2010-09-03 / Columnists


In last week’s “What’s Happening” notes we said that the “Bungalows of Rockaway” screening was sponsored by the Rockaway Artists Alliance when, in fact, it was sponsored by the Rockaway Music and Art Council (RMAC). We apologize for the error and hope that nobody suffered embarrassment because of the error. By the way, the “Bungalows of Rockaway will be shown on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) twice in September. It will air on Channel 13 on Thursday, September 16 at 8 p.m. and again, on Channel 21, on Wed-nesday, September 22 at 7 p.m. It’s a must-see for anybody who has been around Rockaway for a long time or who remembers that era in Rockaway.

For those who enjoy bayside dining, the newly-renovated Bungalow Bar, tucked behind McDonald’s on Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive is the place to go. Once called “Pier 92,” the new eatery has a new menu and sterling service. Fare ranges from the traditional pub food to dinners that would do a Manhattan restaurant proud. And, everything is expertly prepared. Add to that the best sunsets in the nation, and you have a package that can’t be beat.

When a Hockey coach says that his player can “mix it up,” it usually means that the player is the team’s enforcer and one of the more popular players on the team. The New York Aviators, who play at the Aviator Sports Complex at Floyd Bennett Field have picked up Chris Bain, who played in the Canadian Junior League and who had 263 penalty minutes in 55 games last season with the Central Hockey League. The team begins play in November in a new league – the Federal Hockey League, which has teams in Connecticut, Canada and upstate New York.

The Broad Channel Athletic League “Oldtimers” will play a game during the community’s Mardi Gras. The game, with players who were in the league in the late 70s and early 80’s will play at the memorial field at 6:30 p.m. on September 3. Those who remember those “good old days” should attend.

So. Here’s the deal. The state says that if you buy a bagel and take it home, you don’t have to pay any state tax. If the bagel shop cuts the bagel for you, whether or not they put anything on it, you have to pay the tax. If you eat the bagel in the store, even if it is not cut, then you have to pay the state tax. State officials have been cracking down on bagel purveyors hitting one Long Island bagel store with a bill for thousands of dollars in tax due. “The State Department of Taxation and Finance considers sliced bagels – even sans cream cheese as prepared food, and therefore taxable,” one state spokesperson said.

Accuweather says that this year’s hurricane season will last well into November, and perhaps to December 1, with 18 to 21 named storms. “We are on the verge of a long and active season,” said Joe Bastardi, the company’s chief hurricane expert. Instead of predicting snow for Thanksgiving, we might be predicting a large hurricane, he said.

On October 23, former Far Rockaway High School students from all over the nation will gather at the International Holiday Inn Hotel at John F. Kennedy Airport to celebrate the 40th reunion of the class of 1970. Also invited will be graduates from the classes of ’69 and ’71. There will be a gathering of the group on Friday night as well in preparation for the Saturday night gala. Those interested can contact Ken Rappaport at 516- 816-3045.

One of the largest envelope manufacturing companies in the world has folded its business and will soon fade into history. National Envelope in Uniondale, New York has filed for bankruptcy, blaming the proliferation of email for the company’s plight. “High speed internet has had a great impact in the industry,” a spokesperson said. “We don’t write letters to each other any more, and invoicing and banking are going online as well.”

In a time of economic desperation, where teachers are being laid off and firehouses face closings, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall wants to spend $85,000 on a personal photographer who will document her every public uttering. The money will be paid out of Marshall’s discretionary fund. The photographer has made $50,000 in each of the last two years snapping Marshall’s photo.

State Senator Malcolm Smith, who represents Rockaway in the state body, is the founder of two charter schools – the Peninsula Preparatory Academy in Rockaway and the Merrick Academy in Jamaica. Eleven teachers at the Merrick Academy asked for union representation from the UFT. They were fired last month in retaliation for asking for union representation. A state court ruling has put a hold on the firings and the state’s Labor Relations Board found evidence of “improper practices” at the school. The staff members will keep their jobs until the question is resolved, but so far, Smith has been mum. You would think that he would be in favor of upholding the law, but that is not what many of our local politicians stand for.

The union that represents MTA workers has found a unique way of tweaking the agency’s CEO, ex- Rockaway resident Jay Walder. It has printed bogus postcards, showing Walder at his villa in the south of France. “I’ll be back in plenty of time to push through those fare hikes,” the back of the postcard says. Walder reportedly did not think the postcards were very funny.

Dr. Harold Paez, who is running against Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer in the November election, was recently endorsed by the National Republican Hispanic Assembly (RNHC), the nation’s leading Republican Hispanic association.

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