2013-11-08 / Columnists

Beachcomber

The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance is holding an event called Race To Connect designed for locals to be better prepared for future emergencies and natural disasters using 21st century technology. It’s sure to be a fun day for people 15 and over. Teams will compete for prizes and giveaway gifts. It starts at 10 a.m on November 9th at the firehouse at Beach 59th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. They will offer light breakfast and lunch for all participants. Check the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance website for more details.

Lew Simon surprised many with a strong showing in the race for City Council. Late Tuesday night, many people including top local Dems, thought he’d won. If we know Lew, he’ll be back.

As they say on television, this is a limited time offer! While supplies last. The Sandy anniversary edition flew off the newsstands. Although it was a double edition, The Wave charged its usual price of just 50 cents and took a loss in the process. We were only able to print a few hundred extra editions and now have some additional copies. The Wave is offering a copy to new subscribers who call or go online and mention the Sandy edition. Subscribing is a bargain and a good way to make sure you always get The Wave! This offer is while supplies last.

In the mayoral contest, Joe Lhota got crushed, there’s no other way to put it. Of course, he won large parts of Rockaway and Broad Channel. So keep your fingers crossed. We have a mayor-elect who pretty much ignored Rockaway and will notice all the votes that went to Lhota. And with Eric Ulrich’s City Council win, we have a Republican in the overwhelmingly Democratic controlled Council. Sounds like a recipe for a City Hall cold shoulder. We hope Donovan Richards, who first supported Christine Quinn, will get some attention from City Hall for the east end.

Dan Browns’ film, John Cori Warned You, is showing at the Knights of Columbus, Beach 90th Street, on November 9th at 7 p.m. The suggested donation at the door is $10. The receipts will go to the Knights of Columbus which has been such a generous community supporter, particularly since Sandy. Catch a movie, help a good cause. In May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted another active hurricane season. They forecasted that between seven and eleven hurricanes would occur. They said three to six of them would be major hurricanes, registering Category 3 or higher. Their forecast numbers were higher than averages kept since 1950. What happened? So far, the 2013 hurricane season has been the quietest in 45 years.

We got a call to correct an item in a feature on local businesses. We’re told Chris Miles is the Manager of Pico on Beach 129th Street and William Keating Sr. is the owner.

We’re gonna need a bigger beach. Surfing is a year round draw now and some locals are calling for newbies to learn protocol. In other words, learn the rules before taking to the waves. There’s no doubt that the surfing community has helped Rockaway earn its cool reputation. A bunch of Halloween surfers recently celebrated “Nightmare on 90th Street” as they surfed in various costumes. The boardwalk design meeting originally scheduled for November 13th has been cancelled. NYC Parks is still holding its Conceptual Planning Workshop on Sunday, November 10th between 12-2 p.m. at Scholars’ Academy.

Speaking of Scholars’ it got some unwanted publicity this week when a CBS TV news team did a report of a student and her mother preparing to sue other parents because the girl was bullied at school. Although the topic of parents being responsible for their children’s bullying behavior might be a worthwhile discussion, the news report was one of the worst we’ve seen. After introducing the girl who was bullied, there was mention of a boy who had committed suicide as a result of bullying. The CBS report did not make clear if he had any connection to Scholars’ at all. The reporter also got comments from random people not in Rockaway. There was no response from the school administrators or from other parents at the school. Bullying is no joke but this report was wildly unfair to the school which is often ranked among the City’s best. If there’s a lawsuit maybe Scholars’ should be suing CBS !

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