2013-03-29 / Columnists


No more parking on the medians on Shore Front Parkway or in Broad Channel. Police have been going easy but with nice weather coming (allegedly) Parks has asked Police to step up ticket writing.

Scam alert. A number of people have told us about a telephone scam. Calling from 202-697-9205, a Washington DC number, the caller advises people that they’ve qualified for a $10,000 grant and then asks for specific financial records. If you get such a call, tell them you’ll call them back and research the number and name they give you.

Councilman Eric Ulrich has a new office in Rockaway: 115-06 Beach Channel Drive.

The Community Board’s transportation committee meets Thursday, April 4th at the Knights Of Columbus on Beach 90th Street at 7 p.m. Here’s your chance to be heard about the often lousy service in Rockaway.

Have a good idea for Rockaway? Come down to the Dome on Beach 94th Street, Saturday, March 30th from 2-5 p.m. or Tuesday, April 2nd from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Rick Horan and Kevin Boyle will have a camera and be ready to record your idea(s). They’ll pass the video they take on to the folks at MoMA who are having a contest of sorts about how to make Rockaway great. Don’t be camera shy — Have some fun and be heard!

There was a very good turnout for the Friends of Rockaway Beach at City Hall last Saturday. The group held a press conference to keep City Hall’s attention on Rockaway. The fact that so many locals are making such trips means people are engaged more than ever. A good thing for Rockaway.

Well, for the first time in months there are some decent eating options on Beach 116th Street. Paninico is open for breakfast and lunch and has been getting great word of mouth. They’re still working out some kinks with the staff but we’ve heard nothing but good things. Claudette’s on the beach block is more than just a great catering service. Delicious lunch and early dinner is available. The Belle Harbor Steak House is not only a great option for dinner it’s also open for breakfast and lunch. The Last Stop has been refurbished and is once again a good option for breakfast and lunch and it’s also a place you’ll run into one friend or another.

Did Senators Schumer and Gillebrand and Congressman Meeks (and every other New York area congressman) sign away our future with their signatures on the Biggert-Waters Act? We’ve got to believe they did not have full appreciation of the impact of sky high insurance rates on individuals and businesses when they signed this BIPARTISAN bill. Call them. Call them repeatedly and tell them you are concerned about flood insurance. Mention Biggert-Waters. Mention you’re not happy with it. Their phone numbers are listed on Page 4 of The Wave. FEMA is supposed to release a study about affordability. Our elected officials must be all over this study.

Key Food at Beach 105th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd won’t open this summer. It’s looking like Labor Day as the storeowners try to figure out building codes and yes, insurance costs. As for the Key Food at Beach 88th, same thing.

Joe Lhota is the former MTA boss who is running for mayor. He says the MTA should be under mayoral control. Good idea! Did we hear that from him when he was at the MTA just a few months ago? Melinda Katz is running for Queens BP. We’ve asked her reps repeatedly where she stands on the reactivation of the Rockaway Branch line. So far we’ve been waiting longer than it takes for the A train to get to midtown. i.e. too long.

Speaking of the Rockaway Branch line…. we think it suffers from its name. The “Rockaway” part of the name suggests it just helps us – nobody in the rest of Queens cares about helping Rockaway. The line needs to be renamed. Open The Queens Sprint Line or The Queens Express Line or The Q North-South. It’s a branding issue. Goldfeder, how about a new name for the project?

Well, we can’t swear that this happens every day but the one early morning we went to Mott Avenue to check out the bus service from Far Rockaway to Howard Beach we were surprised to see buses leaving every 5 minutes right on schedule.

Ariel Creamer of Survivor’s Silver Lining whom The Wave highlighted in a feature on February 22nd has been selected as a semi-finalist for the White House Champions of Change Award. Impressive!

Last week, we mentioned that Christine Quinn and Joe Lhota might face off in the mayoral election. That was a big MIGHT. We think the race is wide open and if we had to predict we think it’s more likely the media will get tired of Quinn as frontrunner and presumptive candidate and another candidate will emerge.

Sometimes we get some good reporting done by our readers. Most times it is injected with some opinion and commentary. Look for such pieces under a column we’ll call “Dispatches.”

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