2009-11-27 / Columnists


There were 137,894 Stop, Question and Frisk Reports prepared during the third quarter of 2009, ac - cording to a New York City Police Department report delivered to the City Council on November 17. It represents a 15 percent increase over the same period in 2008. Males were the subjects of 93 percent of the stops in the third quarter of 2009, similar to the 93 percent recorded for the third quarter of 2008. Blacks were the subjects of 58 percent of the stops and were 66 percent of the violent crime suspects during the third quarter of 2009, compared to 53 percent of the stop subjects and 68 percent of the violent crime suspects during third quarter of 2008. Last year, during routine stopand frisks, police officers confiscated 6,970 illegal weapons - mostly knives, but also 747 pistols, 84 assault weapons and rifles, and nine machine guns.

One of the premier events in Rock - away, "The Little North Pole," will be lit this year on Saturday night, Decem - ber 5, at the home of Joseph and Mariza Mure, 144-03 Neponsit Ave - nue, at 6 p.m. This is an event that nobody, young or old, should miss. The monies raised by the Little North Pole go to the Juvenile Diabetes Foun - dation and the Angels on the Bay unit at Peninsula Hospital Center.

Last week, The Wave published its annual Sex Offenders Database. We have been publishing the complete list for five years now, and it has grown larger each year. This year, the published database for Rockaway, which includes photos as well as information on each of the registered sex offenders, has expanded past its traditional two pages. We hope that this is not a trend that will continue.

The cleanup at the MGP site on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 108 Street is moving into its final phase, officials say. The giant tent that keeps the pollutants trapped inside while excavation work goes on will be moved from position six to position seven at the end of this week and work digging piles into the site will begin shortly. The excavation of the contaminated dirt under position seven will begin on November 30 and should be completed in two weeks. Anybody with questions about the procedure is urged to call the hot-line set up by National Grid at 718-403-3400.

The family who owns the Arverne home where Brigitte Harris killed and mutilated her father wants every body to know that neither the house nor the family living there below Harris' apartment had anything to do with the killing. They say that people have thr eatened to burn the house down because of the crime, and walk by calling it the "evil house," and the "devil house." "We had nothing to do with it," a woman in the family told The Wave. "Why are people picking on us and blaming the house for the crime?"

Fourteen state legislators have been forced out of Albany because of misdeeds in the past decade. Four of those left between 1999 and 2004. The rest have committed their transgressions in the last three years, a growing trend that worries lawmakers and citizens alike. And, that number does not count those who are still in office but under investigation by various state and federal agencies. Perhaps some real ethics oversight is needed rather than the panel of political hacks that now is mandated to do that job.

Christ the King Regional High School in Brooklyn has an - nounced that it will honor all existing financial scholarship commitments of any Stella Maris students who decide to attend the school. The Sisters of St. Joseph announced recently that it will be closing Stella Maris at the end of this school year due to declining enrollment.

Director Brett Morgen lives with his wife in a house they recently built in Neponsit. The New York Times Mag - azine featured Morgen in its Novem - ber 15 issue, talking about the house and the community. Of the community, Morgen says, "I live on the beach in Rockaway, Queens. We built our house three years ago. I wanted to design a California beach house right here. I acknowledge that living here is not a conventional choice for a guy like me. We live in a community that is predominantly cops and firemen, and we love it. The kids go to the local public school." He does have one complaint. When asked the neighborhood negative, he answered, "The food. There's like three restaurants and they're all pizza." You have to wonder where he's been in his three years. We can count several good restaurants within ten minutes of Morgen's house. By the way, he is married to Debra Eisen - stadt, the daughter of Marvin and the late Barbara Eisenstadt, the owners of Sweet'N Low and long-time Rock away residents.

With Beach Channel High School being one of the few that received a D on their report card recently, it will probably not be long before the Department of Education de - cides to close it, rename it the Beach Channel Educational Com - plex, and put three or four small schools in the building. Then, the mayor can crow that he closed a "failing school" and also created several hundred new school seats.

The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Beach 116 Street, hosted by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce and Brown's Hardware, will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 4. The tree will be set up across from the firehouse. The Belle Harbor Steak House will offer hot chocolate and the RTC's Children's Workshop will perform.

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