2013-01-04 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Some Beachcomber items listed here ran online at rockawave.com last week but not in the paper. Just in case you missed them we’re rerunning a few.

The East River Ferry proved so popular that a long-term operator is being sought according to the Mayor’s office. It was originally just part of a pilot program. Let’s hope the same thing occurs with ferry service now running in Rockaway. As a reminder, ferry service is now operating from Beach 108th street. There’s even free parking. Rockaway commuters take advantage! See Seastreakuse.com for details.

We hope to do a story in coming weeks about all the people and groups who delivered news and information that proved really useful during the weeks following the storm. You might google some of these: Bob Hardt NY1 blog, the Rockaway Emergency Plan (aka Rockaway Help); Rockaway Wish; Rockawayist; W12thrd blogspot; and RockawayVivian; and we’re still finding more all the time.

The Graybeards have raised more than $475,000 online for hurricane relief. 100% of the money raised will go to the community. The success of the online fundraising effort is in no small part due to two Catholic University students, Nick Compagnone of Belle Harbor, and Matthew Petronis of Breezy Point. Their social media skills really helped give the Graybeards a boost.

Howie Schwach, long time editor of The Wave, has moved on and is taking over as Managing Editor of Richner Publications in Nassau County. We know he’ll do a great job there.

Subscriptions to the Wave will resume as soon as possible. There are post office and data base challenges but we’re working on it. If you have a subscription it will be extended to the amount of weeks we don’t mail. In the meantime, please check out rockawave.com

The Post Office sent us a press release about opening the Rockaway Beach branch last Friday. It didn’t seem like the kind of news that needed a fact checker. Well, we were quite disgruntled to learn the Post Office release was a complete misfire and should’ve ended up in the dead letter pile. They meant East Rockaway (although the press release had the Rockaway Beach address). The Rockaway Beach PO remains closed.

The state's Board for Historic Preservation designated the Far Rockaway Beach Bungalow Historic District one of 25 nominees to be in the New York and national registers of historic places, calling it one of “the last remaining intact community of the seasonal beach bungalow architecture that once dominated the oceanfront of Far Rockaway.” And the bungalow community, we might add, did relatively well in the storm.

Looks like The Fecund Clown, a mysterious artist studio (and favorite of hipster photographers) on Rockaway Beach boulevard is no more. A “for rent” sign was spotted on the storefront. We hope the artist returns and puzzles us again.

Nasiyah Colwell, born to Illuscious Meyers, is the first Rockaway baby of the New Year. Weighing in at 7 lb. 11 oz., Nasihay entered this world at St. John’s Hospital at 2:11 am on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013.

Community Board 14 is meeting at 7:15, January 8th at the Knights of Columbus at 333 Beach 90th. The main topic will be the future of the parks and boardwalk. If you wish to speak during the Public Speaking segment, sign in before the meeting starts.

There was a story in the New York Post this week about a Rockaway landlord who has to pay for a water main break caused by heavy machinery on streets following Sandy. He wasn’t the first and won’t be the last. It’s another potential headache for all homeowners in the coming months.

Here’s hoping the burned out buildings on the Boulevard are cleared asap. The rubble is a dangerous eyesore and sends a signal that the Dirty Boulevard will stay that way.

This infamous do-nothing Congress allowed the current term to expire without holding a vote on aid for Sandy victims. Without the needed funds rebuilding will stall. Lawmakers on both sides from New York ripped the House leadership.

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