Friday, September 26, 2014

New EPA Regulation: “It is as big as Biggert-Waters (and) nobody is talking about it...”



New EPA regulation would have drastic effect on real estate market

By Kyle Barnett  September 26, 2014

The River Region Chamber of Commerce is being proactive about a proposed regulation that they say could have as negative affect on St. Charles Parish and surrounding areas as the Biggert-Waters Act.

The River Region Chamber was instrumental in pushing back against the Biggert-Waters Act last year after it was revealed the law would likely cause bankruptcies and business failures throughout the region due to skyrocketing flood insurance rates.  Now, the chamber has their eyes set on a newly proposed regulation that is rumored to be every bit as big as Biggert-Waters would have been.

The issue is with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent proposal to amend the definition of navigable waterways and place restrictions on building in flood plains. Randy Noel, board member and public policy committee member of the River Regions Chamber of Commerce, said the new restrictions could cost up to three times as much for those pursuing construction in areas where wetlands mitigation is needed.

Anyone seeking to build on a flood plain would also have to apply for a 404 permit and go through several layers of bureaucracy.

“It is as big as Biggert-Waters, nobody is talking about it,” Noel said.

Recent figures have put the cost of mitigating a single acre of land at more than $20,000. Noel said due to increased costs, the newly redefined regulation would have a negative effect on the entire region.

“It covers anything in a flood plain. Are we in a flood plain down here? We are all in flood plains,” Noel said. “If you have any inkling that it is going to be treated as wetlands, you are going to have to go get a 404 permit.”

In addition to construction, a 404 permit would also be needed to work on drainage ditches, canals, ponds or any other source that would be redefined as a national waterway.

“Now they have to be treated and have a 404 permit to be touched, which means for local governments every time they want to maintain a drainage ditch they have to go get a 404 permit,” he said. “That is going to delay maintaining the drainage systems, which is going to flood houses.”

The new definition is currently in a comment period, but Noel said the EPA has the ability to disregard any pushback from community members.

“The EPA can put this into effect regardless of the comments, so there is no stopping them unless we get congressional action or we have to take them to court which is a long, long action,” he said.

The River Region Chamber has garnered the early support of the National Association of Counties and GNO Inc., who will be partnering up to fight against the regulation.

In addition, Sen. Mary Landrieu addressed the issue in a letter to Gina McCarthy, administrator of the EPA.

“The negative impact on real estate development is a glaring example of the disruptive practical effects of the proposed rule. Increased permitting will cause delay for site modifications, and landlords, who often have specific time incentives built into lease agreements, may be unable to fulfill time obligations or predict certainty in those lease agreements. This would jeopardize their ability to retain and attract future tenants,” Landrieu said.

Noel said he is pleased with how quickly Landrieu has responded to the issue.

“She is on it, she understands it because I am telling you how Biggert-Waters would have shut down our real estate community, this could do the same thing. It is not on anybody’s radar. We’ve got to get the EPA to pull this rule back,” he said.

Broad Channel Bits



By Dan Guarino
It was a few years ago when I found myself down at the BCAC field, standing behind two pint-sized football players. Decked out in their pads and uniforms, they were one of a few visiting teams playing that day. As they waited for their turn, I heard them discussing the fierce names of the other teams. The Jaguars, the Cougars, the Barracudas. They both agreed these teams sounded pretty rough and tumble.
Pointing out the green shamrocks on the helmets and jerseys of the Broad Channel home team, one kid said, “Who are they?”

“The Irish?” the first player said. “They don’t sound that tough.”
I think they’re called The Irish,” the other boy said.
I leaned over to both of them and said, “Then you haven’t met the Irish.”
In case you missed all the lights, music and fun going on at the north end of town, the first BC Fall Festival is on! Hosted by the American Legion and the Broad Channel Athletic Club it started up on Wednesday and Thursday and it is running Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27, from 6 to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 28 from 5-10. The fun fair will have rides, games, food, music and more. Come down and enjoy. It’ll all be at the BCAC Memorial Field at 125 Cross Bay Boulevard.
The BCVFD Annual Ladies Softball Game is this Saturday, Sept. 27, 1:30 p.m. at the BCAC field, $20 per player includes after party at Ruffle Bar. Food, beer and refreshments will be sold. Proceeds benefit the Vollies. For information call Janine at 718-634-7235. Come on down, play or just watch. No coolers please. Lots of fun and laughs. Help support our Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department!
The Shad Creek Association’s Annual Fall Pig Roast is this Saturday, Sept. 27 from 2 p.m. on. It’s $35 per person for burgers, hot dogs, brats, hors d’oeuvres, turkey, ham, veggies and more, and, yes, the pig. This is a grownupsonly event. Tickets at the door or call Bob Sacco 917-709-2892 or the club 718-634-1631.
Love those fall brunches? This Sunday, Sept. 28, the VFW is whipping up brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The VFW is at 705 Shad Creek Road.
Next Sunday, Oct. 5, is the American Legion’s first fall brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 209 Cross Bay Boulevard. The Legion Auxiliary’s and VFW’s ever cheerful servers and cooks will be rolling out eggs, omelets and pancake’s and the rolls, drinks, coffees and desserts. Out-oftowners welcomed!
The VFW Post 260 Flea Market is Saturday and Sunday, Oct.
4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Interested in a table? Call Liz at
646-744-9230. It’s a great deal at $10 per day.
Parent meetings for the St. Virgilius/St. Camillus Religious Education Program on Wednesday, Oct. 1. The 3:30 p.m. meeting is at St. Camillus. The 7:30 p.m. is at St. Virgilius. Parents can attend either meeting. Students should register now. For information, call Sister Maureen Ahlemeyer at 718-634-8229
Hit the brakes! The six-hour Defensive Driving Class Point and Insurance Reduction Program is back. A $45 payment guarantees your seat at St. Camillus Springmannn Hall, 185 Beach 99th Street in Rockaway Park. The class will be on Wednesday, Oct. 8 and 15, from 7 to 10 p.m.
No tests and completing both nights of the class will get you a 10 percent discount off liability, collision and no fault insurance for three years and up to a 4-point reduction off your license.
Call Helen at 917-553-2409 or 718-945-4648. Proceeds help benefit St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Religious Instruction Program (CCD).
Christ Presbyterian by the Sea Church already has bookings for their newly rebuilt and reopened social hall. If you are planning a social event, shower, birthday party, wedding etc., you’ll want to check in and reserve your dates now. Call Joyce Adamiszyn at 718-479-3580 and leave a message.
Also, Sunday school starts Oct. 5. Stop by the church’s side entrance on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. for registration.
BC Scout Troop 282 meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Cub Scouts meet at the Legion Hall. Call Joe Panetta 917-238-1507 or Fred Ciappetta 718-877- 3467. Boy Scouts meet at the Shad Creek Association. Call Fred at 718-877- 3467 or Jon Paul Ravinia at 718-440-0565. There is open registration every Monday.
The St. Virgilius Senior Citizens Club meets at the Legion Hall every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. The St. Camillus Golden Age Club meets Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. in Springman Hall in Rockaway.
Last Saturday night, somebody decided to take a computer, chairs and other items out of a dumpster near the library, smash them up and leave bits scattered all over the park by the tennis courts.
Hey, if you are from here and did this, what would you say if somebody else came and trashed the Channel?
And if you’re not from here, go trash where you live. Stay out of BC.
Finally, thanks to Councilman Eric Ulrich, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and Senator Joe Addabbo for making sure that Broad Channel’s streets will get repaved. You may have read last week in The Wave that the FEMA-funded original plan only included a handful of streets and left out others. FEMA picked the streets and FEMA would not budge. That was not good enough for BC. Because we have dedicated public officials, and because they are working with superdedicated, level-headed people like Dan Mundy Jr. and the BC Civic Association, a way was found. The DOT agreed to pick up the rest of the streets.
Most all the other streets in the Channel, all damaged by Sandy, will be done under other programs and funds. This includes the street raisings on the West side and the rest of Cross Bay.
A special recognition to Queens DOT Commissioner Delia Hall. And a BC shout-out to Project Manager Bhavani Ravanan who understands our town and has gone above and beyond to do right by it.
Thanks for reading
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Beachcomber



The Q114 was inaugurated on Aug. 31. Anyone who remembers bouncing around fromFar Rockaway to Jamaica on the Q113 may appreciate the new limited bus line. Councilman Donovan noted that the original Q113 route had 77 stops toward Jamaica and 67 towards Far Rockaway. The new Q114 has 50 stops to Jamaica and 44 to Far Rockaway, skipping a total of 27 stops to Jamaica and 23 to Far Rockaway, cutting the commute time in half.
Best idea heard yet for storm resilience: Replenish the shoreline with clumping kitty litter. When the next storm surge comes ashore it will be instantly absorbed. Then it can be scooped up and thrown away. Take that, superstorm whatever!

Speaking of Fall Festivals, the
 Rockaway Beach Merchants Association is also planning one of its own, more details will be available shortly, but there will be food, pumpkin painting, martial arts demonstrations by CROM MT, live music and more. Oct.18 is the date, so check out www.rockawaybeachmerchants.org in the coming days.
The Beach 116th Street Partnership is throwing a festival. The Beach 116 Fall Fest will feature live music from local bands, a beer garden, local artists and more from noon to 6 on Sunday, October 5. As the say, “Beach 116th Street is back and we’re having a party!”
Two years in the making, but Broad Channel is getting a majority of its streets, damaged by Hurricane Sandy, milled down to the ground and repaved. Councilman Eric Ulrich, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, Dan Mundy Jr. and the Broad Channel Civic Association can rightly take credit for pushing to get this done.
A Rockaway chain variety store features interesting “As Seen On TV” products as the Potato Express, HD Vision Visor and the Bright Eyes Panda Bear Blanket (“The eyes glow in the dark!”), and Bullseye Wee Wee Pads. Dogs, the box claims, will wee wee in the center. One woman asked if they could make such a product for adult men.
The recent tragic suicide at the Dayton Beach Park apartments points out the silent difficulties many people face. “Look into my Heart and Mind, tell me what you see” is the theme of a suicide awareness and prevention tour that is holding events all over Queens.The next is a community luncheon at Seaside Library on Monday, September 29, from 11 to 1.
Check the cold beverage case of one Rockaway Beach deli and you will find cans of Red Bull, Monster energy drink and Ensure.
With October comes the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. As we approach the distance of two years from the event that shook our communities down to our roots, how will we consider where, win or lose, Rockaway is today? And how will we look at the road we have all traveled to get there?
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” -Helen Keller
Late last week after much preparation, including blocking off streets, police escorts and a crane, the comfort stations — which were stored across from Scholars’ Academy – were finally moved. The modular trailers were then permanently mounted on piles on the beach at Beach 67th Street. Strangely enough, there were no marching bands present or crowds of Rockawayites throwing their hats up in the air.
Leading computer scientists and cyber engineers have concluded that yes, you cannot assume it is true because you read on the web or somebody posted it on Facebook.
Visitors were intrigued by Elegante Pizzeria’s advertisement tagline: “We deliver to the beach.” You can’t find that everywhere!
The St. Francis de Sales Quilters will have their annual blessing of the quilts on Sunday October 5 at the 10:30 Mass. Raffles for three baby quilts will be sold after the mass in the small hall. Raffles will also be sold at the street fair on Beach 116th Street during the day. Winners will be announced at 4 o’clock from the stage across from the firehouse.
If you’ve picked up a coffee at your neighborhood deli recently, you may have noticed the advertisement on the cup: “Sponsored by the City’s Office of Emergency Management.” In the ad, it shows a set of bright colored concentric circles against the backdrop of gray crashing waves. “Know Your Zone” it says, referring to NYC’s six hurricane evacuation zones. Visit NYC.gov/knowyourzone or call 311 the ad advises. And definitely get that coffee to go!
One wonders if the repaving of Rockaway Beach Boulevard will ever be finished, or if the broken sidewalks east of Beach 90th Street will ever be made whole again. Then again, if you put blanks in the previous sentence, many folks in Rockaway have their own projects that need to be finished and homes to be made whole again.
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Obituary: Catherine V. O'Toole of Broad Channel



Catherine V. O’Toole


Catherine, O’ Toole of Broad Channel, died on Sept. 23.
She was preceded in death by her husband Michael, and is survived her children Kathleen Ellis, Michael O’Toole, Alice Barry, Kerry O’Toole, Mary Kay Ross, Jackie Williams.

She is also survived by her sisters Margaret, Peggy, Joan; 17 grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

Visitation will be at Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home on Friday, Sept. 26, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. 9 p.m.

Obituary: Catherine Di'Palo Booth of Broad Channel




Catherine Di’Palo Booth



Catherine Di’Palo Booth, 59, of Broad Channel, died on Aug. 30.
Born on Jan. 28, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York, Catherine was a Broad Channel for more than 40 years.
Booth is survived by Eddie, Joel Stephanie, Emily, Jonathan, Gabriella, Elizabeth, Joann, Cathy, Debbie, Lorrain, Serena, AJ, Anthony, Jason, Korron, Mariah, Angelo, and Rey Rey, baby Joel, Carmine and Mary.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Home,Inwood.

MEMOIR IS LOVE LETTER TO BROAD CHANNEL & HOWARD BEACH




Photo courtesy of Marguerite Rocholl
Photo courtesy of Marguerite Rocholl
Marguerite Rocholl’s dad, photojournalist Edward Clarity, many moons ago helped the New York Daily News nab a Pulitzer Prize. And on the plaque that was given to him to commemorate the award was a short note from the publisher, which read: “We couldn’t have done it without you Ed.”
The same can be said of his daughter’s book debut, “Before You Were Born.”
Rocholl admits that the tome, a paean to her childhood in Broad Channel and raising her own family in Howard Beach, was heavily influenced by her father.
“That’s why I wrote the book,” said Rocholl, on the telephone from her home in the Catskills. “I just thought that he had the greatest job ever.”
And Clarity excelled at it. Before he retired and later died in the 1980s, he earned 200 awards as a photographer. But that didn’t make it any easier for Rocholl, an award-winning shooter herself, to pen the memoir.
Author and Broad Channel native Marguerite Rocholl with her granddaughter, Audrey Photo courtesy of Marguerite Rocholl
Author and Broad Channel native Marguerite Rocholl with her granddaughter, Audrey
Photo courtesy of Marguerite Rocholl
“I always wanted to write about him, but I couldn’t do it. Then I thought, ‘Why don’t I write it from the point of view of a daughter?’” she recalled. “The words just never stopped coming.”
Those words were equally inspired by her three children: Regina, Jacqueline and Christian, to whom it is dedicated, along with her husband, Ted, a retired city firefighter and native of Woodhaven.
“That’s kind of how I came up with the title,” Rocholl noted. “The book is addressed to my kids, and it’s like I’m telling them about things before they were born.”
One of the events she detailed was the arrival of Hurricane Donna in Broad Channel in 1960. Since Rocholl’s sister Mary was expecting her first child, she ran to Mary’s house which was just a few doors down from her own on 15th Road.
“The water came up through the floor boards,” Rocholl remembered. “Furniture floating, baby clothes…” Her voice trailed off just a bit, before recalling how the storm affected her decision on where to raise her own family. “I don’t think I can do this,” the Stella Maris High School alum said she confided to herself with a nervous laugh.
So she and Ted settled down in Old Howard Beach after they were married in 1963.
“Maybe because it’s halfway between Woodhaven and Broad Channel,” Rocholl playfully posited when asked why they chose Howard Beach. “No, I just wanted to stay near my friends and family, but not so near the hurricanes and stuff.”
Rocholl and Ted now call upstate New York home. But listening to her reminisce on growing up “in the water” in Broad Channel, and making memories with her children in Howard Beach, you get a sense of where Rocholl’s heart is and will always be.
On that sandy Queens peninsula, and her beloved daddy’s knee.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Contractors Respond to address issue of ponded tidal water at end of W12thRd

W12thRd, September 25th, 2014
1:50 p.m.

Less than 2 hours after our previous posting of significant ponded water at the end of W12thRd remaining after this morning's high tide, unable to out flow into the bay, the contractors arrived at the end of the street shortly before 2 pm and immediately set about establishing a runoff to allow the ponded tidal waters to drain from the street.

Those of us who live at the bay end of W12thRd thank you for your quick response!


Boyleing Points - Inside Karma (Rockaway Times)


The Rockaway Times

BOYLEING POINTS: INSIDE KARMA

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Inside baseball is an expression that essentially means you have deep knowledge of a subject, not just baseball. You might drop names and jargon in conversation that nobody else gets unless they’re inside baseball, equally clued in to the minutia of a subject.
Did I lose you already?
You gotta be careful using inside baseball stuff because if you go too inside you’ll be the only one in there. A ferry advocate might say, How come Jim Barker isn’t at any of these ferry rallies? Why isn’t Jim Barker making more noise about keeping the ferry?
Who?
If you know Jim Barker that means you’re inside baseball on the subject of the ferry. He’s the guy who owns Seastreak, the company that operates the ferry.
Nobody – as in the general public – really knows the guy’s name. C’mon, let’s see a show of hands from people who actually ride the ferry. Could you pick Jim Barker’s name out of a lineup?
Speaking of lineups, and the criminal justice system, there was a story in the Daily News and DNAInfo this week about a publisher of a newspaper in Queens who was arrested following a spat with a neighbor. Apparently she expected the arresting office to be Inside Baseball because she screamed at him “Do you know who the F— I am?”
Oh man, oh man, oh man. Picture me biting my knuckle as I fight back going all Inside Baseball right now. How I’m dying to write more about this Queens publisher. I’ve even got stuff on tape. But there’s another expression which I’ve got to follow and that’s taking the high road. And while expressing expressions, I’ll just save the stuff for a rainy day.
Man, this high road stinks.
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Boyleing Over: Happy birthday, Helen Boyle. If you’re going to give her a gift please hold off on giving her anything to do with Buster Posey. Buster is an all-star catcher for the baseball Giants and her longtime crush on the kid is well known. All she seems to get on birthdays and Christmas are Buster Posey related items. She’s got three replica Posey uniforms hanging on her wall. And I’m not kidding. She’d trade me for Buster in a New York second.
My siblings tell me she’s a world class cook these days. I wouldn’t know, I’m still traumatized by the pork shops she served up in the Great Depression (Brooklyn, 1970’s). I still maintain they were bones stolen from the Museum of Natural History. The apple sauce on top never fooled me. Anyway, besides reportedly having improved cooking skills, she’s a proofreader extraordinaire. Every time you come across a typo don’t blame her – I just forgot to fix it. And she didn’t proof this one because I wanted the Birthday wishes to be a surprise. Errors are all mine.
Hppy brthdy, Helen !
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There’s gotta be a future column coming about closeted liberals in Rockaway.
Many libs are quite loud and proud but there’s a segment in hiding. You may have noticed the Beef Chip column shows a person’ s head covered by a paper bag. The image always makes me think of the people who lean in and whisper, I’m kind of a liberal. Like it’s a state secret. Hey, from what I hear, you can be a liberal and still detest the mayor, so what’s the worry?