2013-10-18 / Columnists


Kevin Boyle said he’s not crazy about the word Rockawayites to describe people from here. A couple of people suggested Rockawayans, which we like and just may use from now on. Another suggestion was reserving Rockawackies for a certain segment down here.

Next week’s Wave is a special one year Sandy edition with some amazing photos and stories from a wide variety of contributors. For those who normally read the Wave online we encourage you to make it to a newsstand. We think you’ll want to see (and keep) the hard copy.

“Bar Rescue” a popular Cable TV show will be airing a Sandy Special on October 27th at 10 p.m. The bar they “rescue” is Bungalow Bar. Bungalow didn’t need to be rescued as a business because the place has always done great. But the show gave the Bungalow crew a nice boost in light of the challenge to reopen after Sandy.

The Rockaway Beach Civic Association is among the more active civics. This past weekend they were doing gardening and cleanup at the memorials on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 94th and Beach 95th Street. While planting, they unearthed some plaques honoring Viet Nam vets. It was quite a touching find. Pictures are in this week’s Wave.

Rocktoberfest. What took this event so long? Sample beers and meet brew masters Saturday, October 19th at the Rockaway Surf Club on Beach 87th Street from 2- 10 p.m. Enjoy the jazz quartet.

Keep an eye out for an emerging Gray Panthers group growing. More and more people getting up there in years are getting impatient about the boardwalk rebuild. A lot of seniors and soonto be-seniors don’t want to waste many years waiting for the boardwalk to come back.

Art and food go together nicely at Claudette’s on Beach 116th Street. Stop by Friday, October 18th from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s a great chance to sample Claudette’s fabulous cuisine and see (and maybe buy) art from a variety of top flight Rockaway artists.

Free mammograms are available on Friday, October 25th in a mobile unit in the parking lot between Beach 94th Street and Beach 95th Street. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is sponsoring this worthwhile event.

Muriel Stemmann sends us old fashioned letters all the time. We love getting mail, her stuff in particular. She says say “no” to the Citi Bike system for the Rockaways; she demands better bus service in Broad Channel. And she chides us for not printing her letters. We have to admit favoring those that come in by email! editor@rockawave.com View versus protection. Court battles have gone on in New Jersey over dunes and whether they should be allowed to block the view of homeowners. Come to think of it, we’ve had the same battles here. Well, we don’t know if court battles will ensue but views will be blocked by the new boardwalk and baffle walls.

Speaking of baffle walls, we noticed some are considerably higher than others. On Beach 143rd Street, the baffle wall is almost 5 and a half feet high. Just a few blocks east the baffle walls top out at 4 feet above the street or sidewalk.

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