We got a note from Senator Joe Addabbo who’s been pushing this: The Minimum wage is going up on December 31st to $8.00 per hour. And then to $8.75 by the end of 2014.
Although The Fishing Report is on hiatus until the spring, we heard plenty of big fish were caught over the Thanksgiving weekend on both the bay and ocean.
So the Menorah lighting on Beach 116th Street was postponed because of weather. The news went out online. Well, Mitch Greenblatt, for one, didn’t get such notice and showed up and wants credit for doing so. Done! He said he’ll be there next year, rain or shine.
Kennedy’s Restaurant in Breezy is undergoing a full rebuild. We hear they hope to be open for the next summer season. Breezy will be more like Breezy once this iconic restaurant returns.
Tis the season to be careful. Various urgent care and doctor websites say 6,000 people a year wind up seeing a doctor due to packaging-related injuries (that includes unpacking and we all know how tough some of that plastic can be!). Other injuries involve falling off ladders, carving turkey (watch those fingers!), kids eating batteries, and using new presents (like skateboards and motor scooters) without safety gear. And of course, be careful with Christmas trees. Hundreds of fires start every holiday season.
You need a map and a scorecard. Monday evening is Build It Back at the Knights of Columbus. At Martin De Porres, on the same evening, the Rockaway West Community Rising committee meets. Tuesday evening is the monthly Community Board meeting. On the same night, there is also a meeting of the Wildfire group, working to get a Community Benefits Agreement with the developers of Arverne East. Wednesday evening, both council members, Ulrich and Richards, are holding meetings about participatory budgeting (how would you like to see $1 million spent?) Times and places are listed in this week’s Wave. If you’d like more info, call their offices.
Gotta love the New York Post. They blasted a woman for taking a picture of herself with a picture of a potential suicidal bridge jumper in the background. This is the paper that posted a picture of man about to be killed by a train after being pushed onto the tracks. This is the paper that put autopsy photos of dead celebrities on the front page. Glad to see they’re taking the moral high ground now.
Wondering about when some of that CDBG Sandy money will be spent? Well here’s some fun HUD language to wrestle with: The Appropriations Act requires that funds be expended within two years of the date HUD obligates funds to a grantee and funds are obligated to a grantee upon HUD’s signing of a grantee’s CDBG-DR grant agreement. In its Action Plan, a grantee must demonstrate how funds will be fully expended within two years of obligation and HUD must obligate all funds not later than September 30, 2017. (Quick translation: If the City gets money in 2017, they’ve got until 2019 to spend it. Seven years after Sandy!)
Saturday is the first ever Rockaway restaurant crawl. Some Rockaway eateries are joining forces, calling themselves the HEART of Rockaway, (Hospitality & Entertainment Association for Restaurants & Taverns). They are a group of 10 establishments offering a special tasting event all day. Pick up a pass for $10 and get a delectable sample at each place. Hats off to the 10 places launching this great idea: Bungalow Bar, Thai Rock, Elegante, Surfside Bagels, Sayra’s, Uma’s, Playland, The 101 Deli, Irish Circle and Veggie Island. Enjoy! For more information you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to weigh in on the pipeline? The deadline for public comments is Monday. You can do so by going to: ferc.gov/docsfiling/ ecomment.asp
Wave editor Kevin Boyle got a lastminute invitation to be on a panel at Columbia University Law School. Boyle joined others at the event, Soaring Flood Insurance: Should Congress Step In. Good thing he attended as he was the only one demanding that congress step in. The lopsided panel was just another sign that a lot of people want Biggert Waters to stay in place.