2013-09-20 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Tips for tippers. When you call The Wave from a cell phone and leave a message, try repeating the number. We get a lot of “please call me back at 917 – 6 noise noise 23 noise 4.” Oh, and if you call, give us a hint about what the call is about. If you just leave a name and number we might forget to call you back.

Belle Harbor native and former Wave intern Thomas Lee was named to Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2013. This honor recognizes business and civic leaders who collectively represent the next wave of talent and commitment in the Boston economy.

Rockaway is just so cool we can’t stand it. During New York’s Fashion Week we hear J. Crew models strutted their stuff over what was once considered Rockaway boardwalk. The Sandy wreckage was used to highlight the surf theme of the collection.

Is that Fez? Wilmer Valderrama of “That 70’s Show” and TV actress Dawn Olivieri are filming a movie around Rockaway called “To Whom It May Concern.” The cast has posted photos to Twitter featuring sets such as the Riis Park parking lot, a Dayton Towers pool, the new Playland Motel and, of course, the beach.

A trailer on the property of Matthew Safos on Beach 115th Street which was highlighted as an Eyesore of the Week burned down this week. We are still awaiting news of the cause. The trailer’s owner or tenant called The Wave with his suspicions saying a “who” caused it not a “what.”

The St. Francis de Sales schoolyard is better than ever thanks to the efforts of Bugsy Goldberg and some generous others. Bugsy made sure the Family Fun Run was held and somehow managed to get the Basketball Summer up and running this summer. The schoolyard was a disaster relief area after Sandy and took a beating.

Here’s a question we’ll be asking the new boardwalk design team. What do you think of the lifeguard and comfort stations? If they like them, we’ll say, uh-oh.

Don’t plan your next summer beach party yet. The contractor hired to do the sand pumping is bringing a bigger, faster dredge. But the cutterhedge dredge won’t get here for a while and won’t start pumping until the end of December or some time in January. At least that’s what they say. But there isn’t much the Army Corps can do if the company says it will be starting even later. The hope is pumping will be finished by Memorial Day but that’s just a hope. Once the bid is awarded on these jobs, the Army Corps loses its teeth and they (and the rest of us) are at the mercy of the contractor.

The Stop FEMA Now rally on Saturday, September 28th in Broad Channel at noon is your chance to help a crucial grassroots effort fight a law that threatens communities across the country. Tell your friends and neighbors it’s important to show up. As many have noted, if parts of Obamacare can be delayed because they’re not ready, the President (and FEMA) can do the same with Biggert- Waters. It’s more likely to happen if you do your part.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation are building a Smart Home for Ben Harrow of the Green Berets who lost both his legs in Afghanistan. The Graybeards, Rockaway Wish, the Belle Harbor Yacht Club and some local guys are holding a fundraiser at the Yacht Club on Saturday, September 21st starting at 7 p.m. Try to stop by. Food, wine, and beer are part of the fun of the fundraiser.

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