2013-04-12 / Columnists

Beachcomber

One bright side of the long, cold spring we’ve had? The Mets are always competitive when it’s cold.

New talk in new neighborhoods. Last Saturday afternoon in the Howard Beach Waldbaum’s four people were talking intently about…flood insurance and maybe about having to elevate their houses. They were not happy.

Here’s one theory offered recently as to why Broad Channel has been painted withaVZone.Accordingtoonegentleman, this is the City’s big chance to wipe away the town, extend the JFK runways and make the whole island a nature park, with close access to the Aqueduct casino.

Although this might be better suited for the sports pages, Jerry Nappo, had some Graybeards buzzing with a recent basketball shooting display.

Pile driving. In a rush to get the Beach open by Memorial Day Parks is working 24/7 and that means ridiculous hours of the night. We hope the finished product allows neighbors on Shore Front Parkway to forget about the racket. Check out The Wave at rockawave.com for updates.

Calling the Senators. It’s been a challenge. Sometimes they just don’t pick up the phone. We’ve gotten calls from readers who’ve tried calling the Washington offices only to get endless ringing. Please keep trying. Senator Gillibrand (new number): 212-688-6262 Senator Schumer: 202-224-6542

Chase Bank on Beach 116th Street won’t be reopening until the fall, we’re told. While repairs were being done after Sandy, pipes froze causing another flood and a heap of new damage. The mobile unit remains in the municipal parking lot across the street. Stop Fema Now is a growing community fed up with FEMA and the looming threat of crushing flood insurance premiums. It started in New Jersey and locals are starting to climb onboard.

The Wave will be sponsoring a mayoral debate. Details to follow.

People are running for Borough President, too. Wouldn’t it be great to have a cheerleader, someone with a voice. We’re pretty sure the office has been vacant for a decade or more. Is there a Queens Marty Markowitz?

Keep hearing rumors the ferry will extended through the summer and soon start running on weekends.

Weiner on a roll. Everybody Loves A Weiner. Can Weiner Pull It Off? (the comeback, that is). He’s running for Mayor and has one advantage over some other candidates: He knows where Rockaway is.

Speaking Weiner. Rick Horan who pens the Ideas Wanted column in The Wave scored the FIRST ON-CAMERA interview with Weiner since he resigned. Weiner was in Rockaway, helping out on November 10th when he spoke with Rick about ideas for Rockaway. We posted a couple of video clips on The Wave’s Facebook page.

Check out Happenings for Dome events. You can also check the MoMA PS 1 website.

The “Rockaway Call for Ideas” project the MoMa-Domers put on drew videos from around the world. The ideas were not so much about the boardwalk but just ideas in general. The favorites will be voted on soon and shown in the Dome. Stay tuned.

Parking tickets are slowly becoming harsh reality again. Some owners parking on beach blocks got the unwelcome bill on the windshield this week.

The All-American Channel Market in Broad Channel has just re-opened. The actual Grand Opening is Saturday at noon. Congrats! Come out and run or walk and help Rockaway rebuild. The Rockaway Rotary Ocean Run will be held this year on April 28th at 10 a.m. Registration is at the Irish Circle on 102nd Street. We have a new 5K course route. The run will be held on Shore Front Parkway and have two turns. The start is at Beach 102nd street to Beach 108th then down to Beach 72nd street and back up to finish at Beach 102nd Street.

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