2013-06-07 / Columnists

Beachcomber

What’s up with Corporate neighbors, McDonalds and Mobil Gas? They’ve been closed since Sandy and are now community eyesores. With so many little businesses bouncing back you’d think the corporate stores with more resources would’ve been reopened by now. We’ve contacted their headquarters and await replies.

The next Community Board 14 meeting is June 11th, Tuesday evening at the Knights Of Columbus on Beach 90th Street.

Congressman Meeks and the New York Housing Recovery office are holding a town hall meeting on Monday, June 10th at St. Francis de Sales from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. If you’ve got questions about housing repair assistance and questions related to Sandy recovery, here’s a chance to ask and be heard. It’s one of the first times the Congressman will be addressing the West End in such a fashion. We encourage everyone to turn out.

Until we’re convinced otherwise we’ll use the term DFDs for visitors who come to visit Rockaway for the day. No offense intended. Visitors are called tourists (is that offensive?) or snowbirds in other places. In Michigan they’re called conelickers because they like ice cream! On the Jersey Shore sometimes visitors are called Shoobies because some of them wear shoes on the beach. Down For The Day is merely descriptive. If you put an expletive in front of it that’s another matter !

The lifeguard and comfort stations continue to get comments. One of the better ones we’ve heard: they look like electric pencil sharpeners.

The Queens Economic Development Corporation is producing radio spots boosting Rockaway businesses and attractions. They’re using the Ramones “Rockaway Beach” song as part of the ad campaign.

Update regarding the Peninsula branch of the library: The good news is that they will NOT need to elevate Queens Library at Peninsula as first feared. The less-good news is that the building was very severely damaged and the repairs are going to take probably until the end of 2014. There will be a mobile unit – in addition to the current modular building – added this summer. We’ll keep you posted on the Seaside branch as we get news. Kathryn Edwards, daughter of Dan and Maureen, is a nursing student at the University of Virginia. She was recently profiled in the nursing school’s Legacy magazine because after Sandy she took it upon herself to ask fellow students and faculty for both prayers and donations. She helped raise more than $3300 and the amount was matched by the University’s philanthropic office.

Lew Simon, who is running for City Council, will write a column every couple of weeks. The incumbent, Eric Ulrich, will do the same. We hope the columns will help determine your vote in the coming election.

Our email correspondence with Assemblywoman Michelle Titus on May 22nd: Hello Assemblywoman: We have not met and not sure when the opportunity will present itself. If you would, kindly tell us what you’ve been doing specifically in Rockaway or to help Rockaway in the months since Sandy. We look forward to your response so we can tell our readers some of the things you’ve done and how that might benefit them. Her response: Would love to talk. Our response: When? (Her last response: None). Perhaps we’ll see her photo on a milk carton soon.

Not part of the Mayor’s press release about the ferry was the pricey ticket for the weekend ride. Sure, the ferry is getting additional weekend service starting

4th of July weekend. But the mayor didn’t mention that a ONE WAY trip on the Saturday or Sunday ferry will cost you TWENTY dollars - thirty bucks roundtrip. And it’s a slower boat than the ones they run weekdays.

Riis Park is a disgrace but the new rental bikes offered there look great.

Senator Joe Addabbo is opening a new office at 88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard on the third floor of The Wave building. He’ll host a grand opening Friday, June 14th, from 2-5 p.m.

Ride the ferry ! In order for the ferry to keep going through Labor Day ridership has to stay healthy. Try commuting, enjoy a day in the city, whatever! Get on board! It’s $2 and a great ride.

Erosion has caused the Parks Department to close the beaches from Beach 93rd Street all the way to Beach 107th Street. Maybe you’ve already yelled at the Parks Department. Here’s the number to the Army Corps of Engineers (who still say beach replenishment should begin this month): Army Corps: 917-790- 8007.

Call 311 or go online to NYC.GOV and register for the Build It Back program.

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