2014-06-06 / Columnists

Beachcomber

A certain editor of a certain weekly newspaper was looking for a parking space on Beach 116th Street recently. When he found one, he was about to put his money in the Muni-Meter when a lovely young woman said, “Here, I still have time on mine.” Rockaway hospitality at its finest!

The Far Rockaway branch of the Queens Library system will be one of 22 libraries serving free summer meals to children and teens 18 and under this summer. Children and teens are invited to visit their community libraries every Monday through Friday, from June 27 - August 29. The meals will be provided by the NYC Department of Education. There is no application, qualification or ID required. Healthy, tasty bagged lunches will be provided as long as supplies last.

Before portions of Arverne By The Sea were built, the area was a battleground. Literally. In 2008, prop military tanks and more than 200 cast and crew could be seen up on the cleared, sandy property as battle scenes were shot for the NBC series “Kings.” The drama, starring Ian McShane, was loosely based on the biblical story of King David, but set in a kingdom not unlike the modern day United States. It premiered on March 15, 2009, but was cancelled after 13 episodes.

Did you know that Rockaway Taco gets its veggies from the new Edgemere Farm at Beach 45th Street?

Word is, an announcement is coming out very soon about a major arts festival that is coming to Rockaway and staying for the whole summer.

What do the letters AOH stand for in Rockaway? The Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 21 has been serving the Rockaway Beach/ Breezy Point communities for more than 40 years. They are, as their website says, “a nonprofit organization and its purpose is to promote Irish culture and foster, and perpetuate the history and traditions of the Irish people.” Their annual fundraisers benefit local charitable organizations.

Happy anniversary! Local band “Wine With Sue” celebrated their 20th year with a bang at Brendan’s Bar (formerly the Blackwater Inn) on Saturday, May 31.

The “Blackwater” refers to the pub, not what was pumped out of the basement after the hurricane.

Rockaway, rain or shine. The iffy weather has made it a bit harder for summer to get a start here. Businesses and events have been taking it rain drop by rain drop.

Who knew? March 8 of this year saw the debut of a movie called “Fort Tilden.” IMDb describes it as “A comedy about Allie (Bridy Elliot), and Harper (Clare McNulty), and their needlessly difficult journey to the beach.” There may even be bootleg copies circulating on Beach 116th Street even now. Well, it did win two awards, including one at the SXSW Film Festival.

It’s horseshoe crab mating season in Jamaica Bay. That would explain the candlelight and roses spotted along the shore. Be polite. Don’t stare.

On February 6, an application was filed with the New York State Liquor Authority for Broad Channel Wine & Liquor, Inc. on Cross Bay Boulevard. No word yet on if the spirit has moved them.

“Why did the poor poet of Tennessee, upon suddenly receiving two handfuls of silver, deliberate whether to buy him a coat, which he sadly needed, or invest his money in a pedestrian trip to Rockaway Beach?” - Herman Melville, Moby Dick.

The trial of former State Senator Malcolm Smith started on Monday, June 1, in federal court in White Plains. In 2013, he was arrested and charged in a scheme which involved $60,000 in bribes and influence trading. All of this was to illegally put Smith on the ballot to run for mayor of New York.

Parking is always an issue in Rockaway, but when major events are planned and being planned, it seems as if the folks doing the planning aren’t taking the dearth of parking into account.

On Saturday June 7th, the Rockaway Beach Civic Association is sponsoring The Battle of the Walls handball tournament, at Shore Front Parkway and Beach 74th Street at 10 a.m. for ages 21 and under. For those whose hands are not up to the abuse, on Sunday June 15, the RBCA will sponsor a Battle of the Walls paddleball tournament.

Our police officers are more than just civil servants, they are taxpayers too. Sometimes, as we discovered, they are even from Rockaway. Just the other day, one of New York’s Finest asked for a breakdown of how Sandy money is being spent locally in Rockaway. We left the conversation both shrugging our shoulders.

Speaking of Muni-Meters and Beach 116th Street, The Wave keeps hearing complaints about there not being enough paper in the machines. Isn’t it funny how the ticket writers never seem to run out of paper?

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