Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Between the Bridges - Terms of Endearment


Between the Bridges in Broad Channel
by
Peter J. Mahon
April 20th, 2017

Terms of Endearment!

"Doll" - I have, for many years, been prone to the practice of using this term when referring to my wife Grace and have always considered the use of such a sobriquet as nothing more than a simple term of endearment,   Recently I began to notice that Grace was appearing to become irritated with my use of this appellation but I really did not give it much thought until she finally sat me down and told me that she did not find my habit to be at all "endearing." With no further commentary forthcoming no obvious explanation for her vexation with this issue readily sprang to mind.  Unfortunately, this then led to my thought process going completely off the rails which, at least for me, usually results in nothing but trouble.  

Pulling up my big boy boxers I approached and inquired in a mature manner what it was that was bothering her her. Did she view the term, "doll" as sexist?  Did she think my predilection evidenced some deep seated misogynistic issues on my part?  Did she think my use of the word "doll" indicated that I did not respect her power and intelligence and thus did not take her seriously as a woman and wife?  Grace eyed me quizzically and then replied, "You really don't know do you?"  Exasperated, I threw my arms up in abject surrender and politely asked her to explain.  "I am not the only one in your life you call 'doll'.  You call both our daughters 'doll' also!"  In my own defense I countered with - "how could that be a bad thing, after all they are our daughters and I love them both as well?"  Grace responded, "Well then, do you know that you also call the cashier at the All American Channel Market 'doll'? You also call all the bartenders at the VFW 'doll'!  In fact, you even refer to all female telemarketers you speak with as 'doll'! I have even heard you calling our female cats "doll' from time to time.  As far as I am concerned 'doll' is nothing more than your go-to word when dealing with members of the opposite sex.

Discretion being the better part of valor I accepted her above described complaint as valid and vowed to immediately cease using the term to refer to her.  Of course, having said that, I knew that I would have to choose a new and singular use  nickname for my love if life was to continue as I know it.  Over the next several days I experimented with various other terms when addressing "she who must be obeyed" and carefully noting her reactions.

"Sunflower" - "What am I, a damned hippie left over the 60's?"  "Buttercup" - "Are you calling me a fat cow?"  "Baby Love" - "Diana Ross has that one covered already!"  "Honey Bun" - "Am I something you found in the bread aisle?"  "Babe" - "You know that is the name of a pig don't you?"  "Sweet-ums" - Grace simply stuck her finger down her throat accompanied by retching sounds.  "Honey Bunny" - "get over yourself, Easter has come and gone. "Sugar" - "The Archie's locked that one up back in 1969!  "Baby Doll" - "Don't even go there!"  "Cup cake" - "You're back in the bread aisle!"  As a last resort I threw out an oldie but (at least in my mind)  goody..."Cutie-Patootie" only to have Grace walk out of the room muttering to herself "he's hopeless."

I followed immediately behind her and, obviously without thinking, blurted out "I'm sorry Doll, I'm sure I'll come up with something!"  I think you can all guess how the rest of my day went!

Broad Channel - why would anyone want to live anywhere else?




   

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Rockaway Times - Thursday, April 13th edition

Between the Bridges - Thank You Al McCarthy!


Between the Bridges in Broad Channel
by
Peter J. Mahon
April 13th, 2017

Thank You Al McCarthy!

Just recently I heard the sounds of children playing on the newly raised, paved and tidal free shared space street on West 12th Road as they enjoyed the view of Jamaica Bay from the new bulkhead installation at the end of the block. The children who were enjoying their new shared space were all to young to know that none of this would have been possible without the tireless efforts of Mr. Al McCarthy, a one time resident of the street.

The town of Broad Channel and especially the residents of West 12th Road have long suffered from deteriorating street infrastructure, unsafe conditions and property damage caused by routine and serious street tidal flooding. Numerous requests for assistance from city agencies in this issue were made by individual residents, the Broad Channel Civic Association and elected officials. all of which resulted solely in vague assurances from city agencies that they were aware of this issue and “were working on plans to mitigate” the problem but, unfortunately, no action on the part of the city was ever undertaken to address this problem. One of the most outspoken advocates long standing Broad Channel issue was Al McCarthy of West 12th Road.

During March of 2010, Al  was the driving force behind the residents of  West 12th Road finally deciding that after years of the city and our elected officials paying only “lip service” to our complaints of serious tidal street flooding, to take matters into their own hands. During the March 2010 “nor’easter”, and the accompanying severe tidal flooding sustained on W12th Road, Al reached out to New York One (NY1) and arranged for media coverage of the tidal flooding conditions on our block. Immediately thereafter, a petition demanding that the city finally assume its responsibility for the rapidly deteriorating street conditions and accompanying property damage and unsafe conditions on West 12th Road caused by routine and serious tidal flooding was signed by all West 12th Road residents and delivered to our elected officials. Shortly thereafter, the office of the Queens Borough President contacted us and advised that a meeting would be held at Queens Borough Hall to, yet again discuss this issue, in April, 2010.

I first met Al McCarthy when our family moved into our house on West 12th Road back in the 90's after making the long trip from the East side of our island (Walton Road) to the West. A day or two after we moved in, Al grabbed me in the street,  introduced himself and welcomed me to West 12th Road shoving a tide calendar into my hands stating "Here kid, you're gonna need this...West 12th is the lowest street in the Channel and we get flooded by the tides all the time."   Al also mentioned that my intentional relocation to West 12th Road could be an indication that I needed the assistance of a psychiatrist to explain why I would want to move into a house at the bay end of that street he affectionately referred to as the "swamp."  I asked Al if my move to West 12th Road meant I had issues, how did he explain his long term residence on the block?  Al smiled and responded, "Kid, I don't need a shrink to tell me I'm crazy but you obviously do!"


The April 2010 meeting was attended by Al and the majority of all West 12th Road residents and the large turnout (especially during an election year) obviously took the city by surprise. It was also sadly apparent that the there still were city representatives who were not fully aware of the history and total scope of this problem as it pertained to the issue of tidal street flooding in Broad Channel and especially W12th Road.  The city was also taken aback by the fact that the residents of West 12th Road had invited NY1 media representatives to this meeting. (Note: the city would not allow NY1 to attend the meeting in the conference room but they waited outside in Borough Hall in order to conduct interviews with all attendees afterward.)

It goes without saying that “there is strength in numbers” and faced with the prospect of a large group of people speaking with one voice with a media presence right outside the door, suddenly, the issue of tidal flooding was no longer an exercise in street grade level engineering and environmental science!

Truth be told there were some naysayers on the block who told us that we were "spinning our wheels and wasting our time " because the "City was not going to do anything to help us."  When I would ask Al about this defeatist attitude among some our other neighbors he told me "If all you're gonna do is write some letters and hope for the best then you are wasting your time. You have to continually bother them with telephone calls, go meet with them, face to face, and become a royal pain in their ass! Sooner or later, they will get tired of hearing from you and give you what you want to shut you up!"  

Less than one month after our April 2010 meeting, Borough President Marshall personally came to West 12th Road during May and held a press conference to announce that $24 million in funds had been allocated to fund a project addressing the problem of tidal street flooding, the design phase of which would commence with West 12th Road!  It took 7 more years but in April of this year, the street has been transformed.

Sadly, one year after Sandy ravaged our community Al passed away back in October of 2013 and did not live to see fruits of his decades long efforts finally realized but all of us should remember that it was his continual sense of optimistic purpose and acerbic wit that finally got the ball moving with the Flood Mitigation Project (new bulkhead and street raising) that was completed earlier this month on both West 11th and 12th Roads in Broad Channel.

Thank you Al!

Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

News from Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato

Friday April 7, 2017  

In This Issue

First Bill Passage





Stop by the office!

Rockaway 
9516 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
718-945-9550
Fax: 718-945-9549

Howard Beach 
162-38 Cross Bay Blvd.
Howard Beach, NY 11414
718-641-8755
Fax: 718-835-3190

Albany 
LOB 827
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4292
Dear Neighbor,
After many late nights and more than a few (dozen) cups of coffee, the State Budget is still under construction. Just this week I voted to pass a two-month extension of the current FY budget, so that vital services are not shut down.
We'll be working day in and day out to make sure we come up with a compromise that's fair, transparent and fully funds our vital services.
As always, you can get daily updates by following me on Facebook and Twitter.
Wishing you and yours a Happy Passover and Easter, 
First Freshman to pass a bill, to help our vets!  

I became the first Freshman Assemblyperson of 2017 to pass legislation, as the New York State Assembly unanimously approved A.5165, a bill to make online information more accessible to NYS Veterans. 
Addabbo Health Center Women of Power Event  

The Joseph P. Addabbo Health Center hosted a Women of Power Event as part of their Women’s HERstory Month celebration. I spoke about the crucial role of women in government, and about how women’s issues so often play out tangibly in my life as a legislator and as a mother.

How do you get rid of unwanted electronics?

  E-waste! I will be sponsoring a second recycling event in Far Rockaway, after the great success of our first at Rockwood JCC. Accepted items include working and non-working computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, phones, audio/visual equipment, cellphones and PDAs. Check it out this Sunday!
With the Army Corps of Engineers, we got an 80-Foot beam removed from the water behind Bungalow Bar  

The US Army Corps of Engineers towed an 80-foot beam that had become lodged in the shoreline back out to sea. The beam had gotten partially attached to the a landing near the Bungalow Bar for well over a month.
Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato |NYS Assembly | P: 718-945-9550| F: 718-945-9549 |amatos@nyassembly.gov | 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Rockaway Times (Thursday, April 6th edition)

NWS issues Coastal Flood Advisory


COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
1027 PM EDT WED APR 5 2017

...COASTAL FLOODING FOR THE LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING
HIGH TIDE CYCLE...

...COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM TO 9 PM EDT
THURSDAY...

* LOCATIONS...COASTLINES ALONG THE SOUTHERN BAYS OF WESTERN LONG
  ISLAND AND ATLANTIC OCEAN BEACHFRONT.

* TIDAL DEPARTURES...1 1/2 TO 2 FEET ABOVE ASTRONOMICAL TIDES.

* TIMING...MINOR COASTAL FLOODING AROUND THE TIMES OF HIGH TIDE.

* IMPACTS...FLOODING OF THE MOST VULNERABLE SHORE ROADS AND/OR
  BASEMENTS DUE TO HEIGHT OF STORM TIDE OR WAVE SPLASHOVER.
  MAJORITY OF ROADS REMAIN PASSABLE WITH ONLY ISOLATED CLOSURES.
  THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO LIFE AND ANY IMPACT ON
  PROPERTY IS MINIMAL.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

NWS issues Flood Watch


Flood Watch
National Weather Service New York NY
325 PM EDT Wed Apr 5 2017

...HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING POSSIBLE THURSDAY...

CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179-
060900-
/O.CON.KOKX.FA.A.0003.170406T1200Z-170407T1800Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
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-
325 PM EDT Wed Apr 5 2017

...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH
FRIDAY AFTERNOON...

The Flood Watch continues for Thursday morning through Friday afternoon.

* Rainfall, heavy at times, is forecast Thursday before
  gradually decreasing from west to east Thursday night.
  Thunderstorms with locally heavier rainfall rates are also
  possible, especially during Thursday afternoon. Any new
  rainfall will exacerbate already swollen rivers and streams.

* Total rainfall of around one and a half to two inches expected,
  with locally higher amounts possible especially with any
  thunderstorms. In addition to the potential for river flooding,
  urban and small stream flooding remains possible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be
alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to
flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding
develop.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Weekly Construction Schedule (Monday April 3rd, 2017)

Attached please find the Weekly Construction Bulletin for the Broad Channel Reconstruction project.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you have questions or concerns related to Build It Back activities on your street, please contact Jason Gregory at 646-891-9555

Fern Weinreich
Community Construction Liaison
Broad Channel Project   ID: HWQ1182A
Field Office Number: 646-300-4351
Cell Number: 917-854-8341


Friday, March 31, 2017

NWS - Coastal Flood Advisory [Updated]





COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
254 PM EDT FRI MAR 31 2017

...MINOR COASTAL FLOODING EXPECTED WITH TONIGHTS HIGH TIDE
CYCLE...

NJZ006-106-108-NYZ074-075-178-010600-
/O.CON.KOKX.CF.Y.0007.170401T0300Z-170401T0600Z/
HUDSON-EASTERN ESSEX-EASTERN UNION-RICHMOND (STATEN ISLAND)-
KINGS (BROOKLYN)-SOUTHERN QUEENS-
254 PM EDT FRI MAR 31 2017

...COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS
EVENING TO 2 AM EDT SATURDAY...

* LOCATIONS...ALONG THE LOWER NEW YORK HARBOR...THE SOUTHERN
  BAYS OF NYC...NEWARK BAY...THE ARTHUR HILL...AND THE TIDALLY
  AFFECTED RIVERS IN NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY.

* TIDAL DEPARTURES...AROUND 1 1/2 FT ABOVE ASTRONOMICAL TIDES
  TONIGHT.

* TIMING...MINOR COASTAL FLOODING EXPECTED AROUND THE TIMES OF
  HIGH TIDE TONIGHT.

* IMPACTS...MINOR FLOODING OF THE MOST VULNERABLE WATERFRONT AND
  SHORELINE ROADS AND/OR ADJACENT PROPERTIES DUE TO HEIGHT OF
  STORM TIDE OR WAVE SPLASHOVER. INUNDATION OF 1 FT ABOVE GROUND
  LEVEL IN THE LOWEST LYING SPOTS. IF HEAVY RAIN COINCIDES WITH
  HIGH TIDE TONIGHT...LOCALIZED MODERATE FLOODING WITH
  INUNDATION OF UP TO 2 FT IS POSSIBLE. A FEW ROAD CLOSURES MAY
  BE NEEDED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY INDICATES THAT ONSHORE WINDS AND TIDES
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE FLOODING OF LOW AREAS ALONG THE SHORE.

...NYC SOUTH SHORE BAYS WATER LEVELS FOR TONIGHT...

COASTAL............TIME OF......FORECAST TOTAL.......FLOOD.....
LOCATION...........HIGH TIDE.....WATER LEVEL.........CATEGORY..
...................................(MLLW/MHHW).................

JAMAICA BAY NY.......1213 AM.....7.7-8.2/1.8-2.3.....MINOR.....
ROCKAWAY INLET NY....1133 PM.....7.4-7.9/1.8-2.3.....MINOR.....

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Protection of New Sidewalk/Street Surface Area on W12thRd by Build it Back Contractors

West 11th Road BIB contractor protections of new sidewalk/surface areas

Build it Back (BIB) contractors have been advised of their responsibility to protect the new sidewalk/street surface of West 12th Road from damage resulting from heavy equipment and containers as they commence individual property elevations/rebuilds as depicted above on West 11th Road.

Instances of observed BIB related contractor activity resulting in damage to or taking place without the requisite new street/sidewalk surface areas should be reported to Mr. Kevin Arscott at NYC DDC  at 646-772-1376.