2013-02-15 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Get your bikes ready, the second annual Rockaway Bike Parade will be on May 18th. Mark your calendar for this fun event. We think this rolling parade will grow every year and become a summer kickoff tradition.

The latest Anthony Weiner rumor involves him running for City Comptroller against current Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. We don’t know if Weiner’s going to be able to manage a political comeback but we do know he rather quietly helped out in Rockaway on a regular basis in the weeks after Sandy. He was seen lugging supplies and getting dirty without issuing a press release or drawing any attention to himself. Say what you will, he was here helping. And he tweeted only two times after his downfall in June 2011 and both recent tweets were to alert people that Rockaway needed help.

The firehouse on Beach 116th street (home to Engine Company 268 and Ladder 137) will get landmark status. The building, built in 1912-1913, is a great looking structure and will be an important part of the Beach 116th Street renaissance.

For some reason the editorial staff wants to change the name of the Wave events calendar. Lacking imagination, they seek suggestions from our readership.

If your suggestion is picked you’ll win a Wave coffee cup. You can send your calendar name to dan@rockawave.com

We’ve tried to point readers to some online stuff we come across in our Seen Online feature. The latest great one we’ve come across is RockawayRises.com. If you want to see photos of how beautiful Rockaway is and read some uplifting stories and poetry visit this site!

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of anything stops Rockaway surfers and paddle boarders. Many have been seen recently on the water in these mid-winter days, just more evidence that water sports are a yearround activity now.

One of our favorite stores in all of Rockaway, Belle Harbor Foods on Beach 129th Street has reopened. Show your community spirit by doing your big shopping there.

The Parks Department is scheduled to give the community an update on Thursday, February 21st at Beach Channel High School. The same night State Senator James Sanders is seeking ideas and concerns at a You Talk We Listen meeting at Far Rockaway High School. We wish such meetings wouldn’t be held on the same nights. What Parks has to say involves all of Rockaway.

We hear the Scholars’ Girls Basketball team finished 22-0 this year. Amazing! Here’s hoping they continue their winning ways all the way to the City Championship.

Here’s one we didn’t see coming. The Annual Phil Collins Day being celebrated in Rockaway, Friday February 15th. This year’s theme: Take Me Home. The fun takes place at Beach 112th Street and the beach from 3 p.m. to sunset. Some Wave wise acre wanted to know when Tom Collins Day is.

We just got word of a Breezy Point fundraiser. The Knute Rockne Alumni association, a football organization based in Bay Ridge, is helping hurricane victims. Check outwww.wepay.com/donations/ Rockne

The Times Square Alliance sponsors a design competition for a new sculptural Valentine. This year’s winner is called Heartwalk and uses pieces of boardwalk salvaged from Rockaway and other boardwalks destroyed in Sandy.

Chase Bank on Beach 116h suffered a setback in the reopening plans as the recent freezing weather caused pipes to burst on three floors. The bank is now looking at a May reopen.

You may not want to hear this but yes, the piping plover is going to have a say in future beach plans according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Has anyone seen Michelle Titus or also known as Michelle Absenttitus? The assemblywoman who represents Far Rockaway has another nickname according to some locals: The Invisible Woman. Her own website has a “news” section. The most recent entry is from 2010! Did somebody say, term limits?

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