2013-04-19 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Anthony Weiner emailed us after the big story about him mulling a race for mayor came out in the NY Times and caused such a hullabaloo. Weiner wrote: “So we have 32 interview requests as of this morning, and zero from The Wave. Sigh.”

Pat Adams editor of The Forum newspaper in Howard Beach ran The Wave editorial about the looming flood insurance hikes. We had asked the paper to consider joining us in getting other community newspapers involved in making people aware of what is at stake. The result? More than 400 people packed a town hall in Howard Beach recently. The Forum is to be commended.

Flood insurance will be the top topic at a town hall Congressman Meeks will be holding at St. Francis de Sales on Beach 129th Street on May 13th from 7-9 p.m.

Speaking of St. Francis, Monsignor Brown, who was pastor when the St. Francis gym and schoolyard became the main relief centers on the west end after Sandy, will be heading to the Brooklyn parish of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Stop FEMA Now is a group born in New Jersey but on its way here. Its founder George Kasimos drove all the way from Tom’s River to attend the recent Community Board meeting in Rockaway. He spoke during the public speaking segment about his personal stake in this and is now aligning himself with others across state lines.

There is a Restaurant Makeover Contest. Check out Rebuild Our Shore on Facebook and let them know about The Harbor Light.

Ed Bacalles, a great guy and basketball legend, who played ball against and with early Rockaway legends, died last week. He was among the last of a group that included Al and Dick McGuire, and Normie Ochs. Ed left footprints in the sand—the kind that don’t wash away. He won’t be forgotten.

So we all heard Liam Kavanagh, Deputy Commissioner of Parks, at more than one town hall say Hesco barriers that provide beach protection would be tested “in April.” Is that April, 2013, Liam?

Have any after and after photos? That is, After Sandy and After the Fix-up? We’d like to publish photos showing progress and promise.

Properties affected by Super Storm Sandy will be mailed a Revised Notice of Property Valuation. The owners will now have 20 days from when the letter is received to file their dispute with the Commission. The original deadline was March 15th. Councilman Leroy Comrie was among those who pushed for this.

So Malcolm Smith got booted from the Independent Democratic Conference, a group that broke ranks from other state senate Dems. And then they moved his seat to the end of the aisle, closest to the door. The door that might hit him on the rumpski on the way out.

You know what we love about The Dome? It’s the community’s. Interesting lectures, fun artist stuff, music performers, civic group meetings, a bring your own dish dinner. A bunch of fun stuff. It’s open. No vibe that it’s not YOURS. It is.

Open Mic column. The editor is notoriously unfair to poets and other items are a tough fit for one reason or another so there will be space set aside without editorial prejudice. It’ll be called Open Mic, an editor free zone (more or less). Space will be the main restriction (keep it short!); even so, there’s no guarantee of publication. And we won’t publish work of the same writer more than once a month. How unfair is he to poets? Here’s a rejection note he sent:

So now you know it,

I’m the anti-poet, I find nothing worse Than submitted verse Sure I print one every blue moon But one’s not coming anytime soon Though this editorial rule causes dismay I don’t give a damn, I’m sorry to say. ***The hypocrisy of the editor who writes the Christmas Carol each year!

Christine Quinn, Sal Albanese, Joe Lhota, John Liu, and John Catsimatidis are all following us on Twitter. We’d be more impressed if they stopped and had a look around and chimed in about the money Parks is spending.

Something to remember after the Boston bombing: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Mister Rogers.

7 Miles To Shore – A film by John Sica about the heroics of Dylan Smith will be shown at the Knights of Columbus, Saturday, April 20th, at 8:30 p.m.

Question asked online: Does anybody from Rockaway call it “the Rockaways?” One answer: Only people from the Manhattans.

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