2013-10-25 / Columnists

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The Beach 116th Street Partnership is having a tree lighting ceremony and lighting of the menorah the Friday after Thanksgiving. Trouble is, where is the menorah? Did it get washed away with Sandy? Who knows, but the group sure could use a new one. If any temples, groups, or individuals want to help the Partnership get a new menorah, contact Alex Powell (alexander.powell@nyu.edu).

If you didn’t get to the Knights of Columbus in April (or even if you did!) there’s another chance to catch John Sica’s film, “Seven Miles

From Shore” on Saturday, November 2nd at 7 p.m. at the T7 Gallery in Fort Tilden. It’s a moving tribute to Dylan Smith, a hero the night of the storm who died in a surfing accident just several weeks later. The film has some rare footage of the storm you won’t see anywhere else.

Keeping with the film theme, the debut screening of “John Cori Warned You,” a film by Dan Brown, will happen a week later, Saturday, November 9th at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street. The event is also a fundraiser for the Knights who’ve been exceedingly generous.

Lew Simon is a Rockaway lightning rod. People seem to love him or loathe him and some manage to do both! He is making the race for City Council interesting. One week he’s in the hospital for heart trouble. People who love him were upset. People who loathe him were upset that he made disparaging remarks about Eric Ulrich from his hospital bed. The next week he’s getting an endorsement from U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.

This week’s Sandy anniversary edition, coming in at 164 pages, is the largest one week Wave publication in its history. And in some ways, we hope that record sticks. We sure don’t want another Sandy!

The next big Parks and Community Board 14 meeting is November 18th at the Knights of Columbus.

Sandy: One Year Later is a panel and community discussion being held October 29th, 6:30 p.m. at the Far Rockaway Library. Councilman Donovan Richards will be joined by State Senator James Sanders and a variety of experts and thoughtful people will be on hand.

We’ll believe it when we see it but we just got word that Bill de Blasio will be in Rockaway on Monday evening, October 28th at the Knights of Columbus. He’ll be appearing with other Dem candidates, Scott Stringer, Melinda Katz, Tish James, and Lew Simon. The Harry S Truman Club is hosting.

The words from Build It Back are hope and patience. They hope to get more money to give to homeowners and they ask for patience. A lot of the money from the first Sandy aid package will be spent

first on “needs based” or income eligible applicants. For the rest of applicants, it’s hope and patience.

RAA couldn’t get past the three galloping goblins of Sandy, time and the dreaded government shutdown this year. Given that, Rockaway Artists Alliance will not be able to go forward with an October 31st Halloween event as planned. They do look forward to scaring you next year!

“Bar Rescue” the popular TV show debuts its special Sandy episode Sunday night, October 27th at 10 p.m. on Spike TV. The “rescued” bar is the fabulous Bungalow Bar at Beach 92nd Street on the bay. And to celebrate the broadcast, the Bungalow crew is throwing a party. Half priced drinks all night.

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