2013-10-04 / Columnists

Beachcomber

P-U. The sewage treatment plant had been particularly ripe in recent weeks. It seems slow moving waste was causing the smell. The DEP used some additives and it seemed to help. By Wednesday morning things were better though we’re not suggesting you try and enjoy a deep breath in the area.

Tuesday night is the October 8th Community Board meeting at Scholars’ Academy. The Parks Department and CH2MHill, the design team, will reveal more plans for the boardwalk. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Farming in Rockaway? You bet. Community farms are popping up on vacant lots on the east end. Most of them have started through GrowNYC. These new farms and gardens are generally great boosts, providing food, educational opportunities, and community involvement. There are certainly a lot of lots to work with. Who knows, maybe Edgemere will become like Iowa. And who knows, maybe our government will one day pay Rockaway farmers not to grow food.

Chase Bank on Beach 116th Street will be back in its building on Monday, December 9th. The bank and its friendly staff have been in a trailer in the muni-lot for many months.

Bill de Blasio is running ahead of Joe Lhota in the polls. Locals have complained about a City Hall that has ignored Rockaway for 12 years. Well, de Blasio is ahead of schedule. He’s ignoring Rockaway before he gets to City Hall. He’s been to Rockaway three times in 2013. If you don’t count marching in the St. Patrick’s Parade as a real appearance (we don’t), he hasn’t been west of Beach 51st Street in 2013. Think that’s enough for him to appreciate this Sandy impacted area?

Far Rock merchants are not thrilled with candidates either. We got a couple of messages wondering where Melinda Katz and Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota and Tish James have been. Before heading out to Aviator, the Jamaica Bay bird sanctuary, or Fort Tilden, make sure the Government shutdown is a thing of the past. As The Wave went to press, such government places were closed.

The Graybeards are running their annual blood drive on Sunday, October 6th at St. Francis de Sales from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

How did this not happen sooner? The first annual Roctoberfest is set for Saturday, October 19th from 2- 10 p.m. at the Rockaway Surf Club on Beach 87th Street. You can sample a few and learn about the beer making process.

Advertisers, there’s still time to take out an ad in our upcoming Sandy anniversary edition. Let your customers know you’re back, you never left, you’re coming back. The deadline to get your ad in is Monday!

Seastreak is the company that runs the popular ferry. Please check online at seastreakusa.com for schedules.

Slowly, ever so slowly, the shopping center on Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 90th Street to Beach 84th Street is showing signs of life. A couple of new stores should open by the end of the month. According to the owner, Key Food aims to open by the end of the year.

Senator James Sanders is sponsoring a job fair “for the Rockaways – 343 Days After Sandy.” The fair will take place Monday, October 7th at the Action Center, 57-10 Beach Channel Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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