2010-02-05 / Columnists

Beachcomber

The new Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan movie “Cop Out” will open on February 26. Portions of the movie were shot in Rockaway, particularly along Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the Freeway from Beach 35 to Beach 73 Streets. You might remember that the stretch of road was closed to traffic (and sightseers) for about two weeks early last summer.

State Senator Malcolm Smith, who represents Rockaway in the Senate, issued a statement last week stating that he is “extremely disappointed at the closing of the three schools in the Borough of Queens.” In the next breath, however, he adds, “I also look forward to having new schools open to replace the ones that closed.” Insiders are laying odds that one of those new schools inside Beach Channel High School will be a high school charter school backed by Smith, who already hosts the Peninsula Preparatory School, an elementary school that operates out of a series of trailers in Arverne By The Sea.

A Queens family court judge has tossed charges of attempted abortion against a 15-year-old Rockaway boy accused of kicking his pregnant mother in the stomach, aborting her eight-month-old fetus. The judge said that the neighbor’s testimony and the 911 tapes were not sufficient evidence to support the rarely-used criminal charge. The mother refused to sign a criminal complaint or testify against her son.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that the city is running out of money and that he needs to cut a few thousand city jobs as well as keep employee salaries low to bring the budget back into balance. At the same time, however, he has found high-paying administrative jobs for 15 members of his re-election campaign staff. In addition, seven of his former staffers who left the city payroll to work on his campaign have returned to their highpaying jobs. All together, the new hires and returnees will cost the city about $2.5 million yearly.

When Fatima Reynolds of Rockaway Beach got angry at her boyfriend for some unspecified act, she took it out on his clothing. When the boyfriend got home, he found a pile of 25 of his best shirts on the floor, stained by a bottle of bleach. Reynolds was arrested and charged with criminal mischief. She was released on her own recognizance, and has to go back to court early next month.

Gary Toms, who was once an assistant editor and columnist at The Wave, has launched a new internet talk show called, “Form the GMan,” the same name as his highly popular Wave column. Toms says that the talk show is an extension of his news and media blog and that he is hoping his Rockaway fan base will play a role in making it a web hit. “Even though I left The Wave and Rockaway ten years ago, I still love the community and all my G-Man fans,” he said. If they embrace the show the way they embrace me every time I come to Rockaway, the show is destined to become a huge success.”

Residents of the bay block of Beach 130 Street say that there is a dangerous con-dition caused by a one-way only sign that is hidden from direct view by a curve in the road between Beach 130 and Beach 131 Street. That causes some unknowing drivers on Beach Channel Drive to mistake the street for a two-way street or a one-way in the other di-rection. They are hoping that the city’s department of transportation will do something to remediate the problem.

Congressman Anthony Weiner told The Wave last week that one of the better reasons for the Congress to approve the House version of the health care reform bill is that it closes the dreaded donut hole. For those of you who don’t know about the donut hole, it involves Part D Medicare coverage. When the recipient uses a specific amount of drug coverage (about $2,700 a year), then the government stops paying for their drugs until they pay a couple of thousand dollars out of pocket. The House bill would do away with about 50 percent of that out of pocket expenditure. Weiner added that the House cannot just adopt the Senate version and then fix it latter, because the chances that the bill would be fixed are small.

Deputy Inspector Thomas Barrett, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park, is asking all residents in the precinct to be careful about how they leave their automobiles at night. He told us that there has been an increase in larcenies from vehicles in the past two months, mostly from parked cars in the overnight period. He offers the following tips: Lock all doors; park in well-lit areas; remove personal belongings such as GPS systems, handbags, wallets, I-Pods and laptop computers, Those who want to further safeguard their electronic devices can contact Police Officer Dennis Darcy at 718- 318-4200 to enter the items in the Com-bat Auto Theft (CAT) Program. Barrett has also warned those who attend the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day (on March 6 this year) that public drinking of alcohol is prohibited before, during and after the parade. He says that anybody drinking on the street can be ticketed, arrested and the alcohol will be confiscated. He added that his cops will be targeting underage drinking this year.

If you use the Municipal Parking Lot on Beach 116 Street, be aware that you have to put the parking receipt from the Muni-meter in your driver’s side front window.

Chief Thomas Dale, who ran the NYPD’s Patrol Borough Queens South Command for the past several years, has been promoted and will not head the police department’s Personnel Division. His former command covered eight precincts in Queens, including the 100 and the 101 Precincts. Moving to take over the PBQS command is James Secreto, who formerly was the commanding officer of the department’s School Safety Division, where he served for three years. Chief Dale will be missed, and we want to welcome Chief Secreto to his new post.

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