2013-03-08 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Please send us your photos of things repaired. We’d like to do more before (the mess) and the after (the rebuild). Send to editor@rockawave.com

Will Mayor Bloomberg ever set foot in Rockaway again? He marched in the parade with the DSNY to shield himself from the boos and we heard reports that his henchman told some people to put away their signs that were less than complimentary. You wonder if the unloved mayor will come this way again. Why would he? He’s on the way out of office and he always seemed forced to come here. Not that he’ll be missed.

Fort Tilden beach will not open this year. Brooklyn hipsters who’ve filled the shore these past few years have to head to Riis or come all the way to the Rockaway beaches.

Get your video camera out. Hey even phones have them. Make a video of what you think the boardwalk should look like and send it in to the contest that is being run by MOMA PS1. The Dome should be up – weather permitting! – as you read this.

Seaside Heights, NJ will have a new 1 mile long boardwalk this summer. Long Beach will not have a continuous boardwalk this summer but are moving ahead with plans for the new one. They will have a cement – wood combo boardwalk. Bid information will go out March 14th and the winning bid will be awarded the first week of April. The completion date has not been announced.

Chuck Schumer said it directly to people at the parade. You will raise your houses and you won’t have to pay for it! Details were not provided.

Let’s hear it for Ridgewood Savings. Double endorsed checks have frustrated many homeowners trying to get money to rebuild. (Checks are made out to homeowners and the banks or mortgage company holding the mortgage). Ridgewood will release funds as long as the owner signs an affidavit affirming they will complete repairs. This kind of faith in their community and customers speaks volumes.

No less than an authority than Ed Shevlin – he of the DSNY and the AOH 21 said: “I have marched in this parade for over 30 years and nothing could touch this one. The cheers from the crowd were so loud that we could not hear the pipes…” A big salute to the Parade Committee. Great job!

Not that we can get a straight answer from the City (and we’ve tried) but the roads in the Beach 90s are supposed to be done by the end of the year. If the city is serious about helping Rockaway they’d expedite this project.

Far Rockaway earns another dubious distinction as being on one end of a very long trip. The journey to the Bronx High School of Science is two and half hours each for Santiago Munoz, 14, who got a lot of press this week for having the longest school commute in THE WORLD! You’re amazing, Santiago!

Please be heard. There will be a number of SIRR (Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency) workshops – “facilitated conversation about how to rebuild” in the next couple of weeks. SIRR is the Mayor’s team. A “Mid and West Rockaway” one is scheduled for Monday, March 11th at Beach Channel High School at 7:30 p.m. They are asking for an RSVP. Send an email to rsvpmarch11@ nycsirr.or or call 212-618- 5745 to reserve a spot. Broad Channel will meet at Russo’s On The Bay on Thursday, March 14th at 7:30 p.m. Contact the same email or phone. Far Rockaway will have a workshop on March 18th at PS 43 also at 730 p.m. Contact info the same.

Eight lucky winners of a raffle get to spend a week at Air Force Village West in Riverside, California. The CEO of that community thought some first responders and sanitation workers from Rockaway could use a “Spring Break For Heroes.” The raffle was held last week at the Point Breeze Fire Department.

Seemed like old times this week when strongman Mike Greenstein stopped by The Wave to say hello. The 92 year old is still pulling off amazing feats of strength. Google him! And it really seemed like old times when he dropped off a dog poop story. Seems in Florida, dog poop became such an issue in one community that all dog owners had to submit samples of their dog’s dung which was then tested and DNA was used to identify the pooping pup. Rockaway will be back to normal when dog poop letters fill the Bag of Mail.

The next meeting of Community Board 14 is Tuesday, March 12th at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street. The meeting begins at 7:15 p.m. Those interested in speaking must sign in before the meeting starts. The agenda includes a presentation from Project Hope, land use items, economic development, and a follow up report to the Parks meeting held last month at Beach Channel High School.

The latest from Gateway regarding volleyball at Riis Park: We plan to allow volleyball this summer as long as the hazards (in the sand) are removed from that area, we have equipment to maintain the beaches and electricity available.

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