2013-05-24 / Columnists

Beachcomber

New flood maps were supposed to be issued “mid-May” and Rockaway was going to be the first area to receive them. (According to FEMA). We’re still waiting.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., introduced legislation Tuesday that would delay flood insurance premium increases until six months after the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducts an affordability study on the higher premiums. Her previous amendment to another bill that would have stalled hikes was knocked down.

There were reports that the Mayor’s budget will take aim at the staff in the Borough President’s office. What’s the Borough President do again? The office has been run by two people, Claire Shulman and Helen Marshall, since 1986.

And while we’re on the subject, Melinda Katz got the backing of the Queens Democrats in her run for Borough President. We’re not endorsing but so far she’s following the old Woody Allen adage that 80 percent of life is showing up. She might not be in favor of restoring the Rockaway Branch line but she’s been showing up in Rockaway.

The Free Flea Market is providing relief to Oklahoma. Marissa Bernowitz, who helped many in the wake of Sandy announced: Paying it Forward Rockaway Style! The Flea will be a drop off point for supplies to be sent to victims of the horrific tornado in Oklahoma by way of a relief truck. The address of the Flea is 112-22 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Donations will be accepted every day until further notice from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tom and Rose of Harbor Cleaners on Beach 129th Street are excited about their new cleaning process using SystemK4 technology, which is organic and ecofriendly. Their new, bigger store looks great.

A New Jersey ad campaign: Summer is officially on. We’re back and open for business. We pulled together to clear our beaches, rebuild our boardwalks and businesses. We’re resilient, we’re Jersey-tough, we are Stronger Than the Storm. Eric Ulrich called the publisher of The Wave in part to complain about the coverage we gave Lew Simon last week. We put the announcement that Lew was running for city council on the front page and quoted him without getting a reaction from Eric. It was Lew’s day, his announcement. Not every line has to be countered by the other side. When Eric announces he’s running again – has he? – we’ll give him a piece of the front page, too and won’t ask Lew for comment. Bet Lew won’t be a baby and call the publisher.

Wendy’s on Beach Channel Drive is going to be.…ready? …A Dunkin’ Donuts. We posted a “guess what’s coming to the Wendy’s location” question on Facebook and there were more than 100 guesses. More than 6000 people viewed the post.

Kathy Louis, who wrote many a great story for The Wave some years back, surprised us with a visit this week. We’re hoping Kathy starts writing again.

Yes, there are plenty of others. But we’ve gotta tip our hat to local activists Joe Hartigan, John Cori, and Eddy Pastore. They seem to be at every meeting and are doing what they can to be heard in these important times.

Try to get to The Rockaway Civic Hack Day on June 1st at Scholars’ Academy (10 a.m. to 6 p.m). The day will be themed around building tools and apps for emergency preparedness and response. The day includes developing tools for the community and government to collaborate on rebuilding after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Also, you don’t have to be a geek to go. Residents are invited to learn web skills in learning labs as well as help test out apps as they are built throughout the day. The Rockaway event is run by Rockaway Help with sponsorship from Mozilla and The New York Community Trust.

Ferry fans alert. At 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28th, on the 14th floor of 250 Broadway, the City Council Committees on Waterfronts, Transportation, and Economic Development will hold a joint hearing on the value of ferries to New York’s transportation network. Ferry advocates be heard!

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