2013-08-02 / Columnists

Beachcomber

We were thrilled to see The Wave make the big stage. Cast members read our paper as part of the opening in Rockaway Theatre Company’s “Rockaway CafĂ© – The Comeback.”

You can still catch this great show, their first back at Fort Tilden since Sandy. Dates are Friday, Saturday, Sunday August 2nd, 3rd and 4th. For more information go to www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org.

Rockaway and Broad Channel are drawing more interest than ever in various media outlets. The Forum and the Queens Chronicle which usually stick to mainland Queens, have stories on our communities. The Forum’s “The Happenings” section listed no fewer than five BC/Rockaway events last week. And NewYork.com, an online magazine, highlighted Rockaway’s new hot spot, the Playland Motel, and get this: After raving about the scene, NewYork.com said: At this rate, the nighttime party commute will be from Manhattan to the Rockaways instead of the other way around. Okay, let’s not get crazy. But still. Our talented reporter Katie McFadden was away last weekend and it’s a good thing for everyone else in the Sand Castle Contest. She’s been a top finisher in a number of years and The Wave has the photos to prove it. We asked on Twitter if anyone had seen any of the Republican candidates for mayor in Rockaway. Joe Lhota said he was in Breezy Point “last week.” We’re not sure when he last set foot anywhere else in Rockaway but maybe he’ll tell us when he answers our emails asking him where he stands on the ferry. Should it stay or should it go? No answer so far to two emails. As for John Catsimaditis, we think he appeared at a meeting at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. George McDonald said he’s been to Rockaway and sent a Wave newspaper link to prove it. We stand corrected. He was in Broad Channel in February. And now an update: Lhota and Cats showed Wednesday night at the candidates’ meeting. Lhota was the first to show and last to speak. Gotta give him credit for that. Although the hoops are not yet up in the newly paved St. Francis deSales schoolyard, the Summer Classic basketball league rolls on. Using Riis Park and other courts, Bugsy Goldberg made sure season 29 in this great Rockaway tradition happened. The Graybeards basketball division, formed nearly a decade later, just completed season 18. Guys, well past the age of 60, are still playing! Or trying to. Here! Here!

The City announced that the Rockaway Ferry will now make a stop in Brooklyn in Sunset Park. We think this might – might- be a positive development. The Rockaway Ferry can be viewed by the City as helping “more than Rockaway.” The stop was put in because the R train will be out of service for a year. If the ferry is stopping to help R passengers, did we just get a ferry for another year? At the very least there will be another constituency demanding it stay.

The “sticks” as they’re called, the old, decrepit remains of wooden jetties are being pulled from the surfing beaches. Riding waves should be a little less dangerous soon. A huge media contingent came to Rockaway Wednesday night. It’s usually a Rockaway disaster that draws so much attention. This time? Anthony Weiner was simply showing up at candidates’ meeting at the Knights of Columbus. Weiner spoke first and when he was finished he headed for a side door. A lot of the media followed and hurried out the front in pursuit.

The 100th Precinct says there has been an increase in unattended property going missing on the beach. Keep an eye your belongings.

The Game Changer is a competition that is designed to make a big impact on the five areas of the City affected by Sandy. The City will invest up to $18 million dollars in each area for winning proposals. A Q and A session was held in the City Wednesday and several Rockaway people were spotted. It’s great that some locals will give it a shot. It’s not too late to form a group and devise a plan. Go to NYCEDC.com for details. $18 million could turn around a few spots in Rockaway.

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