2010-04-23 / Columnists

Beachcomber

The beachfront is humming with activity now that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun its beach replenishment project in Rockaway. The sand will be pumped out of East Rockaway Inlet at the far eastern end of the peninsula and then transported by pipe to the area around Beach 90 Street, where it will be pumped up onto the beach. Officials say that this is admittedly a short-term solution and say that a study will be done to find a longterm solution to the beach erosion problem. Unfortunately for Rockaway, most of those long-term solutions are expensive and are not likely to be pursued given the financial times in which we find ourselves mired.

The New York Post recently conducted a survey to find out who New Yorkers believe is our best recent mayor. The question was, “Who do you think has been the best mayor in the last 30 years?” The poll found that Bloomberg leads the list with 38 percent, although 71 percent said that he should not run for president. Rudy Giuliani came in second with 31 percent, then Koch (15%) and David Dinkins (9%). Another 7 percent said that they were uncertain or did not care.

If you are an aviation enthusiast or just have a need for speed, get out to Jones Beach on Long Island during the Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30 for the annual air show starring the amazing antics of the Navy’s Blue Angels. The air show, which includes many aviation acts, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on each of those days, but come early because the parking lots fill up early in the morning.

Everything old is new again. In the May 12, 1990 edition of The Wave, a front page story spoke of the battle over where in Rockaway the Metro Marine Ferry service, which ran from Inwood in Nassau County (just over the city line) to midtown Manhattan, would make its stops. The ferry service eventually added Breezy Point to its run, making it the first commuter ferry to cover both ends of the peninsula. The high-speed catamaran made Manhattan stops at both Wall Street and East 34 Street in less than an hour from its start. It was highly-popular, but environmentalists argued that the boat’s high speed wake was destroying the bay’s bulkhead. The city made the boat slow down and the trip to Manhattan then became too long, taking more than an hour and a half. The service, which was not subsidized by the city, died of its own weight.

Police Officer Lisa Pues, the 100 Precinct Crime Prevention Officer, reminds west end residents that many programs are available, including a residential security survey, glass VIN etching for car windows, HEAT (Help End Auto Theft) and bicycle registration. Those interested in further information should call Pues at 718-318-4233.

Be careful when driving northbound over the Gil Hodges Marine Parkway Bridge on to Flatbush Avenue. The city has placed red light cameras in both directions on Flatbush and the entrance to Aviator Sports.

This weekend marks the annual Rockaway Rotary Ocean Run. Once again, the run will begin and end on the boardwalk at Beach 116 Street. The race will begin at 10 a.m., rain or shine, with a kids’ race preceding the main 5K event. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The UFT believes that School Chancellor Joel Klein is in contempt of court by moving ahead with placing a new school inside of Beach Channel High School despite the court’s ruling that the entire plan to phase-out the school and then close it was illegal because the DOE did not follow the law in doing so. Local sources tell us that an administrator from the new school has been surveying the building during the school day, telling students and teachers that this room and that would be part of the new school in September. In addition, students at the Channel View School for Research, which now shares the building with the high school, were told that they would be able to apply for the new school. Seems like the DOE is indeed moving ahead with its plans despite the court ruling.

The Alive Ministry in Far Rockaway is looking to lend helping hands to the community, according to its pastor. The ministry is looking for volunteers to work with non-profit organizations in such areas as computer expertise, construction, event planning, tutoring and the like. Those interested can contact the ministry at 718-471-4066.

The restaurant scorecard that The Wave ran in its last issue has sparked some interest. Beginning in July, every restaurant in New York City will have to post a large sign in its front window displaying its grade from the Department of Health. Officials say that the grading system will force restaurants to become more proactive in insuring a good grade because there are some who would not eat in a restaurant with a large C or D in its window. The scorecard showed that the great majority of Rockaway restaurants pass muster each year, but that a few need to change the way they do business. The failing score above 28 cannot be attained simply by having a few signs in the wrong place or a displaced apron. It is a sign that things are very wrong in the kitchen or food prep area.

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