2010-10-15 / Editorial/Opinion

An Indication Of Good Things To Come

Last week was a good week for Rockaway, an indication that better things might be coming for the peninsula and that some important promises have been kept. The major event came last Tuesday, when more than 500 residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel showed up at the Cross Bay Bridge to prove to the MTA and our elected officials that we are angry, and we’re not going easy into that dark night. They carried signs, they chanted and they walked into the dark night to cross the bridge that links two parts of the same community and is most likely the only toll bridge in the nation that does so. While MTA officials will most likely not listen to their chants and state legislators will most likely not fund the money necessary to reinstate the toll rebate program, those who showed up showed that they care and that they are angry enough to take the only action permissible in a democracy to petition the government for a redress of a harm. There were other good signs as well. Stop & Shop announced that its new supermarket would open on October 22 at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 73 Street. That is the first tangible infrastructure benefit that Arverne by the Sea has been able to provide, after promises of new roads, a school, a supermarket, new stores and a YMCA. Now, we have the supermarket and the YMCA has received the blessing of the mayor and can start construction in earnest before the snow flies. In addition, construction work has begun on the Transit Plaza and on a new stretch of Rockaway Beach Boulevard as well. All in all, despite dropping school scores and the continuing lack of new jobs and economic growth, last week can be put on the plus side. It’s nice when that happens, and we need more of the same.

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