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11 Things People Want To See Happen in Rockville Centre in 2014

Business, beautification, safety, and road repairs top readers' wishes for 2014.

(File photo)
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On Thursday we asked Rockville Centre Patch readers a simple question on Facebook: "What do you want to see happen in the Rockville Centre in 2014?"

Here's what you said:
  1. More parking.
  2. More farmers markets or small merchant possibilities.
  3. Like a sharpening service like was there in front of Dawson's on Wednesdays.
  4. Fix the road on Maple Ave!!
  5. Beautify the downtown area including streets, lights, storefronts.
  6. Fill all the empty storefronts! It's looking sad.
  7. Fix our street Locust Ave. and Maple Ave. finally.
  8. Get tough on crime. Let's see a police presence.
  9. Build a new hockey rink at Hickey field and name it after and dedicate it to Scott Durkin who helped run the hockey league there for years, keeping kids off the streets before smarts phones, and put something where the RKO Twin was, that's just depressing.
  10. Beautify downtown, add more bike racks, have a police presence in neighborhoods on weekend nights. I would love to see some health eateries as well.
  11. Fix the eye-sore/hazard park fence that has been falling over since Superstorm Sandy @ N. Forest & Sunrise Hwy.
What's on your 2014 wishlist for Rockville Centre? Post in the comment box below.
FedUpRealist January 13, 2014 at 08:51 AM
What would I like to see???...How 'bout town officials coming clean on their roles in covering up the multitude of VICIOUS assaults in town commited by some well connected white trash famiilies living among us???....
Will Munny January 13, 2014 at 09:55 AM
I would like to see people stop making crap up and presenting it as fact.
tgerrato January 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM
It should be made mandatory, all people who wish to post use their real names. Whatever your opinion, your name should be attached. I suspect that comments would be more civil and dialogue would be more productive. Tony Gerrato
joe thrapp January 13, 2014 at 08:38 PM
I would like to see our Village maintain Residential districts and not change them to business districts for the benefit of business development. This can only be done by ignoring the Villages Zoning master plan by employing spot zoning. The use of spot zoning to benefit the few at the expense of the majority is unfair and destroys the residential quality of our village. I believe Mayor Franny and company need to stop opening businesses that do not add any additional parking spaces . They need to solve the parking crisis before they allow this parking crisis continue. The failure of this administration to address this issue adds to the safety concerns of our residents. Tick Tock.
Will Munny January 14, 2014 at 07:51 AM
Parking has been an issue in RVC for as long as I can remember. Over the years I have heard my fellow residents discuss several possible solutions yet we still have a parking shortage. I've always been in favor of building a parking structure in the area behind Greek Town. Btw Joe,don't forget,your favorite village board member has been on the parking committee for a long time and I'm still waiting for some ideas from that man....tick tock
That RVC guy January 14, 2014 at 08:29 AM
I also seem to remember the Town paying ALOT of money to parking consultants a few years back; All that has changed that I can see is that now if I go to ACE Hardware for a five minute hardware run, I have to locate my spot number, walk 100 feet to my left or right to find a kiosk, whilst keeping one eye peeled for the ticket agents who silently roll up on your now unattended vehicle as you journey to the kiosk, I kid you not. The fact that the parking is diffficult I can understand; But dont hand some politically connected dimwit our money...to tell us we can gain five spots by repainting the lines closer.
joe thrapp January 14, 2014 at 08:33 AM
I think a rooftop parking structure is a great idea. It would be best placed between Morris and Park closer to the LIRR entrances. I to was on the parking committee and left . I realized it was a powerless place to make real suggestions for change. My friend Ed worked very hard to get some changes. Ed did get a free parking study completed with suggestions to redraw the parking field spaces yielding an extra 500 parking spaces. One of the other suggestions in the study was to remove physical obstructions from the fields. Nothing happened, same problem the Murray Mayoral leadership. I like it Tick Tock, time is running out for the second Murray administration. I am happy to say it will not last another 21 years.
gevans4 January 14, 2014 at 09:30 AM
The quality of the temporary pot-hole & street repairs on Maple Avenue is a disgrace. An explanation by the Mayor must be made
Will Munny January 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Our current Mayor may not be in office for 21 more years but unless something drastic happens I plan on voting for Murray again in 2015. Maybe you should run Joe? I'm sure you'd do we'll with all the brilliant ideas you always come up with lol. Even better,maybe your BFF Oppenheimer should run....if he's not too busy illegally detaining and searching little girls of course.
joe thrapp January 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Willie thanks for your endorsement. I'm glad you agree with several of my brilliant ideas. Anyway the trick or treater was trespassing on Covert school grounds. The stop was carried out by an RVC auxiliary policeman. Anyway nothing ever happened with that. It sort of dropped by the wayside when reasonable people compared the facts from the innuendo's. Willie you shouldn't accuse people of illegal activity when there is no reason for such mean spirited behavior.
Will Munny January 14, 2014 at 12:50 PM
The stop was not done by the auxiliary policeman. Ed was riding around in the auxiliary car and HE stopped the girls. It is not within the authority of a village trustee to stop and search "trespassers" on school grounds.
Will Munny January 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM
But whatever,I understand that you will believe whatever your BFF tells you.
FedUpRealist January 14, 2014 at 01:11 PM
It's too bad all who opine here aren't required to disclose who their 'friends' are and what their political connections and agenda's are...Although it's usually kinda obvious, it would 'clue-in' the uninformed voter as to where a person's motivation comes from...
Kelly Roberti January 14, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Crosswalks along Park Ave. that make drivers yield to pedestrians. Also at the end of Maple Ave., (AFTER the road is re-paved) have a "Don't block the side road" on Long Beach Rd. so people can turn left onto Long Beach Rd. from Maple Ave. while people on Long Beach Rd. Are waiting on the light at Sunrise Hwy.. Also a blinking light or re-painting the yield in the street on Long Beach Rd. where it splits between Long Beach Rd. & Oceanside Rd..
joe thrapp January 14, 2014 at 03:51 PM
Willie, oh Willie if what you say is true, then why didn't the village get sued and why did the child's parents drop their protest. Maybe it was the police man and not the trustee who was responsible for executing his patrol responsibility that cold and frightful Halloween night long ago. Anyway my BFF is a Concerned Citizen Village Trustee and I am a member of the RVC Residents Voice Party. We have our differences but we can put them aside to work for a better village. Trustee Oppenheimer is the only Trustee who reaches out to the other local parties and tries to work for the benefit of all the residents. Maybe Mayor Franny and his gang of 3 could reach out to other local parties and include Mr. Oppenheimer for the betterment of our village instead of axing everyone on the Village Boards who are not one of his old Home Rule Cronies. Willie I liked it better when you agreed with my suggestions for improving the Village. Please lets not waste time rehashing the past. I forgot to say Happy 2014, Willie!!
FedUpRealist January 14, 2014 at 04:21 PM
Hey Joe....Congrats to you - the first to (kinda) disclose your 'affiliation' and agenda...Now people will understand/know where you are coming from...
Kris Tenn January 14, 2014 at 08:11 PM
Paint the water towers. They look like something straight out of compton
Andrew P. Karamouzis January 14, 2014 at 11:35 PM
Joe- I am offended by your comments and your blind defense of Ed Oppenheimer. You obviously don't know the facts. I am the parent of one the children who was harassed by Ed Oppenheimer. First, they were on school property and not on Village Property. Second, they were not trespassing, Third, they were not bothering anyone - they were minding their own business. Fourth, Ed Oppenheimer bullied the Auxiliary Police Chief into allowing him to go on a "ride along" on Halloween night despite the fact that he has no law enforcement training and should not have been in that police car in the first place. Fifth, Oppenheimer, pretending to be a police officer, harassed these kids and engaged in illegal search and seizure and violated their constitutional rights as well as a few other laws. By the way, all the kids were respectful and complied with everything that was asked of them although he was dead wrong and was violating their rights. In short, Ed was nothing more than a bully. If I or any if the other parents had wanted to sue Oppenheimer and the Village, we could have easily done so and would have prevailed (at the expense of our fellow Village taxpayers). But instead, all that we asked for was a simple apology to the kids - Oppenheimer flatly refused, which only further reinforced his true character or lack thereof. Rather than drag the kids through the ringer and have to deal with loud mouth, bully Oppenheimer, we decided to take the high road and let the matter drop. Those are the facts.
That RVC guy January 15, 2014 at 12:10 AM
Kriss Tenn..do you like Gladiator movies? -
joe thrapp January 15, 2014 at 12:29 AM
Andy, like everybody else including you and I, who were not there at the time of the incident on that Halloween night on the Covert school grounds. I only believe anything said by the people who were there. Anyone else s story is open to interpretation and discussion. I know you and Ed and I have the highest respect for both of you. I still do not believe that Ed touched any of the children or assaulted then at the Covert School that night because that would be a crime. I would have expected the Auxiliary Policeman that was there would have reported any criminal activity to the police. Unlike you I am not a lawyer and if I understood my civics lessons, then the Constitutional guarantee for unlawful search and seizures are extended to adults and not necessarily extend to children. Anyway I never heard anything about the auxiliary policeman or Ed confiscating anybody's trick or treat bag. On a personal level if you as a father of one of the children believe they were harmed and it did not warrant a suit against the village. Then I believe you are well within the boundaries of asking for an apology. In the area of fairness, if Ed believed he didn't do anything then he did not need to apologize. I respect his right not to give one. Andy, you put me in an awkward position of speaking out on behalf of Ed. I would never expect to hear you say that anyone was a loud mouth bully who lacks character because he does not agree with you. My only intention of blogging here was to talk about what improvements I would like to see in our village. I only wish I was smart enough not to answer Willies blind attack on Ed. I am sad that you are offended by what I have written here.
Kris Tenn January 15, 2014 at 07:36 AM
That RVC guy is a tool
Will Munny January 15, 2014 at 07:50 AM
Well said Andy! Thank you for setting Joe Bush...oops,I mean Joe Thrapp straight.

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