2013-09-06 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Henrick Karoliszyn who wrote a surf column for The Wave and then wrote for the Daily News will be heading to the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. Best wishes to the former Broad Channel resident.

Have you noticed the baffle walls are being dwarfed by piles of sand? With new sand being pumped on the beaches huge mounds of sand sit just feet from the baffle walls that were installed from Beach 126th Street to Beach 149th Street. We called the Army Corps and were told the sand will eventually be leveled off a bit. Whether or not 3 or 4 feet of wall will be in view remains to be seen. We were reminded the walls, even with pilings 25 feet down, are there to keep sand on the beach. The walls are not intended to keep the ocean back.

Vote. Make yourself a reminder that Tuesday, September 10th is Primary Day. It’s often a sleepy affair but Rockaway has a stake in these elections. Let’s show some community spirit by turning out to vote.

Those jersey barriers on Shore Front Parkway got a nice makeover after artists put their brushes to them. We like the idea that the lifeguard and comfort stations should get the same treatment. Have a competition to beautify the $3 million units. Give them a fun and beachy look. We had a clever idea until we didn’t. We noticed that odd numbered blocks were in the direction of the ocean and it’s sometimes helpful to know which way a street goes. Odd is for ocean. It works like a charm until you get to Beach 45th Street.

The Wave will be doing a special edition marking the One Year Anniversary of Sandy. If you’ve got extraordinary photos you’d like to share please send them to editor@rockawave.com

Captain Ben Harrow, U.S. Army, is an accomplished officer, a leader of Army Green Beret Soldiers, and a decorated American Hero. On May 15th, 2012, deployed to Afghanistan, Ben was leading a team of Green Berets on an anti-terrorism mission, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). Ben lost both his legs above the knee, a large portion of flesh from his right forearm, and two fingers. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation are building a Smart Home for Ben. Some locals and local groups are holding a fundraiser on Saturday, September 21st from 7-11 p.m. at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. The Graybeards and Rockaway WISH are supporting the event. For questions contact Kevin Judge at 718- 536-8866 or Christopher McDonald at 732-908-0832. We got a chuckle out of a John Catsimatidis miscue. He sent out a tweet with a picture saying he was at the Labor Day Parade in Far Rockaway. He was actually in Broad Channel. It’s not often Broad Channel and Far Rockaway get confused.

Rob Walsh, Commissioner of Small Business Services, stopped by and said he’ll be pushing to help small businesses right through the end of the year when a new person will take over. Many storefronts on Beach 116th look great with their new signs. He said he hopes to get the owners of vacant stores to open up the places on a set day and put them on display for potential entrepreneurs and business owners to have a look. He also said he’d like to see a merchants’ association formed to help businesses from Beach 102 through Beach 87th Street.

The Stop FEMA Now rally scheduled for Saturday, September 28th at noon in Broad Chanel is intended for ALL residents of Rockaway and Breezy Point. The meeting is also intended for those in Howard Beach facing the same issues. Broad Channel is the middle meeting place. Make plans now to be at this important event at the American Legion Hall because sometimes elected officials only understand issues that draw crowds.

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