2010-06-04 / Editorial/Opinion

Summer’s Opening Salvo Brings Joy, Tears

They say that spring brings renewal. For Rockaway, the beginning of the summer season this year showed several faces, including the good, the bad and the downright ugly. First, the good. For the first time in many years, both the Broad Channel and Rockaway Memorial Day Parades drew lots of young marchers. More than 100 youngsters from the Rockaway Little League and their parents joined the parade, wearing jaunty red, white and blue baseball caps. Their presence seemed to quicken the step of the older veterans who traditionally take part in the parade. Many locals took part in the traditional Memorial Day festivities, cooking outdoors, going to the beach and visiting Fleet Week in Manhattan. There was even a beach bonfire at Riis Park and an ecology cruise for those who like the outdoors. Others took to the road to see the exciting Blue Angels high-performance jets joust in the sky. Still others sat in air-conditioned happiness, watching the war movie marathons on several cable channels. The Rockaway Theatre Company opened with its new production of “Cactus Flower,” drawing many locals, and the Sebago Canoe Club in Brooklyn held an open house that drew many Rockaway residents for a day of canoeing and kayaking. It was a great summer weekend. Of course, Rockaway is a peninsula of beaches that draw thousands of outsiders each summer weekend. This one was no different, except that the violence on the beaches centering between Beach 90 Street and Beach 116 Street seemed darker than usual, with more than a dozen fights and assaults and a subway stabbing. All in all, it was a Rockaway weekend, and we hope we can see less of the bad and more of the good as the summer progresses.

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