2013-05-31 / Columnists

Beachcomber

The ferry has been extended for six more weeks and weekend service will run through Labor Day. Now hear this: use the ferry! If ridership falls too much because the A Train is back on line, the City will yank the weekday ferry. Tell your friends and neighbors to take advantage of this outstanding service and keep the numbers up! We were amused by a press release from Gateway announcing the opening of their beaches. In their email they said: We love the smell of sunscreen in the Morning - All Lifeguarded Beaches at Gateway National Recreation Area Open This Weekend. Funny that they quote from the movie, APOCOLYPSE NOW, since Riis Park and Fort Tilden look post-apocalyptic.

Mark your calendar. Anyone who still has questions, issues, concerns, etc. regarding the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing Recovery Assistance program can attend a Town Hall meeting at St. Francis de Sales Church on Beach 129th Street at 6:30 p.m. on June 10th. Congressman Meeks and representatives from the Mayor's Housing Recovery Unit will be on hand to give a presentation and answer questions. You might also ask the Congressman about flood insurance.

We hear the mini-hotel and bar/restaurant that will open at the site of the old Tap and Grill on Beach 98th Street will be called Playland. That’s a nice tribute to the amusement park that stood right across the street.

What the boardwalk could use, that’s when there is a boardwalk: an area for street performers. Maybe parks should design an alcove or an extension over the sand where jugglers, acrobats, and magicians could work a crowd. If it’s good enough for Key West, it’s good enough for Rockaway.

Kudos to Phil Goldfeder. The assemblyman made a trip to Oklahoma to help in the aftermath of the tornado. He also started a petition to keep the ferry. His petition probably didn’t sway the Mayor but it’s impressive that he gathered 2500 signatures in just a few days. The Tax Commission has extended the deadline for property owners impacted by Hurricane Sandy to appeal the Assessed Value. This extension is offered to any property with a decrease in either their Market or Assessed Value due to Sandy changes. Owners may file an Application for Correction with the Tax Commission and must do so by June 20th. Forms are available on the Tax Commission's website, http://www.nyc.gov/html/tax comm.

Wanna throw a few bucks towards local businesses? Check out Luckyant.com and kickstarter.com. Chances are you’ll find some Rockaway businesses looking for a boost.

Email your letters -- we read letters that come in the regular mail but we don’t have the manpower to retype them. If you’d like something printed you have to send it by email (editor@rockawave.com). Please consider using the library or calling upon a friend if you don’t have a computer or internet service.

Anthony Weiner keeps getting mobbed at every public appearance. Frankly, it’s getting old. He should be treated like a candidate. It’s not fair to him or the other candidates. When comedians use the same jokes for two years they’re no longer funny. When will the New York Post realize their Weiner jokes reflect more on them than Weiner himself.

Meanwhile the mayoral race is getting interesting. John Liu has picked up a good number of endorsements and so has William Thompson. We’re still waiting for one candidate to emerge who has real knowledge about Sandyaffected areas. And we’d like to know what they’d do with Sandy relief money.

Two men were caught poaching horseshoe crabs in Jamaica Bay in the middle of the night this week. Apparently they were spotted by aviation detectives who were testing night vision goggles. Horseshoe crabs are attractive to poachers because they are sometimes used as bait and fertilizer.

Saturday, June 1st, is Hack Day 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.

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