2010-08-13 / Columnists

Beachcomber

When Alex (A-Rod) Rodriquez hit his 600th home run on August 4, he joined an elite club that includes Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey Jr. (630) and Sammy Sosa (609). Rodriquez hit the homer a week after his 35th birthday, becoming the youngest player in baseball history to break the 600 barrier. At the rate he is going, if he stays healthy, experts expect him to break Bonds’ record sometime during the 2014 season.

The producers of the film, “The Bungalows of Rockaway,” got lots of applause when they showed their finished movie at the Museum of the City of New York two weeks ago. On the other hand, officials of the Breezy Point cooperative got lots of jeers because they would not grant access to the filmmakers to count the number of summer bungalows still standing in that gated community. One of the producers, Jennifer Callahan told a Wave reporter that she is still trying, but the management company won’t let them in.

Water taken recently from the ocean off Beach 80 Street to Beach 116 Street and tested by the state showed that the water exceeded the state’s daily maximum bacterial standards by nine percent, according to officials. The other Rockaway beaches fared much better. Those beaches were not closed by the state, however, because they were not considered a danger to health.

Residents of the Surfside housing complex on Shore Front Parkway between Beach 105 and Beach 108 Streets are arguing for better security and cameras in both the parking lots and buildings. One resident of the three-building complex says that all four tires on his car were slashed on July 30 and that other vandalism has taken place in the complex as well. “The security guards are asleep and there is no protection for either us or our property,” the tenant said.

Video coverage of Congressman Anthony Weiner on the floor of the House of Representatives excoriating the Republicans for voting down a bill that would have provided money for workers who got sick at Ground Zero and shouting down Long Island Representative Peter King has gone viral. You can see it almost everywhere and so far, Weiner has received high marks from everybody but Re-publicans and the New York Post.

In last week’s paper, we wrote that Aleksander Powietrzynski was running for the State Assembly in the 23rd Assembly District, because the Board of Elections said he was running in that district. Turns out, however, that the Board of Elections was in error. He is running in the 28th Assembly district. The police officers assigned to Transit District 23 on Beach 116 Street are trying to fundraise for a plaque in memory of PO Nick Scalzo, who recently died of stomach cancer. To do that, they are selling T-shirts, which can be purchased at the front desk of the transit district, inside the Beach 116 Street subway station.

One more reason to mistrust the information you might find in a blog. Recently, HobokenPatch posted a piece on the internet about her time growing up in New York City in the 70s and 80s and travelling to Rockaway Beach. She says that she has been to “four beaches along Far Rockaway: Jones Beach, Coney Island, Breezy Point and Jacob Riis Park.” She points out that you can take the subway to those beaches. We guess that, when it comes to blogs, it’s buyer beware.

Time Out New York recently did an issue about the best summer places in Queens. Rockaway, of course, was represented not by its beaches or its west end artists’ colony, but for its tacos. Once again, Rockaway Taco on Beach 96 Street was touted as the place to find “the best fish taco,” in New York City. That might be true, but it’s hard for a community to be defined by its taco shack.

The city has recently formed a Rockaway Task force to discuss “the forgotten and overlooked needs of the community.” Each of our two City Council members was asked to submit four people to sit on the important task force, headed by a mayoral appointee. James Sanders started off by nominating his wife, Andrea Sanders to the committee. He says that she heads something called “The Victorious Women’s Organization,” which we have never heard of. Then, he nominated Charles Jacobs, who is the president of one of the homeowners associations at Arverne By The Sea, and who, by our reckoning, does not even live in his district. Then, comes Ed Williams, the head of the local NAACP, who may well be part of the problem and not part of the solution. His other nominee was a leader of the Orthodox community in West Lawrence – Sender Schwartz. Councilman Ulrich nominated Karen Sloan-Payne, an activist at Dayton Towers, Steven Greenberg, former school board president and Breezy Point activist, John Lepore, the president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce and Dan Mundy, the noted Broad Channel environmentalist. Who chose well, and who chose poorly. We’ll leave that decision up to you.

The fireworks set for Beach 116 Street and the National Night Out Against Crime last week were truncated by the wind, which whipped the fireworks back towards the shopping street and caused the fire department to shut down the exercise.

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