2013-11-15 / Columnists

Beachcomber

We’ve gotten complaints about a company called Old World Refinishing so we looked them up on the Long Island Better Business Bureau. Well, the complaints seem well founded. The company was rated an F by the BBB. Ask around, folks. And check things like the Better Business Bureau before giving work to someone you don’t know.

The City Council is set to pass a bill on Friday that will track Sandy relief (the CDBG) money. Donovan Richards called to say the public should be able to see where all the money is spent. We’re wondering how much consultants and staff people are getting paid.

The Rockaway Brewing Company was awarded the “best overall Queens brewed beer.” Rockaway beer is made in Long Island City. We wonder if LIC Beer might now get brewed in Rockaway. Just kidding. Congrats to brewmasters Marcus Bennett and Ethan Long who actually do plan to brew in Rockaway (and have some ingredients — like hops — grown on Rockaway farms).

Don’t forget to use the ferry. The operator, Seastreak does a pretty lousy job advertising a pretty great service. It’s still just a $2 ride. If we don’t use it, we’ll lose it. Take the ferry! Hey, the Friday after Thanksgiving would be a good for day trippers.

Always wanted to dress as Santa? Or one of his elves? Heck you can even wear antlers in the annual Rockapulco 5K Santa Shuffle, the low-key fun run is held on December 21st in Rockaway starting and ending at Beach 102nd Street. There will be a tent with beer, food and music set up at the finish line. Money raised will help local charities. Register online at RockapulcoRun. com.

We heard long-time Rockaway resident and owner of Sweet’N Low, Marvin Eisenstadt, on a radio interview this week. He said some of his company’s equipment is antiquated but keeping the old equipment allows him to employ more people. Sweet’N Low has some second and third generation employees. He said big companies and corporations always try to make more and more money but providing jobs is what is really important. Marvin says he turns down offers to buy his business all the time.

Although 12 years has passed since Flight 587 crashed in Belle Harbor the memorial service each year draws a large crowd of people, many of whom arrive by coach buses. The day of the crash was a beautiful fall day. It seems like every anniversary since, the weather has been tough. This year it even snowed a bit as Mayor Bloomberg spoke at the memorial on Beach 116th Street.

McDonald’s is back. And so is the litter. We don’t think a Beachcomber item will shame people who drop their garbage on the streets but McDonald’s could be a better neighbor by making area cleanups part of a work detail. The comment period for the Rockaway Pipeline is coming to an end on December 9th. The pipeline will run from the ocean, under Riis Park, down Flatbush Avenue, and then into hangars at Floyd Bennett Field. A lot of work will be done in the busy summer months. CARPNY.org is an organization against the pipeline. You can see the arguments against at their website. If you’d like to comment go to FERC.gov

As Rockaway and Jamaica Bay become testing grounds for coastal protection ideas expect to hear things you’d never have thought of. “Oystertecture” is the plan to develop reefs made of oysters which will help diffuse wave action.

Key Food alert. The store in the Dayton shopping center might – might – open by the end of the year. A peek inside says they’re definitely making progress. The other Key Food on Beach 105th Street has no opening target date at all.

Rogoff’s on Beach 116th Street has reopened. First they had to close because of Sandy flooding. And then just a few days after reopening the first time, a fire broke out. Let’s hope they’re open for good this time.

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