Businesses open: The beautiful new Belle Harbor Chemists building and store has opened up on Beach 129th. Some great vintage murals adorn the walls. Sun Cycle Studios is open, too. You can spin away the winter doldrums on Beach 116th street.
Paul Lurrie took that great photo of the Walk a Mile event on the cover of last week’s Wave. We gave him photo credit online but not in the printed edition. As for the rest of you photographers (defined as someone who took a good picture!) we’re happy to consider your Rockaway photos, too.
We met someone, a native New Yorker who was living in New Orleans when Katrina struck. She and her family moved back here…to Rockaway…and were here for Sandy.
Love hearing about loyal Wave readers. Happy to have Beverly Bobo by way of Seattle and Mary Armstrong celebrating her ninth year here via Brooklyn.
There will be a combined meeting for members of St. Camillus and Sea Breeze Golden Age Clubs on Friday, February 1st at 1 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street.
We continue to hear of locals who were heroes to neighbors when the storm hit. A big salute to Tommy Woods, P.J. Mullen, Tom Buelle, Rob Rochelle, Steve and Ryan McDade, and Joe Napoli. We’ll give a shout out to others as we become aware.
Dan Guarino has a double life. Besides reporting for The Wave and running the Writer’s Group of the RAA, he occasionally takes a stab at stand up. Take a look at him on youtube. Share your heckles with The Wave.
Fundraising ideas since the storm have been inventive and numerous. A brewery has created a beer called “F.U. Sandy.” Money made from sales of the brew will go to victims in New Jersey. Hmmm….kinda sounds like what The City has been saying to Rockaway for decades.
We won’t say if Stop N Shop offers bargains or not but we can say that the prices in their two stores Arverne and Burnside Avenue are the same. Some people had complained to us that they were price gouging a bit in Arverne with other Rockaway supermarkets still closed. The Burnside location has no corner on the market and charges the same as far as we could tell.
Speaking of supermarkets. BOTH Key Foods will reopen. The Beach 105th Street store has a “for rent” sign on it but that’s just a portion of the store that can be leased out. The owners say the store will be a bit smaller but “better than ever” when it reopens around Memorial Day. The Waldbuam’s rumor is February 22nd but their corporate offices offer a more corporate outlook: Restoration is on track and an opening date will be communicated at a later time.
Longtime Wave readers will fondly remember Gary Toms, The G Man. You can find his provocative commentary and investigative work online by googling “From The G Man.”
We wonder why anyone still uses AOL email. AOL accounts are always being hacked, hence, our messages from friends about medications and worse. A photobomb is an internet term used when someone ruins or jumps into a photo. You know, like when the happy couple taking a picture in front of a well known landmark has it ruined by someone passing by who makes a funny face. Well, our reserved Senator, Chuck Schumer, was accused of photobombing numerous shots at the President’s inauguration on Monday. There were quite a few pictures of the not-so camera-shy Chuck looking a bit goofy in otherwise serious shots.
The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance held a very informative workshop / lecture about beachfront resilience at Ocean Village. If future workshops are so interesting it will be worth your while to attend. Visit RWA online and check The Wave for future events.
We’re still looking for new columnists. And we’re hoping to get a YES from a couple of people we’ve asked. In the meantime, we’ll be running some pilot columns that have come in (hoping we’ll get feedback about them from readers). Check out Beth Hanning’s Slice of Life in this week’s edition. We reserve the right to remain unsure about an exact schedule of future columns and unsure about a host of other things!
The deadline to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance for Hurricane Sandy victims is January 28. FEMA disaster assistance is financial or direct assistance to individuals and families whose property has been damaged or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Sandy, and whose losses are not covered by insurance. Also, you have 60 days to appeal your grant. If you’ve got reason to believe you were shortchanged by FEMA, put in an appeal right away.
Wondering what will become of the controversial presence and protection of piping plovers. Nesting areas in the Beach 30s and Beach 40s were swamped by the storm. They look gone to the untrained eye. So now it’s a plover and an egg question. Do they get nesting areas to come to or do they show up somewhere and then get nest areas?
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And speaking of Ocean Village, the 11 building complex right on the ocean has a new owner. It’s been neglected for too long and too many criminals have called it home. But this could be a real hidden gem. We hear some surfers have already rented apartments there. It’s a perfect place to start a renaissance – right in the middle of the east and west ends.
The Small Business Services says they’re doing what they can to offer help to local businesses. So far, the city run agency has made nine loans to Rockaway businesses. Nine.
Whaleamena may be gone but it’d be great to have something in that spot – an original Whale? – at Beach 94th welcoming visitors.
Dan Brown is making a documentary about Rockaway and would like to get some locals talking on camera about their Sandy experiences. Contact Dan at Dantbny@gmail.com