2011-01-14 / Columnists

Beachcomber

It’s almost parade time once again, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee will announce its honorees at the annual Hearts and Shamrocks Dance at Springman Hall on January 22. The parade will step off on March 5. The parade route will be shorter this year due to new NYPD regulations. Parade president Michael Benn says that no decision has yet been made on where the parade will end under the new regulations. Watch The Wave for further details. The highly-popular Harry G Doo Wop fundraising concert is back at Beach Channel High School once again after a year’s absence in Rockaway due to the reconstruction of the school’s auditorium. This year’s show will take place on March 26 at 6 p.m. The headliner for the show will be Rockaway resident and fan-favorite, Kenny Vance and the Planotones, who made the hit single, “Looking for an Echo.” Also on the bill are Tony Lee, Vito & the Salutations (“Gloria”), Fireflies (“You Were Mine”), Quotations (“Imagination”) and Joey and the Paradons. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Memorial Scholarship Fund. The eleventh annual Take the Plunge for Cystic Fibrosis will take place on February 5 this year. Once again, registration and the after plunge party will take place at Springman Hall at St. Camillus. Registration will take place at 1 p.m. The plunge will take place at 2 p.m. and the after-party will begin at 2:01 p.m., event coordinators say. Experts at Accuweather say this could be the coldest January on record since 1985. More waves of Arctic air will hit the nation, the experts say, and bring frigid weather from coast to coast for the rest of the month. Rockaway native Nancy Lieberman, arguably the best woman basketball player in the nation’s history, has just reached another milestone. She has become the first woman to coach in the NBA’s development league, taking the reins of the Texas Legends. Lieberman, who learned the game on the playgrounds of Rockaway, particularly at PS 104 in Bayswater and the courts on Beach 108 Street, at 18-years-of-age became the youngest player in Olympic history to win a medal when the U.S. Olympic team won a silver medal in basketball. The researcher who sparked a scare over a supposed link between vaccines and autism doctored information about the children involved in the now-discredited study, a new report says. The researcher reportedly covered up the fact that some of the kids had developmental problems before they were immunized. In addition, a new report in a top British medical journal says, nearly all of the cases cited in the original study were misrepresented compared with medical records and family recollections. Medical officials say that they hope the report will put an end to the speculation about the supposed link and will draw parents to start vaccinating their children against mumps, measles and rubella. Congressman Anthony Weiner says that the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives already has New York City in the crosshairs. “Buried in the rules written by the GOP majority is a change that is opposed by the city and state transportation departments which would cause significant damage to the city,” Weiner says, adding that New Yorkers have already paid money at the gas pump that is guaranteed to be used for transit, subways and roads, but that the new GOP rule would put that money on the chopping block. Sanitation recently told reporters that the snow dumped by the after- Christmas blizzard wasn’t plowed quickly because the department is short 400 workers from two years ago and that the equipment they had to use was old and badly-maintained. They deny that there was some sort of slowdown aimed at the mayor and his administration. They added that there were no tow trucks available to pull out stranded cars and trucks until two days after the snow ended. Under the category of the end of an era, the last company processing the once-highly-popular Kodachrome film closed on January 1. The processing lab, located in Parsons, Kansas, was the last hope for the few still using the first successful color film ever made. Officials say that in the lab’s final days, thousands of rolls of film were sent by messenger or brought to the lab for processing before the ability to develop the film was gone forever. A committee of scientists has made a report to the state legislature on the rising level of the ocean and it might well have an impact on Rockaway. The report says that the ocean is rising at an increasing rate and it recommends that development on the barrier beaches be curtailed and that the barrier beaches be used primarily to protect the bays and landforms behind them. While the report does not predict the imminent demise of barrier beaches it does predict that they will lose sand in the next few decades. Those seniors who find themselves in the Medicare “Donut Hole” each year should get some relief this year from the Obama health care reform act. Last year, those in the donut hole got a $250 check from Uncle Sam. This year, the new law will mandate that the government pick up 50 percent of the costs of prescriptions for those in the hole.

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