2013-12-13 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Avi Goldfeder, who delivered a few knuckle sandwiches to his younger brother Phil when they were growing up, seems nicer than the popular Assemblyman. Avi runs Generators & Beyond. His company installs and maintains. If you’re looking, get in touch with Avi.

The Affordability study that FEMA was supposed to conduct is now funded with a start date in January. It is expected to take 18 months to complete. “FEMA does not base its FIRMs on the results of a single storm, but works to combine historical storm occurrences with state-of-the-art modeling to determine the most representative flood hazards in an area.” That state of the art modeling did not include Sandy. That’s why oceanfront homes that were destroyed are still considered low-risk insurance zones. So, if they don’t consider Sandy in the calculations, why are houses that never flooded before sandy, now in high risk areas? What data are they using exactly? Beats us!

The restaurant crawl, put together by a group called the HEART of Rockaway, was a big hit with hundreds of people. The eateries involved offered generous samples with smiling faces! We hope there will be another in the spring. In fact, we’re convinced this will become a great tradition that will draw crowds from all over. Great job to: 101 Deli, Surfside Bagels, Irish Circle, Veggie Island, Sayra’s Wine Bar, Thai Rock, Bungalow Bar, Uma’s, Elegante, and Playland.

Hey teachers, want a good idea for a class trip? Take your students on the ferry! A trip to lower Manhattan is fun and educational. And it only cost $2 each way. You better plan now though. The ferry is only scheduled to run through January 31st. Note to everyone: take the ferry and keep the ridership numbers strong!

Rockaway residents were named People of The Week by NY1 cable TV. Robert Kaskel of Thai Rock and Friends of Rockaway Beach raised money for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.

We hesitate to make a diagnosis from afar but it’s clear that one public official is suffering from some form of dementia. Thankfully, the person is retiring. And while we’re sympathetic to the family, other officials should have stepped in. Not stepping in suggests the job is unimportant and perhaps should be done away with.

Monsignor John Brown, formerly of St Francis de Sales, won the 2013 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience for his work in opening his parish in the days and months after Sandy.

Congressman Gregory Meeks, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, joined the U.S. Congressional Delegation to South Africa for the memorial services of former South African President, Nelson Mandela.

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The Community Board cancelled its meeting on Tuesday because of the snow, which was done by early afternoon. In the old days we walked from home and back to Community Board meetings, uphill both ways. The rescheduled meeting is set for Tuesday, December 17th at Martin de Porres School on Beach 112th Street.

We’ve been told by numerous people that Build It Back has lost paperwork. If you submitted paperwork and haven’t heard anything you might stop in the Build It Back office at 68-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard and check to see whether your records are in order.

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