2014-07-25 / Columnists


If you parked along Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 88th and 90th Streets and got a ticket on July 22, you may have a legitimate way to fight it. Seems a mix-up between the start date (July 23) and when the signs were placed may have resulted in incorrect ticketing. There also seems to be some confusion as which signs along that stretch of RBB are legit and which ones aren’t. In any event, be careful where you park!

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, a strong proponent of revitalizing Rockaway’s public transportation, has announced that he’s teaming up with Assemblywoman Nily Rozic and the New York State Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions to hold a public oversight hearing to address the transportation needs of transit-starved communities in Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. The hearing will be held in Manhattan on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 10:00 a.m.

If you see something, call the police. The 100th and 101st Precincts depend on information and tips, and emergency alerts to prevent crimes. See something suspicious or possibly dangerous? Call 911. Now. Got a lead or tip on a crime that is under investigation? Contact Crime Stoppers. Call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), go to WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS. Com or text 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. With apologies, the Sand Castle Contest scheduled for Sunday, July 27th, is cancelled.

In the article “Eating Along the A Line,” Daily News writer Rachel Wharton writes, “in Rockaway Park you can get great Italian, gourmet takeout and perfect tacos… If you need a break from the sun and sand scene, head to Beach 116th Street. and Tiberio Dimare, Cuisine by Claudette or King of Tacos.”

A huge painting is taking shape on the east wall of Madeline’s Chocolate, where the retail sweet shop used to be. Whether it is a mural, name or gigantic postcard is hard to say now. But no doubt details will emerge shortly.

Months ago community leaders were talking about ‘revitalizing’ the Far Rockaway Shopping Center on Mott Avenue. A quick internet search will show news stories announcing a ‘new’ revitalization coming in 2013, 2012, 2009, 2007 and so on. Downtown Far Rock is a vital, on the go economic, business, shopping and transport hub. Let’s get this vast shopping spot up and moving and really contributing to the whole Rockaway revival.

Artist Geoff Rawling is popping up all over. On the boardwalk at Beach 96th Street, you can put your face through one of his whimsical beach cutouts and take a picture. Or you can spot his artwork on a Long Beach deli and dozens of other places. Or adoring the fanciful Dragon Boat, often seen cruising Jamaica Bay.

Drivers along Seagirt Boulevard between Beach 27th and Beach 32nd Streets in Far Rockaway have been putting up with narrowed lanes and rocky rides for some months. It’s all necessary as a new major sewer and drainage system goes in. Dig they must; but can they dig faster?

The next Rockaway Civic Association’s Beachflix flic, “Surf’s Up,” is on Saturday, July 26, on the sand at Beach 73rd Street. All films start at dusk.

Wave cartoonist, artist, author and filmmaker Robert Sarnoff’s film, “The ROMEOWS (Retired Older Men Eating Out Wednesdays) has been selected by the 2014 the Chain NYC Film Festival. The movie will be screened with other short films on Friday August 8th, 2:30 p.m. at The Chain Theater 121-28 45th Road, Long Island City.

The Far Rockaway Library has free summer movies for kids every Wednesday afternoon from 12 to 2:30. The schedule is: 7/30 – “The Princess and the Frog” (G); 8/6 - “Remember the Titans” (PG); 8/13 - “Up” (PG); 8/20- “Wall•E (G); 8/27 - “The Wiz” (G).

“Dear Aol Mail User. Your account was signed in from unknown location. Please click here to verify your account to avoid closure. -Aol Customer Services Team.” It’s one thing to be bombarded by spam. But being threatened by your “Aol” customer “services” team? Priceless. Especially when “hi-paying” jobs are being offered at “Goggle.”

This Sunday, July 27, the Rockaway Theatre Company’s 3 p.m. performance is a benefit for the North Shore Animal League. Pets will also be there for adoption. Wag if you like a great show and a good cause.

Look out! After a few close calls involving pedestrians, including a mother and child and also a wheelchair user, stop signs have been placed at both exits at the Waldbaum’s parking lot on Beach Channel Drive.

Kudos to Kathy Sebade of Barefoot Moments Photography, whose Wounded Warriors photos appeared in the Rockaway Point News, as well as in The Wave.

The “Love Stone Project” is coming to Rockaway Beach at Beach 98 Street on Wednesday, July 30, 2 p.m. Join Japanese sculptor Atsuya Tominaga in polishing heart shaped stones to become part of a worldwide sculpture.

“The Mighty Atom Jr.”, Rockaway’s own Mike Greenstein, can not only pull an audience on America’s Got Talent, but can also pull a nearly 5,000 pound truck, the show’s judges and his younger brother — all with his teeth.

While some people are pleased that Rockaway has been ‘discovered’ as the place to be, others understandably are lamenting that this once hidden gem is hidden no more. Time will say how all things work out. Sometimes it’s a case of the glass being half full at the top, or half empty at the bottom.

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