2013-04-05 / Columnists


Bloomberg Seeks 4th Term! That might have been our front page headline last week if we didn’t have other important things to address. It would have been a great Aprils fools’ joke. As it was, there was something last week about a sea monster spotted in Jamaica Bay.

Lost and found. We’ve heard from a couple of people who found pictures or keepsakes in the debris of Sandy, not knowing who the owners are. If you’ve got a photo of something you’d like to return to the rightful owner we can publish it in hopes they’ll find it in The Wave.

Before and after. If you’ve got pictures of Sandy destruction and now a spruced up, fixed up picture of the same, we’d like to share it. Send to editor@rockawave.com You can nominate a Hometown Hero. During every game at MCU Park in 2013, the Brooklyn Cyclones will honor an individual or group that went above and beyond to help their neighbors and friends in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. If you have someone you’d like to nominate, send an email to info@ BrooklynCyclones.com. Please include the name of the person or group, and why they are a hometown hero.

Former Schools District 27 Superintendent Beverly Hall was indicted in a test cheating scandal last week in Atlanta.

Want to help a small biz grow? Robyn Hillman-Harrigan has founded the Shore Soup Project. (You might have come across the other business she ran last summer or at least seen her sidekick, Lillian who sold watermelon and other fruits on a kabob as she pedaled and peddled every day on the boardwalk). Anyway, the Rockaway Shore Relief Restaurant is a pay-as-you-can community kitchen providing access to healthy, local food in Sandy-ravaged Rockaway. Check the plan out on kickstarter and kick some in. Search “Rockaway Shore Relief” on kickstarter.com.

A simple idea was presented at The Dome last week. Why can’t there be an Express Bus (at least one) on weekends. There is no A train and no ferry on the weekends. How about ONE express bus?

The Dome is a big hit. Singer/Songwriter Patti Smith entertained there last Friday afternoon and the Rockaway Artists Alliance held a fun event the next day. An “ideas wanted” film session was after that and yoga the next day and So On!

Are you worried about what to do next? Do you repair, do you wait? You’re not alone. We’re not sure about a lot of things, either, but we are sure that you should call your representatives. Don’t hope others will call for you. This time it’s THAT important. Schumer: 212- 486-4430. Gillibrand: 202-224-4451

Block captains, youth groups, civic associations – there are so many ! — why not get an old fashioned petition going to Stop FEMA and crippling Flood Insurance? Maybe our politicians would wake up. Let us know if you start collecting signatures.

Elegante Pizza on Beach 92nd Street and RBB, surely one of the three best pizza places on the peninsula, holds the record for continuous advertising in The Wave (more than 20 years!) We’d say they have one of the best pizzas even if they didn’t advertise!

We were watching NY1 in The Wave office and laughed out loud when a reporter asked a constituent in Hollis about the arrest on Malcolm Smith, “I’m sad that he got caught,” the supporter said.

Howie Schwach, former editor of The Wave, deserves credit for this Beachcomber item published in September, 2012: “The arrest of State Senator Shirley Huntley last week on charges of falsifying paperwork and conspiracy came as no surprise in The Wave newsroom. We have been working that story since May of last year and were just waiting for the investigation to be complete and for the other shoe to drop. We suggest to the attorney general that State Senator Malcolm Smith, whose transgressions are probably worse that Huntley’s, would be a proper future target.”

Which colleagues are going to come to Malcolm’s defense? The Democrats he wanted to leave behind or the Republicans he wanted to sneak past?

Kevin Raphael, assistant principal at St. Edmund’s Prep and lifelong Rockaway guy, has written a book, Another Brian’s Song, The Lessons and Reflections of Raising a Special Needs Child. It’s very well written and moving.

Wine With Sue, popular for good reasons, is playing at the refurbished Blackwater this Saturday night at starting at 10 p.m.

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