2013-01-18 / Columnists


Have any video or still photos of the Storm? (not the aftermath). Various filmmakers will be looking for material as they cobble together documentaries. Video is actually in short supply because it was dark at the height of the storm and many people were looking to stay alive rather than record video and the weather kept news teams away. If you’ve got something, send a note to editor@rockawave.com and if you wish, we’ll let the filmmakers know.

In last week’s Beachcomber we mentioned that we’d like to consider some new columns for the paper and we got a bunch of proposals so we should have a new line-up soon. We’re hoping someone from Breezy Point will offer a column idea and we’d like to see some sort of Arts/Music/Enter-tainment column that covers local events and appearances – and even better if they can also tell us if our locals appear off the peninsula. Maybe a Rockaway version of something that would appear in Time Out New York. We’ve got bands, stand-ups, and traveling artists who leave the peninsula to ply their trades– we need someone who can track them and keep us posted. Culture vultures and lounge lizards who can write a little should get in touch. Milan Taylor who heads up the impressive Rockaway Youth Task Force (RYTF) was an honoree at the annual BET Honors in Washington DC. The local hero shared a dinner table with Eric Holder, Chaka Khan, Lisa Leslie and TD Jakes.

Maybe it’s time for a change. At least week’s Community Board meeting one board member suggested the public speaking segment be cut short (members of the public who sign up ahead of time get 3 minutes to speak). The suggestion was not well received by the overflow crowd. If you’re on the community board and you don’t have time to listen to community members maybe you shouldn’t be on the community board.

Calling all hipsters. Calling all cinephiles. Robert Redford is eyeing Brooklyn for an east coast version of Sundance, the independent film festival he runs in Utah. Of course, he or Robert De Niro who runs the Tribeca Film Festival might consider showing a few flicks in Rockaway. Seems it’s only a matter of time before someone launches a spring or summer film festival in Rockaway. Who doesn’t love irony? We have no movie theaters but we should have a film festival! There are lots of empty lofts and spaces that could put up screens. Rockafilm – we can see it now: the festival that launches (or closes) the summer season. Sounds like an idea.

Belle Harbor won’t be the same until St. Francis deSales, in many ways the de facto center of the neighborhood, re-opens. Although slammed by the Storm, the facility became a crucial relief center. Great neighborhoods need great schools. Belle Harbor will become a great neighborhood again— but not until the school opens. Which will be -- --we just heard-- Tuesday, January 22nd.

Want an example of Rockaway optimism? Robert Kaskel of Thai Rock had his bay front restaurant completely destroyed by the Storm. Instead of packing up and calling it quits he bought the entire building and will reopen Thai Rock in May.

Scott Stringer, Borough Prez of Manhattan who’s running for Comptroller, says he reads the Wave. We know he’s been down here a few times since the Storm but we wonder if he really reads us. Next time you see him, quiz him about what’s inside the paper.

If you want to keep informed about Breezy Point – especially during these crazy times – check out The Pointer – the Rockaway Point News that’s been publishing since 1925. Go to RPONLINENEWS. com It’s just a great source of news and commentary.

Another sign that Rockaway is rebounding: The Wave is selling out at more and more stores throughout the peninsula and Broad Channel. That means more businesses are opening and more people are around to buy the paper. Unfortunately, we still have no idea when we’ll be able to resume mailing the paper.

To The Far Rockaway Whistleblower thank you for your letter and interesting allegations. We encourage you to contact the State’s Attorney General.

A ferry good deal. Two bucks. And fresh air. What more could you ask? You can take the ferry from Beach 108th Street to lower Manhattan and/or East 34th in midtown for two dollars. It’s a quick trip and parking across the street from the ferry launch is free. We know Rockaway has lousy transportation – but this is a dream. Go to Seastreakusa.com for scheduling info. Friends of Rockaway (Friendsofrockaway.org) is partnering with New York Cares to help home owners in 11694 with assessments, moisture testing, gutting and muck out and free mold removal. The help is FREE. Check out their website for details or call 347-306-9160.

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