2013-07-19 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Friends of Rockaway Beach are planning a mid-Summer discussion of the status of Rockaway’s beaches, and the progress of our storm ravaged beach, boardwalk and play areas. Anthony Weiner, Eric Ulrich, Lew Simon, and a Parks rep will be on hand. It’ll be at the Knights of Columbus, 333 Beach 90th Street, on July 31st starting at 7 p.m.

Lifeguard and comfort stations cost a fortune. Is anyone paying the price for giving the ok to these things that are leaking and in some cases not even operating? Weren’t they ordered in a hurry so they could be ready for the beach season?

So, FEMA wanted those lifeguard and comfort stations high off the ground and Parks complied. Why didn’t Parks elevate the concessions as high? And speaking of the new buildings they’ve been described as futuristic. Futuristic usually means dated in about a year. Homes built in the 60’s that were described as futuristic then now look like houses that tried to be futuristic.

The annual Rockaway Family Fun Run (Come One, Come All) is set for Friday, July 26th with the kick-off starting at St. Francis on Beach 129th Street. Kids races begin at 6:30 p.m. See the sports section for registration times and other details.

Disturbing news was reported in the Daily News this week. A 45 year old man grabbed a 2 year old on the Beach at 84th Street while the baby’s mother was swimming The child’s young uncle, a 16 year old, wrestled with the abductor until two cops on patrol came by. There are gaps in the story like who was watching the 2 year old while the mom was in the water but the point remains: be aware of who’s around!

Be careful of falling into a summer snooze. Just last July, the President signed the Biggert-Waters Act into law after our reps signed off on it. Our reps opened the door for flood insurance premiums that can devastate communities. We hope Schumer, Meeks, and Gillibrand aren’t signing something else this summer that will surprise us down the road. Even though they probably hope we’re sleeping, we’ve asked them what they’re doing lately. We’ll let you know.

According to new research, the average probability of another Hurricane Sandy happening is once every 700 years. Go to Live- Science.com for more information.

New York State Attorney General Eric

Schneiderman came to Breezy Point on Wednesday to call out charities still holding onto Sandy relief money. Many organizations were quick to use Breezy as a way to raise funds. Breezy hasn’t benefitted in kind.

The Rockaway Theatre Company is back! Performances of the “Rockaway Café,” a very popular, musical revue begins Friday, July 19th. Visit their website. RockawayTheatreCompany.org

Surfing schools are popping up all over the beach. Want to learn? Just mosey on down to the area of Beach 67th Street.

Long time Rockaway people will remember Bill Foge, an artist who so memorably captured many Rockaway scenes. He now lives in Maine. A guest columnist we call Rockawayist profiles Bill in this week’s Wave. Rockawayist calls him the Rockaway’s first hipster. A compliment if we ever heard one!

NYC Parks interns, many of whom helped paint the barriers on Shore Front Parkway, were treated by Parks big shots to lunch at the Beach 86th Street concession. Commissioner Veronica White, Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh and Queens Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski were on hand. Although visits by White here might seem otherwise, we’ve spotted her frequently. Don’t know what’s she’s planning, but she’s here.

Keep riding the ferry. Ridership is strong and, why not, it’s a great way into the city (and back). We’re thinking Mayor Bloomberg might just extend it until the end of his term and let the next mayor determine its long term future. If Mayor Mike cares about legacy he can’t be a Grinch on the way out.

We’ve tried to interview the relatively new captain of the 100th Precinct, Craig Adelman. But we can’t do that without jumping through an obstacle course set up by DCPI (Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information). DCPI wanted to know what we were going to ask. We twice provided DCPI the questions, real tough – like where did you work before coming to Rockaway? What do you think the biggest challenges are for police in the 100 Precinct? No response, either time. It’s both sad and silly we can’t sit down with the Captain and let our readers know a little bit about him.

Shop owners and cashiers beware. We got a report of a couple who buy inexpensive items and pay with a large bill. Once the change is returned they claim they’re being short-changed. For example, if they pay with a fifty dollar bill for a two dollar item they might say to the cashier you only gave me one twenty back. Be on the lookout for this scam. We suggest calling 911 if you’re at all threatened.

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