Read All About It: Books And Blood
It was nice to see last week's Wave--- it was virtually a Kevin Boyle-free edition. (I'll see if I can make up for that now). Because people keep telling me they've tried to get copies of Braving The Waves but have had no luck, I figure I'll use this week's column to announce availability of said book while pointing you in the direction of a good cause. Have a drink, maybe sit for a nice dinner, at the Harbor Light on Newport and Beach 130 street. On your way out, please ask whatever friendly bartender is on duty if they've got one of those signed copies available for sale. Bernie Heeran, proprietor of the place and local hero, has generously offered to make the book available. So stop by.
Or, you could still visit The Wave office for a hot-off-the-press copy. The Wave houses the Rockaway Museum---one of the best kept secrets on the peninsula (pssst...school groups-plan a quick trip to the Wave and museum). Funny thing, for a Rockaway institution, the whereabouts of The Wave is a mystery to many. So here's the scoop. It's on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 88 street---right across from a shopping plaza. Big building---can't miss it. See Pottery by Susan in the front window before you enter. You might get a gift idea.
The Wave has always been modest about its contributions to the community. For all the knocks it gets---and it deserves some of 'em---I don't think anyone can say The Wave isn't generous. During the Leon Locke era, (and now the Susan Locke era), The Wave has supported countless teams, leagues, exhibits, parades, you name it. Rarely, rarely (if ever), have you seen The Wave taking bows---though they'd be right to do so. In the weeks before Christmas, The Wave sold Braving The Waves without realizing a penny of profit. Because the publisher Rising Star Press, offered to donate half of the cover price if proceeds were donated to a charity or non-profit, The Wave agreed to sell the book so that monies could be directed to The Graybeards. Thanks to The Wave, in large part, some good money went to the Graybeards. (And thanks to the people who made a point of driving down to The Wave for that purpose),
The Wave is still selling copies---and now for another good cause. Sales will now benefit the Rockaway Museum. So drive over, say hello, ask for a look at the museum and buy as many signed books as you like.
And say you're driving home, coming down Crossbay through Broad Channel, and you're feeling lucky that you somehow slipped by the speeding trap. Why not pull over and buy a copy (and a quart of milk) at the All-American Deli? Marty Feeney, trying to raise some $$$ dough for the Broad Channel Athletic Club, is selling the book out of that Broad Channel spot. Otherwise, if you know Marty---everyone in the Channel does---ask him to get you a copy. He'll deliver.
The Rockaway Chamber of Commerce is another place that'll find you a copy. Just give them a call at 634-1300. Proceeds from sales at the Chamber help the Rockaway Partnership, the group building a memorial for victims of 9-11.
And, I've said it before and I'll say it again: the people in the book are a lot more impressive than the guy on the cover. But if you insist you'd like a signed copy, I'm always happy to do so (just don't complain about my poor penmanship. Also, stay tuned. Maybe I'll ask the Harbor Light about making a table available one night---I'll sign books in between bites of the delicious chicken parm they serve).
If you want to get in touch with me, email's the best way. (So is stopping me on the street). If you've got the computer thing down, contact me at BravingTheWaves@aol.com. Thanks.
Boyle-ing Over: The Walter Blum Memorial Blood Drive is this Sunday, January 12 between 8:30 am and 2 pm in the St. Francis gym. If memory serves...Walter was a huge Giants fan. Well, thanks to last week's classic collapse, Giants fans won't have an excuse not to give blood. Giants fans have plenty of free time. And although you might feel like you gave blood last week watching that debacle---you didn't. So, come on, get down to the gym and help a great cause and help demonstrate once again how generous a neighborhood this is.
**Generous we are. Smart? Sometimes, I wonder. Is Rockaway the only place in the world that will soon boast a waterfront pharmacy? (Duane Read at Beach 116 Street). Other places have condos and restaurants, marinas and ferries, fishing docks and esplanades. We're getting a drugstore. I guess it'll be a nice addition to the flat fixing place a few blocks east (yes, we need such a place-especially with pock marked Cronston Avenue---but does it have to be waterfront?).
**To my fellow couch spuds: We've endured a very disappointing season of The Sopranos and the "West Wing" just ain't what it used to be -what to do? Well, "24" with Keifer Sutherland is good and though nobody's watching--"Boomtown" (Sunday night at the horrendous hour of 10 pm) is the best thing on TV.
**Ever get the feeling Mayor Bloomberg is just another Abe Beame? So what, he has a billion dollars---what's that do for the rest of us?.
**Calling all baseball players---Jimmy Roberts will be conducting another "power pitching" clinic at the Brooklyn Sports Club (from what I hear, a great facility at Starrett City) on January 25. Keep an eye on Wave advertisements and (hopefully) the sports section for more details.
**Is anybody keeping an eye on Gateway National? Seems awfully quiet lately---that's usually when they try to slip an impound lot on us.