Sunday, March 1, 2015

NWS issues Winter Weather Advisory

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Event:Winter Weather Advisory
Alert:
...WINTRY WEATHER EXPECTED THROUGH EARLY MONDAY MORNING... 
 
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST 
MONDAY... 
 
* LOCATIONS...NEW YORK CITY...NEARBY PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST NEW 
JERSEY AND WESTCHESTER COUNTY...AND LONG ISLAND. 
 
* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN. 
 
* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 2 TO 4 INCHES. ICE 
ACCUMULATION UP TO A TENTH OF AN INCH. 
 
* VISIBILITIES...ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES. 
 
* TIMING...SNOW WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON...THEN MIX WITH OR 
CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN THIS EVENING. PRECIPITATION WILL TAPER 
OFF AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. 
 
* IMPACTS...SNOW COVERED SURFACES...COATED WITH ICE IN AREAS... 
WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. THE SNOW WILL ALSO HIDE ALREADY 
ICY SPOTS.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

NWS: Hazardous Weather Outlook



Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
620 AM EST SAT FEB 28 2015

CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179-011130-
NORTHERN FAIRFIELD-NORTHERN NEW HAVEN-NORTHERN MIDDLESEX-
NORTHERN NEW LONDON-SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD-SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN-
SOUTHERN MIDDLESEX-SOUTHERN NEW LONDON-WESTERN PASSAIC-
EASTERN PASSAIC-HUDSON-WESTERN BERGEN-EASTERN BERGEN-WESTERN ESSEX-
EASTERN ESSEX-WESTERN UNION-EASTERN UNION-ORANGE-PUTNAM-ROCKLAND-
NORTHERN WESTCHESTER-SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER-NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)-BRONX-
RICHMOND (STATEN ISLAND)-KINGS (BROOKLYN)-NORTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-
NORTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-
NORTHERN QUEENS-NORTHERN NASSAU-SOUTHERN QUEENS-SOUTHERN NASSAU-
620 AM EST SAT FEB 28 2015

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTHERN
CONNECTICUT...NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY AND SOUTHEAST NEW YORK.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

SNOW IS EXPECTED FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON INTO EARLY MONDAY MORNING. THE
SNOW MAY MIX WITH SOME SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN NEAR LONG ISLAND
AND NY METRO. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE
ACROSS THE LOWER HUDSON VALLEY AND CONNECTICUT...WITH 1 TO 2 INCHES
AND A LIGHT ICE ACCRETION TO THE SOUTH.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME THAT WOULD MEET
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WARNING CRITERIA.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekly Construction Schedule (March 2nd - 6th, 2015)

As always, please comply with the days and times of construction related parking restrictions posted on West 11th, 12th and 13th Roads.


Penny Social Fundraiser




Saturday, May 16, 2015
6:00PM to 6:00AM

Broad Channel Athletic Club
125 Crossbay Blvd, Broad Channel, NY

Broad Channel Bits (The WAVE)


Broad Channel Bits

By Dan Guarino
It’s been a cold winter, no doubt. So much so that a lot people’s cabin fever broke last week Sunday, as temperatures rose from the single digits to the upper 30s. It was a nice day. It didn’t last, but it was a nice day.
The Broad Channel Civic Association Facebook page has some amazing photos of a very frozen Jamaica Bay. As you may have seen, the cold this winter has been so severe that almost all of the bay was frozen over. So people say they have never seen anything quite like it.
But the images are stunning, especially the views ofBroad Channel from a distance. The photographer? Dan Mundy Jr.
Dan noted in the last Civic newsletter, “Record setting cold has gripped the area and Broad Channel is in a DEEP FREEZE with ice covering the entire bay. Hopefully spring is around the corner as this extreme cold seems to be taking a toll on water pipes, oil burners and even dock poles that are being snapped like tooth picks by the massive ice flow.”
Looking to spring, there are still a few dates left to sign up for BCAC CYO St. Virgilius/St. Camillus/St. Rose soccer. You can register on Saturday, Feb. 28, and Sunday, March 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. and Wednesday, March 4 and 11 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. New players are welcome and no experience necessary.
Fees are $85 or $110 with a new uniform. Sign up at the BCAC Clubhouse at Memorial Field at 125 Cross Bay Blvd. The girls’ teams from 1st to 8th grades, and boys are first through eighth grade, pending registration results. Email rchurchill3@gmail.com for more info.
This Saturday, Feb. 28, is the 110th Anniversary Dance for the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department. It’s a great evening and it’s an important fundraiser for the Vollies.
Here’s what they have to say about the big event: “The BCVFD is celebrating 110 years of service at this upcoming year’s Officers Installation Dance. As usual, we will be giving out awards such as the Chief Robert H. Russell Sr. Memorial Firefighter of the Year Award and Lt. Kenneth Greenholtz Sr. Memorial EMT of the Year Award, as well as installing our new chiefs and officers for 2015. This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be the 2014 Chief of Department Ed Wilmarth III. Please join us, and other departments, in celebrating at the American Legion with food, drinks and dancing. Call 718-474- 6888 weeknights between 7 and 10 p.m. for your tickets and reservations, because space and tables do go fast. Last minute tickets may be available at the door the night of the event.”
I believe you can still get in on the BCVFD 3rd Annual Getaway Raffle, which has a of an overnight stay at 5 star hotel, dinner in a fine restaurant and Broadway show tickets as the grand prize. And you pick the dates you want to go.
Get your foot in the door or climb in over the transom, but get in on this raffle. You don’t want to ‘just miss’ being the winner!
There is also just enough time, but not much, to sign up for the new Defensive Driving Class. The 6 hour class takes place over two Tuesday nights, March 3 and 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the St. Camillus School Auditorium, 185 Beach 99th St. Attending both nights and completing the class will get you a 10 percent insurance discount, good for the next three years, and take up to 4 points off your license. Refreshments will be served. No test is given. Proceeds go to support the St. Camillus CCD Religious Instruction Program. Your $45 payment now guarantees you a seat. Call Helen at 917-553-2409 or 718-9454648 now as time is running short.
On Thursday, March 5, the BC Library is hosting “Do You Have Happy Feet?” A registered nurse will be giving a presentation on foot health “so your feet can be happy!” Get your skates on and come down.
Many thanks to those who came out to the VFW Hall for the Property Tax Assistance town hall meeting arranged by Councilman Eric Ulrich for Monday, Feb. 23.
Likewise thanks to everyone who joined in for a fun Paint Nite at the BCAC Clubhouse last Thursday, Feb. 26. Talented Jennifer Porcheddu from right here in the Channel led the event and all proceeds went to Relay For Life and their fight against cancer.
Speaking of good causes, Kristen Kim, along with Mason Poretto, organized the recent successful Rock for LLS event at Grassy’s. The event, which featured local musicians, raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Kristen writes, “Hey everyone! Since I'm doing so well, LLS raised my fundraising goal to $3000. I have until March 1. Who's going to help me reach my goal?!!! If you're not in a position to donate, then please share my Facebook fundraising page. I've always wanted to run a marathon. Not only am I running my first half marathon in March, but I am part of a team I am training with, to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.” Help if you can.
Pick up a brand new 2015 BC Historical Calendar today. Buy one month for $5 and get the other 11 also! There are great historical photos and high tide times for every day. Calendars are available at All American Deli, Rock N Roll Bagel, at BC Civic meetings, and from BC Historical Committee members, like me!
Finally, it was four years ago this past Wednesday, Feb. 25, that my wife Liz passed away. Her last Broad Channel Bits column was published on the day that she died. I think she would have been proud of that. She loved Broad Channel.
I wanted to thank everyone for their support since then, and thank you for welcoming us into this wonderful community some 25 years ago.
Thanks for reading.

Beachcomber (The WAVE)


Beachcomber


During the first week of February, the poor boxes at St.Thomas More Church were broken into and all the money was taken. Again.
Commenting on a posting about the $480 million in FEMA funds that (hopefully) will all be going to rebuilding the boardwalk, Peter Gillespie noted “I know the Rockaway boardwalk is longer than the 2.2 mile boardwalk in Long Beach. But Long Beach seems to be a lot cheaper at 42.2 million dollars.”
The Delta Beta Zeta chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is inviting pregnant women (only) to a Stork’s Nest Community Baby Shower. There will be workshops and free baby items on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m. at Safe Space at 1600 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway. For info and to register call 917-648- 2385.
“Any jackass can knock down a barn, but it takes a real carpenter to build one.”-Mark Twain
The I Grind Against Violence Talent Showcase is bringing two dozen live performers to the Far Rockaway Educational Campus on Bay 25th Street. Presented by IGrindDoYou? and the 101st Precinct Community Council, the free event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28.
Overheard in a Rockaway office after lunch arrived: “Soup is here!” The reply? “You mean the Red Cross finally came through?”
The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Broad Channel is hosting its 12th annual Jane Fuller Memorial Brunch on Sunday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds from the event at the American Hall off Cross Bay Boulevard go to Cancer Care. Jane Fuller was a well missed member of the Auxiliary.
Rockaway Roasters on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 92nd Street had its doors open while they trained staff this past week, offering customers a chance to sample their coffees and say ‘hello’.
The Rockaway Theatre Company launches its production of Legally Blonde - TheMusical, JR. which opens on Friday, Feb. 27 and runs to March 8.
Settling in for a long winter? Last Saturday a man was seen trudging across the Waldbaum’s parking in the swirling snow, carrying a 24 roll package of toilet paper on his shoulder.
The Rockaway Artists Alliance is inviting submissions for its YEAYoung Emerging Artists and Human Form exhibitions. See details at www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.
A recent Queens Brownstoner article, A Walk In Far Rockaway, starts off unpromisingly by describing the area as “a doyenne whose beauty has long-since faded.” But it does go on to say that “Far Rock is a thriving neighborhood and there are surprising elements to it that make it ripe for urban exploration” and includes fascinating extensive local, architectural, historical and other details.
Queens NYC Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandoski sent out the following about upcoming boardwalk construction: “Please be advised that Skanska will be working on successive Saturdays (only during normal business hours) over the next coming weeks in order to lift and install our new precast concrete boardwalk planks.This work will occur only in the Phase 1 area (Beach 86th to Beach 97th Streets) and at no other locations.There will be no pile driving on Saturdays, only a crane lifting and placing planks into position.”
A familiar whale shape with the stylish logo letters ‘RBNY’-Rockaway Beach NYhas been turning up on t-shirts, koozies and hats. Say the local folks at RBNY.Rocks, “We want to show the art and creativity thatRockaway contains and we want to work with local artists and businesses. Drop us a line atbythebeachco@gmail.com or call at 917-647-7102.”
Breezy Point’s own Marie Moloney has been named a Deputy Marshall of the Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade.You can cheer her in Brooklyn on Sunday, March 22.
Seen on a NYC subway advertisement: “When diamonds aren’t forever...1-800- DIVORCE.”
According to NYC Parks’ Dorothy Lewandowski, Parks is pushing to add two more surfing beaches in Rockaway: One from Beach 65th to Beach 67th streets and one from Beach 110th to Beach 112th. No dates have been set out yet. Right now the only legal places to surf in all of New York City are between Beach 67th and Beach 69th streets and from Beach 87th to Beach 92nd street.
“As you have probably already guessed, based upon the complete lack of compositional structure, good use of an eye path, color, lighting, etc., that veritably screams from each of the photos, I must assume all guilt for taking them. Although “photo credit” would be greatly appreciated, perhaps the term “photo blame” would be more appropriate.” –Broad Channel’s Pete Mahon, when The Wave asked if we could use his photos and give him a photo credit.
Images of kids in boots, hats and coats sledding down snow hills, and surfers in winter wetsuits running over sand and into the waves, all on the same, all on the same beach! It’s so Rockaway, and so well captured by local photographer and videographer Barbara Rock. Check out her amazing and beautiful take on winter in Rockaway athttp://rockphoto.smugmug.com/Family/Videos/idnkzWFX/ A.
On February 23, 1945, Associated Press combat photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the now famous image of five U.S. Marines and a Navy corpsman raising an American flag after the battle of Iwo Jima in the Pacific.Three Marines depicted in the photograph, Harlon Block, Franklin Sousley, and Michael Strank, were killed in action within days of the photo being taken.
Did you know that milk and juice cartons go in the blue bin? Empty, rinse and place with metal, glass, plastics and cartons. More recycling tips on the website:www.nyc.gov/recycle.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Boyleing Points - No Stinkin' Buttons (Rockaway Times)


Boyleing Points — No Stinkin’ Buttons

You know that onesie pajamas are now made for adults.  The new craze is really just an offspring of the Snuggie, which was basically a bathrobe worn backwards.  With back-to-back winters like we’ve had, I completely get the idea of warmth and comfort.   And though they might be nothing more than a fad, I accept them as fun and even useful.  Unlike men’s pajamas.
See, I’m easily amused and confused.   Sometimes people don’t think I’m listening but it’s only because I’m wondering about something dark and disturbing.  I mean, every time I see a guy on TV or in a movie wearing pajamas I think it’s kinda weird.  Actually, more than weird.  It’s deeply troubling.  Since I grew out of footie pajamas a few decades back, I’ve never been a pajamas kinda guy and I really don’t see how any normal man could be.
I get pajama pants but the idea of putting on a shirt that you have to button is absurd and really marks you as some kind of nut job.  There, I said it.  If you’re sleeping next to a man with buttons, keep one eye open.
You know the shortest list in Rockaway is the Men’s Best Dressed List.  Chances are if you’re wearing button down pajamas to bed, you’re better dressed when you’re asleep than when you’re walking around town.
Sleeping clothes should be button free.  Sweatpants, underwear, gym shorts: all acceptable.  Sleeping nude? Well, that’s a column for another day – though a quick aside: A friend of mine says she would never sleep nude.  What if there was a fire? And you had to run out on the street?  She says she sleeps with her clothes on and a fully packed suitcase next to her bed just in case.  That, to me , is more normal than a man in button down pj’s.
I won’t put the no-button rule on women.   I’m betting lots of them like buttons and I think a lot of women like to get dressed up.  Who am I to say how they should dress when they go nighty-night.  But men?  Men are men, as a deep thinker once told me, they don’t need no stinkin buttons.
I’m sure there are 50 shades of men but when all is said and done, you fall into one of two camps.   You’re either Oscar Madison or Felix Unger.  And I’m talking Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, the best of the all the Oscars and Felixes.
In simple, raw, terms Oscar Madison is a man’s man.  He can be trusted.  Felix?  He’s more likely to be a serial killer.
So, that’s it.  Next time you see a show with a guy wearing button shirt pajamas, you’re gonna see what I mean.
Oh, as for you men over 70 – you get a pass.  You guys wore overcoats and fedoras to baseball games.  It’s in your DNA.  Of course, you’re going to get dressed –– properly attired – for bed.
But the rest of you?  Don’t be trying to defend the idea of getting dressed for bed.  I already have you sized up as a possible serial killer.  No amount of discussion is gonna change that.

Between the Bridges in Broad Channel (Rockaway Times)


Between The Bridges — Who Knew?



Last Sunday saw the return of B-I-N-G-O to Broad Channel’s V.F.W. Post #260 on Shad Creek Road.  I’ll be the first to admit that I have always thought that B-I-N-G-O was either the name of a farmer’s dog or a game invented by religious organizations dedicated solely to allowing our senior citizens to legally gamble away their social security earnings by allowing them to purchase a “get out of sin” card at the front door. 
That being said, the air temperature was a balmy 36 degrees so I decided to stroll up to the hall shortly after 1:00 p.m. to see how things were working out. The first thing that struck me was that the population of gamers was almost evenly spread between both men and women. The group’s age spread also included the expected senior citizen category but also included both young and middle aged Bingophiles. It had never dawned on me that young people could (or would) play Bingo. I always envisioned an age minimum, you know, a picture of someone’s grandma holding a sign with an arrow pointing to herself stating – “You must be this old to play!”
Last week in this column I may have mentioned that the popularity of B-I-N-G-O is based on the fact that it is a social game, where players happily interact with each other with a sense of congenial camaraderie.  In hindsight, I may have been a tad off with my “happy-happy” description of the Bingo Hall’s atmosphere.
The tables were filled with people with heads bowed, eyes scrupulously examining their Bingo cards, their hands grasping a magic marker to record each called number. By the way, I was schooled by one player who was playing several cards at once that the markers are called “dabbers” by the more experienced players. I guess she was an experienced player as she was armed with a “dabber” in both hands, a “double fisted dabber” if you will. During the game she sounded like an old IBM Selectric Typewriter, “dabbing” her numbers with both hands on all of her cards. The only other sounds in the Hall were the rattle of the turning bingo number cage followed by the caller announcing the next pulled number until someone ultimately threw their hands in the air and yelled “BINGO!” followed by a loud collective groan interspersed with the occasional “Damn it!”
Someone would circulate throughout the hall in between games selling raffles and 50/50 tickets to assuage the gambling fever of the losers. I was advised that this person is referred to as a “seller.” Years ago when I worked in law enforcement we referred to them as a “pusher.”
With each new game the Bingo Master assumed her position and began calling numbers as fast as she could (the natives grow restless when she dawdles). At one point assistance had to be called in for one player who was attempting to play 40 cards at once and who, unfortunately, was not a “double fisted dabber.”
All kidding aside, many thanks to Gail Waldhein, Kathleen Reardon Savino, Eileen Russel and of course the Bingo Master herself, Cookie Daley of the V.F.W.’s Ladies Auxiliary for making this a great day for all who attended!
Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?
Contact Information: Email – rtbetweenthebridges@gmail.com