2014-01-17 / Columnists

Beachcomber

A number of readers wondered what happened to the column Ideas Wanted by Rick Horan. Well, apparently, Rick had 52 weeks of ideas inside that creative head but no more. He’s taking time off to actually work at getting one of his off the ground. We wish him luck and can’t wait to report when he hits it big.

The YMCA opens February 14th. We saw a chart with gym memberships and noticed something called a “joiner’s fee.” It costs you $75 for the privilege of joining. Using the facilities is a separate charge.

The NY Post caused quite a stir when it reported on PS 106 and its horrid conditions and the (alleged) frequent absences of Principal Marcella Sills. The Wave first reported troubles at the school in 2008! The strange thing is, the school got a “B” on the NYC School’s Progress Report. That grade seems to call into question some of the Post’s reporting (about children not learning) or the Department of Education Progress Reports.

Meanwhile IS53 is not getting the attention it deserves. But it’s good news! Before Principal Shawn Rux took over, the school earned an F on the School Progress Report placing it at one of the lowest performing schools in NYC. At the end of the 2011-2012 school year, MS 53 earned a C on the School Progress Report. At the end of the 2012-2013 school year, MS53earnedaBontheSchool Progress Report. That’s a pattern we applaud. (The Wave profiled Mr. Rux last February).

Some people are getting calls from the Red Cross encouraging them to apply for reimbursement money for repair work. Red Cross (not stung by bad PR by any chance?) is rolling out what seems like its own version of Build It Back. Oddly enough, the Red Cross media office was unaware such calls were being made. (We verified the calls were indeed from the Red Cross). The organization is offering reimbursements for work done as a result of Sandy. Be advised there are qualifiers. First, you should have received a full a FEMA payout ($31,900). There are other requirements involving need and documentation. Call 877-733-2767 if interested.

On Tuesday, January 21st there will be “Save The Ferry” rally at Pier 11 in the City at approximately 5:30 p.m. The service is due to shut down on January 31st although we have a quote from the team of then-candidate de Blasio. In July they put in writing: Yes, he would commit to not cutting the ferry. Wondering what’s become of Senator Malcolm Smith, arrested last April? He continues to go about his business in the State Senate. His next court appearance is set for January 31st. Oh, he also released a statement letting his supporters know that he’s running for re-election.

A jogger happened upon a dead body at Riis Park last week. According to police there was no indication of foul play. The body has yet to be identified and police believe she may have been a homeless person.

The US Senate was supposed to vote on delaying flood insurance increases last week and it didn’t happen. Same thing this week. We’ll keep you posted. If you want to join in on pushing representatives across the country you can do so on Twitter. Sign up and in the search bar put: #floodinsurance. And then you’re in the game.

We’reexcitedtohearIt’zAll4Uis opening after a year of building and getting proper permits. The new Far Rockaway restaurant at 20-01 New Haven Avenue will offer a varied menu with Chinese, Caribbean, Southern and Latin dishes. Best of luck to Michelle Buggs, a trained pastry chef, who left her job in Manhattan to pursue this lifelong dream. Sorry to have to tell you this, but Build It Back has had a huge problem with lost documents. That is, if you applied you’d better check with them to find out if your file is complete. Call 311 or visit the local offices.

The Parks Department released its Design and Construction Overview at the Community Board meeting Tuesday. It still has a ridiculous completion date of 2017. 2017! No thanks to the Piping Plover. No work can be done near our feathered friends while they nest from April through September. Move them to Fort Tilden! You can’t tell us they weren’t put on Rockaway beaches after Sandy. They can be just as easily be put at Fort Tilden.

The boardwalk design was approved by the Board with the caveat that if major changes were to be made Parks and EDC would come back to the Board. One nice touch the design team offered was the inclusion of the word ROCKAWAY in the boardwalk concrete. It will be seen from the sky and probably from some of the beachfront towers. And from google earth. It will be a true signature mark for the boardwalk. We bet professional and amateur photographers alike will favor it.

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