2012-10-26 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Are Breezy Pointers Happy With New Gateway Administrators?

There have been a few changes since the new management took over Gateway National Park. The Surf Clubs are no longer run by Mr. Mulligan and Mr. Tom August, but that is in their jurisdiction. However, Roxbury, Rockaway Point and Breezy Point are not. On the peripheral, a parking lot, for instance, that was accessible to guests, friends or shoppers has been shut down by Gateway National Park officials forcing them to park at Ft. Tilden, a long distance away from the Breezy Point Gate. Why does the National Park object to this? I asked people around Kennedy’s bar and elsewhere for their opinion of Gateway?

Patrick and Mildred Duffy of Rockaway Point said they were disappointed. There was no parking during the Mardi Gras and, of course, the banning of parking for wounded warriors on their annual retreat to Rockaway Beach and Breezy Point. How could they do such a thing in the first place? Paul and Gale De Grazia claimed Gateway is Federal land and as taxpayers we should have FREE use of it as USA citizens. Leon Sullivan, Pete Webber of Doris Lane and 209th Street and Chris Reass would vote against shutting down the parking lot. Frank and Marie McGuire have five sons and nine grandchildren. Frank ran the Irish Festival and is a Giant Fan for 57 years. His wife, Maureen is the revered local artist and head of the Rosary Society. They recently became homeowners and members of the Cooperative. They said the Breezy Point Coop should handle Gateway complaints. Gladys Crowley agrees you do have to complain if you want changes, but she is not so sure it cures the problem. Our complaints sometimes fall on deaf ears. I say, “Shout louder.”

Gerard Casey’s (owner of Kennedy’s on the Bay restaurant) “Lady on the Run” slowed down a bit and only came in third in the last race. (You need a stud in heat to run behind her, Gerard!)

New Rules to Govern Fracking. The pressure to drill has fallen sharply along with gas prices, and in the face of inevitable litigation. A policy to regulate shale gas drilling amid unanswered health concerns will likely reopen the process to public hearings, essentially guaranteeing more momentum for the movement which has effectively stalled the industry’s advancement in the Empire State for more than four years. They will turn the review over to the Department of Health to address persistent questions about how shale gas development and high volume hydraulic fracking will affect public health in communities where it is allowed. No final decision will be issued until the completion of the review.

Hacking! Have you been hacked? I was hacked a few years ago and all my email contacts and friends were told I lost my wallet in London and to please send me $400. How many good friends do I have? I didn’t receive a penny to help me out. Regardless, if you want to put an end to hacking go to: www.fishing.net. They were at the Javit’s Center for the computer Tech show and invited attendees on the Destiny Yacht for a night on the Hudson. It was delightful with open bar and dancing.

Iceland held a tradeshow and presentation at the Explorer’s Club with salmon lunch deliciously catered by Alda Abbracciamento and her brother. Their mother, Frances Abbracciamento, owner with husband Frank of the famous Abriacciamento Restaurant, is from Breezy Point and will be 100 years old in a few more months. The family is planning a big blast to celebrate. Anyway, Iceland is a great place to vacation. It is New York’s October weather all year round. A little colder in winter. Many beautiful movies are made there (Batman and others) because of the landscape. They have festivals all year round, you can self drive and hike to visit farmlands and cottages; exquisite rock formations, waterfalls and more. Activities and day tours such as: whale watching, fishing, horseback riding, snorkeling, ice climbing, river rafting among others. Visit the Blue Lagoon and see the Northern Lights, view volcanos and glaciers. The cuisine is fabulous and fresh and healthy including fish caught that day, milk direct from the cows on the farm and the best chefs of the country. Iceland is only four hours away from New York City and a direct flight on Iceland Air. The people are warm and speak beautiful English. It is different, fun and exciting! Jun. 25 – Aug. 31, 8 days and 7 nights budget or comfort tours. Arr. in Keflavik, stop at the Blue Lagoon and drive to Reykjavik. This is with Iceland Tours. And…Away We Go!!!

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