2011-05-13 / Columnists


The trial of Derrick Redd, the Jamaica man who slaughtered Rockaway bank teller Naisha DeLain and her unborn baby in October of 2008, was hardly underway when Redd’s lawyer suffered an illness and had to withdraw from the case. Sources at the district attorney’s office say that a new attorney was appointed to him this week and that there was no indication when the trial would start anew. “We have to start all over again,” the DA’s spokesperson told The Wave.

The fire that struck Beach 116 Street early on the morning of May 2 was deadly for many of the animals and amphibians at the pet store on the south end of the block. Firefighters saved some of the pets, but many succumbed to smoke inhalation.

The Parks Department has refused to provide The Wave with any information on the bidders for the boardwalk food concession, a multi year contract that was given to the people who run the Rockaway Taco Shack during the summer months. We have to question why the city agency thinks that the names of those who responded to the RFP have to remain secret. We also have to question why no input was sought from Rockaway residents once the companies responded to the RFP. The process should have been open and transparent since the city agency’s decision will impact all the people who live on the peninsula.

Several candidates for the State Assembly seat that will become vacant next week when Audrey Pheffer becomes the new Queens County Clerk have begun to elbow each other for the Democratic Party nod. While the Republicans will probably choose its leader, Jane Deacy, and let it go at that, the Democrats are once again at each other’s throat. The four Democratic District Leaders that will get to nominate the party’s choice are Lew Simon, Frank Gulluscio, Jo Ann Shapiro and Geraldine Chapey. At least two of them – Simon and Shapiro – are announced candidates for Pheffer’s seat. They will vote for themselves. Simon told us he had Gulluscio’s vote, but Gulluscio laughed so hard he almost chocked when I asked him about it. Chances are, Shaprio will get his vote. Who Chapey will vote for is anybody’s guess, and she does not respond to our phone calls. Other Democratic candidates are Paul Schubert, a newcomer who probably has no chance, and J. Phillip Goldfedder, who is presently an aide to Senator Charles Schumer and therefore has lots of Democratic clout. In addition, he should be a favorite of the insular Jewish Orthodox community in the Far Rockaway portion of the Assembly District. It should make for an interesting election.

In last week’s article titled “Concession Questions” it states that Rockaway Taco owner David Selig is also the new operator of a soon to be opened Sayra’s Wine Bar located at 92-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. According to Selig, he is not involved in that business or any future plans associated with it.

The Supermarket News trade journal named the Stop and Shop Supermarket at Arverne By The Sea the nation’s “Supermarket of the Month” last month. In a long article, the magazine detailed the amenities at the new supermarket. At one point, the article had a chart that detailed the “Trade Area Statistics” and we found one of those statistics interesting if not unbelievable. According to the chart, there are 19,617 people who live within a mile of the new supermarket at Beach 73 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Of that number, the statistics show, six percent, or 1177 local residents are American Indian or Alaskan Eskimos. We have to go looking for the Eskimo village next week.

Right after the word that Osama bin Laden was reported dead, thousands of people responded to the story by going to Ground Zero in Manhattan. Among them were two Breezy Point men who had good reason to be there because their father, FDNY Lieutenant Kevin Dowdell, had been killed that day nearly 10 years ago when terrorists sent by bin Laden brought down the twin towers. Firefighter James Dowdell heard the news first and called his brother, Army Captain Patrick Dowdell, who just got back from the war zone. Patrick grabbed his bagpipes and the two headed for the only place they could be that night – the place their father died at the hands of the terrorist billionaire.

Ever since the story about the arrest of Goldie Maple Academy principal Angela Logan broke in the pages of The Wave last week, we have been getting calls from parents who just wanted to say how happy they are that Logan is gone from the troubled school. We have also been getting emails from the teachers who worked for Logan at JHS 198 and they are universally happy about her fate.

Speaking of interesting, if not unbelievable stories, the New York Times ran a long story on May 1 about a father and son who not only reside in the same upstate penitentiary, but are cellmates, as well. State prison officials say that it is highly unusual for a father and son to wind up sharing a cell for a long period of time, and the Peters duo have been together for more than ten years. Turns out that the father, Bernard Peters, was living in Far Rockaway when his son, Scott, was born and they lived here for a few years before moving upstate and finding their destiny. They were jailed for armed robbery and for shooting one of their victims in the leg. Officials say they will be together for a while more.

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Howie According to last

Howie According to last week's article, Logan was to appear in Hempstead court today (5/16). I look forward to reading your account of her well-deserved commupance. Brings schadenfreude to my front door. Mike Alpern

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