2013-08-09 / Columnists

Beachcomber

After a long fight, 100 Precinct Community Council President Danny Ruscillo was thrilled to learn that security cameras would finally be installed at three locations. Funded by former Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer in 2010, the installation was held up by red tape. Danny stayed after it. The cameras are now perched at Beach 86th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Beach 90th Street. and Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Amstel Boulevard and Beach Channel Drive.

We love that some people post great old photos of Rockaway on Facebook. Send them here, too. We’d love to publish some pictures from the old days. The old days is anything pre-1980! You can send them to editor@rockawave.com but if the email gets bounced back try rockawaveblog@gmail.com. That should work. We hope to run some occasionally.

Chuck Schumer was at Beach 108th Street on Sunday to announce that sand replenishment is beginning and a second round should start in September. The third phase of protection will be dunes and, presumably, jetties after the Army Corps completes its Reformulation Study which is expected to be just about done by the end of 2014.

Schumer also took the opportunity to call on TV Manufacturers to install a uniform security system into new smart TVs. Because smart TVs have internet access and cameras for Skype and such things it’s possible for hackers to watch you! Think you’ve got privacy in your own home? Maybe not with the new smart TVs. Sunday nights seem like part of the weekend now as local places find themselves packed with those unwilling to surrender to Monday morning. Playland Motel, Uma’s, and Bungalow Bar were jammed last weekend. Great news!

Speaking of the Playland Motel, it’s hard to believe Rockaway has its own Studio 54. The place is drawing the coolest of the cool and getting great press. Gotta love it. But Playland owners – please – get rid of the roll-down riot gates that make the building look so unsightly when it’s not open for business. Oh, and be open when the Ponytail Trail comes by! Locals will be key when November rolls around.

TrapBags are everywhere. To prevent flood damage from future storms, LIPA is installing Trap- Bags at various substations. LIPA will eventually elevate the equipment. In the meantime TrapBags are being used. It’s not expected that dunes will cover these.

Night Out Against Crime was held Tuesday. Apparently, things are so scary and dangerous in Rockaway they hold this event in the day! All festivities were concluded by nightfall at Beach 108th Street.

A regular pastime around here is bashing the Parks Department. Yes, and sometimes they deserve it. (Though Parks is a lot better than the National Park Service!). Anyway, NYC Parks offers a lot of things people never hear about. Parks will be submitting a regular column — Go Park! — featuring fun stuff that happens all around the City. We told them the article has to be fun and interest more than a handful of butterfly watchers (not that there’s anything wrong with butterfly watchers).

Not likely be as catchy and spot on as the Dirty Boulevard but with a growing bar scene and nightlife we hear Flirty Boulevard might take hold.

Big thinkers and entrepreneurs are reminded to think about the Game Changer competition. The City is looking to put $18 million towards ideas that will make a big difference in Rockaway. Go to NYCEDC.com for more info.

Those who voted to extend term limits rewarded themselves. The Wave won’t reward them now with any sort of endorsement. You may “like” certain candidates as people but we have to ask, what good is a vote if those in government work to undermine that vote?

The new Dunkin’ Donuts has opened on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 112th Street, the sight where Wendy’s was for a lot of years. The Dunkin’ banners and flags that stretch across the street makes it look like they’re advertising a used car lot.

The slogan is, if you see something, say something. Locals called police when a man (possibly two) fully hidden by clothes from head to toe, was seen allegedly taking photos of planes and taking notes. He was spotted near Beach 125th Street and again (or a guy who looked just like him) around Beach 98th Street. We don’t know what to make of it, but we do support the idea of calling authorities if you suspect something so serious as possible terrorist activity.

Phil Goldfeder had one of the lines of the year at the candidates meeting held at the Knights of Columbus last Wednesday. There was a horde of media types there because of Anthony Weiner. Phil was set to speak after Weiner. Well, when Weiner finished and headed for the side door, the media hurried after him, flying past Phil— who watched the media mob go by him. “Was it something I said?” The video of this funny scene can be found at NewYorkTrue.com

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