2013-11-29 / Columnists

Eye On Rockaway

Being Thankful
By Miriam Rosenberg

This is Thanksgiving weekend. Yeah, I know you already knew that. But as I was sitting watching Dancing With The Stars Monday night I started to question using this week’s column to call someone on the carpet or point out things that are wrong. Then again, I decided – why not point out a few things we should be thankful for and at the same time make a point or two.

So here are a few things we should be thankful for – one or two of which will make great full length columns later on.

We should be thankful that, just this week, Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder and representatives for Queens College announced that a study would be done concerning the best use of the abandoned tracks of the old Rockaway Beach Rail Line. The study will be conducted by the college’s Department of Urban Studies. It will be comprehensive and fair, unlike the one currently being done by the Trust for Public Land for the Queensway.

PSE&G has been named “the most reliable utility in the nation” five times in the last eight years. After what Rockaway went through with LIPA after superstorm Sandy we should be thankful that PSE&G LI will be replacing National Grid and LIPA as of January 1. The Yankees and their fans should be thankful they signed Brian McCann. The Mets should be, the Mets should be – ah, heck Mets fans would be thankful if management finally shows they are interested in winning.

We should be thankful that Rockaway is coming back. From Far Rockaway to Beach 88th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard to Beach 116th Street to the tip of the peninsula signs are hopeful. Now if we could just speed up the completion of Rockaway’s boardwalk to sometime sooner than 2017 or 2018 – almost four more years without complete protection during the storm season. We should be thankful for those who help and protect us – police, firefighters, the military and all first responders.

Most importantly we should be thankful for each other, our families and friends. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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