2014-02-07 / Columnists

Beachcomber

We caught a glimpse of a person strumming an instrument on the roof of the former Queen Esther Home, now a religious dormitory, and recently an Eyesore of the Week. Someone suggested Fiddler on the Roof, someone else suggested Nero fiddling while Rome burned.

New Borough President Melinda Katz must’ve liked last week’s editorial. She was spotted having great fun in Dalton’s. With her was Guardian Angel Curtis Sliwa. Note to Curtis: time to lose the Little League uniform! When you’re pushing 60, you’ve outgrown the red jacket and red beret. We know you can still kick butt, Curtis, but even Batman dresses like Bruce Wayne once in a while.

Weeks Marine is the name of the contractor doing such a fine job not doing anything about beach replenishment. We called them to ask about the job they were supposed to start in September then moved to December, then to January. And now we are wondering if they’ll ever start. They didn’t call us back. We doubt a complaint to the Better Business Bureau would matter but maybe they’ll notice some lousy publicity! So far, Weeks is weak. Officials say getting Fort Tilden beach open by this summer is a priority. Some reports said the beach wouldn’t be opening at all. The latest: it’s a priority. On another matter, we got this from the National Park Service: We do not survey the total number of plovers coming through on the migration, but only count those that stay to nest. During the previous season there were 16 pairs nesting at the Breezy Point Tip, 1 pair nesting on Ft. Tilden beach and zero pairs nesting on Jacob Riis beach.

North Shore Animal League will be at Rockapup with adorable pets looking for their forever Valentines (i.e. new owners!). If you’ve got room for pet love, stop by Rockapup at 145 Beach 116th Street this Saturday, February 8th between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

With the Senate passing the Homeowner Flood Affordability there is increased pressure for Congress to do something. On Tuesday, Congressman Meeks and others took the floor demanding Congress vote on the Senate bill. Alas, the proposed vote got shot down but it ain’t over yet.

Bill de Blasio is not walking in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade because the parade still prohibits marchers from carrying pro-gay signs. We still expect the new mayor here on March 1st.

Jay Deutchman, the notorious landlord of the former Rockaway Park Hotel on Beach 116th Street was quoted in a Daily News article this week about sex offenders moving into his shameful building: “It doesn’t necessarily please me, but I don’t have children (living) in the building,” he said. You believe this guy? Some months back, Eric Ulrich talked about hiring a bus for people who might want to picket in front of Deutchman’s Scarsdale home. Sounds like an idea that should be revisited.

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