2014-01-31 / Columnists


We ran an item in the Beachcomber a couple of weeks ago about Red Cross offering reimbursement for qualifying residents. Their press office told us they were unaware that such calls were being made. They called us after the item ran and said, not true, they knew all along. Ok. We’ll print their press release when we get it.

There’s plenty of great photos in this week’s paper of frozen Rockaway and Broad Channel. These pictures are best enjoyed indoors, preferably with a cold drink and hot hors d’oeuvres.

Keep those home faucets running. We’ve heard of (literally) dozens of busted pipes due to the sub-freezing cold.

It’s official. The ferry has now been extended through April. The fare is going up to $3.50, which is still bargain and still the cheapest mid-week cruise around. If ridership stays at 50percent of current levels, it will be extended for another three months. Meanwhile the di Blasio administration is seeking proposals from various operators for a five year plan. That’s a start, because we’re pretty sure Rockaway will be here for at least another five years.

Two items ripped from the Rockaway headlines?

“The argument over access to health insurance has become a political football, but even those with a health insurance policy sometimes find themselves at a loss.”

“New concern is expressed throughout the community over the presence of many former inmates of mental institutions who have been sent here to be rehabilitated in normal surroundings. The big objection is that they are without adequate supervision.”

Nope. They’re taken from stories that appeared in The Wave, respectively, 10 years ago and, yes, 40 years ago. The more things change, well, you know…

Just wondering when the American Princess polar bear and walrus watching cruises will start.

You know things have been really cold for a while when it’s 16 degrees out and people are saying, “It’s really not that bad. Much better than last week, when it was 9 degrees!”

Type “Representative Michael Grimm” into a Google search and the top three items will be about him, on camera, threatening to pitch NY 1 News reporter Michael Scotto over a balcony. Apparently the red “still recording” signal was the only bright light going on there.

Broad Channel. There, BC has now been mentioned at least once in this column. Seriously, there is no place like the Channel.

Heard a lot from the the diBlasio podium at a recent press conference about now reaching out to revitalize the outer boroughs. We’ll be watching and waiting to see if, when and how those words actually translate into policies and actions. Let us know when you’re coming out to Rockaway, Bill. We’ll bring the lemonade. Note to politicians: It is not newsworthy when you applaud! The Wave gets numerous press releases saying so-and-so applauds this action or that. We don’t care that you applauded!

Your applause makes the sound of one hand clapping. Please refrain from sending such press releases! In case you’re waiting, the latest word is that the Arverne YMCA will opening on February 14th…”to key constituents, and stakeholders and community leaders. The official opening date of the branch will (be announced) shortly thereafter…” So no, no opening date for the public, not yet. We’ll let you know when the next latest word comes along. Once upon a time we heard Jay Deutchman, who lives in Scarsdale and owns the Rockaway Park Hotel on Beach 116th Street, was going to work with elected officials and community members to bring a better clientele to the place. Well, two new residents are listed on the Sex Offender registry.

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