school governance bill permanent until the year 2009. Two weeks ago, Public Advocate Betsy Gottbaum visited The Wave and told editors that she was going to bring together a panel to discuss the mayor's plans to continue mayoral control. Now, the United Federation of Teachers, the union that represents the teachers, is setting up a "multipartisan" task force to study the question. The task force will study "alternatives" to mayoral control well in advance of the coming vote.

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